Some basics for bootmen
||Very similar to engineer boots, harness boots are
a type of motorcycle boot usually worn by motorcycle riders. The boots
are most often made of heavyweight leather and range in height from
short (10") to extra high (38"). The most typical height is between
10 and 18 inches. The most common colors are black and brown, but
harness boots can be found in other colors and suede leather as well.
Harness boots were originally modeled on the square toed boots
prevalent in the 19th century, including those worn by US Civil War
soldiers. Leather straps and rings were added to this style in the
1950’s, creating the modern version of the harness boot, which quickly
became a classic. Harness boots remain a very popular item today.
|HARNESS BOOT STRAPS|
||Unlike engineer boots that have an adjustable
leather strap across the ankle, harness boots have a non-adjustable
system of four leather straps and two metal rings: one strap goes
across the top of the foot at the ankle, one strap wraps around the
rear of the foot at the ankle and two more straps rise from the sole on
either side ankle. The four straps are held in place by the two metal
rings that are located on either side of the ankle.
|OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF HARNESS BOOTS|
Harness boots are designed to protect the motorcycle rider from injury
to the foot and leg in the case of a crash while riding and may include
a built-in steel toe cap and metal shank in the heel. Harness boots
usually have a square toe.
Typically, these boots possess a pair of pull-straps on either side
of the tops of the shafts. Some manufacturers replace these straps with
adjustable leather buckle(s) located on the outside top of the shafts,
similar to engineer boots. Some harness boots have cloth pull straps
sewn on the inside of the boot shaft rather than the outside, presenting
a clean appearance at the top of the shaft.
Most harness boots have a stovepipe shaft and a flat scallop, similar
to the civil war cavalry boot after which their design was inspired.
Soles and heels are usually made of hard rubber and may either be
relatively flat or may have lugs for increased traction. Smooth leather
soles may also be found on some harness boots, like Fryes.
|VINTAGE FRYE HARNESS BOOTS|
|Frye Harness Boots inspired many bootmen of today by
their style, looks, color choices, shaft height, sound of their clunky
heels when walking in them, and affordability. These boots earn a special
mention because they rose to such popularity in the 1960's and 1970's
that almost any guy who wore boots had at least one pair, if not several.
Vintage Frye Harness Boots were 14" tall and were available in a
variety of colors, including Banana (light tan), Saddle (medium tan),
brown, black, and even tan suede.
Frye's current Harness Boots are rooted in tradition and continue to
draw influence from the Cavalry. Like their Campus Boot brethren, Frye
Harness Boots also have a wood stacked heel to 2" with a rubber heel plate.
Most have an all-leather sole. A few styles of Frye Harness Boots were
also made for bikers and have a rubber
Read more about Frye boots.
|HARNESS BOOT MANUFACTURERS|
||The West Coast Shoe Company (Wesco) makes very popular
harness boots with sturdy treads and thick durable leather. Often these
boots have a leather lining to make them stiffer, more comfortable and
easier to pull on and take off. Wesco Harness Boots are found anywhere
from 11" to 38" tall (crotch-high).
Other popular harness boot manufacturers include Frye, mentioned above,
Champion Attitude Boots, and brands including Harley-Davidson, Sendra,
and many others.
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