Some basics for bootmen
|Engineer boots are a type of boot usually worn by
motorcycle riders or "bikers". The boots
are most often made of heavy weight leather, have a rounded toe
and range in height from short (10") to crotch-high (38").
The most typical height is between 10 and 18 inches.
Engineer boots are designed to protect the motorcycle rider
from injury to the foot and leg in the case of a crash and to
prevent the burning of the rider's calves while riding.
They may include a built-in steel toe cap and metal shank in the
heel, and often have a leather for stiffness. The lining also
makes them more comfortable and easier to pull on and take off.
Engineer boots typically have an adjustable leather strap across
the ankle as well as an adjustable leather strap at the top of
the shaft to adjust the fit. Multiple straps at the top of the
shaft are also common. Soles and heels are usually made of hard
rubber and may either be relatively flat or may have lugs for
|CROTCH-HIGH ENGINEER BOOTS|
||A favorite of those into tall boots is the
Wesco "Big Boss" crotch-high boot. These boots are made from 32"
to 38" or more, depending on the wearer's height, and come up as
high as the crotch. They are primarily used by those who enjoy
a strong boot fetish and are not practical for wearing while riding
a motorcycle, as the leather is often stiff and prevents easy
bending of the knee to operate the motorcycle's brake and clutch
controls operated by the foot.
|ENGINEER BOOTS FOR MOTORCYCLE COPS|
||Some Motor Officers wear Engineer style
boots, such as Chippewa Hi-Shine Boots. These boots make a good
appearance and are often less expensive than Dress Instep or Bal-Laced
Police Patrol Boots. Most law enforcement units that have
motor patrol officers usually specify a style of police patrol boot for
their officers to wear while on duty, but the units may not specify a
specific manufacturer. The units may provide a uniform allowance
which an officer can apply toward purchase of the uniform and
boots. If the allowance is limited, as many are, officers may opt for
less expensive boots like Engineer Boots that meet uniform specifications
of the unit to which he/she is assigned.
|ENGINEER BOOT MANUFACTURERS|
During the depression era, Chippewa
Shoe Company of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, developed a pair of
boots with stovepipe leg and was fashioned over "English Riding
Boot" last. In the 1960s, Sears carried the Sears branded Chippewa
Engineers and showed them as worn by land surveyors. An old word
in American English of the 1700s to 1900s for a land surveyor is
"engineer", a possibility of the origin of the name of the boot.
Chippewa continues to make quality Engineer Boots, as does
West Coast Shoe Company (Wesco), Double H, and Frye. The most
popular Engineer Boots today come from Chippewa and Wesco.
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