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The John Lofgren Bootmaker Duke roper boots are inspired by two Dukes. One being an American western icon, the other being the Duke of Wellington. The latter Duke wore Hessian boots, which were military-issued footwear worn by British troops at the time. The boots were known for having a short heel, pointed toes, tassel decorated tops, and for their ease of getting in and out of stirrups. The Duke of Wellington commissioned a shoemaker to modify his personal Hessian boots to create a boot with a one inch heel and a mid-calf shaft. Those boots are thought to be directly linked to modern day ropers. And like so many things in fashion, the origins are of course, military. Our Duke roper boots convey passion and our commitment to excellence. They are totally built in Japan with master craftsmanship in all details.
The horsebutt leather was developed by Shinki Hikaku tannery in Japan. This company specializes in horsehide leather tanning and is considered one of the best, if not the best, tanneries in the world. The horsebutt will feel a bit stiff in the beginning but soon will relax and form around your foot. The leather is visually stunning with always an interesting grain to admire.
Lot No. LK-030
Shinki Hikaku horsebutt uppers
Goodyear welted construction using USA made storm welts
Heavy single, double and triple stitched sewing
1.25" stacked heel and 10" shaft
Japanese made steel shanks
Made in USA Vibram #269 soles and #700 heels
Embossed padded leather heel pad
Built on the John Lofgren 170 last
Includes Japanese made John Lofgren Bootmaker box and dust bags
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