This is the third article in the series on the boots when we finally address the real man boots cutting timber or raise goats: the work boots / combat boots.
Combat boots or work boots? It’s a bit of a geek distinction textiles and the term most commonly used at this time is more fighting boots in France.
We will quickly see the origins of this room, then style advice (with lots of workwear porn or porn Americana). I also chose to tell you about Red Wing is a brand you already know but, skilfully out of the game with a few simple models and reference.
I mention other iconic models and other cheap brands in the guide boots and boots.
Combat boots: the origins
Wear shoes seems common today. Yet for the majority of the world population throughout history, they were only worn during batailles.C’est from ancient times we thought the best way to connect the sole and the upper .dropoff window This highlights its importance for example during the War of Independence in which the cavalry is equipped inappropriately combat cowboy boots.
During the Second World War, more soldiers were neutralized because of frozen feet in the mud of the trenches, that because of the German soldiers.
To prevent mud to go, so we used a leather upper gradually (for sealing) and a loop (to close the shoe).
Two requirements remain: ensuring adherence to the ground and stability (including protecting the ankle).
Two technical responses: studded rubber soles to walk even in the most slippery mud, with a before-steel reinforcement (an end-hull) to ensure stability.
And, of course, a rising rod to hold the ankle more efficiently.
These concepts are characteristic of combat boots, but reinterpreted for civil uses, recreation, such as hiking, hunting or fishing.
In the selection I propose, I tried to offer you a fair compromise between comfort and aesthetics. Some pairs of purists are essential from the point of view comfort, quality and durability but have really made plain that it would be too difficult to meet in town.
If these boots were the basis provided for heavy work and neglecting the aesthetic aspect, we can now aim for a balance between appearance and durability.
Despite a raw simplicity, the legacy brands manage increasingly inserting thoughtful touches of sophistication in their creation.
If fill nearly the same role in winter as canvas sneakers just relaxed, we can also match a little more dressed context see even more appropriate in particular costume.C’est with boots flower pieces, as Grenson model that combines the texture of brogues and Vibram soles.
If the Vibram sole is very appropriate in a formal context, these boots are durable enough to be resembles with classic leather sole, thinner.
How to wear a pair of combat boots?
The wedding boots and trousers
While wearing combat boots, it requires above all a successful stacking: that is how the jeans or pants made folds when we get it in the boot.
You will not ever find against a jeans which has a perfected at any range shoe, it does not exist.
Rather it is a somewhat complicated combination that works mainly by couple. The following rules will guide you in this concept a little foggy, but you will need to make for yourself a few adjustments and probably go see a retoucher for ultimate display performance.
The best thing to do is to go and see with pants and pair of shoes you plan to mostly with then do with him how to tighten the opening at the ankle until the desired rendering.
More generally, an opening at the ankle works well with combat boots, thick and impressive is the 19-21. The explanation is simple: if you take closer you seem to have some matches instead of the legs and if you take larger, you can not return the jeans into the boots.
Then you have to make a case by case depending on the model boots (their finesse, the opening can be wide or tight) and also your size (if you are doing 44-45, it will be necessarily more towards opening to the ankle at least 19 to 20 cm it will direct you.
Here are some fine examples of fallen:
Returned with jeans, but not specifically enhances the tab:
Wear combat boots, it’s also a question of size. The most manly of them have such a loop that necessarily involve returning the jeans into the boot If you are small, you have to be vigilant about the cut of the jeans so that it does not a shapeless heap.
This is against a godsend if you are tall and thin as combat boots easily counteraction volume down to balance your figure
A brand: Red Wing
Red Wing is a trademark of Minnesota of the eponymous town founded in 1905 by Charles Beckmannn. The brand is aimed at the base of the miners, farmers and loggers.
It will admirably maintain expertise and a century-old equipment cohabiting consistently with newer machines.
The brand vision is exemplary in the ready to wear: growth in sales primarily allows it to reinvest in the quality of its stores and its products, not in quantity and revenue growth of case.
The brand works since its inception with a tannery: SB Foot Tannery, bought in 1987 by Red Wing. It is probably the largest tannery in the United States to the complement integrated production: we cowhides at the entrance and at the exit of the leather.
2004 Red Wing Lifestyle creates a line that capitalizes on the core brand’s flagship business and its products. Later renamed Legacy, it finds its widest market in Japan where people are fond of these garments steeped in history.
This line has also strangely the most difficult to sell in the US, due to greater sensitivity to a higher price than the Japanese population. Nevertheless, a trend that tends to be reversed through the attraction of Made in USA.
This brand is also very representative of the shoe phenomenon porn and porn work wear seen increasingly on social networks, and pinterest tumblr in mind, and that is very popular with the Asian audience (after the US, the countries with the FB fans of the brand is actually Taiwan.) The Americana and vintage models are particularly emphasized.
Bloggers like Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist, also contributed to this return to the front of the stage (unlikely for a guy who photographed 90% of guys with cross blazers with gold buttons and pockets).
Some iconic models of combat boots
Here are some features of the models Legacy Online
The Iron Ranger
These boots were worn by miners in Minnesota in the early 20th century. Their job was dangerous and painful and extra protection was needed, which is why the heel and toe of the shoe enjoyed a double layer of leather. He was also carefully waxed and oiled in order to be completely waterproof.
The hand sewn Maine line in a lighter leather, often Moc Toe (with a square toe and highly visible seams). These can be worn in spring and summer with thin wool socks. They are mainly sold in counters Japanese shops a little sharp, like Beams and United Arrows.
Red Wing carefully chooses his collaborations, not to dilute its brand history
The Munson boots, with Nigel Cabourn
Nigel Cabourn buys boots Munson (named after the inventor of the form, Edward Munson) worn by soldiers during the 1st World War. Leather is impeccably greased and oiled to ensure maximum waterproofing.
Was a thick and two hyper sewn soles, to leather and other rubber.
Finally, the inner lining is Harris Tweed. Unfortunately, this wonderful collaboration dates back to 2012
Epilogue: boots that last a lifetime
If we are dealing with simple cowhide and Nnon not cordovan leather from Horween, boots in Red Wing remain the test of time: a pair can be resemellée March-July time. The transaction costs in Red Wing $ 95, and less than a hundred euros for a classic cobbler in France and is at worst every 3 years (unless you have a really intensive use of your boots). In short, a damn good investment and a second youth you enjoy necessarily after each resemelage (it’s like buying a new pair but with the comfort of a pair already formed).