These were sold at best offer from $795. I hope the buyer landed them at no more than $375...$400. That's how much I believe they're worth. Yes they're 1950's/1960's Red Wings and I'm okay with some flaws, but a completely replaced strap with no attempt to match the tip to the original? They also appear to have a later resole with newly applied heel caps. Any more than four bulls puts you into the modern homage boot territory ... and there are many out there.
Don't forget to clean and condition your leather on a regular. Exposure to sand, salt, dirt, mud, etc. will dry out the leather and eventually cause it to crack if left untreated. I don't do this too often as I like the look of beat up boots, but it is absolutely necessary to prolong the life of the leather. It's a good idea to apply oil or conditioner going into a period of inclimate weather and soon after its exposure to it. Also, the use of a boot brush at least once a week will help to reduce the amount of oil/conditioning applications. It doesn't take much to maintain your high-dollar investment.
Just what you've all been waiting for -- I know this to be true, because I've received countless emails asking if my dyed black Road Champ Engineers were original or why they weren't available in black. The color isn't the only new addition to the Freedom footwear family. My number one pick for the best homage Engineer Boots now boast half-soles and heels the likes of which are used on the Trooper. These new rubber caps are made to last and can take a beating, thereby making these "version 2.0's" bad ass mo fo's! Don't sit on these, folks. Want 'em? Git 'em or you'll be like a lot of my blog readers complaining about their availability.
Being a huge fan of Marlon Brando for the better part of the last few decades, it was a huge surprise that I never noticed his studded belt. Not until Mister Freedom's blog post announcing the "Stanley" T-Shirt that I knew it was meant to be part of VEB Leather's family of belts. A Streetcar Named Desire was set in New Orleans starring one of my favorite actors! Why wouldn't I make it? With that, I may have gone overboard this weekend when I made three "Streetcar" belts for myself.
These belts will be made in even sizes ranging from 30-38 with custom sizing available upon request. Pictured are brown and black 9-10 Ounce (nice and heavy) Oak-Tanned American Cowhide in a 1 3/4" width and Hair-On-Hide in 1 1/2". I will also be producing them in other leathers.
I haven't purchased a pair of Engineers in some time and need your help finding my next pair. I have an idea of what I want, but I'll leave it up y'all Cats (and Kittens, of course). I'm looking for modern homage. The Real McCoy's Buco, Toys' Beck, Wesco, Red Wing, Chippewa are not options - been there, done that and passed them all on. These new boots have to be readily available ... or at least within the next month or two, tops - this guy can't wait too long.
Send me your ideas by commenting on the below Instagram photo (clicking the photo will take you to the page).