The Griffin engineer boots are another great example of Rolling Dub Trio’s masterpiece range of footwear. They are fully handmade with great care and attention to detail and you can very quickly see and feel it. The Griffins are smart but rugged in a very well put together package.
The modified Munson and USN mixed lasts are very accommodating and great for a wide range of foot shapes. It hugs in the heel, has a curvy instep/ waist, is low profile in the mid foot, normal to wider width at the ball and tapers at the toe for a sharp almond shape finish. It is immediately very comfortable underfoot and in shape when sized right (take a look at the size guide tab) and will retain an air of rugged smart which you can dress up also.
The Horsebutt leather from Italy is thick but pliable, has a beautiful lustre, is harder wearing than cordovan and looks even better with wear and patina. The CXL leather that RDT use for a number of their boots is a real step up from other CXL out there in the market and the Horsebutt leather really is some of the nicest we’ve seen. It has subtle grain and a very robust feel. Each pair will show quite a depth of colour and what will look like discolouration in part (the shaft in these images for example) is the natural skin of the hide showing through the tanning process. If you wanted uniform colour finish these might not be for you.
The construction is superb. Heavy duty and uniform stitching, kip leather lined in the foot, fully channeled Goodyear welt construction (this takes a lot of time and precision) with an outer flat welt (which is neatly finished), rubber cork soles which are comfortable and hard wearing, Quabaug heels and a cushioned full leather insole. In RDT’s own words: “The direct welt method is similar to the Goodyear welt method, but instead of attaching ribbing to the sole, the welt and upper are sewn directly through a groove dug in the sole.
The sole can be made thinner without ribs.”
They are very well made boots, in a great design that are comofrtable and made of the best by some of the best.
Made in Japan by a very small team of craftsmen and fully resole-able.