by Clinch Boots




Clinch Gary Boots are a lightweight beautifully made pair of boots, meticulously crafted, unusual and original in their fussily hand selected EU Horsebutt which is overdyed Black and has similar ageing qualities to Cordovan.

The Gary boots are built on Clinch’s CN-S last which is very shapely and low profile but is slightly wider at the ball of the foot which rounds to a sort of squared off toe. It is a very very comfortable and handsome last and makes the Gary boot a lightweight dream to wear, much like the Yeager boots. The lace to toe design makes them even more versatile for many a shaped foot.

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. There is such a lot that goes into each pair.

Leather: The overdyed (tea-core, the brown undertones will start to show through after a lot of wear) European Horsebutt is a mid to heavier weight, light/ mixed grain leather that has been hand selected by Minoru himself to represent and wear like a true vintage pair of engineers. It is a lovely luxurious and tough leather that looks fantastic when shaped and worn in (have a google).

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.

Details & sizing: Please see the both tabs for full details.

  • Black overdyed Horsebutt leather from Europe
  • Hand-sewn 270 degree flat welted construction
  • 7 eyelets, 5 speedhooks, and one final set of eyelets
  • Tonal custom brass hardware from Japan
  • Nails from Japan
  • Welting from Japan
  • O’Sullivans Cork Sole and Heel
  • CN-S last
  • Resoleable and rebuildable
  • Unstructured toebox
  • Hand-made in Tokyo

The Clinch Gary boots are made on their CN-S last and are very sculpted and shapely. The CN-S last is slim/ very fitted but very comfortable feeling in the ankle, heel and are low in volume in the mid foot. They get wider at the ball so those with average to slightly wider feet (EE maybe) will be fine at the ball area. The toe then tapers slightly again so if you have wider toes, you will want to size up a half from the below guidance.  Being lace to toe the fit is very flexible and very very comfortable. Clinch boots are sized this way: 8.5 UK/9 US/ 10 Clinch Size. The 9 US in length feels very similar to the below but there is less overall volume throughout but are fine in width at the ball of the foot:

Clinch boots are sized this way: 8.5 UK – 9 US – 10 Clinch Size. The CN-S last in 9 US in length alone (instep is different in the area mentioned) is very similar to:

Viberg 2030: 8 D

White’s Semi Dress: 8 D

White’s Smoke Jumper 4811 last: 7.5 – 8 US

White’s Cruisers: 8 US

John Lofgren Engineers: 8.5

JL M43: 8.5

JL Donkey Puncher: 8

JL  Chukka: 9 (8.5 is more comparable in length but these fit very close/ tighter)

Red Wing Iron Ranger: 8.5 – 9 US (7.5 – 8 UK)

Truman Boots (updated last): 8.5 US

Rolling Dub Trio Coupen/ Stan last: 8 US

Trickers (and majority of British brands): 7.5-8 G/F

Please get in touch with any sizing questions you may have. We will do our very best to assist you in as much depth as we can to get your sizing right. We have experience with a number of UK, European, Japanese and USA made branded shoes/ boots to help with comparisons and can take any measurements you may need.