99% sure this is NWOT
Any boot experts out there? Just found these today, but I'm pretty light on the details. The leather is VERY heavy, and given some of the cracking, I'm inclined to think these are horsehide. The only marking I can find are some perforations on the outside of both tongues that read "44 8 10641" and an inside stamp on both boots that reads "44 8 9922 20". The soles seem to have resoled with "Continental" soles at one point, although the mid sole can still be read on both to say "44 8 1".
Usually with boots of this condition, I'd guess that are American made, but the 44 size is obviously European. They appear to be handmade, given the amount of nails and tacks beneath the insole. The insole has one stamp in it that reads"44".
I guess I'm just interested if anyone happens to know the maker, or what the leather material is. The black laces are what the boots came with, but they are too short, so I was trying them on with a spare set of leather laces I had.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Forgot to mention that I found these with a pair of size 44.5 Buttero calf height Italian engineer boots. I assume both were former possessions of the same owner.
Thanks for the input everyone. I'll probably look into resoling them in NYC, since the half sole is coming apart from the boot. Unsure about keeping the metal toe.
"Just picked up a jacket. Orphan? Oh well. Fits perfect like new."? WTF is that? First of all why did you take a picture in a store? Do you think we all sit here waiting with bated breath to find out what the hell you are doing all day and can't wait for a summary post? For crying out loud, this is a bragging thread. Don't take a crappy picture of the inside of a coat and post it. At least hang it against a wall or lay it out on a table at home. Show us why you bought it, save the stupid pics for your friends on facebook who actually care about you do with your day.