The grain texture of horsebutt leather is highly variable, and may differ noticeably from boot to boot. We cannot ensure your boots will have more or less grain than what is photographed, and all pairs will be entirely unique. Caveat emptor.
Like so many of our favorite brands, Attractions was born from an appreciation of vintage clothing. Originally founded in 2006, Attractions began as a vintage reseller, importing pieces from the United States and UK before starting their own production in 2011. Their experience in the vintage world provided them with the knowledge and inspiration necessary to develop their own styles, growing into an impressive and unique brand in a market saturated with alternatives.
With a deliberate focus on highly specific and often obscure styles from the last hundred years, Attractions produce some truly stellar and unique pieces, occupying a stylistic wheelhouse closely adjacent to "biker" but plainly distinct from other similar repro brands. Inspired by the progression of youth culture and style, Attractions infuse their own unique perspective into both the pieces they design and the ways they design them.
Run by a small team, Attractions produce (relatively) tight collections with fewer styles than many other brands, and outsource the logistical aspects of production to specifically selected factories around Japan. The reduced strain from not having to wrangle production allows Attractions to prioritize development, releasing exceptional styles in materials that can't be found anywhere else.
With a sleeker design and profile than Attraction's Lot 444 engineer boots, the Pioneers feature an unstructured toe and minimal contrasting details, taking inspiration from some of the earliest iterations of engineer boots to hit consumer markets. Based specifically on 1930s era (motorcycle) riding boots, these are a much dressier engineer, with a unique vamp and heel construction evocative of western roper boots.
The unique vamp construction comes together at the back of the shaft, with a flared reinforcement that runs the full height of the upper. Despite their visual sleekness, the Pioneers are among the roomiest fitting of Attractions' engineer boots, with slightly less shaping through the foot (relative to their other models), a more relaxed instep, and a low volume toebox.
These are made from an all black horsebutt leather sourced from Italy's famous Guidi Tannery. Known for producing some of the best horsehides in the world, Guidi specialize in vegetable-tanning, a slow and organic process that turns hides into leather through the use of bark & plant tannins and oils instead of chemicals or heavy metals. The end result is generally a stiffer leather that can be best characterized by its remarkable break-in, as vegetable tanned leather will relax dramatically over time, moulding to the shape of the wearer's foot and gait.
It's fully "murdered out" with an all black finish and trims, from the edge stain to the sand-cast iron buckles (which are coated with a black finish), to the made in USA Vibram outsoles and heels. The midsoles are made from the highest quality Oak bark tanned leather available, which combines durability with flexibility for maximum comfort. Even the welt is stitched with all black thread, giving these an additionally sleek and dressy appearance that can be dressed up with ease.
Choose 1 size smaller than your Brannock size for the best fit. See sizing info for more details.
- Built on the Attractions Pioneer Last
- Vegetable tanned horsebutt leather from Guidi Tannery in Italy
- 270 degree goodyear flat welt
- Coated cast iron buckles
- Unstructured toe
- Steel internal shanks
- Vibram 705 half sole
- Vibram 700 heel with logger stack
- Custom stamped insole
- Unlined shaft
- Tonal stitching
- Take 1 size smaller than Brannock
- Made in Japan
We reference Brannock sizing for our footwear. The Brannock Device is the standard foot measuring tool for the world's footwear industry. Most better quality footwear stores will have one.
Built on the Attractions Pioneer Last. These are the largest fitting of Attractions' engineer boots, with a sleek low-volume toebox and relaxed instep - despite their minimal profile, these feature less shaping through the foot, and fit more easily on a wide variety of feet. For the best fit, most folks will want to take 1 size smaller than their Brannock measurement.
Need help with sizing? Contact us.
- Narrow and low volume feet:
- 1 size smaller than Brannock
- D-Width and average volume feet:
- 1 size smaller than Brannock
- E & EE-Width and high volume feet:
- 0.5 size smaller than Brannock
Our Oakland and Santa Fe stores are open for cubside pickup. View our curbside pickup info.
Due to USPS service delays, we are shipping most USA orders via UPS Ground until further notice. If you prefer to have your order shipped with USPS, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Bandanas, Patches, T-Shirts, Socks, & Hats - $5 via USPS First Class Mail
Curbside pickup: Free
Orders $300 and over - Free shipping via UPS Ground
Orders under $300 - $12 shipping via UPS Ground
Expedited Shipping (1 - 2 business days) via UPS - $40
Canada Shipping - Orders under $400
USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days) - $18
USPS Priority Mail (5 - 10 business days) - $35
DHL Express (2-3 business days) - $55
Canada Shipping - Orders over $400
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $50
Rest of World Shipping
DHL Express (2-4 business days) - $55
We want you to be comfortable shopping with us online without being able to touch the product. Before you purchase, please check the size charts we provide against your favorite garments.
- Exchanges or returns for store credit will be accepted on full-price items within 14 days of delivery (as verified by courier)
- Items sold on sale or discount are final sale, no returns or exchanges.
- Items must be in original condition with all tags attached.
- Items that have been washed, hemmed, altered, excessively worn, set aflame or touched by a private equity firm cannot be returned.
- All return and exchange shipping costs are your responsibility
- We will process all returns within 3 business days of receipt
- Our team will acknowledge receipt and action take with your return
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