Saturday, November 23, 2013


Brand: Endicott Johnson
Circa: 1950's
Color: Black
Size: "7 1/2" (More like an 8 in my opinion)
Length: 11 1/2"
Soles: Unbranded composition half soles and heels
Leather: Oil Tanned Cowhide
Hardware: Brass
Sold For: $1,350 / Best offer from $1,800

What a great pair of Vintage Engineer Boots not often seen, let alone in this condition.  The combination of prominent toe tracks, condition, brass hardware and half soles make these well worth the final price. There's no doubt the seller could have squeezed a few more bills with a bit more patience - I'd be content with taking these home for fifteen bills.

Check out the 1940's pair of Ranger's by EJ.

For someone looking for a similar profile with tapered and flat toe box, check out the Mister Freedom® Road Champ Boots

Founded in 1899, this prosperous New York-based shoe company played a huge role in 1940's producing over fifty million pairs a year in support of the war effort.  The company suffered a slow decline in the late 1950's due to economic changes and was ultimately acquired by Rocky Shoes and Boots.  

Note the familiar buckle shape more notably used by Chippewa.  These were used by quite a few companies in those days.

The heel positioned flushed with the heel counter lends to the classic, streamlined profile.

Generic composition soles typical of mid-century Vintage Engineer Boots.

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