Archival Deadstock

It’s great to see US brands like Red Wing, Wolverine and Thorogood reissuing work boots and shoes from their archives. While the original versions were designed for hard wear, modern offerings are likened to dress shoes and sold at a premium. If you’re longing for the real deal, take a look at these ebay auctions for deadstock shoes and boots from the 1930s and 1940s.

1940s John Pilling Shoes

If you don’t see a style you like, here is a mail order portal for shopping from the past:

7 thoughts on “Archival Deadstock”

  1. I’d love a good pair of classic Red Wing or Wolverine work boots, but there’s no way I’m shelling out that kind of scratch for a pair of boots I’m going to beat the hell out of (and I don’t buy work boots to baby them).

  2. Hook up a pair of LL Bean’s Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots. They’re made by Chippewa in the USA and have a cap toe. Plus, they’re almost half the price of Red Wings.


  3. wow…already two years ago…those amazing Deadstock Shoes were my offering…hard to believe they were found, still on the shelf , in an old (still in business) country store…the place was like a little time capsule…I bet there are more places like that waiting to be discovered…Happy Hunting!

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