Sunday, February 28, 2010


Brand: Herman Shoes & Boot Co.
Circa: 1950's
Color: Black
Size: 14E
Sole: 13 1/2"
Width: 4 3/4"
Height: 11 1/2"
Sole:  Half-sole Biltrite with Griplug
Hardware: Nickel, Tripple Rivets
Leather: Oil Tanned Cowhide
Condition: Purchased Deadstock without Box
Purchased For: $300 on eBay
Finding Engineer Boots in a large size can be somewhat difficult, but finding a pair of rare 1950's deadstock Engineer Boots that fit your size 14-15 feet is complete luck of the draw. The owner didn't know what a prized pair of boots he had when he won them. With little Engineer Boot knowledge, he had always been interested in obtaining a pair and really only picked them up because "they fit and were relatively cheap." What a lucky first find - my first Engineer Boots purchase was a measly pair of Double H's that I picked up in San Jose, CA back in 1991.

These boots were built to last - pictures speak for themselves.  They are beginning to fade into an awesome dark brown color and will definitely look better with age. 

A used pair in size 8 ½ sold for $625 about a year ago. This pair in a size 8 ½ would easily pull in at least $800 and about $1,500, at the most.  I'd drop $1,000 on these if they were a size 8.  Anything more is going into Gretsch guitar purchasing territory.

These were a GREAT find and should be considered priceless for him at this size - keep them and wear them with pride. 

I'd like to thank Jason for sharing his find with me and allowing me to feature it on my blog.

What an attractive classic profile

Not sure if that's a "Toe Track" I see on the right boot
Who said stacked heels were only meant for Cowboy boots?
These were built to never ever require a resole
Why put so much detail into something that is hardly ever seen and will inevitably rub away?  Pride.  American Craftsmanship.
This tag spells quality

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