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 ...

Sunday, August 31, 2014


For those of us that pre-ordered the new John Lofgren & Co. logger work boots, aka "Donkey Puncher," our wait is finally almost over!

We all know that this particular style of boot is being made by a slew of companies, but the heel counter and heel shape combined with the unique profile put these amazing boots in a class of their own.

Before and After - boots shown here were an early sample with stitching being the main difference in the production models.
I think John hit the stacked heels and profile outta the park just the way he did with his Engineer Boots and the overall profile should mke any collector excited - or at least this collector - to get their hands on 'em!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Here's a very nice pair of Vintage Engineer Boots sent in to me by VEB contributor, Warren. Originally released in the late 1940's, these sold for a perfect $499. They bear that staple 1940's profile sought after by collectors, but unfortunately don't possess a label from any big name brands of the day ... or they definitely would have garnered at least twice the money on the auction block. There's slight damage from what appears to be exposure to water, but nothing too detracting.  I wouldn't have paid any more than six bills for these, so kudos to the winner for the steal.

Oh, and these aren't made with Horsehide. I've mentioned this time and again; unless they are marked "Horsehide," don't get caught up with spending an extra five plus bills for oil tanned cow ... regardless of what the seller claims.  Props to the seller of these boots for not including misleading key words in the description.


I decided to try my hand at making a watch band for one of my many deployment watches and am very pleased with the huge difference a leather band makes. I made this one with black Horween and my exclusive core spun thread to complement the watch colors.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Advertised as "1930's" through "1950's" and possibly made of Horsehide leather, these late 1950's / early 1960's Vintage Engineer Boots are in fact not Horsehide, but rather the lowest grade of footwear leather - Split Grain Cowhide.

Don't get me wrong, some great VEB's were made with this leather - these definitely are not a pair of them.

With a final auction price of $431, they sold for about $200 more than they are worth. 

Two or three more bills and one could easily have a pair of super amazing homage boots from some big Japanese brands.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Kudos to Tomonari Nishizaki and the other cool cats over at Attactions for keeping the momentum goin' on what I consider to be quality homage Engineer and Riding boots.  The new Lot.301 Roper's are their same popular riders with added hair-on-hide.  Nice one!


It's truly an honor to be the last five permanent personnel Marines onboard the USS Peleliu as she will be officially decomissioned early next year.  Here is Gunnery Sergeant Polk being promoted to Master Sergeant in the hallowed halls of the CPO (Chief Petty Officer) Mess on 16 August 2014.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Working on my lastest Chimayo piece constructed with black Horween, authentic Chimayo, antiqued hardware and exclusive spun cored thread sourced while stationed in Japan.  I've worked with pretty much all available types of leathercrafting thread and this is much cleaner and as strong as your typical waxed nylon / linen thread. 


General Smedley Butler and Jiggs, circa 1926.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014



The Gallenkamp's Shoes brand was a popular California brand for over eighty years and up until the end of its run, operated some 700 retail outlets around the country. The company was founded at the start of the twentieth century a prominent San Francisco family.

This pair of amazingly worn Vintage Engineer Boot with highly sought after patina surprisingly took quite some time to finally go to the best offer. Had these been any of the “big” brands of the day, they wouldn’t have lasted any more than a couple of hours on the auction block and would have easily been snatched up for the asking price of $1,100. These were worth every cent of eleven bones and anywhere up to fifteen, if ya ask me.

The uniqueness of the boots – form the brand to the buckles – should have set off all kinds of alarms with collectors, but it comes to show that deep down we are all “brand whores.” I was very close to pulling the trigger on the asking price, but I would have had to swap the buckles and that didn’t sit right with me – these deserve to be left as-is until it became absolutely necessary for an overhaul.

Brand: GallenKamp's
Circa: 1940's
Color: Brown
Size: 7 ½
Leather: Cowhide (Sorry to burst your bubble y’all, but not all Vintage Engineer Boots were cut from Horsehide)
Soles/Heels: Leather
Hardware: Nickel
Sold for: Best offer from $1,100

The deep cuts didn’t bother me. This would’ve been an easy at-home repair.

Bottom line is that everyone who contemplated bidding should regret not pulling the trigger on these classics.  I do!