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John Lofgren Bootmaker M-43 Service Shoes are not simple reproductions of WWII U.S. Army service shoes. Not just another boondocker. They are a modern-day piece de resistance of footwear, carefully designed to meet the needs of contemporary life, but still look very classic, down to the distinctive Munson last shape. The Munson last was patented in 1912 by U.S. Army doctor, Edward Munson. Dr. Munson perfected his last after studying the feet of more than two thousand soldiers. Our M-43 Service Shoes, like all John Lofgren Bootmaker footwear, are totally built in Japan with master craftsmanship in all details.
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-017
Shinki Hikaku horsebutt uppers
Goodyear welt construction with USA made storm welts
Heavy single, triple and quadruple stitched sewing
1.5" stacked heel, 6" shaft
Japanese made steel shanks
USA made Vibram 700 cork soles and 7335 cork heels
Embossed padded leather heel pad
Built on the original Munson last
Includes Japanese made John Lofgren Bootmaker box and dust bags