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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.
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-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