I’ve been pretty lucky with vintage footwear thrifting these two weeks 🙂
First up is a pair of 70’s Georgia ‘Giant’ Boots moc-toe outdoors boots.
Btw, these photos were taken after a layer of my home-made conditioner.
8 inches, moc-toe, cattlehide glove leather, 5 grommets & 4 speedhooks, rolled-top, triple-stitched sides, steel shank, full Goodyear welted, neoprene wedge sole, vegetable tanned pigskin inner lining, fully insulated.
The leather is a full-grain cattlehide called TigerTan, a variant of glove leather that was used on top-range work shoes by everyone from Sears to Dura-King.
Glove leather work shoes were softer, broke in easily and didn’t require much conditioning – and 40 years later, the leather, though somewhat stiffer from decades of storage, still looks pretty good!
Georgia Boots first started advertising this style of work boots back in the early 1960’s.
This pair dates between the 60’s (after the company name change & relocation) and 80’s (before the manufacture of this type of boot was off-shored to Korea).
Certainly, these Georgia ‘Giant’ Boots of old are very different from the modern day Georgia Boots…they even replaced the giant man with an eagle.
This pair is by no means ‘fine’ boots, but these are good old-fashioned rugged through & through, and an interesting study into the later years of the “Made in America” era.
Anyway, more details…
Absolutely love the sturdy hardware on these boots!
Inside lined with a very soft vegetable tanned pigskin:
I guess this is why they call it TigerTan – the scars in the leather darken quite significantly with water or oils:
^ The welt seems to be some kind of man-made material!? Quite curious…
This pair, although new-old stock, is by no means perfect.
One of the boots has a couple of tears along the rolled-top – but for something older than I am, this pair of boots is in bloody good shape 🙂
Quite an fascinating find, and I only paid $20 extra on top of the 1970’s RRP too!
I’ve taken this pair to the local cobbler to have it shortened to around 6 inches and to get the rolled-top reconstructed.
Results & fit-pics to come later next week!