30's~40's Work Boots

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Sefton, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    I was wondering if anyone here has found a sturdy golden era styled boot? I'm looking for a low (6 inch ankle) lace up type. It can't have any modern looking parts, i.e. logos,velcro,etc. I like the look of the Alden 405 (the Indy boot) but it is a bit expensive at almost $300. I may yet get a pair but would like to look at some alternatives. Thanks. Best regards, Sefton
     
  2. Biltmore Bob

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  3. Vladimir Berkov

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    I think Red Wing makes a boot that looks sort of like the Alden Indy boot.
     
  4. shamus

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    Redwing does make one, and I see a lot of the horsehide wolverine's on ebay. And it's real vintage, but usually odd sizes.

    Those Indy boots do look quite nice. I personally bought a pair of West Coast Shoes Engineer boots, but had them custom made to look like a pair of 50's engineer boots.
     
  5. MudInYerEye

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    I just picked up a repro of a 1927 Sears catalog and it's remarkable how little work footwear has changed. Red Wing's standard six eyed moc-toes of today conform to the same essential pattern to those of 70 or 80 years ago. Comfortable too.
     
  6. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    Thanks for the ideas gentlemen! I checked out the West Coast website...those are some serious looking boots. Shamus, what is the difference between the standard engineer boots and the custom 50's that you ordered?

    MudInYerEye, yeah, those old Sears catalogs are great. Now I just need a time machine so I can get some of that stuff!

    Biltmore Bob, I like the look of the service shoe. I haven't found (in my limited experience) that the repros. hold up to well next to the originals. It's possible that I had a rare bad experience when trying a repro. Expensive and not very well made. again, thanks for the info!
     
  7. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    These are from Allen Edmonds-

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    These are from River Junction- and relatively cheap for a fine product- $99.95
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    Pretty good everyday boots that can be dressy too-

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    what I did was ordered the Boss Boots from West Coast Shoes, but in Brown, which you have to ask for, then went with the "Motor Cycle Police" toe and the lowest sole they had. This best looked like the classic 40's-50's engineer boots. And now with a little Breaking in, they're starting to look it too. ( I had just done some brush clearing so there is a bit of grass bits still on them...)

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  9. Aaron Hats

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    Does it matter?
    I really like these as a mix of old and new styling and technology.

    LL Bean boots in Kangaroo & Gortex.
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  10. Biltmore Bob

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    Boy, y'all do know where the good stuff is.

    I never knew 'bout River Junction. I think I'll get me a pair of those shoes for $100...
     
  11. BellyTank

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    Yes, you're correct Bob, I do know...

    ...just ask...

    Get me a pair too while yer addit.

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    Sefton...

    The GI Captoe Russets that I got are turning out to be worth the money. They are a good work boot if a little heavy. They claim to be made in PA, supposedly by the same company that makes Corchoran Jump Boots. Whether that is true or not I do not know, I have to take their word for it. They took about a week to break in, and I did not get any blisters. I would even be willing to shine them up and wear them with a less than formal dress outfit that called for brown shoes.
     
  13. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    I have a pair of them too Bob. Mine didn't last so well though, they cracked up a bit around the foot-bend. But I have had them re-heeled, so I guess I just about got my moneys' worth out of 'em.
    They are in fact made by Cove Shoe Company- who use the Corcoran name to make their Para boots seem authentic but they're not so close in construction or quality to the WW2 article. It's just the name Corcoran, not the same WW2 company at all.

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  14. Biltmore Bob

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    I reckon time will tell...

    I just got mine in August. They appear nicely made. After the break in period I haven't been wearing them much, maybe once a week or so. I'm rough on shoes and boots. Been wearing my Wolverines, they're much easier to get around in.
     
  15. BellyTank

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    Bowb-
    Got minem bout 6 ir 7 yirs agir- thar cud be complitly diffrnt frim yers.
    a meens yers ma be sperrier to what mines ees-

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  16. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    I found the folks on COW talking about this Red Wing. It's a style 1908 or 1909 I believe. One has a mocc toe and the other is a plain toe. It's a beautiful looking boot and I would definately buy it,but... It is only for sale in Europe and may not be available anymore! :cry:

    Why are the best looking (classic style) Red Wings not sold in the U.S.? :rage:

    If anyone has a U.S. source please post the info. Thanks!
     
  17. airfrogusmc

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    Sefton I have a pair of the Alden Indy Boots that I've had now for almost 5 years (under $200 When I bought) and I'm getting ready to have my second pair of heels put on.

    They're great. I've gone thru two sets of heels and it looks like the boots could last at least thru two more sets.
     
  18. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    I'm really getting tempted by those Alden's. It sounds like they are a sturdy boot indeed. Unfortunately they are more like $300 now :eek:

    Alden changed the color of the leather a few times in the last few years. What color are yours?

    If I can hold off on the Aldens for a while I may check into some Japanese market Red Wings. I will be in Japan sometime in the next couple of months and Red Wing makes several vintage styles not for sale here in the States.
    Thanks for the info. can you post a few pics of your Aldens? Regards, Sefton
     
  19. BellyTank

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    There are also a few other 'vintage' boots available in Japan that I haven't seen anyplace else- have a good look in those Flight Jacket and Denim shops- :cheers1:

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    Sefton, I'll try and get some photos in a few days. They've gotten a bit darker over the years but they started as a reddish russet for lack of a better description. If I remember right they were $189 at the time I bought them. I really like'm.
     

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