Sunday, May 22, 2016


Those starched covers!! Circa 1969.


Monday, May 16, 2016


It's been ages since my last giveaway, so I figured it's about that time to thank my loyal readers and fellow Engineer Boot enthusiasts. 

STAY TUNED for the details on how to win this handcrafted VEB Leather Trucker Wallet made with Horween CXL Horsehide leather and using only the best materials. As always, my leather pieces are made the old fashioned way -- by hand -- using no machines, fancy templates or leather cutting dies.

Giveaway Rules:
1. Head on over to my Instagram giveaway post here (
2. Must be a follower of my page.
3. Like the post by hitting the ♥.
4. Repost with hashtag #VEBWalletGiveaway, tagging (3) friends.

That's it!

**Giveaway will run through 27 May with the winner announced on Saturday, 28 May 2016.

**Must be 18+ with a U.S. mailing address.






Bogie and Bacall with a Marine Captain, circa 1945.


Saturday, May 14, 2016


Happy birthday to the most talented bootmaker I know!! A super great guy to boot!

Thursday, May 5, 2016


I picked up these amazing Horsehide White's Semi-Dress boots with cap toe from my buddy, Michael, over a year ago and they haven't been worn much since they're a hair too big for me. My loss is someone else's gain.

They've been cleaned and conditioned with only the best (at least what I consider the best) leather product on the market -- Pecard Antique Leather Dressing. These boots are rugged and built to last. Here are the particulars:

Brand: White's
Model: Semi-dress
Leather: Brown Horsehide with leather lining
Heel: Standard
Hardware: Antique
Condition: Excellent Used with many years left
Size: Marked 7 1/2D (go off measurements below to be sure)
Measurements (approximate):
Length (heel against wall to furthest point forward): 11 3/4"
Width (Widest part of sole at the ball): 4 9/16"
Price: $325 shipped, including tracking/insurance

US buyers ONLY via PayPal and no returns, so please know your size. Leave a COMMENT on my Instagram if interested.

Patina around the eyelets were intentionally left there, because I love the way it looks with these rugged boots. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


I'm going to put some miles on the soles before posting a review, but until then I can't stop looking at photos of 'em fresh outta the box. 


Monday, May 2, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This just in ...

My latest Marlon Brando-style "Stanley" belt made with solid brass hardware. Interested in a custom VEB Leather piece? Check out my Etsy shop or hit me up at


Monday, April 25, 2016


Albert King Nelson
25 April 1923 - 21 December 1992

"If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all." - Albert King


Medal of Honor Presentation, 15 June 1945:  The uniformed Medal of Honor recipients are, left to right: Marine Major Everett P. Pope, Army PFC Gino J. Merli, Marine PFC Luther Skaggs, Jr., and Marine Lieutenant Carlton R. Rouh. In the background are General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff; Marine Corps Commandant, General Alexander A. Vandegrift, and Navy Secretary James V. Forrestal.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Hi there,

I really enjoy your blog and have a question that I'm sure you can answer. I'm a woman with quite large feet. Granted I'm tall too (5'10"), but having a European size 41-42 (US 8.5-9 men's size) has always bothered me and I avoid all kinds of shoes (bulbous toes, massive soles) that make my feet look bigger than they are or clowny.

I've been looking into engineer boots lately, and I'm currently between the John Lofgrens and the Attractions. As an owner of both, do you have any comment on the profile or which boot look smallest? Judging from photos the Attractions are really sleek, but being flatter can also make shoes look longer. And the toe on the Lofgrens looks higher or bigger, but also rounder, and I don't find them at all clowny after a good amount of wear.

What do you think?


Lightly worn Lofgrens and moderately worn Attractions

Hi Birgitte!

Thank you for the e-mail and I appreciate that you enjoy my blog.

In terms of the smallest looking of your two choices, I feel Attractions Co.'s sleek and simple profile make them the best choice. I can't comment on how their Steerhide leather develops over time, but the Horsehide is stiff and has a tendency to retain it's shape around the narrow vamp -- upper front portion of the boots. This is important to point out as other boots with softer leather tend to stretch, giving them that wider vamp appearance -- probably not something you're looking for. The toes start off a little bulbous, but flatten out over time depending on the level (frequency and harshness) of wear.

Heavily worn Lofrens

I would say Lofgren's toe box is the same size as Attractions, and while they do flatten over time the storm welt (band of leather stitched between the welt and outsole) prevents them from becoming completely flat -- the combo of these two would lend to that bigger profile you are trying avoid. On top of that, Horween leather is pliable and will easily stretch giving that wider appearance mentioned above.

The Attractions do start off bulbous

I think Attractions would suit your needs, but I think another thing to consider is comfort. Both are great boots, but as I mentioned in a blog post the Attractions do feel a little stiff. The soft buttery Horween leather on the Lofgrens are very pleasing to wear.

I hope this helps. Feel free to hit me up if you have any more questions.

Best Regards,

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


If you're a fan of the Red Wing 2268 throwback, 9268, you'll be pleased to know that a non-steel toe version (2966) was released around the same time. Unfortunately, they may have been a limited run. Red Wing Japan and Hukurokuju were retailers and Okuyama may still have them in stock. These are homage vintage Red Wings with PT91-era characteristics, so they're pretty amazing.

-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: Just at around $500!!
- Still available?

Source: Red Wing Japan Facebook



Monday, April 18, 2016


Marine Corps Air Station, Japan - Marines with VMM-265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, assists the Government of Japan in supporting those affected by recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, April 18, 2016. VMM-265 picked up supplies from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Takayubaru and delivered them to Hakusui Sports Park in the Kumamoto Prefecture. The long-standing relationship between Japan and the U.S. allows U.S. military forces in Japan to provide rapid, integrated support to the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil relief efforts. 

Photo: Cpl Wicks

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Brian's latest masterpiece is one for the books (my books). The proportions on his RC1940 last combined with spot-on Woodsman heels tie the entire piece together making for a true collectors item. 

All photos sourced from Brian's Instagram