Rolling Dub Trio – Roots Engineer Boots – Horsebutt Black

by Rolling Dub Trio


Rolling Dub Trio – Roots Engineer Boots – Horsebutt Black


Not your typical engineer boot in terms of shape and style but what a great pair of very comfortable stompers that are built like tanks!

The “Roots” boots are part of Rolling Dub Trio’s masterpiece collection, and deservedly so. The leather, construction, design, style and finesse that has gone into them is very apparent when you hold a pair. They are a very well executed pair of boots.

The modified Munson last is very accommodating and great for a wide range of foot shapes. It has a wide and low profile that will be very forgiving through the break-in process. They are not slim but low volume across the middle of the foot (which will give and shape) and open out at the ball, allowing for good width at the toes. The Munson last is a real favourite. It is very comfortable and easy to wear. Looks great too!

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.

The construction is superb. Heavy duty and uniform stitching, kip leather lined, full hand-sewn stitchdown construction which is neatly finished, rubber cork soles which are comfortable and hard wearing, Quabaug heels and a cushioned full leather insole.

The Roots line of boots were designed to showcase Rolling Dub Trio’s superior craftmanship in making comfortable timeless footwear and that’s simply what they have achieved.

Made in Japan by a very small team of craftsmen and fully resole-able.

  • Horsebutt Leather from Italy
  • Kip leather lined (in the foot area)
  • Handsewn Stitchdown Construction
  • Heavy duty oak tanned midsole
  • Heavy duty Rubberised cork outsole
  • Quabaug rubber heels
  • Kip leather lined
  • Cushioned leather in-sole
  • Leather pull loop
  • Brass buckles
  • 11″ height
  • Made in Japan by a very small team of true artisans
  • D-E Width

The Roots Munson last boots are a standard D width but are low profile/ volume across the middle of the foot and so will feel slightly slimmer until they are broken in. The ball and toe though are comfortably wide for the wider footed mammal. We recommend going for your usual RDT Coupen and Casper size (also see below) and they will be similar in length, flatter and wider at the ball and toe.

An 8 US in the Roots engineer boot is similar in length to:

  • RDT Stan/ Casper/ Coupen: 8 US
  • White’s Semi Dress Boots: 8D US
  • White’s Smoke Jumpers: 7.5D US
  • Attractions Lot 444: 8.5 US
  • Red Wing Iron Rangers: 8.5 US (7.5 UK)
  • Viberg: 8 E (2030 last)
  • Trickers: 8 G
  • John Lofgren Engineers: 8 – 8.5 US
  • John Lofgren Donkey Punchers: 7.5 US
  • John Lofgren M43 & Combat: 8 – 8.5 US

Please get in touch with any sizing questions you may have and also take a look at our size guide blog post. 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.