These American-Made Boots Will Age Beautifully
Oakland retailer Standard and Strange collaborated with Oregon bootmaker Wesco on an engineer boot designed to age beautifully. The Wesco Van Cleef III Engineer Boot, based on a style from the ’30s, is made with undyed vegetable-tanned leather. This natural Horween Essex leather will develop a unique patina, darkening with exposure to UV light and absorbing oils and dirt.
The style includes an 11-inch shaft, triple-needle stitch on the vamp and vee-stitchnig on the back stays. It features Nordic brass buckles, naildown construction and a Vibram 700 outsole and heel. And though the $775 price tag may give some people sticker shock, it’s actually quite a deal. Most other brands charge a few hundred dollars more for this style boot.