Zerrows Engineer Boots – Horsebutt Brown

by Zerrows Boots


Zerrows Engineer Boots – Horsebutt Brown


We have loved Zerrows sandals from the moment we saw and held them and have salivated over their boot images from afar, so having an engineer made to spec by them was an exciting thought and a no brainer. We went back and forth with options and design until we arrived at what we think is the perfect engineer within this style/ silhouette. Nothing is perfect of course but we think these are about as close to perfect as you can get. We were so pleased when we opened the box, even more so after trying them on!

They are made on Zerrows flat toe last. This really is a lovely silhouette, almond/ rounded toe with good width and not much taper, slim and very curvy in the waist with quite a high arch (almost White’s like) and normal to slim in the heel. It is low profile across the lower foot but with enough height for your toes not to rub which gradually rises above the arch to make it easier to get them on. Yes, you heard it, an engineer boot with a low profile toe that has enough room in the arch to help the higher arched mammal. The shaft is slim for tighter hems as well but with enough width at the ankle to help ease them on. Great!

Comfort: Immediate, the arch support feels great but not overbearing, the weight is mid for an engineer, good heft but not clunky at all. They are a seriously comfy pair of tall shaft boots.

The Leather is silky smooth and soft Horsebutt with mixed grain from the esteemed Maryam tannery in Italy and is dyed in Japan. It is thick but very pliable, a beautiful colour and with a very high end feel and lustre. We can’t wait to see some worn in images.

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. 

What’s more, they even come with extra leather insoles that you can add or remove to adjust the fit.

Made in Japan by people who really know what they are doing.

  • Vegetable tanned Horsebutt leather (Maryam tannery – Italy)
  • 12″ total height (heel included)
  • Soft structured toe (soft celastic material)
  • Japanese steel roller buckles (brass colour)
  • Direct Welt single stitch construction
  • Oak Bark tanned heavy midsole
  • Oak Bark tanned stacked heel
  • Japanese steel footbed shanks
  • Neat double stitching throughout
  • Catspaw heel
  • Vibram 269 Western half sole – Nailed & stitched
  • Rolled top and curved calf shaft
  • US sized but please see the sizing tab
  • Made in Japan

The Zerrows engineers are made on their flat toe last which is fairly low in profile, fairly wide across the almond shaped toe, has arch support and is average to snug in the heel. It is a great fitting last for many a shaped foot. Even though low profile, the height around the arch is good, making them easier than the average engineer to get on without looking bulky or out of line with the low profile engineer silhouette. An 8 US in these engineers is similar to the below in length and width but please do get in touch for anymore in depth info:

– John Lofgren Engineers: 8-8.5 US

– John Lofgren Donkey Punchers: 7.5 US

– Attractions Lot 444/ 707: 8.5 US

– Red Wing Pecos, Iron Rangers: 8.5 – 9 US (7.5 – 8 UK)

– Viberg: 8 (1035, 2030 and 2045 last)

– White’s Boots: 8 D-E Width

– Rolling Dub Trio Coupen: 7.5-8 US (closer to the 8)

– Truman Boots: 8.5

– 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. Please also check our size guide for a good general overview of the brands we carry and more.