Engineer Boot – Everything About This Classic

The Engineer Boot is a boot style unusual anywhere in the world. In addition, in Brazil, seems to be associated to a female audience. At least that’s what I feel, because when they appear, it is only on the shelves of shoe stores for women.

Engineer Boot – Everything About This Classic

I like very much this kind of boot for males, especially of the details and the format that they had in their golden era. Use very boots as well, and I’m going to tell you a little bit more about the model.

The story is pretty cool. She jumped out of the factories, to the motorcycle, and then to the feet of the youth. Let’s go!

What is An Engineer to Boot

The name says it all. The Engineer Boots were made to protect the feet and legs of the engineers. Are boots very resistant, so also were adopted by motorcyclists. The two groups had nearly identical: to protect the feet and legs from abrasion and heat.

The design can vary, but you will always find some basic features.

  • They are usually made of leather full grainoiled to add flexibility, strength and waterproofness;
  • The barrel is high, and without laces, like a chimney. The height varies between 7 and 17 inches;
  • It has adjustable buckles at the ankle and at the mouth of the pipe. This sure is the most striking feature.

These details, as all that is classic in men’s fashion, are practical:

  • Usually had soles from hard rubber to withstand chemicals, parts, hot, and sharp things;
  • The leather without tabs and laces is for the boot not be attached to the machinery or parts furniture;
  • The boot has a few seams, and therefore is more waterproof;
  • The barrel wider was for the employee to take off quickly, if your foot got stuck.

The Engineer Boot was made to protect the engineers, but like many things in menswear, have gained popularity in the casual world thanks to its attributes utilities.

The History of the Engineer Boot

Some sources say that the boot began to appear in the 1930s. At the time, were used by the conductors of the train, called the engineers. These guys threw coal into the engine of the trains to steam, worked near heavy machinery and dangerous, and therefore needed to protect the legs of both the heat of the blade is sharp and the machinery.

The likely inspirations for this model were the riding boots and the boots Harness, released by Frye more or less in 1860. The most certain, is that the Chippewa was the first brand to manufacture Engineer Boots regularly. The boots appeared in the catalogs of the brand between the late 30s and the early 40s. Another pioneer was the Wesco (West Coast Boot Company).

The origin of the name is strange when we think about the profile of the engineer and modern. The explanation is that day-to-day professional of today is different from what it was when the boot was baptized.

Because Engineer?

The original meaning of the word “engineer” is someone who was drawing or building engines (engines), but it was also used to call people who were operating heavy equipment. Until today, it is common to call the conductor “railroad engineers” in the United States.

That is, the engineer of the season dirtied their hands working with machines in conditions much more adverse. Think of them with a face full of oil, working directly on the lines and assembly halls of the machine. Remember Steve McQueen almost losing the arm in The Canhoneiro of the Yang-Tse?

Life was not easy on the train, or in the boilers of the mills. Places full of machinery exposed, equipment in motion, molten metal and debris flying everywhere. The threat of injury was constant, especially if a member got stuck in the moving parts. A piece of equipment that minimise the risk, and could be removed quickly in case the leg got stuck in some piston or gear, it was very important.

Of the factories for the bikes

That photo up there came out in Life Magazine in 1947. The article “Cyclist”s Holiday – He and friends terrorize the town” helped create the image of the motoclubes rebels.

The Engineer Boot was short lived as work boots and fell from popularity during the Second World War, when the factories have returned to production for boots combat with laces. She was to hand, until it came to a fever of motorcycling in the 50’s.

This story with bikes began when the veterans of the Second War have set up clubs motorcycle to return home. They ride bikes in combat and in a certain way, they needed to relive the feeling of freedom for the vehicle and camaraderie of a military unit.

At the time there were no products specific to the motorcycle. The normal was to opt for shoes made to other professions demanding, as riders, woodcutters (Loggers) and electricians (Lineman).

The Engineer Boot has emerged as one of the candidates, and for a time was elected the best boot for motorcycle riding. She does not have laces and props that could get caught in moving parts of the bike, protects the lower leg of the heat, and protects the biker in case of a fall. Break, have a visual transgressive and as well aggressive.

The Wild Ones – Os Selvagens!

In a way, it was the very engineer boot that helped start the fever for motorcycles which, in turn, revived the sales of the boots. A perfect cycle!

In 1953, Marlon Brando starred in The movie The Wild One as Johnny Strabler, the leader of the group, degenerate Black Rebels Motorcycle Club. While they terrified a city of southern California, Brando and his Rebels have established the uniform is not of an official outside of the law:

  • Cap
  • Jacket perfecto black leather
  • White t-shirt
  • Levis 501with bar folded
  • Of course, the boots of the engineer. In little time, millions of teenagers have adopted the same style the rebel.

The film and the look of the characters strongly influenced an emerging subculture of motorcycle enthusiasts and the style of all the subcultures with free spirit, as the new stars of rock’ n ‘ roll, that have adopted the visual.

The rebels and transgressors

The bikers chose the boot by visual, practicality and protection, perfect for the road. Does not take long for thousands of teenagers copying the style. Unlike industrial workers, and bikers, they chose the boots by the face of the aggressive and the association to the elements of the rebels. They were in the wrong, at a time when many cultural changes.

Notice, that in movies like Grease and American Graffiti, the visual is always associated with “who cause problems”, while the good young men tie their sweaters on the shoulder.

As the style rebel became more common, the Engineer Boots have gained strength. Once more, they turned the figure right in the collection of all brands of boots and department stores.

However, like everything in fashion, they have lost popularity among the youth, and disappeared from the mainstream. Disappeared, but continued to be on the feet of those who participate in groups where the footwear has a root more strong, as the motorcycle and the gang of rockabilly, for example.

Part of the appeal of the engineer boot is their historic craft and the ethos “made in USA”. In the world of quick changes in fashion, the work boots craft are an anomaly – remains in style because it never change. Most manufacturers of work boots tip rely on methods and machines for manufacturing traditional to assist highly skilled craftsmen throughout the process.

Let’s talk about some!

Where To Purchase An Engineer To Boot

It is not easy to find an Engineer to Boot that self-respecting. They are not in fashion, so the only options are the brands of bike or niche brands.

The boots of the brands of bike they are usually made in centers low cost with dubious practices. In my opinion, they do not have beautiful ways. The boots which brands such as Harley-Davidson are doing have gone through many changes to suit the style of every season, and have lost the original beauty. The nozzle is usually high and the large pipe too much, without the balance of classic 50’s.

What details are these?

Look at this photo of the boots vintage in the movie The Wild.

  • The nozzle’s “boring”
  • Jump woodsman
  • Half rubber outsole

I especially like the beak down that the boots vintage have:

In my opinion, the Engineer Boots are the coolest are made by niche brands boots americanpioneers, such as the Chippewa, Wesco and Red Wing.

Another good idea is to run behind the new brands that have a footprint retro. As well as with the raw denim, brands, and fans of the style, felt the lack of a product that matched the quality and style of the boots of the golden era. Some adventurers decided to manufacture Engineers Boots that match, or exceed, the standards of the past. They reproduce the details that make this boot a success!

You can find the Engineer Boots the coolest in the following brands:

  • Wesco Boots(USA)
  • White’s Boots (USA)
  • Ace Boots (USA)
  • Viberg(Canada)
  • Attractions (Japan)
  • Julian Boots(USA)
  • Far Eastern Enthusiasts (Japan)
  • Mister Freedom(USA)
  • The Real McCoys(Japan)
  • John Lofgren(Japan)
  • Clinch (Japan)
  • Engine (Japan)
  • Red Wing(USA)
  • Lone Wolf (Japan)
  • Old Joe & Co (Japan)
  • Phigvel (Japan)
  • Hollywood Trading Company/Santa Rosa (USA)
  • Nicks (USA)
  • Chippewa(USA)
  • Scroll Club(USA)
  • Santa Rosa (USA)
  • Frye (USA)
  • Wolverine (USA)
  • Gunman (Mexico)

I hope you enjoyed exploring the history of this boot amazing! Like and share the Engineer’s Boot in the social networks!

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Mens 11 Inch Classic Engineer Boot

Mens 11 Inch Classic Engineer Boot

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REAL LEATHER CLASSIC ENGINEER BOOT W/ABRASION GUARD …

REAL LEATHER CLASSIC ENGINEER BOOT W/ABRASION GUARD ...

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Saint Laurent Classic Engineer Boot in Black for Men

Saint Laurent Classic Engineer Boot in Black for Men

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Men’s Classic Engineer Boot w/ Abrasion Guard – Milwaukeee …

Men’s Classic Engineer Boot w/ Abrasion Guard – Milwaukeee ...

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Milwaukee Leather Men’s 6" Classic Engineer Boot

Milwaukee Leather Men's 6" Classic Engineer Boot

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Engineer Boots #1

Engineer Boots #1

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Classic Chippewa 9.5E

Classic Chippewa 9.5E

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Vintage Engineer Boots: June 2013

Vintage Engineer Boots: June 2013

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Original Chippewa 11.5EE

Original Chippewa 11.5EE

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Vintage Engineer Boots: June 2013

Vintage Engineer Boots: June 2013

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Mens 11 Inch Classic Engineer Boot

Mens 11 Inch Classic Engineer Boot

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Size 13 Classic Chippewa’s #1

Size 13 Classic Chippewa's #1

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Size 13 Classic Chippewa’s #1

Size 13 Classic Chippewa's #1

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REAL LEATHER CLASSIC ENGINEER BOOT W/ABRASION GUARD …

REAL LEATHER CLASSIC ENGINEER BOOT W/ABRASION GUARD ...

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Vintage Engineer Boots: ENGINEER BOOT LEXICON PART XX

Vintage Engineer Boots: ENGINEER BOOT LEXICON PART XX

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Vintage Engineer Boots: 1950’S ENGINEER BOOTS

Vintage Engineer Boots: 1950'S ENGINEER BOOTS

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Vintage Engineer Boots: BARGAIN VINTAGE ENGINEER BOOTS

Vintage Engineer Boots: BARGAIN VINTAGE ENGINEER BOOTS

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Chippewa Short Engineer Boot – Men

Chippewa Short Engineer Boot - Men

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Vintage Engineer Boots: VINTAGE 1940’S CHIPPEWA ENGINEER BOOTS

Vintage Engineer Boots: VINTAGE 1940'S CHIPPEWA ENGINEER BOOTS

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Mens 11 Inch Classic Engineer Boot-Wide – Milwaukeee Leather

Mens 11 Inch Classic Engineer Boot-Wide – Milwaukeee Leather

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