Friday, February 15, 2019


Any advice on how to get water marks off that jacket?

Hey Miguel,

There’s no real way to avoid water marks, especially during the early stages of sun tanning—any natural leather is a water mark magnet. Luckily, there’s a simple fix. Take a damp cloth, wipe down the entire jacket and allow to air dry. This will blend everything together. 

If the marks are still present, then you’ll need the cloth to be a little more than damp.

I hope this helps.


Sunday, February 3, 2019


... and 2017 and 2016 ...

The fact is that the online market for Vintage Engineer Boots over the recent years has been vapid and incredibly uninteresting. The market has been saturated with the same boots over and over with buzzword descriptions promising their "horsehide" boots date back to the "1930s" and are "rare" as hens teeth.

These boots were sold by honest brokers, vintage-haberdashers, slinging true vintage without luring doublespeak. They let the photos speak for themselves and state only facts to describe their items. This is my kind of retailer!

Brand: Unmarked
Color: Brown
Size: 9 1/2
Length (heel to toe): 11 7/8"
Width: 4"
Height: 12 3/4"
Leather: Cowhide
Sole/Heel: Leather
Hardware: Brass
Condition: Deadstock
Sold For: $610 / 26 Bids

These circa 1940s boots weren't my size, but I was highly tempted to place a winning bid just to have them in my collection. I resisted at the last moment since I'm really making an effort to buy things I will actually use. I can say that my bid would have been much more than the ending price, so congrats to the winner!

Stay tuned for my upcoming post for my favorites of 2018 (better late than never -- the life of a super busy Servicemember)

Sunday, December 23, 2018


The Steadfast Chukka Boot by Mr. John Lofgren in burgundy calfskin is the perfect answer to my ongoing endeavor towards adding some variety into my boot collection.

Having worn these boots a handful of times the past week since taking possession, I’ve come to learn to not let its dressy appearance fool me into thinking they can’t handle the heavy treatment I put my other Lofgren boots through. As with any of John’s boots, these chukkas are solid and versatile and can be worn dressed up or look killer with the most worn-in jeans.

I own another pair of work boots made with burgundy French Calf that have aged beautifully, so I know these are going to look incredible with age!

Brand: John Lofgren

Model: Steadfast

Type: Chukka

Origin: Japan

Sizes: 6D - 12D

Colors: Burgundy, Black

Price: $670 / ¥75,384

Where to buy: Speedway Sendai

Sunday, December 9, 2018


The Original Saf-T-Flash Engineer Boot Stud Work by VEB Leather 

John Lofgren Natural Horween CXL Engineer Boots

Sunday, November 25, 2018


This doesn’t often, folks! The Mister Freedom® 20% discount sale goes from Friday, 23 November and continues through Monday, 26 November. Check out the details here.

Monday, November 12, 2018


Ciao sono Davide dall'Italia e scrivo per dirti che possiedo da qualche mese un paio di Wesco 7400 engeneer stock boots, scrivo perché sono fantasti dopo un breve adattamento al piede perché sono stivali con pianta stretta spece in punta ora sono perfetti e bellissimi li consiglio a tutti coloro che vogliono uno stivale super straordinario. Prossimo obbiettivo Mister Freedom.


Translation: Hello, I'm Davide from Italy and I'm writing to tell you that I have a couple of Wesco 7400 engeneer stock boots for a few months. I write because they are fantastic after a brief adaptation to the foot because they are boots with narrow plant spece at the tip are perfect and beautiful I recommend them to all those who want a super extraordinary boot. Next goal Mister Freedom.  


Thank you for the e-mail and I think the readers will be happy to hear your feedback on these attractive boots. Good luck on the Mister Freedom Road Champ Boots!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

HAPPY 243RD BIRTHDAY, MARINES!! (1775 - 2018)

2018 also marks the centennial of woman in the Marine Corps when Opha Mae Johnson became the first female to enlist in the Marine Corps.

Bea Arthur

Thursday, November 1, 2018


The issue I face with having too many boots in  my collection is not having enough time to dedicate towards wearing and breaking them in. I've had these boots since 2014 yet they look as if I picked them up this year.

Now that I live in the desert surrounded by terrain that will assist in the breaking-in-period through normal wear, I'm confident they'll develop the beautiful character John Lofgren boots are well-known for.

Brand: John Lofgren
Model: Donkey Puncher
Leather: Burgundy Horween CXL

Where to buy:
Speedway Sendai
Standard & Strange

Colors: Black CXL, Burgundy CXL, Natural CXL

Impression: Killer profile! My favorite of lace-to-boots on the market, hands down, and from an incredibly reputable name in the biz. Their built like tanks just the same as every other boot that comes out of the Lofgren camp.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Easily one of the most versatile and coolest leather jackets I own. Purchased back in December of 2013, I just love how it continues to evolve. Aside from the effort I put into sun tanning it upon initial purchase, the patina and wear is all natural and not forced -- the way it should be.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


I recently had a DM conversation with a couple of gentlemen on my Instagram that I though would be useful and worth archiving here on the blog.

Where's the best place to purchase Attractions boots?

Hit up Atsushi-San at Atsushi is the contact for overseas sales via e-mail and is very reliable. If you don't get anything back for some reason, let me know and i can help.

What's the difference between the 444, 268 & 269? I'm looking it up online and a bit confused. I'm looking for a pure black boot with black sole.

The Lot.444 is the updated version of the original Lot.268 (both Horse Butt). More room in the toe box was added. The Lot.269 is made with Steerhide. They are all black without the white contrast stitching. 

Super helpful! Thank you. How are Attractions Engineers for wider footed folks? Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who writes in with questions! They help the community of collectors. 

The boots are pretty narrow and the Horse Butt is pretty stiff. Good news is they'll soon be made available in Horween Horse Butt, which means more give (read: stretch). You may have to size up.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


Here's a really nice looking pair of vintage Chippewa Engineers from around the early 1960s that were recently sold at auction for a very reasonable and realistic price. With the amazing homage boot offering by all the Japanese brands, a vintage pair of boots would have to be pretty incredible for me to want to spend anything over five bills.

Brand: Chippewa
Circa: Late 1950s/Early 1960s (Although advertised as 1940s)
Color: Brown
Size: 9
Leather: Oil Tanned Cowhide (original Chippewa's were NEVER made with Horsehide leather)
Hardware: Nickel, Steel Toe
Sole/Heel: Full composition / Biltrite
Sold For: $386.99 / 16 Bids
Valued: $400-$500

Post-1955 label

Learn more about the "Post-1955" Chippewa label through my Vintage Engineer Boots Lexicon Series

Tough profile and long spear point instep strap

Full composition cord sole and aftermarket Biltrite heels

Friday, July 20, 2018


I made myself a plain veg-tanned belt shortly after making one for Christophe and figured it's about time I put some real miles on 'em, especially after following the amazing aging and patina that has gone into his.

After some tanning and some special VEB treatment, the color should closely match my Campus Jacket

Source: Christophe's Instagram

Monday, July 16, 2018


The Attractions Co. Bilt Buck Lot.444 has my vote for the best Horsehide Engineer Boots in today’s market, hands down.

• They develop the best patina
• Unique profile easily identifiable as being Attractions Co.
• Long-lasting composite soles
• INCREDIBLE price! — $770
• Comes in 5 colors!
• Simple worldwide shipping
• Website 

Sunday, July 1, 2018


These belts take quite a long time to make, but the end result is well worth the effort.

I have a lengthy wait list, so anyone interested in being added to the list for a VEB Leather piece can hit me up at
Handcrafted Horween Leather Belts

VEB Swag - Magnets, Stickers, Key Fobs

VEB Leather Hang Tags (Natural CXL, Horsehide CXL)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


I’m sure many can relate to the level of excitement I experience while waiting for a pair of boots to arrive. Anticipation builds With each passing day. Online tracking refreshed two or three ... or fifty-seven times before finally receiving the alert of its arrival.

There’s one problem. It’s 9:00 a.m. on a work day with three meetings, two personnel formations, and a killer WOD at CrossFit Roux standing in my way of  those incredible looking Standard & Strange “Black Cat” boots.

Home by 7:00 p.m.,  I’m beaten and exhausted by the day’s events. I’d forgotten about the package from Oakland, California, but after a quick meal I’m completely reinvigorated and excited to tear into the box.

From the moment I unbox the S&S x John Lofgren & Co. collaboration M-43 Service Shoe  made with  black Japanese roughout steerhide, I know they’re something really special.

I typically don all my new boots almost immediately and begin to wear them like they owe me money. But not these. Somethin’ about these boots that make me want to baby them. Having owned several of his boots over the years, I’m well-versed on how well they can take a beating without showing any indication of structural compromise as well as how beautifully they age. So what is it that’s preventing me from taking them on a ten-mile hike thought the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and wading through the swamp? They look incredible. They feel like a million bucks, have the reputation of extremely well made boots and Jillian absolutely adores them. 

I’ll continue to baby them for now and enjoy the fit and feel, but when I move to the California desert next month all bets are off. I look forward to taking these off-road through Joshua Tree as well as on base in Twentynine Palms then brushing them off for a night on the town in Palm Springs.

Attractive, versatile, rugged, this is an investment I’d recommend to all boot collectors.

I’ve had the Black Cat Boots now for about a month and a half and they’ve been on regular rotation amongst my other favorite boots with several miles under the hood. I have to hand it to John Lofgren for going the Vibram route for all his boots. While most companies use reproduction soles that I find to wear out faster than their expected shelf life, John chose the soles with a proven track record of over eighty years. Don’t expect to have to resole his boots under normal wear or at least once with moderate to heavy wear.

One look at these boots and it’s explicitly clear they are the high-quality John Lofgren boots I’ve known for years. Thanks to Neil and Jeremy for bringing these bad ass boots to the masses.