Sunday, June 2, 2019


I've owned and researched Vintage Engineer Boots for several decades now and can tell you that Sears Roebuck & Co. never sold boots made with horsehide leather. Some Split Cowhide (like the below Sears Wearmaster) look really attractive and sell for big bucks even without erroneous claims of "collectible" leather. Collectors obviously pay what they feel an item is worth, but I would caution against paying that premium usually associated with certain buzz words. Unless a vintage item is clearly marked "Horsehide," always assume it's made with cowhide.

I've mentioned time and time again that "Knowledge is Power" and by doing a little bit of research here, one could save a lot of money that could certainly be used towards something more valuable--I personally do research using information I've archived on this blog.

There's quite a bit of empirical data on this blog that should assist potential buyers in making an informed buying decision. I don't believe sellers purposely mislead potential buyers. Like anyone else, we do research based on past sales and try to make that correlation - if it looks like another pair of boots that sold for good money, then it may very well sell for the same thing, right? It behooves any collector to be smart on the subject - and the main reason why I've archived so many types of boots on this blog over the years - in order to ensure the right choice is being made.

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