Engineer Boots, John Lofgren Review of a Boot Engineer Vintage Style

A word to describe the Engineer Boots , John Lofgren: intransigent.

I have participated in projects on creation of boots. You cannot imagine the volume of variables in the production. These complications make any factory open hand details – seemingly small – to reduce costs.

Engineer Boots, John Lofgren Review of a Boot Engineer Vintage Style

Most of the times, it is a balance between costs and elasticity of demand, but there are rare cases where producers go to the limit. Close a visual reasonable and are the minimum so that the boots will not fall to pieces.

Already this such John Lofgren, laughs in the face of danger. Your engineer is a replica with the quality of the object of the museum, made for the fans, a classic boot of the 1950s. It is an imitation more real than that which it emulates, full of overstatements in quality, even in the little things more small.

No shortcuts, zero attempts to leave the boot with a “market price”. It is a product created by someone obsessed by passions that have nothing to do with any thing I remember remotely the fashion.

This photo below is of my own, with more or less a year and a half of use. Perhaps you recognize it from the video about how to clean boot leather:

What is an Engineer to Boot

Created for drivers of trains (called railroad engineers), the Engineer Boot gained popularity during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The high tops protect against the coal-fired, and the sharp edge of a shovel. Without laces, is not caught in moving parts of machinery. In the event of an accident, is quick to take off.

The silhouette blends a boot logger with a riding boot English. The main feature are the two leather straps with buckles. A firm the ankle, and the other adjusts the mouth of the pipe. The more traditional they say that the only acceptable color is black, but versions in leather natural chromexcel and overdye brown are also very beautiful.

They are gone from the map during the Second World War because the factories had to manufacture boots for the military. The style was forgotten after the war, to reappear at the foot of the counterculture biker that gained strength after the experience with military motorcycles and experience in the squads of the war, which led to the start of the motoclubes.

Who rode a motorcycle at the time he saw on the boot the same potential protection of the class in the factories saw. To complete the package, the look badass dropped like a glove on the visual, “outside the law”.

As happened with so many classic pieces in men’s clothing, the cool image of the Engineer Boot in the counter-culture reached the mainstream via hollywood. Marlon Brando, in The Wild, got the boot in the imagination of the kids of the time.

If you want to know more about the history of this style, and get to know some other brands in addition to John Lofgren, I recommend this post on engineer boots.

The Engineer Boot John Lofgren

I’ve read that the John Lofgren was born in California, but spent most of his life traveling between Japan and the United States. In goes back and forth, forged relationships and found the materials to create the best product. Now he lives in Japan, is a figure known and quite respected among the enthusiasts from the world of vintage and boots.

The Lofgren has very few boots in the collection. If I’m not mistaken, there are four styles. The focus in each is much larger than in a brand that manages large collections and releases every season. No detail goes unnoticed. There is nothing that is not of the best.

The vintage style

This boot is special, besides the quality, is the style. It is not so difficult to find an engineer boot, but there are very few brands doing versions of classic.

Most of the brands on the market work with boots that seem to tractors. Think of the Caterpillar more heavy to work, take off the laces and increases the barrel. This is it. The spout is a block, the ankle of the giant, the soles that resemble tractors. I don’t think even a little cool.

The visual that the John Lofgren follows is very specific to an era. Are boots with the face of the old, as well as the Role the Club of Brian The Bootmaker and the Road Champ’s Mr Freedom. These two brands are also incredible, and follow the aesthetics of the decade of 1940 and 1930, while the Lofgren is more to the 1950s.

The Red Wing and Chippewa has boots with vintage style. There are other options super traditional, but all are to the back of the John Lofgren has created. I would say that only the White’s and Wescofight from the front, and perhaps the Viberg.

The format of this boot is inspired by the engineer from the 50’s, with various details that marked the period. The nozzle is lower, the jump is “woodsman”, it has a half leather, and even the positioning of the strips. The boots are really amazing, and came in a box wonderful that perfectly complements the style of the time.

They are very cool with other clothes that have special signs of past epochs, such as these jeans by Levi’s 501 1933 on the photo above or a chino military wide. Thanks to the profile slim, are also attractive clothes without the features so retro, like a black jeans of the mouth more fair and a leather jacket cafe racer.

The leather is special

I remember exactly that, when I opened the box for the first time, I felt the unmistakable smell of leather Horween Chromexcel. It is a leather extremely soft, but well thick. He is tanned more often than normal, with tannins both vegetable and chrome.

The coolest, however, is that the skins used in the leather are extended in the vertical position, and then dyed black on just one side. The normal today is that this dyeing is done in drums, where the color penetrates to the core of the skin. What does this mean?

Means that only the surface of the leather is black. The interior continues in the natural color. The original coloring is apparent on the edges and also on the inside. With time, the black starts to scratch and she picks up a brown tone.

You should already have this in the boots boots and old, who get a variation of color is very coolwhich is not the case when the leather is completely dyed. Goes into a little of what I have talked about a look that emulates all that is special about the product, making it a modern version of that turbine is all that a fan sees in a boot old. The patina on the leather is cool, even though the mass market would prefer the opposite.

Ah, despite of the barrel of the boot will not be lined, the front is lined in leather.

Soles double

The first layer of the sole and heel is made with layers of leather tanned in oak bark. It is not wood, saw? The boot only has a sole of wood if it is a shit.

The jump follows the style woodsman of the decade of 40. It’s a job well manual: the jump is assembled with multiple layers of leather, which are polished up to stay in the right angle. I think that these high heels and inclined must have something to do with fitting equipment or firmly to walk down the hill.

The second layer of the sole and heel are rubber. The half sole and the putter of the jump are Vibram 705 and Vibram 700, of american origin (it does not buy from the chinese factory). The traction is not as good as the Vibram timing, but I have no problems in city or highway. She was well-tested in my Road Trip through the USA.

This rubber Vibram have enough resistance to abrasion and does not mark. It also is not as harsh as other soles still more resistant, but I prefer so. I do not have a pattern of use that demand more than this, and I prefer to earn a little bit more in comfort. The tread is very nice, you can feel as well the absorption of impact.

The heel rubber on the heel is glued and attached by nails to stay strong. The rubber outsole is stitched to the leather sole by a seam that passes in the middle of the sole.

This seam unites the two parties before the soles to be stitched to the welt, completing the construction of goodyear welted. Is a detail laborious to secure the rubber layer. It is quite found in boots vintage, but rare today.

Construction Goodyear Welted

As I said, the boot has construction Goodyear Welted. Are two seams to complete the fixing of the structure.

The first, you do not see. She secures the leather strap outside, call turn, to the leather and an insole assembly (made of leather). This insole will mold to your foot with time. Has no cushioned insole, but you can put in if you want.

Before you paste, and sew to the sole, the shoemaker puts a filling of cork to cushion and a soul of steel (australian) to give support to the foot. Not repair, John Lofgren lists the origin of all uses on the boot.

The second seam is on the outside. Is what you see coming out of the turns and down the sole, around the boot. She holds the soles in turns, which as I said, is already fastened fixed on the top of the boots.

As the stitching of the sole, not perforating the interior of the boot, it does not open any channel of entry to the water. The construction is waterproof, and the water can only enter through the pipe or through the seams of the leather.

The turns that the Lofgren uses is made with leather English. Watch as she turns up at the tip that is near the boot. This type of turn is called “storm welt” because it protects even more of the water. It is a creative freedom that lets the boots to him only, because it is not a detail that appears in the Engineer Boots vintage.

Is a construction firm. Has a lot more layers of leather and the material between your foot and the ground. Obviously, the boot is heavier and more rigid than a boot that is only glued or blaqueada. With time, she will soften and last a long time without risk no drop.

To finish, the leather, have triple stitching in areas of tension. The buckles are steel, there of australia. Are the buckles strong, nothing here is fragile.

The seam that closes the pipe, it is manual. He gave not to show in the photos, but I’ll try to explain. You see this piece of leather that protects the heel and the strap that goes up vertically, behind the barrel? These pieces of leather are not there to make up the back of the boot. They are on top of the barrel to protect it and give it more structure. The barrel is a single piece of leather that runs down to the sole.

On the inside, you feel no seam in the middle of the back of the boot. The only seam that you can feel is the one that secures the barrel to the front. The nozzle, which starts on the buckle bottom. The sewing manual close to the chimney of the pipe, and that the vertical side that goes up behind the heel protects the points (which are apparent in the interior)

It! That was my review of the Engineer Boot John Lofgren, my favorite on the market!

There are other brands with the quality at this level, as the White”s, Wesco, and perhaps the Viberg… and even the Scroll Club that is all palmilhada manually (don’t use the machine goodyear to complete construction), but none of them has the complete package: visual + quality John Lofgren has.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning about the brand and view the evolution of black leather, with a patina brown. If you want an Engineer Boot with this grip, I highly recommend searching for boots vintage. If you want something new, take a look at Chippewa. To know more about brands, I recommend this list of boots engineer.

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