LTG BOOT & SHOE COLLECTION | 24 | THE REAL McCOY’S FIELD SHOES N-1

after a five months break i will continue my LTG BOOT & SHOE COLLECTION series. the boot today is really outstanding and this not only because of the price – this one is so well done and crafted. it is a replica of the N-1 official US NAVY BOOT during WWII, which was called the “BOONDOCKER”. the people at REAL McCOY’S found an original boot which was really hard to find. and from this boot they took all the specifications and made a – sorry for me – one of the most perfect boots, you can get today. love the triple stitching details and enjoy the perfect fitting day by day. i got my boots from volls.de but he did not put these nice pieces online. another option here in europe is superdenim in the UK. important: size down half a number (US size). pics | LTG

THE REAL McCOY’S FIELD SHOES N-1
date of buying | end 2013
size | 9 D
height | 6 inch
leather | cow hide suede; treated eith dubbin by hand to offer water restsitance
pull loop | no
hardware | eyelets
laces | cotton, 7 holes
sole | rubber & cord “RAW CORD”
half slip | yes
heel base | straight
heel height | standard
mid sole | standard leather,  brown
toe design | plain toe
insole | leather footbed
welt | leather welt
steel toe | NO
category | replica US NAVY BOOT WWII, made in JAPAN


BOOT OF THE DAY | #188 | WWII US ARMY & AAF M-43 SERVICE SHOES

in july 2011 i did a post about MASH’s reproduced WWII US ARMY & AAF M-42 SERVICE SHOES. this post seems to be very interested for you guys – since more than 2.5 years still a lot of people check this blogpost. so i will you show a second reproduction that is well done and sold by MASH, japan: the WWII US ARMY & AAF M-43 SERVICE SHOES. as nice as the M42 with a lot of great details exactly authentically reproduced from the original boot. the WWII shoe lasts which are well known as “DR. MUNSON’S SHOE LAST” are full copied and should be very comfortable as the MASH team appreciates. the people from MASH studied over 100 pairs of originals before the rebuild their M-43. for more detailed information check the MASH site. there you can buy these wonderful replica boots for about 360 US $. some more facts from MASH about the M-43: “goodyear welt constructed shoe, blucher Pattern, with 1/2 bellows tongue, out-side counter pocket, full toe vamp, heavy first quality bend outersole, slip tap, out-side tap of reclaim rubber and reclaim rubber heel. the leather is best quality, heavy army rough side out. the shoe is unlined.” pics | © MASH JAPAN

RED WING SHOES | CUSTOMIZED POSTMAN #101

yes, yes, yes – this is it! i love the #101 – the POSTMAN. my first pair was a present from KLAUS c/o VOLLS.DE. i know this post is something special for shoe nerds … but sorry, this is a RED WING SHOE for real RED WING LOVERS and not for fashion pussies! and the best: the customized #101 means for me one step further. hm, what do you think? would you prefer the one with the original cushion sole or the customized #101 one with the nitrile black cork sole, you may know f.ex. from RED WING’S black IRON RANGER #8114? i love the #101 look with this heel construction. it reminds me a classic U.S. navy officer shoe. but i like both and i won’t give one of them away because for me they are different shoes. KAMI c/o RED WING SHOE STORE FRANKFURT/GERMANY made the customized #101 for me. i can’t remember if the first miles with the original #101 hurt so much as they do with the customized one. damn. everyday i wear them just a few hours indoor and i am happy to get them off. but … it’s okay. the day will come when they got broken – this shoe is worth the trouble! pics | LTG


BOOT OF THE DAY | #186 | MARK McNAIRY SILVER COUNTRY BROGUE

f***, what’s that? this shoe is so crazy and ugly that i must show it: a silver brogue. who needs this? me not. but sorry, i am staring at this 2 silver things again and again. the brogue is designed by MM and done by SANDERS & SANDRS. features:: premium grain leather uppers, punched brogue detailing, leather soles, rolled laces, fully leather lined, MARK McNAIRY logo detailing on sole, made in england. available at great uk ENDCLOTHING online shop. pics | © endclothing

SHOE SOLE RINGS by HENDER SCHEME | A-MUST-HAVE FOR THE SHOE & BOOT MANIAC

what a simple but wonderful idea: rings made of shoe soles. i think a must-have-accessoire for shoe & boot maniacs. these nice leather pieces i found @ canadian HAVEN SHOP made by japanese shoe & boot maker HENDER SCHEME known from FREE & EASY, CLUTCH and POPEYE magazines. please check their website: it is very well done with some nice effects. the rings are made of the same materials the shoes of HENDER SCHEME are made, stacked together and polished. they are available in 3 colors: in a natural, dark brown and black finish. i think by wearing these rings they will get better and better. hey, let’s do a VIBRAM ring! pics | HAVEN & HENDER SCHEME

here just some samples of shoes made by HENDER SCHEME



BOOT OF THE DAY | #184 | ALDEN x FRANS BOONE SADDLE SHOE TOBACCO CHAMOIS SNUFF SUEDE

so, definitely: this is the nicest, coolest and at the same time smartest saddle shoe i ever saw. respect to FRANS BOONE who did this awesome piece together with ALDEN. i think this style, this combination in design and leathers must be really exclusive – at least i never saw before. this ALDEN shoe features the following characteristics: snuff suede saddle and heel part, vamp and quarters in reversed tobacco chamois, brass eyelets, cordo hyde flat laces, plantation crepe outsole, barrie last D width. it would be an amazing, awesome part of my boot & shoe collection, but the price is the price an ALDEN costs. so my rationality is fighting against the passion. it’s an exciting match! wonderful pics | © FRANS BOONE


LTG BOOT & SHOE COLLECTION | 21 | SHOE PORN: THE NAVY OXFORD RED WING SHOE STYLE 8100

the newest part of my collection and one of the most i ever wanted! some weeks ago they arrived straight from japan in between just 4 days: the BLUE RWS oxford style #8100. this shit is so great, so extraordinary, so rare – i love it!

RED WING SHOES WORK OXFORD #8100
date of buying | new spring 2011
size | 9.5D, height | low – oxford style
leather | blue chrome
sole | traction tred crepe sole
insole | leather with cushioned footbed
welt | Goodyear welt construction
steel toe | NO
category | classic work oxford style
made in USA pics | LTG


LTG BOOT & SHOE COLLECTION | 20 | L.L. BEAN WAXED CANVAS MAINE HUNTING SHOE

one of my absolute favorites of my boot & shoe cupboards: the 1912 introduced MAIN HUNTING SHOE. this boot was LEON LEONWOOD BEAN’S very first product. it is a pity, the one i own is just a bit too small. the boot fits only with very thin socks and so the comfort is not the best when walking some time. i think i had to change the boot in a one size up bigger one. good to know that this boot isn’t so expensive at all. an absolutely must-have boot: an american icon which is still handstitched and checked for quality right there in MAINE! pics | LTG

WAXED CANVAS MAINE HUNTING SHOE
year of buying | it was a present 2010
size | 8 D
height | 10″
style | hunting
leather | just some leather at the lining
the boot is made of rubber and waxed canvas
sole | moccasin-like, flexible sole allows you to feel the forest floor
heel | steel shank for superior lateral and arch support
eyelets | copper
laces | nylon,  dark brown colored
insole | leather with cushioned footbed
steel toe | NO
category | hunting shoe
handmade in the USA


LTG BOOT & SHOE COLLECTION | 19 | RED WING SHOES OXFORD STYLE #9042

after a long break i will continue the LIFE TIME GEAR series “LTG BOOT & SHOE COLLECTION”. today i post one of my favorite oxford styles: the RWS 9042 BECKMAN. so classic, so simple, so comfortable, so durable with a great look.

RED WING SHOES STYLE #9042
part of the BECKMAN collection
year of buying | it was a present 2012
size | 9.5 D
height | low
style | oxford
leather | oil-tanned,  antique cigar featherstone
sole | roccia
heel | vibram
hardware | eyelet | small black colored
laces | nylon,  dark brown colored
insole | leather with cushioned footbed
welt | leather welt
steel toe | NO
category | 1920 business work shoe style
made in the USA