John Lofgren M-43 Service Boots – Anniversary Horsehide

by John Lofgren


John Lofgren M-43 Service Boots – Anniversary Horsehide



To celebrate John Lofgrens 10th anniversary into building the best boots out there they made the M-43 boot out of a supple Horsehide that has plenty of character that will age beautifully. The Horsehide is produced and tanned in Italy, finished in Japan and are a one time only creation so numbers are limited.

The M-43 service boots are Johns take on the original service boot issued to the armed forces in (you guessed it) 1943. As true to the original as possible whilst still receiving Johns own twist they are built for comfort and longevity.

The Munson lasts: Are very shapely, have a nice slim waist with a sleek munson shaped toe, are snug throughout the foot (as they should be when sized correctly) with plenty toe wiggle room. There is no toe box so the toe will flatten some and shape to the wearer.

Comfort: These are extremely comfortable boots from the moment you slide your foot in. The leather feels solid but pliable, the heel is slightly oversized giving you a sure footed work boot like feel underfoot and the munson styled lasts are particularly 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.

They really are great fitting and feeling boots and they look superb. Another hit for John Lofgren.

  • Horsehide leather from Italy
  • Unlined sturdy pliable leather
  • Munson last
  • Goodyear welted with storm welts
  • Oak Bark tanned heavy midsole
  • Vibram 705 outsersoles
  • Double and triple stitched accordingly
  • Heavily stitched in obvious area’s of stress
  • Cut top like the originals
  • US sized (please see sizing guide)
  • Made in Japan

The John Lofgren M-43 Boots fit very similar to UK sizes and fit the same as the Engineer boots. They do feel quite snug on the foot due to no toe box and a slighter slimmer glove like fit but overall very similar to the Engineer boots. An 8 US in the M-43’s is similar to:

John Lofgren Donkey Punchers: 7.5 US

Red Wing: 8.5-9 US (7.5-8 UK)

Viberg: 7.5 (2030 and 2045 last)

White’s Boots: 7.5-8 E or D width respectively

Truman Boots: 8

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 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.