The BILTBUCK lot 444’s by Attractions are a very solid interpretation of a slightly dressier engineer boot that really harks back to an era gone by. Higher heel, sleek flat welt, rounded toe and a shapely waist combined with solid components, heavy stitching and a leather that feels bomb proof and you are set with a stylish edgy pair of boots that can be dressed up or down and will look better the more you wear then as they shape to your foot. We like these a lot.
The leather, the leather: Italian Horsebutt. It’s lovely. It’s thick, pliable, very robust and it’s that type of leather you see on a 40 year old pair of boots or horse jacket and go wow. Quite stiff to begin with and feels very solid but will shape and soften in no time if abuse correctly. Not a pair you would want or need to baby. The grain is there, full of character and imperfect which really adds to the overall authenticity of these boots.
The lasts (shape the boot is made on) are very shapely, have a nice slim waist with a sleek rounded toe, are comfortable immediately in terms of support and width and have a dress like footprint whilst still looking and feeling substantial. The heel slip will feel very little as they cup your heel, you might get a bit initially as with all engineers bit when the sole breaks in and they are sized correctly they will be fine.
Comfort: They are comfortable immediately. Full leather insole with branded heel cup, well sized ankle straps (thick) for keeping heel slip to a minimum, great heel height, the width of the shaft is well balanced so you can still get your more tapered denims on and considering the materials and amount of heavy leather used, the weight is light making them very comfortable for all day wear.
Construction & finish: The best materials and construction methods have been used in these boots, just see the DETAILS tab. The stitching is very neat and uniform, the heel well balanced and elegantly shaped and the sole trim is even and nicely done.