Donkey Puncher Boots - Black CXL

Donkey Puncher Boots - Black CXL

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The sizing for Donkey Puncher Boots has been updated in 2023. The fit and last are unchanged, but the sizing has just been shifted up by 0.5 size, to align more consistently with the rest of the Lofgren catalog. Put simply, what was previously called a size 9.5 is now called a size 10.

The name "Donkey Puncher" comes from a niche bit of history pertaining to the intersection of logging, footwear, and heavy machinery. Developed at the end of the 19th century, the Steam Donkey was a steam-powered hauling machine utilized by the logging industry for the transport of felled trees - this was one of the first pieces of mechanized equipment ever employed by the logging industry, serving as a replacement for oxen and horses.

The men who rode and operated these mobile boilers were called "Donkey Punchers" and would have favored thick leather boots with a tall logger heel and full lace-to-toe configuration, just like these. John Lofgren's Donkey Puncher Boots are a faithful reimagining of a vintage style 6" logger boot, built from the highest quality materials in one of Japan's very best boot factories.

They're built around John Lofgren's 120 Last, a high-volume E-width last that's further complimented by the lace-to-toe configuration of the boots, making it extremely accommodating to a wide variety of different feet. The toe is rounded, with an almost symmetrical profile from the top that will comfortably house your toes without looking bulky or bulbous - continuing back, we find an average instep and nice round heel cup that cradles your foot.

Everything is held together with multiple rows of heavyweight high-SPI (stitch-per-inch) sewing that alternates between one tonal thread and one contrasting thread. They stand on one of our favorite combos, the made-in-USA Vibram 705 half sole + 700 heel combo, a stellar pairing with excellent durability and comfort, as well as a sleek low profile. The hardware is heavy duty solid brass, with a combination of 6 eyelets and 3 military grade speed hooks, and a removable kilte can be threaded through the bottom lace for enhanced durability and protection from small debris.

The uppers are made from Horween's Chromexcel cowhide, an extremely sturdy and handsome leather that only gets better and better with time. Horween Black CXL is a tea-core leather, meaning the dye hasn't fully penetrated the hide, sitting only at the surface above a "natural" brown core. Over time, that black dye will scuff off and wear down in certain areas, revealing a tan interior that will also darken and patina with wear.

As far as leather goes, it's thick and sturdy, starting out noticeably stiff and requiring a few weeks of good wear to really break-in. After that, the leather begins to relax considerably, moulding to take the shape of the wearer's foot and softening at flex points to move more easily. To finish everything off, the inside is fully lined with a soft horsehide leather, that will cradle your foot after breaking in, keeping you comfortable all day long.

The goodyear welt construction can be rebuilt by any trusted cobbler once the sole wears down, giving potentially lifetimes of wear with proper care and maintenance.

These size differently to pairs of Lofgren Donkey Puncher Boots produced before 2023. Choose 0.5 size smaller than Brannock.

  • Built on the John Lofgren 120 Last
  • Horween black CXL cowhide
  • 6" lace-to-toe boot
  • Goodyear welted
  • Japanese horsehide lining
  • Vibram 705 sole + 700 heel combination
  • American-made brass eyelets and speedhooks
  • Stacked logger heel
  • Removable leather 'kiltie' toe cover
  • Choose 0.5 size smaller than your Brannock device size
  • Made in Japan

Built on the John Lofgren 120 Last

The sizing for Donkey Puncher Boots has been updated in 2023. The fit and last are unchanged, but the sizing has just been shifted up by 0.5 size, to align more consistently with the rest of the Lofgren catalog. Put simply, what was previously called a size 9.5 is now called a size 10.

We suggest choosing 0.5 size smaller than your Brannock device size. If you already own a pair of Lofgren Donkey Puncher boots produced before 2023, we suggest choosing these 0.5 size larger than the pair you already own for the same fit.

  • Narrow and low volume feet:
    • 0.5 size smaller than Brannock
  • D-Width and average volume feet:
    • 0.5 size smaller than Brannock
  • E & EE-Width and high volume feet:
    • 0.5 size smaller than Brannock

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.

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  • Orders $300 and over - Free shipping via UPS Ground
  • Orders under $300 - $12 shipping via UPS Ground
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INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

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

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For customers in the USA, please go to our returns portal at for any returns excluding leather jackets and footwear. There is no need to contact us directly once you initiate a return via the portal.

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