a pair of vintage black german boots that i found in the basement a few years back—they are approximately 60 years old, judging from the lining which reads »wasserdicht« (waterproof).
size is: european 43 / asian 27 cm / north american 10
i live in frankfurt am main and found a croat cobbler in stuttgart thanks to threads in a german shoe forum (http://www.newsaboutshoes.eu/forum/
)—davor krivak is his name http://www.krivak.de/
he did a wonderful job and is now my cobbler of choice for future resoling jobs, although i will check out a few others as well. a few pictures he and his japanese apprentice took during the process:
another vintage / old school pair -- these are cc41 utility clothing boots from ww2, some 70 years old ... wonderful tan color and creasing. my third pair, an ebay purchase from last year, and responsible for my foray into collecting decades-old boots that are worth reviving, heh ...
resoling will cost around € 250, am weighing some interesting options. size is: european 43 / asian 27 cm / north american 10
and finally, my current favorites, also a 2013 purchase: german work or service boots in a deep, rich cherry color, between 70 to 60 years old, not unlike the black pair posted above with lining that reads "imprägniert" ("water proof").
size is: european 42 / asian 26,5 cm / north american 09
this pair is technically really shot, and will need a lot of work and dedication to shine again (literally and figuratively), cobbler's assessment was in the € 300-350 range for a restoration ... but boy, do i love their look. snatched them for € 25 on fleabay.
i've made myself some leather insoles for these old shoes, and they're absolutely comfy, no breaking in required.
the old resoling took place sometime in the former german democratic republic -- veb inselsberg was one of the huge state-owned enterprises from the footwear industry.