Staying consistent with Christophe's original pattern inspired by 1930′s to 1950′s American engineer and work boots, I decided to stick with the former and add cut out a completely functional 1930's-style "D-Pocket." This is more of a visual design, but can be used to carry credit cards, coins, guitar picks, etc. The 1930's-style Bootleggers Reunion ball zipper and button is something I found out in town and thought it would be perfect for use with this project.
I carefully removed the organic buckles and carefully replaced them with a new set of custom Okuyama buckles I had laying around. While I was at it, I cut out a longer top strap, dyed and shaped it, punched the holes and replaced the original.
Prior to applying the any dye, I used my tried and tested method of steel wool and shaving cream to remove any original finish. This provided a "blank canvas" and allowed for a clean black dye application.
The boots were re-oiled using shoe oil and I refinished the sole/heel edges.
The matte color of the zipper teeth and pull match the matte buckles and look perfect together.