The Clinch 11″ Engineer Boots are quite simply Iconic in the World of serious boots and are often thought of as grail boots in terms of engineers. We couldn’t agree more. Without overdoing it, they really are quite special. They have a chiselled, handsome and almost dress like aesthetic, very shapely and slender whilst at the same time they look and feel “rugged” and aggressive and ready for any action or outfit. The silhouette is fantastic and is the cream on top of a painstakingly well crafted cake. We opted for a slightly lowered heel and partially constructed toe box and we are very pleased with the results.
In terms of delivering what the boot connoisseur appreciates in the “workboot/ real boots” marketplace, Clinch boots really do tick all the boxes. They represent the best of the best in small ethical production, all hand made, old world construction, art, beauty and superior materials. Hand: cut, sewn (upper, insole & welt), soaked, lasted, nailed, sanded and trimmed all in a small workshop in Tokyo.
Leather: The overdyed Latigo leather is irregularly (the grain) beautiful. It is thick but not overly so, very pliable and comfortable and you can tell it will shape to your foot very well. The grain is beautiful and sporadic and the leather is overdyed (teacore to some) and so will reveal Brown undertone’s with wear.
Process: They are hand lasted using wooden lasts which also mean the boots can only be constructed by hand welting them which is a very time consuming and exacting process but also one which can offer unrivalled fit after break in and a truly personal and unique finish.
Materials: Clinch are extremely particular about all aspects of their boots and sourcing of the right materials is just as detailed and time consuming as the making. The majority of components are sourced from Japan whereas the leathers have been carefully selected from specific specialist tanners around the World.
The fit: Being upfront, it’s not going to be for everyone. Please take a look at the sizing tab for more in-depth info but if you don’t have high arches then you are in for a real treat. Due to the sculpted lasts and soaked and very comfortable insole they feel great when on, they are snug in the heel and early part of the mid foot and widen slightly at the ball and toe box to help accommodate the wider western foot. When on, they feel made for the foot, not mass market.
Sizing: Please see the sizing tab for full details.