Thursday, May 4, 2017


I enjoy spending good money on great clothing as much as the next guy or gal and traditionally stick to established and respected name brands. While I don't really consider myself a fashion kinda guy -- I just wear things that catch my eye -- readers of my blog and followers of my Instagram have found my posts and style interesting enough to hit me up about the very things I wear.

Some of the common questions I receive are, "I'm looking for a pair of boots that look like (insert brand here), but have a budget of less than $500. Can you help?" or "Are there clothing brands out there that offer the same workwear or Americana style for someone on a budget?"

It's no secret that a lot of established companies charge a good penny for their goods, but there are alternatives out there.

As a frequent visitor to Target for our household needs, Jillian likes to report on the workwear-inspired offerings she runs across in the men's clothing department and over the years they've ranged from selvedge denim to chambray workshirts with chinstraps. Here's an example of their latest offering -- a chambray workwear coat and cotton vest, both of which can be had for about $75 -- the Chambray shirt, also from Target, was about $25 from several years back.

For me, these will never replace the amazing pieces from some of my favorite brands like Mister Freedom® and their ethical manufacturing standards, but for some folks out there they definitely capture that vintage vibe at a manageable price.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Love the blog and Instagram, I would really like an opinion about a possible first purchase between Wesco 7400 and Vibergs engineer boots. I read your blog which featured both and i would like your opinion on which ones would be a better purchase? Any feedback would be appreciated.

(Photo: VibergViberg Horween CXL, $750 - This leather will develop a highly-desired patina as the black color wears away over time. 

(Photo: Standard & Strange)Wesco 7400 Black Tie Domain, $609 - Due to the dying process, don't expect a brown undertone. 

Pecos-Style Western Last, Traditional Nickel Roller Buckles

Traditional, Vintage "Narrow" Profile, Modern Copper Buckles

Cat's Paw Rubber

Full Composition Vibram

While each boot has its own style -- Wesco has the more traditional early American vibe while the stock Viberg, in my opinion, is offered in a more modern western Pecos style -- they are both nice boots definitely worth buying. 

As a fan of a more classic narrow style with flat toes, Wesco is the model I would personally choose. However, I think Viberg offers custom orders and with their vast number lasts one could build an amazing pair of Engineers. Of course, this means an increased cost. 

The Wesco 7400 model is perfect out of the box and at almost $150 less, while I think the stock Viberg leaves much to be desired. 

I hope this helps and good luck!


Friday, April 28, 2017


Great news for boot lovers!

"Here is your chance to get a pair of Road Champs. The boots will be available on later today(28 April 2017)

Get ready for the Road Champ mania if you wear either a 7, 8, 9, 9.5, 10.5 or 11.5. Remember to size down .5 from your usual sneaker size - it works for most."
Photo Source: MF Store Instagram

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


This day in April 18, 1906 at 5:12 am - The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake ripped and ravaged the city; setting the Levi's building on fire. All company records were lost, and the meaning of its most iconic image was burried in flames.



Thursday, April 13, 2017


Brand: Unknown
Circa: 1930's
Color: Black
Size: 10 1/2
Length: 12"
Width: 4 1/1"
Leather: Advertised as "Horsehide"but more than likely Cowhide
Sole: Leather
Hardware: Brass
Condition: "Still wearable"
Sold For: $313.99 / 21 bids

There haven't been too many nice Vintage Engineer Boots up lately, but this one caught my eye.   I am a big fan of 1930's and 1940's Engineer Boots and this pair has all the characteristics with the custom cigarette pocket.  No brand on these, but the way the vamp and heel pad are sewn together reminds me of Knapp.  Not sure why this one sold for so little (that's a great thing) when compared to all the blatantly obvious 1970's crappy boots being passed off as 1950's that sell for over $600.  


Monday, April 10, 2017


The coveted "Julian-Made" Double RL Engineers is a model I wish I never got rid of. This particular boot was sent to me for repair with the Road Champs belonging to Erik of Bull & Bush Brewery. If you find your size available at auction online, I recommend snagging it up. I would personally drop anywhere betweeen $400-$600 for a pair depending on condition.

Monday, April 3, 2017


Ever look at the knife or card pocket on a pair of vintage Red Wings and think about all the possible uses of the empty space on the inside of your Engineer Boot shaft? I thought about this very thing and in 2012 I went ahead and cut out a completely functional 1930's-style "D-Pocket." This is more of a visual design, but can be used to carry credit cards, coins, guitar picks, etc.

Since then, I crafted another D-Pocket for a pair of custom Engineers and more recently was asked by a friend if I could do the same for his brand new, never used Mister Freedom® Road Champ Engineer Boots.

Custom VEB Leather belts I made for Bull & Bush Brewery back in 2014

I you have a pair of boots in need of a functional pocket, feel free to hit me up at Straight rectangle flap pocket, D-Pocket, slot … if you can think it up, I can make it happen.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Charles Edward Anderson Berry
October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017 (aged 90)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Looking through Christophe's Instagram, I couldn't help but spy a Grizzly Campus jacket!!

Sunday, March 12, 2017


I've recently had a some folks ask for my thoughts on the John Lofgren Engineer Boots and all I have to say is they are worth EVERY bit of ¥107,784 ($939.00). If you're serious about boots and care how your hard-earned money is spent, then I say "Buy quality and cry once — buy cheap and cry forever.” (ca.1922)

"We use the best, ethically made materials, and sewing/construction is done 100% in Japan. We never sew our uppers in China and attach the soles in Japan so they can be called "made in Japan" (a common practice). In fact you won't find any Chinese made parts on my boots." -John Lofgren

Thanks for the scoop, John!

Saturday, March 11, 2017



After 2 years on the waiting list, finally got my Brown Road Champs! Now with standard half-soles! Thought you'd dig - don't know if you've seen these yet. I'm very psyched!

Hope all is well. Sorry for the bad pics. - Matthew L.

I have not seen the brown boots with half soles. They look phenomenal! Thanks for the wonderful news. Good things come to those who wait, y'all!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Brand: King-O-Fur
Circa: 1930's
Color: Brown
Size: Appears to be a 38
Chest: 19
Sleeve: 21
Length: 25
Sold For: $1,380.27 / 25 Bids
Seller: msdeadhorse

There's no doubt this amazing jacket would have garnered much more scratch in better condition and perhaps even a size or two larger. Either way, it's a great example of the amazing functional and stylish pieces that existed during the early century.

Japan's Cushman offered a pretty decent reproduction several years ago, but nothing beats an original.

KOF offered so many different variations of their fur jackets. Check out another style I archived back in 2012  here




I've lost count as to how many custom Hometown Jerseys and t-shirts I own, but whatever that number I'm surely not done.

Jill Smith offers an array of vintage-inspired custom racing jerseys with felt lettering and her customer service is impeccable.

"Hometown Jersey is a reflection on original shirts worn for car and motorcycle racing, for advertising and for celebrating hometown pride as far back as the 1930's through the 1960's. Reminiscent of vintage racing jerseys and t-shirts, our high quality garments feature felt lettering stitched on by hand, in house, to represent your hometown, your car or motorcycle club, your business, band or your favorite hobby. 100% Made in the USA. Each made to order. Create your own now!"

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017


The Service Boot by Ranch Road Boots are aging so very well and go perfect with my Mister Freedom® gear. At only $349, you cannot beat the style, construction, fit and feel of these incredible boots. Made with Goodyear welt construction, these are meant to last a lifetime.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


I picked up one of the many NOS French military belts from MF Headquarters at 7161 some time ago and finally got around modding it. The initial plan was to dye it black and resize, but during preparation I really fell in love with the clean, smoothly finished reverse side. I highly recommend picking one of these up when your at the shop.