Monday, July 16, 2018


The Attractions Co. Bilt Buck Lot.444 has my vote for the best Engineer Boots in today’s market, hands down.

• They develop the best patina
• Unique profile easily identifiable as being Attractions Co.
• Long-lasting composite soles
• INCREDIBLE price! — $770
• Comes in 5 colors!
• Simple worldwide shipping
• Website 

Sunday, July 1, 2018


These belts take quite a long time to make, but the end result is well worth the effort.

I have a lengthy wait list, so anyone interested in being added to the list for a VEB Leather piece can hit me up at
Handcrafted Horween Leather Belts

VEB Swag - Magnets, Stickers, Key Fobs

VEB Leather Hang Tags (Natural CXL, Horsehide CXL)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


I’m sure many can relate to the level of excitement I experience while waiting for a pair of boots to arrive. Anticipation builds With each passing day. Online tracking refreshed two or three ... or fifty-seven times before finally receiving the alert of its arrival.

There’s one problem. It’s 9:00 a.m. on a work day with three meetings, two personnel formations, and a killer WOD at CrossFit Roux standing in my way of  those incredible looking Standard & Strange “Black Cat” boots.

Home by 7:00 p.m.,  I’m beaten and exhausted by the day’s events. I’d forgotten about the package from Oakland, California, but after a quick meal I’m completely reinvigorated and excited to tear into the box.

From the moment I unbox the S&S x John Lofgren & Co. collaboration M-43 Service Shoe  made with  black Japanese roughout steerhide, I know they’re something really special.

I typically don all my new boots almost immediately and begin to wear them like they owe me money. But not these. Somethin’ about these boots that make me want to baby them. Having owned several of his boots over the years, I’m well-versed on how well they can take a beating without showing any indication of structural compromise as well as how beautifully they age. So what is it that’s preventing me from taking them on a ten-mile hike thought the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and wading through the swamp? They look incredible. They feel like a million bucks, have the reputation of extremely well made boots and Jillian absolutely adores them. 

I’ll continue to baby them for now and enjoy the fit and feel, but when I move to the California desert next month all bets are off. I look forward to taking these off-road through Joshua Tree as well as on base in Twentynine Palms then brushing them off for a night on the town in Palm Springs.

Attractive, versatile, rugged, this is an investment I’d recommend to all boot collectors.

I’ve had the Black Cat Boots now for about a month and a half and they’ve been on regular rotation amongst my other favorite boots with several miles under the hood. I have to hand it to John Lofgren for going the Vibram route for all his boots. While most companies use reproduction soles that I find to wear out faster than their expected shelf life, John chose the soles with a proven track record of over eighty years. Don’t expect to have to resole his boots under normal wear or at least once with moderate to heavy wear.

One look at these boots and it’s explicitly clear they are the high-quality John Lofgren boots I’ve known for years. Thanks to Neil and Jeremy for bringing these bad ass boots to the masses.

Monday, June 18, 2018


This was a pleasure to make over the weekend.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Hi there! Firstly, I must compliment you on an outstanding page, full of great information and stunning boots. I was wondering if with your extensive knowledge, you could I fact help me source a pair of my own engineer boots? Essentially, with a number of brands and makes, I’m a bit in the dark with where to start. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Left to right: John Lofgren, Attractions Co., Mister Freedom

Much appreciated, Dicky!

This is a very common question that I receive on a regular basis. Here's a list of boots that are on my radar and meet my $1,000 price threshold for what I consider to be reasonably acceptable for boots.

John Lofgren ($975): 1950s style

Attractions Co. ($795): Late-1940s to mid-1950s style

Mister Freedom ($949): 1930s to early-1940s style

Clinch with Classic Narrow Last (approx. $1,000): 1940s style

Wesco 7400 narrow, tappered toe box ($600): 1940s style

Source: Denim Bitch
Red Wing 2966 ($400): Classic profile

Source: Dapper's
Dapper's Lot 1142 ($820): 1940s style

You really can't go wrong with any of these boots. I hope this helps.

Best regards,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Due to popular demand, I'm doing another Trashy Diva "Fred Shirt" giveaway. This latest print features ol’ school New Orleans Jazz and nightlife with an emphasis on the world-famous Preservation Hall.

Check out my Instagram for details. Enter by Friday morning, 1 June 2018 -- winner will be drawn, at random, and announced that morning.

Friday, May 25, 2018


This is time-sensitive, everyone! If you've always wanted top-shelf boots, but could never find your size here's your opportunity.

Over the years, I've had men and women reach out to me for help with finding boots that fit 'em. To date, I've been able to successfully find boots for a handful of them, but that ends now.

For the next few days, Standard & Strange is taking pre-orders for the entire lineup of John Lofgren boots--Engineer Boots are being offered in sizes 6-12 and lace-up boots will come in various sizes. 

All pre-orders, ending on May 28th) will ship with a boot care kit (brush, polish, bag, rag assembled for each specific type of boot) 

Check out the entire lineup here

Thursday, May 24, 2018


John! Long time follower of, first boot question. I’m going to pick up my first pair of engineering boots within the next 24 hours, and have what’s possibly the silliest question you’ll ever receive. Half of my friends wear insoles with their Red Wings, half don’t. What’s the consensus is with the engineering boot crowd? Asking for sizing purposes.
"Success! Thanks again for the sizing help."
"Fits like a glove, and it's only going to get better."
Hey Matt,

Not a silly question at all. It’s actually something I’m sure all Engineer Boot owners have battled with at one time or another. I know I have during my early days of collecting.

Some people have no choice but to purchase a size up on their engineers in order to accommodate ortho inserts. I’ve used inserts early on in an effort to make the boots more comfortable only to find out my thick boot socks and added insert caused them to feel far too uncomfortable.

Of all my boots, only one pair has inserts (1-1.5 sizes too big) only because they were a gift and I tend not to let go of gifts. Otherwise, I don’t fancy inserts and a lot of people I know feel the same way.

Thanks for the follow up (and for sharing your expertise so willingly at your site over the years). I’m going to pick up my first pair of engineering boots, 2966’s, from Standard & Strange tomorrow morning.

- Matt

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Hey man I have wanted to invest in some attractions co boots but I’m not sure on the sizing. Should I get what I usually do in boots or do they run small? Or big?

For the Attractions, I personally go with my normal boot and Converse All Star sizing.

That’s what I got and they fit perfect

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


I can’t wait to break in the new Standard & Strange x John Lofgren M-43 “Black Cat” boots!

Who: Standard & Strange x John Lofgren collaboration
What: WWII-style M-43 boots made with tanned black Japanese roughout steerhide.
When: Avialable now
Why: One of top brands in footwear known for design, durability and distinction.

Stay tuned for my full review.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Hi there John,

I just placed an order with Pecard for some antique dressing and boot oil after I fell saw the posts on your lofgren engineers. I presume you started out with the antique leather dressings and then finished it off with a coat of the boot oil for waterproofing? I’m about 6 months in on my own natural cxl lofgren engineers and wanted to give them some TLC before winter hits in Australia.

 Cheers - Josh
USMC Style Service Boot by Ranch Road Boots

Hey Josh,

Good call on choosing Pecard. I use it on all my leather goods. I personally apply the Boot Oil first. This allows the leather to absorb it and also makes the leather a little darker (if that's your thing). Applying the conditioner first acts like a barrier and prevents the oil from completely penetrating the leather.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Red Wing 9268 x Brass Tokyo

Hi John,

      If you're interested, I'd like to show you the work Brass Tokyo have done to my specs on my Red Wing 9268 which required a resole and restitch on the right hand boot. They are now my No. 1 pair and I own all of the best thanks to this blog!! I have attached a screenshot of my boots (before the work was done) from your Instagram Feb 1st 2017 and my diagram Brass used to make it happen,

Thanks again for all the info through the years!!!!


Martin Allwood (England)


Hey Martin,

The boots look great! Congrats on the work and thanks for the update!


Saturday, March 24, 2018


The Red Wing model 2966 is a must-have for any Engineer Boot enthusiast. Standard & Strange are the ONLY US retailer of this model. Nowhere can you find this caliber of Engineer Boot for such an unbelievable price. They currently have sizes 8D, 8.5D, 9, 9.5D, 10, 10.5D  and 11 in stock (as of 24 March 18). These are sure to sell like hotcakes, so I highly recommend acting fast.

Buy Them Here

The boots shown in these photos belong to Suzie (@DenimBitch)

This and the following three photos were taken at 12 months of wear. Results vary depending on level of wear. 

-Leather: Black "Klondike"
-Double tanned ... the black will fade into a lovely brown over time.
-Soles: Black Neoprene Cord
- Height: 11"
- Width: D
- Vertical tag
- 1990's-style "Red Wing" embossing on shaft
- 1970's-style box label
- Price: Perfect $400 with free shipping!!

The below photos were taken after 18 months of wear

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Hey John,

I’ve been following you for a good long while and am ever inspired by your posts. I’ve got two questions I’m hoping you could help me with:

I’m planning to buy a campus jacket in the natural veg tan. I love the way yours turned out but 1) I live in Sweden where sunlight is not guaranteed and 2) I have no bust form to hand. Would it be safe to tan in limited sunlight and just let it do its thing through wearing it?

Hi Felix,

I really appreciate your e-mail and kind words. I'm glad folks find some use out of my blog--something I started as a repository to archive my interests.

The Mister Freedom® Campus Jacket is just one of the coolest Cossack style jackets on the market. Not only does it carry the name synonymous with quality and cutting edge heritage designs known the world over, but the idea of spending good, hard-earned money on a jacket just to turn around and take on the task of bringing it to life speaks volumes to the incredible impact MF and the man behind it have on die-hard collectors.

Regardless of geographical location and weather conditions, there shouldn't be a problem tanning the jacket. Ever hear of someone developing sun burn even on a cloudy day? This is because a large percentage of ultraviolet rays can still pass through clouds. Tanning may take a little longer, but in all actually it's probably safer for the leather since the impact of direct heat from the sun will dry out tannery chemicals used to preserve it and prevent decomposition.

The bust form is just a convenience and is absolutely not necessary. I had one on hand and it happened to help a little. You will have the same result by laying the jacket flat, but rather than just simply turning the bust toward the light/heat source you'll  have to turn the jacket over and ensure any wrinkles are smoothed  out in order to ensure even tanning.

Laid flat on a table

The final thing is to avoid adding any products (conditioners, waxes, oils) until you reach the desired level of tanning. Prematurely introducing products to the leather will certainly slow the process and may even prevent a fully desired outcome. And I recommend avoiding submersing the jacket in water at all cost. Doing so will just leave the jacket with unsightly wrinkles

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Powerhouse purveyors of premier goods, Standard & Strange are one of the very few retail shops in the United States dedicated to providing us some of the biggest and best heritage name brands from around the globe.

Their latest collaboration with Truth, Symmetry, Pleasure, Taste, Recognition offers three options for the S&S x TSPTR High Top Sneakers—whitenavy and cammo—and is based on military training shoes of the 1950s.

These are made at one of the few remaining vulcanized footwear factories in Kurume, Japan under the supervision of the John Lofgren Footwear team.

I couldn't wait to break these in and try them out at the gym as soon as they were received, but as luck would have it I'd have to wait until the next day. Now whether I’m kickin’ around in my civvies or having fun with functional fitness, these versatile and comfy sneakers are always at the ready. Not only do these feel great and can withstand hours of heavy abuse in the gym, but they look great and knowing they are a product of some highly reputable names in the business is the icing on a deliciously decadent cake. 

Sizing: I wear size 7 in Converse, all John Lofgren footwear, Alden and Red Wing boots and I went with a size 7 in these for a perfect fit.

Standard & Strange               TSPTR