The John Lofgren Combat Boots

These Military-Inspired Boots from Japan Spare No Details

April 30, 2019 Style By
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John Lofgren has a reputation for uncompromised quality; based in Japan, his namesake brand spares no details when producing vintage-inspired products. These boots, which reference the iconic cap-toe military boots of the 20th century, feature Horween Olive Chromexcel leather, Goodyear-welt construction, Japanese horsehide linings and American-made brass eyelets and speed hooks. A Vibram 705 sole and 700 heel combination provide top-tier durability for everyday wear.

Available now at Standard and Strange, sizes range from 6 to 12 (wide widths and custom options are also available) and boots ship in August 2019. Thanks to the made-to-order process, you can choose your leather — pick from 10 colors of Horween Chromexcel, nine colors if French calfskin, two colors of suede and a Japanese-tanned cowhide — along with the eyelet color and storm welt color. At $1,020, they’re definitely an investment, but the components and construction are second to none.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger ($292)
Nicks Handmade Boots Robert ($495)
White’s Work Boot ($520)
An Interview with John Lofgren

John Lofgren is uncompromising in his line of Japanese-made footwear. We caught up with him to discuss the inspiration behind his brand, Japanese craftsmanship and his favorite shoe models. Read the Story

John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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