John Lofgren Engineer Boots – Shinki Horsebutt Timber

by John Lofgren


John Lofgren Engineer Boots – Shinki Horsebutt Timber


Please note, these Shinki Timber HB engineer boots on the whole do not have as much exaggerated grain as previous versions. The grain is more subtle even though you can still see it on many of the pairs but it is smoother and more uniform on the vamp in particular. Due to the nature of the leather being uncorrected the uppers are also quite mixed and show signs of discolouratiuon in places along with natural hide marks from the horses life. The toe and foot vamps though are all clean and matching left to right. Some love it, some not so please get in touch  if you’d like pictures of your size before ordering please. (The Pair pictured are 9 US and we have added images of uppers from other pairs also to give you an idea of what you might see on the uppers/ shaft).

The extremely popular John Lofgren engineer boots have been given the Shinki Hikaku treatment and a flat welt to give them a more dressy look. It works so well! Shinki Hikaku is known as one of the best tanneries in the world for Horse leather and is showcased so well on these engineers. The leather is stiff to begin with in the foot mostly with an almost shell like feel that will quickly relax, soften and shape as you break them in.

The original lasts: Are very shapely, have a nice slim waist with a sleek rounded toe, are snug throughout the foot (as they should be when sized correctly) with enough toe wiggle room.

Comfort: Is immediate. Padded footbed, well sized ankle straps 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 surprisingly 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.


  • 11.75″ stacked woodsman heel, 10.75″ shaft

  • Japanese pressed brass effect steel buckles
  • Goodyear welted – Flat dress welt
  • Oak Bark tanned heavy midsole
  • Oak Bark tanned stacked heel
  • Japanese steel footbed shanks
  • Double and triple stitched accordingly
  • Rolled top and curved calf shaft
  • US sized (please see sizing guide)

The John Lofgren Engineer Boots fit very similar to but just a half size smaller than UK sizes on average. They are fairly voluminous throughout the mid foot with a low volume toe and the length in a John Lofgren size 8.5 engineer for example is similar to the below:

-Red Wing Iron Ranger & Pecos: 9 US (8 UK)

-Red Wing Beckman: 9 US

-Viberg: 8 D (2030, 1035 and 2045 last)

-Attractions lot 444: 8.5 US

-White’s Boots (dependent on last and style): 8 US

-Rolling Dub Trio Coupen/ Casper last: 8 US

-Truman Boots updated last: 9 US

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

Please get in touch with any sizing questions you may have. We will do our 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.