The boots are mostly engineer (motorcycle)
boots as shown above and a very favorite of mine, the motocross
boot. The numbers are beyond any reasonable count and vary
from new to not wearable. Most of the motocross
boots were made by one company, Alpinestars of
Italy. Half of them are of the Hi Point brand (made
by Alpinestars) with the very notable steel shin
plate. Pictures of this collection have been sent to
Italy to Alpinestars.
Another brand in the collection is one of
the very first true motocross boots, Full Bore (picture
below). Some of the Full Bores are brand new, being
obtained at an estate auction. Be sure and check out
the Full Bore Boots page and
see the boots used in "Battlestar Galactica."
One pair of new 1990's Alpinestars Tech 7's carry the signature
of Jeremy McGrath! These have never been worn.
See the new Engineer Boot
History section. A recent acquisition of a 1943
Chippewa catalog and a 1980's letter from Chippewa have shed
some light on the origin of the classic engineer boot. New
information also puts WESCO as an early manufacture of this
style. Does this style go back to the depression days or
even farther? Check it out. <
The traditional engineer (motorcycle) boots
have been also used in plays and musicals. Be sure and
check out the expanding collection of Firefighters
Boots. You will also see many, many other styles and
some very unusual and rare boots as you enjoy these several
pages of "the Boot Collection."