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John Lofgren Bootmaker Medallion Brogue Chelsea boots were developed by researching the originals created by J. Sparkes-Hall in the 1800s, versions favored by American Congressmen in the 19th and early 20th century, to the versions worn by the Chelsea Set in southwest London in the 1950s. The latter is where the Chelsea boot derives its name. The JLB Medallion Brogue Chelsea boot uses the same last as our original Chelsea boots. These boots are overbuilt, using Shinki Hikaku Horsebutt leather uppers with Japanese cowhide lining, heavy-duty elastic gussets, 360 degree storm welt, and American made Vibram soles and heels. These also feature full broguing and our signature lion's paw medallion on the toes. These boots are made in Japan and exhibit the finest, painstaking attention to detail by master craftsmen and women
Our exceptional horsebutt leather originates from the renowned Shinki Hikaku tannery in Japan, a distinguished expert in the art of horsehide leather tanning, widely regarded as one of the finest in the world. When you first experience this leather, you may notice a slight initial stiffness, but rest assured, it swiftly molds and conforms to your foot for exceptional comfort. What truly sets this leather apart is its captivating visual allure, consistently presenting a fascinating grain pattern to captivate your gaze. Shinki Hikaku's dedication to preserving the natural character of the hide is evident, as very minimal, if any, surface correction is performed. This approach allows the authentic marks acquired by the horse during its life, such as those from bug bites or encounters with a sharp tree branch, to remain subtly visible. These imperfections are not blemishes but rather cherished enhancements, enriching the narrative of these exquisite hides.
Lot No. LK-036
Shinki Hikaku horsebutt uppers with Japanese cowhide lining
Goodyear welt construction with USA made storm welts
Heavy single and double stitched sewing
1.25" stacked heel
Japanese made steel shanks
Made in USA Vibram 430 soles & heels
Embossed padded leather heel pad
Woven JLB lion pull tabs
Built on the John Lofgren 110 last
Includes Japanese made John Lofgren Bootmaker box and dust bags
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