Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Described as “1940’s,” these mid-to-late 1950’s Engineer Boots are nothing to write home about. They possess no striking patina or profile that would prompt me to pay $650, especially with the handful of available homage boots in the ball park price range steadily saturating the market. At best, I’d pay no more than three bills even though they easily could have been pulled from a Penney’s catalog – No tag? Then it didn’t happen.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Here's my homage to Vaughn Monroe's 1955 promotion photo for the song, "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots."
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The Real McCoy's version of the original Harley-Davidson 1938 aviator jacket, Mister Freedom's Road Champ Engineer Boots and Horsehide Greaser Cap, 1940's workwear denim by Zack Vargas and VEB Leather custom Buco style Saf-T-Flash belt.

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Friday, October 10, 2014


Feliz Cumpleaños, señior Edward D. Wood Jr (10 October 1924).

I grew up strictly watching old flicks, but it was Tim Burton's film with Depp that turned me on to this gentleman's horribly wonderful body of work. Before we had the interwebs, I picked up all my B Movies from Vinyl Fetish records on Melrose.
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Monday, October 6, 2014


Chippewa did not use Horsehide leather on their Engineer Boots.
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Sunday, October 5, 2014


Here's one I and probably a lot of people haven't seen before - The King himself wearing Engineer Boots. He's been seen wearing other variations of boots, but not the kind that count. Thanks for another great contribution Warren!

Being a Harley kinda guy, these could be a Harley brand or even a pair purchased from a dry goods store on Beale Street.  After all, he has been known to frequent a little shop called Lanskey's.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I was recently asked to list my top production model Engineer Boots and the answer was quite simple. Clockwise from top left: The Mister Freedom Road Champ have been on my radar since their release for the model that best captures the essence of early Engineer Boots - many have tried, but no one has been able to match its style. The John Lofgren boots are, hands-down, my pick for the pair that best honors the midcentury style with its versatile profile and attractive curves. The Attractions boots bear desirable qualities found on 1950's Montgomery Wards and Santa Rosa boots and the Phigvels fill the classy style category that's both tough yet dressy.

A ton of companies are pushing out what they feel to be top contenders in this already-saturated market of homage Vintage Engineer Boots, but I feel they all fall short by adding that characteristic they feel is unique to their design. Keep this simple style simple or they all end up just tasting like chicken.
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Monday, September 22, 2014


Here was a fun piece to make.  My Gunnery Sergeant in charge of Well Deck operations takes a lot of notes with his supply-issued note pad and I thought it would be a nice gesture to create a leather case for it, his Navy Cash Card and other cards required onboard the USS Peleliu.  For this piece, I used black Horween leather and my exclusive Japanese core spun leather thread for that clean, professional final look.  As usual, my pieces are made without the aid of machines or professional dies/templates ... and made in the USA.


US and Korean Marines take time out from Operation Meade River to explore culinary taste differences in C-Rations, circa 1968.

Friday, September 19, 2014


I've travelled the world twice over and have seen some great things during these past twenty years of military service, but the most wonderful moment of my life occurred ten years ago, today, when I married the most AMAZING woman. The celebration continues to this day. I look forward to every chapter we write in our life's novel, Jillian. FEAETROMLID!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


To those affected by the events of September 11, 2001, and those who fought and died to protect our freedom since that day. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Amphibious Assault Vehicles assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during well deck operations. Peleliu is the lead ship in the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group on its final regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year.

Friday, September 5, 2014


These are by far the best looking lace-to-toe work boots to hit the market in a LONG time.  The attractive curves are consistent with those on John Lofgren's Engineer Boots, which make these boots extremely unique and highly desireable.  Bravo, Mr. Lofgren!!

More photos of my new boots to follow ...