Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Here's a rare inside visual on how John Lofgren's very popular new Engineer Boots are constructed.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I show how my brown and black pair have evolved in just the short time I've owned them.


My personal favorite detail of these boots are the wide, yet subtle "toe tracks" naturally caused by the last.  This is a detail only found on vintage boots.

Back in the early 1990's, I purchased a great pair of 1950's slip-on Rockabilly "stage" shoes and noticed what I thought was a defect at the back center of the heel counter area.  The hole was so small and the shoes rare even in today's standards that I was able to gloss over it.  Then I picked up a couple of other vintage shoes with the same "defect." Through (my) early research I discovered that this is a traditional process by which boots and shoes are constructed in order to keep them firmly on the last - a sign of quality boots and nothing seen in other modern footwear.  This is another fine little detail that makes these extra special.  

1 comment:

  1. I just received my Lofgren Engineers and I noticed the toe track and the tiny hole but didn't know what these details were.Thanks for enlightening me