Vintage Work Hunting Boots. Unknown Maker. Goodyear Lugged Sole

vintage US Army Snowshoe skiing boots

Very cool old boots, unfortunately I don’t know who made ’em. Quality on par with any Danner or Red Wing make or model. 7.5 in high shaft. Unique vamp construction minimizes seems. Eyelet and hook lace up. Goodyear lugged soles the America equivalent of Vibram. Lined uppers and thick felted wool insoles suggest they were intended for colder weather use.

UPDATE: Reader comments have identified these as “US Army issue Ski/Mountain boots. The original design is by Chippewa, but several manufacturers produced them over the years. The squared toe and grooved heel are for the ski bindings.”

Gokey Botte Sauvage Snake Proof Hunting Boots

Vintage Gokey Botte Sauvage Snake Proof Hunting boots

Looking at a vintage pair of Gokey Botte Sauvage Snake Proof Hunting boots. These boots probably date from the 50s or 60s and are based (as the name suggests) on a style of French Trapper boot popular in the north-east and great lakes area. The Gokey company produced this same boot for outfitter’s Abercrombie & Fitch in the early mid-1900s. Their boots and bags of legendary quality and the standard for the worldly adventurer of the day.

The boots are of relatively simple construction of high quality materials. In the realm of boots crafted in Minnesota they’re somewhere between Red Wings and Minnetonka’s. The 15″ tall boots are constructed of thick, quality leather. Anchor brand brass buckles at the top and ankle give them an almost engineer feel, but with the moccasin style toe.

This bot features Queen B soles by Gro-Cord, but from looking at other such boots it appears the choice of sole changed throughout the years. The black fore soles are ingrained with pieces of rope or hemp for additional traction.

I have been researching the markings inside the boots but an unable to make definite sense of them at this time. My best judgement, these are size 7.5 men’s 9 women’s? I should also note the shaft on these boots is long and narrow, not for the person with a big calf and would require some ankle flexibility to get in to. Newer models offer a side zip after many requests I’m sure.

Chippewa Black Label Hunting Boot – Model 2328

Chippewa Black Label Hunting Motorcycle Boots - Olive Green - 7.5 E Model 2328

Neat pair of old black label Chippewa boots. The style is a 8″ round-toe hunting type boot. What makes these special is the olive green leather. Green leather was an option on boots makes and models from this time period, but you find green par is far less. The leather is died through therefore scuffs are a lighter shade of green instead of brown. The boots are lined inside with brown leather, but are not insulated. The back of the tongues are lined in a gold cotton blend material. These boots also feature a darker olive Dynamar crepe type sole. The boot feathers the embroidered black label in the right boot only. The embroidered label predates the screened and dates these boots back to the 1960s.

Peters Shoe Company Diamond Brand Boots – 1940s

This is the kind of boot heritage lines are trying to reproduce.The example here, a pair of Peters Diamond Brand dress or work boots. My guess, based on style and construction is that these boots are from the 1940s or 50s. Color is a reddish brown, not quite burgundy almost a red clay. Rounded toe is not safety-steel making it an appropriate boot for work or dress by today’s standards. The boot shaft is five inches tall with a one inch heel. Lace up consists of four eyelets, three hooks.  

Diamond Brand is stamped in to the right boot on the outside of the upper much like older Red Wings. Inside the right boot, size is marked as 11 D and style 31822 with possible a 3 following, it’s tough to make out. Right boot foot bed is marked PETERS Diamond Brand Arch Cushion Shoe.  The soles are leather with the right stamped Peters Arch Cushion Grip Back (so far as I can tell) Heel are marked Light Tread.
 
There’s not a plethora of information on the Peter’s Shoe Co or Diamond Brand. Trademark records show the Peters Shoe Co patented Diamond Brand in 1892. The company was based out of St. Louis and later merged with other shoe companies to form the International Shoe Company. Today the company is part of Heritage Home Group LLC, a home furnishings company.
 
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