Friday, July 5, 2013

SEARS WEARMASTER WESTERN OR SANTA ROSA?


Brand: Santa Rosa
Circa: 1940's / 1950's
Color: Black
Size: 10 1/2D
Measurements:
Length: 11 3/8"
Width: 4 1/8"
Soles: Leather
Heels: Vogue BF Goodrich
Leather: Horsehide
Hardware: Nickel
Sold For: $1,136.11 / 10 Bids

Just the way Easy Rider Nasty Feet Engineer Boots were made by Chippewa and Red Wing, it appears that Santa Rosa may have been in cahoots with the same company that manufactured the Sears Wearmaster Western Made boots - Example 1 / Example 2.

It gets even gets more confusing, as depicted here.  Notice the exact same instep and upper buckles used on both the Santa Rosa's (left) and original NOS 1940's Chippewa's as well as the similar shape of the pointed instep strap end. Also, it appears a similar last was used on both boots.  Were Santa Rosa Brand Engineer Boots the bastard children of the Engineer Boot family?

That would make these Santa Rosa Brand boots, because of this.

At first glance, these boots appear to be Wearmasters, but based (only) on the cream-colored (now dirty from decades of wear, of course) roll top of these boots my best guess is that these are Santa Rosa's.  Either way, this is a rare piece and worth the amount paid for 'em.

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I would venture to say that these boots went through a period heel overhaul for functional reasons.




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