John Lofgren


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CAVEAT EMPTOR: These boots are made from a highly varied horsebutt leather that can differ in color, texture, markings, & grain across different boot panels. No two pairs are alike, and may feature both more and less dramatic grain texture than is shown below depending on the pair. 

When John Lofgren sets out to build a pair of boots, he builds the most comfortable, highest quality boot he can. All of the work is done in Japan from start to finish, using the best leathers from around the world, Vibram soles, and John's own custom lasts.

The Lofgren Combat boot is their take on the classic perforated cap-toe military boot, an iconically handsome boot that doesn't sacrifice sturdiness or durability. Standing at 6" tall, with a classic combination of 4 (polished nickel) eyelets and 3 matching speed hooks, they're built on the sleek Vibram 705 full sole (with matching Vibram 700 heel) - one of our favorite outsoles for its low profile and surprising blend of traction & durability.

For this highly limited-edition release, the team at Lofgren have sourced a beautiful black tea core horsebutt from Japan's own Shinki Tannery, one of the premier horsehide tanneries in the world. Being a tea core leather, the black dye at applied to the hides does not fully penetrate the surface of the hides, leaving the flesh underneath undyed - over time, the black dye will wear and scuff off, revealing the brown core beneath. 

Additionally, this remarkable leather features a glossy finish and a gorgeous grain texture that ranges from subtle to incredibly prominent. Unlike cowhide, horsebutt tends to roll rather than crease over time, giving them a more subtle and graceful aging process.

There's even more magic packed into the fit. Lofgren call these an E width, because they're plenty roomy throughout but we've found them to be pretty accommodating to almost everyone. Folks with wider (EE) feet may want to only go down one size, but everyone else (C, D, E widths and others) can comfortable size down one from brannock for the best fit. Over time, the footbed will collapse, taking the shape of your footstep, as the horsehide upper breaks in and conforms to the rest of your foot.

Choose 1 size smaller than your Brannock device size.

  • Built on the John Lofgren 120 Last
  • Shinki tea core black horsebutt leather from Japan
  • 360 degree storm welt
  • 4 nickel eyelets + 3 speed hooks
  • Suede rolled ankle edge
  • Brown rawhide laces
  • 6" height
  • Vibram 705 sole + 700 heel combination
  • Perforated cap toe
  • Brown contrast stitching
  • Limited edition
  • Choose 1 size smaller than your Brannock device size
  • 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 John Lofgren 120 Last

Choose 1 size smaller than your Brannock device size.

Choose 0.5 size smaller than your Red Wing Iron Ranger or Alden Barrie last size.

Choose the same size as your Viberg 2030 last size.

If your feet run wider than E width, choose a half size larger than our recommendation above.

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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.

USA Orders

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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

International Orders

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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

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