These Look Like Your Favorite Leather Boots, But They’re Made in Japan

With a Horween leather upper, Japanese brass hardware and a Vibram sole.


Now at Standard & Strange, you can pre-order a pair of great boots from John Lofgren. They look like your favorite American moc-toe leather boots, but they’re made in Japan. The also have a price tag that’s double what you’d pay for a pair made in the Midwest, but there’s reason for that.

John Lofgren makes some of the best vintage-inspired boots money can buy. His uncompromising focus on quality manufacturing and design elevates his footwear above much of the competition. “I’ve always loved boots and shoes. I really wanted to make a pair of engineer boots that would be the best available, and all parts to be ethically sourced and manufactured,” he told us. “I wanted to make the Stratovarius of Engineer boots if you will.”

While Lofgren’s quintessential engineer boots are still the cornerstone of his collection, but his Moc-Toe boots may be more familiar. They were developed from the last up and feature a Horween Whiskey Cavalier leather upper, brass Japanese eyelets and a Vibram wedge sole. Completely rebuildable, they are made with Goodyear welt construction and have a leather midsole and cork footbed.

To get a pre-order a pair — sizes range from 7.5 to 12 — put a $450 deposit down now. They deliver in February 2020.

Buy Now: $820

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
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