Tuesday, April 18, 2017


This day in April 18, 1906 at 5:12 am - The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake ripped and ravaged the city; setting the Levi's building on fire. All company records were lost, and the meaning of its most iconic image was burried in flames.




Thursday, April 13, 2017


Brand: Unknown
Circa: 1930's
Color: Black
Size: 10 1/2
Length: 12"
Width: 4 1/1"
Leather: Advertised as "Horsehide"but more than likely Cowhide
Sole: Leather
Hardware: Brass
Condition: "Still wearable"
Sold For: $313.99 / 21 bids

There haven't been too many nice Vintage Engineer Boots up lately, but this one caught my eye.   I am a big fan of 1930's and 1940's Engineer Boots and this pair has all the characteristics with the custom cigarette pocket.  No brand on these, but the way the vamp and heel pad are sewn together reminds me of Knapp.  Not sure why this one sold for so little (that's a great thing) when compared to all the blatantly obvious 1970's crappy boots being passed off as 1950's that sell for over $600.  


Monday, April 10, 2017


The coveted "Julian-Made" Double RL Engineers is a model I wish I never got rid of. This particular boot was sent to me for repair with the Road Champs belonging to Erik of Bull & Bush Brewery. If you find your size available at auction online, I recommend snagging it up. I would personally drop anywhere betweeen $400-$600 for a pair depending on condition.


Monday, April 3, 2017


Ever look at the knife or card pocket on a pair of vintage Red Wings and think about all the possible uses of the empty space on the inside of your Engineer Boot shaft? I thought about this very thing and in 2012 I went ahead and cut out a completely functional 1930's-style "D-Pocket." This is more of a visual design, but can be used to carry credit cards, coins, guitar picks, etc.


Since then, I crafted another D-Pocket for a pair of custom Engineers and more recently was asked by a friend if I could do the same for his brand new, never used Mister Freedom® Road Champ Engineer Boots.

Custom VEB Leather belts I made for Bull & Bush Brewery back in 2014

I you have a pair of boots in need of a functional pocket, feel free to hit me up at villanuevado@gmail.com. Straight rectangle flap pocket, D-Pocket, slot … if you can think it up, I can make it happen.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Charles Edward Anderson Berry
October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017 (aged 90)


Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Looking through Christophe's Instagram, I couldn't help but spy a Grizzly Campus jacket!!


Sunday, March 12, 2017


I've recently had a some folks ask for my thoughts on the John Lofgren Engineer Boots and all I have to say is they are worth EVERY bit of ¥107,784 ($939.00). If you're serious about boots and care how your hard-earned money is spent, then I say "Buy quality and cry once — buy cheap and cry forever.” (ca.1922)


"We use the best, ethically made materials, and sewing/construction is done 100% in Japan. We never sew our uppers in China and attach the soles in Japan so they can be called "made in Japan" (a common practice). In fact you won't find any Chinese made parts on my boots." -John Lofgren

Thanks for the scoop, John!

Saturday, March 11, 2017



After 2 years on the waiting list, finally got my Brown Road Champs! Now with standard half-soles! Thought you'd dig - don't know if you've seen these yet. I'm very psyched!

Hope all is well. Sorry for the bad pics. - Matthew L.


I have not seen the brown boots with half soles. They look phenomenal! Thanks for the wonderful news. Good things come to those who wait, y'all!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Brand: King-O-Fur
Circa: 1930's
Color: Brown
Size: Appears to be a 38
Chest: 19
Sleeve: 21
Length: 25
Sold For: $1,380.27 / 25 Bids
Seller: msdeadhorse

There's no doubt this amazing jacket would have garnered much more scratch in better condition and perhaps even a size or two larger. Either way, it's a great example of the amazing functional and stylish pieces that existed during the early century.

Japan's Cushman offered a pretty decent reproduction several years ago, but nothing beats an original.


KOF offered so many different variations of their fur jackets. Check out another style I archived back in 2012  here




I've lost count as to how many custom Hometown Jerseys and t-shirts I own, but whatever that number I'm surely not done.

Jill Smith offers an array of vintage-inspired custom racing jerseys with felt lettering and her customer service is impeccable.

"Hometown Jersey is a reflection on original shirts worn for car and motorcycle racing, for advertising and for celebrating hometown pride as far back as the 1930's through the 1960's. Reminiscent of vintage racing jerseys and t-shirts, our high quality garments feature felt lettering stitched on by hand, in house, to represent your hometown, your car or motorcycle club, your business, band or your favorite hobby. 100% Made in the USA. Each made to order. Create your own now!"

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017


The Service Boot by Ranch Road Boots are aging so very well and go perfect with my Mister Freedom® gear. At only $349, you cannot beat the style, construction, fit and feel of these incredible boots. Made with Goodyear welt construction, these are meant to last a lifetime.


Saturday, February 25, 2017


I picked up one of the many NOS French military belts from MF Headquarters at 7161 some time ago and finally got around modding it. The initial plan was to dye it black and resize, but during preparation I really fell in love with the clean, smoothly finished reverse side. I highly recommend picking one of these up when your at the shop.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I've had a lot of folks hit me up on my opinion of the new Wesco 7400s and all I have to say is, "it's about time!"

Photo source: Standard and Strange

Wesco Narrow / Photo source: Wesco Japan

The "Narrow" model, released in the Asian market back in 2009, were a huge hit with the same features as the new 7400 and all we could do was sit back and ogle over them from afar. Locals used proxy services to obtain a new pair and many had Wesco USA or Baker's custom build a Boss with MP toes to mimic the look. There were even limited offerings during one of Inspiration LA's early shows back in 2010.

Photo source: Standard and Strange

I've always admired the Narrows, but never understood how some of the best exclusive American-made homage models could be exported and not offered to the CONUS-based collectors. I actually do understand ... money ... contracts ... blah, blah, blah, but it's frustrating nonetheless. Heck, Red Wing just recently started offering the model 2268 on their site while there are far better models offered OCONUS (or S&S in the case of #2966).

Photo source: Standard and Strange

So here we are years after the MP toe craze and following the release of so many amazing homage boots from the likes of John Lofgren, Clinch, Mister Freedom, Role Club, etc. with narrow, flat tow profiles and now the 7400. It's a great looking boot. The Narrow profile always has been a favorite and with an attractive price point to boot.

Photo source: Standard and Strange

While the Narrow were offered in Horsehide (shaft and counter only; vamp made with Black Tie leather) and white welt stitching, the 7400 is made with all Black Tie leather, copper buckles and black welt stitching. All other characteristics appear the same.

Photo source: Standard and Strange

I do recommend this boot to any collector or first-time buyer, but bear in mind that, like tattoos, you can't have just one. At a minimum, someone getting into Engineers will own two. As an owner of a pair of Wesco MP Toe inspired by the Narrow as well as other high-end Engineers that span a fairly narrow price point, I feel it's important to choose the one that will sooner satisfy your craving.

To get your hands on a pair, look no further than Standard & Strange

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Turns out it's not so easy trying to find a pair of boots that don't already over-saturate the industry. I've considered a few brands to fill my want for a new pair of rugged cap toe boots, but everywhere I looked there they were page after page; swipe after swipe. It was time for a new purchase, but also a time to break away from the veritable work boot mold.

Coming across the Service Boots by Ranch Road Boots was the breath of fresh air that I needed and could seamlessly integrate into my lace-up collection. Having worn them for a few weeks now, I'm one hundred and ten percent confident the right decision was made -- they have easily become a very active part of my work boot rotation between my other favorite high-end lace-up boots. Unfortunately, my Engineers have taken a back seat to gym sneakers and lace-ups.

Whenever I'm in the market for new boots I dial in on style, material and construction. I'm never concerned about price, but when I saw they were comparably priced with mainstream brands the decision couldn't have been any easier. These rate extremely high in the above requirements and strike a perfect balance between casual, dress and rugged footwear.

Instagram: @RanchRoadBoots

They embody the spirit of classic military boots -- as they should since these were inspired by early Marine Corps Service Boots and everything I've been hoping to find in a good cap toe work boot -- quality construction, attractive profile (from all angles) ... and what makes these boots even more special is the company's founder.

Sarah Ford is a former Marine Officer who served in the same occupational field as I'm serving in today -- Logistics. And as a combat veteran she knows what it means to support our brothers and sisters. A portion of all sales is proudly donated to the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance to wounded Marines and their families while they recover. Now this is a company I can stand behind ... and look at these damn boots!

Brand: Ranch Road Boots
Model: Service Boot
Spanish Pull-up leather
Goodyear welt construction
Steel shank for support
Sizes: 6 to 14
Price: $349.00

I find it pleasing that a boot company which deals primarily in handcrafted western footwear is putting out an amazing pair of work boots. Selvedge denim, naval chinos, slacks ... i'm gonna wear these versatile boots hard and with pride! My Mister Freedom® Trooper Boots, John Lofgren Donkey Punchers, 1940's Pair-A-Troopers and now these? That's a Fire Team of lace-up boots I want fighting on my side.

I'm dying over the box. This has to be the coolest boot box ever!

They look and feel amazing fresh out of the box and feel even better when worn -- the are equally comparable to boots I've purchased at three times the cost. They have a nice weight to them; not too heavy, yet not incredibly light. Just like quality flatware feels good in hands, these boots feel incredible when worn.

Size 8 fits like a glove compared to other brands in my collection:

Nike - 8
Vans - 7
Alden - 7
Whites - 7 1/2 - 8
Wesco - 7 1/2 - 8
Lofgren - 7
Chippewa - 8
Wolverine - 7
Red Wing - 7
Attractions Co. - 7
Mister Freedom - 7 /12
Converse All Star - 7

Communication with the RRB is quick and friendly, so don't hesitate to contact them for size availability.