Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Hi John,

Have you seen the 100th anniversary Horsehide Wesco boots? The Jobmaster and the Boss ... What do you think?

Is it worth the money they cost? Do you know if they are available on line outside Japan?

Thank you very much!

Best regards from Spain,

Photo: Wesco Japan

Hi M, 

I've been following these boots since the recent pre-order announcement and while you can't go wrong with a pair of Wesco Engineers, these boots seem to serve more as a celebratory offering of the company's centennial rather than a tribute to some early design. Having said that, I would be hard pressed to dish out ¥230,000 (or $2,200) for something I could have custom-built by Wesco for a third of this price. 

Sure, they wouldn't be made with Horsehide leather, but having owned my share of Horsehide boots I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. 

Photo: Wesco Japan

So far Japan is, and probably will be the only country offering them with a pre-order end date of 21 November 2016 and delivery date of October 2017.

Now, re-release the Horsehide Narrow Wesco Engineer Boots from 2010 that honors the company's period from the 1930's through 1950's with a few tweaks like brass hardware and #705 half-soles then they have my attention. 

Photo: Wesco Japan

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