I’m a big fan of vintage boots as a wardrobe staple for men. Of the 3 basic styles – engineer, combat and marine boots, engineer are my personal favorite. But they all serve their purpose.
An engineer is a single-buckle, calf-high boot. It is the essential motorcycle boot that Brando put on the map in the movie “The Wild One.” It also was a Brad Pitt staple for years. If it’s good enough for Brando and Pitt, it’s good enough for me!
The combat is a punk rock, do everything boot. It’s basic Rock n Roll with lots of attitude. Marine’s, on the other hand, are an all-black, soft toe, lace-up, calf-high military boot. These versatile boots break in really easily and are the perfect cross between a dress and work boot.
The best period for vintage boots is from the 40’s to the 60’s when everything was union made. The quality is unbeatable. Personally, I like to find a cobbler who can re-sole my vintage boots authentically, using the same materials they were originally made with. If you prefer the engineer boot, like I do, make sure you add the Cat’s Paw Heels in keeping with the integrity of the era.
In the interest of keeping it real, I have to tell you that putting Dr. Scholl’s liners inside vintage boots for freshness, is a must-do. Also, you can use thicker liners if the boots are a little big or rough on your feet.
I personally get my boots at the Schaeffer’s Garment Hotel on Sunset but these boots can also be found at vintage shops, swap meets or even online at ebay. Somewhere out there is the boot made just for you.