I’m a huge fan of old-style boots – whether it be English paddock boots from early 20th century or 1910’s to 60’s American service & work boots.
A big problem for me, in terms of acquiring vintage boots, is the condition of the boots; I can’t really bring myself to buy a pair that has been worn or that has even a tiny bit of grain cracking.
That effectively rules out 90%+ of vintage boots out there…which is good for my sanity 😛
But along came this special pair:
New-old stock, a 1950’s pair of Canadian work-boots, maker unknown.
As you can see from the vamp and the outsole, these boots have not been worn before.
The leather, too, is as perfect as I can expect from something that’s been in storage for more than half a century!
Textbook work-boot design!
6 eyelets, triple-row attachment between the two main pieces of the upper, counter caps.
The tongue is made of a thinner suede, which I think is a great idea – wish more modern boots were made as such!
The leather of the upper is quite interesting!
5.5 oz vegetable tanned leather, with a growth of moderate depth.
The welt-stitch, perhaps for concealment, runs very closely to the upper:
Eyelets have oxidised with time:
To the inside…where modern bench-made work-boots trumps the old-school work-boots:
Minimalistic in design & padding, not as easy on the feet as modern orthopaedic designs…
But given these boots were made before my parents were born, I can’t really complain 😛
The outsole unit is fascinating – no leather mid-soles or stacks, just a big chunky Biltrite neoprene sole and a Biltrite Imperial full-heel:
Like the vintage Cat’s Paw soles, these older Biltrite soles are beautiful – and easy on the eye too, when the legs are crossed.
I doubt I can find an equally appealing modern replacement when it’s time to re-sole these boots…
If anyone knows a good source for dead-stock soles, let me know 🙂
The Imperial heels too, are a rare find.
Nitrile Imperials were, and AFAIK still are, Biltrite’s hardest wearing heels – more durable than the SBR Cat’s Paws.
Doesn’t really matter now anyway; in the 21st century, Biltrite owns Cat’s Paw.
Further nailing down ensures durability – we very rarely see construct like this nowadays!
Tried on after a layer of my home-made conditioner ~ fits alright!
The length is just right, but the toe-box is on the narrower side – nothing a little bit of breaking in won’t fix though 🙂
After a test walk:
Couple of things I need to do – change the laces and polish the leather.
More updates as I get working on these lovelies!