A guy wearing his Harness boots at the library

These photos are taken in my university library on 3/9/2010 6:45pm. The guy was really shocking me when he has a really nice pair of brown leather harness boots. I really thought that he is a good boots wearer because he is skinny and tall. And the brown leather from Frye really shows the character. Now I am looking back, I really want a pair of brown leather Frye boots like him too.

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Posted by BHD on March 10, 2010 at 03:54:22:

: I should talk to him and ask him if I can try on his boots.

Sure, try to talk to him and get to know each other; perhaps go have a bite to eat. Asking him to try on his boots should wait until you know each other better.

These boot sightings are always a treat when you can catch them. Thanks for nesting the postings together. It makes it much easier to view and to follow.

Posted by Markboots on March 10, 2010 at 04:40:08:

Some very nice camera shots! And, of course, very nice harness boots too! (It would be nice if he wore them with his jeans inside the boots shafts, but the way his jeans “ride-up” showing a good part of the shaft is good enough too!

Nice to see some traditional boots being worn by college kids again! When I was in college in the early 1980s, boots were still popular in college, although I think that the 1970s-era of Frye Campus boots and harness boots was the peak of boot-wearing by the college crowd! I wonder how much engineer boots were worn in college in the late 1950s and early 1960s though? Although I seem to remember seeing some “biker” students sometimes wearing engineer boots back in the boot hey-day of the 1970s, and these guys actually did ride motorcycles, they didn’t just dress in biker gear and boots.

As I said in a post about a month ago, maybe there’s hope yet for today’s college kids, maybe boots are making a return among the college crowd. For the past 15+ years, most of the time all you see on college campuses are flip-flops or sandals, and flimsy cargo shorts, even in the cold of winter. And a flimsy T-shirt. Oh but they’ll wear a heavy (sports) jacket to “keep warm” in the winter, but still have on only filmsy shorts and flip-flops (or sandals).

Nothing against fatigue shorts or cargo shorts, I like to wear knee-length fatigue cargo shorts in the Spring and Summer, but with lace-up BOOTS, such as jump/combat boots, lace-up work boots or logger boots, or desert storm boots, or SWAT “tactical” boots, or even 1980s-style white vinyl HI-top tennies. But I won’t even own a pair of flip-flops or sandals for that matter!

But it just looks DOWNRIGHT SILLY to bundle up during winter in a heavy (sports) jacket, but then have on only flimsy cargo shorts and FLIP-flops!!!

Mark
markboots985 at yahoo dot com

Posted by rafe on March 10, 2010 at 17:32:22:

I was in collage between 1959 and 1963. I do not remember many guys wearing engineer boots on campus, and believe me I would have taken notice. I remember just one guy who I befriended with the objective of borrowing his. Unfortunately they were a couple sizes too small. I do remember one fraternity brother showing up in a beautiful pair of lace to toe loggers and another who wore combat boots frequently (I think he was in ROTC), but otherwise my campus was a desert for boot watching. I think the era of Timberlands came later.

rafe

Posted by BootedButAnon on March 10, 2010 at 21:35:53:

: I was in collage between 1959 and 1963. I do not remember many guys wearing engineer boots on campus, and believe me I would have taken notice. I remember just one guy who I befriended with the objective of borrowing his. Unfortunately they were a couple sizes too small. I do remember one fraternity brother showing up in a beautiful pair of lace to toe loggers and another who wore combat boots frequently (I think he was in ROTC), but otherwise my campus was a desert for boot watching. I think the era of Timberlands came later. rafe

Sorry to disappoint, but I have to reinforce Rafe’s report — as far as 1963-1965 goes. The wildest thing worn I recall was by a professor who wore a pair of something like Clark’s desert boots (~4″ high, roughout, two eyelets, and crepe soles). Most guys wore Bass Weejun’s with the penny tucked in (penny loafers)BUT one had to wear (brand name??) 100% wool socks. (They were in colors and about the weight of a lightweight rag wool hiking sock.) My (snow) boots at the time were Sears Gold(bond?) hunting boots with full Hack Ripple Soles — my black 11″ engineer boots of high school days didn’t make the trip to college. NOW, my second time at college ~1973 to 1976 found me wearing Frye Campus Boots in the rest of the sea of them. Vibram lug-soled hiking boots had appeared on the feet of the backpacking crowd and were starting to filter out to some wannabes. (In the backpacking crowd, TRUE backpackers proudly proclaimed that THEIR boot soles had never touched asphalt or cement!) Seems to me that I started backpacking so that I could wear and be around… bba

10 thoughts on “A guy wearing his Harness boots at the library

  1. In boots ever since dad gave me a retired pair of work boots when I was in high school. Now my only footwear is second-hand boots. I like them totally broken in and don’t dislike the odor. Not hesitant to compliment a guy in well-worn boots to make him feel good about wearing them. Robert

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  2. Nice pics of the guy in his harness boots in the library. I agree that it looks so lame to see young guys, and some not so young guys strutting around in sandals and shorts in the wintertime. I like the freethinking boot wearers who’ll wear some honest to goodness handsome footwear worn with pride. I wear my boots all summer and they’re extremely comfortable even in the hot summer months.

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  3. Man, I love those pics of the guy in his Frye 12R’s. His blue jeans are the perfect compliment with those gorgeous harness boots. I could just stare at these images all day. Oh, the fantasies………

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  4. Harness boots really do it for me. Ever since I was like four years old I got “one of those feelings” whenever I saw another boy, teen or adult wearing them. When I was in kindergarden in the early 70’s a couple of my classmates wore harness boots. The boots had the matte leather finish. I dreamed of wanting a pair but I was always too modess to ask my parents for a pair, or if I had a pair I would’ve been too modess to wear them. It was so frustrating to have this deep desire to want a pair of boots like that and not have the confidence to wear them. That desire to have a pair of harness boots grew greater and greater especially after seeing some guys in junior high and high school wearing them. Many years later I finally gave in and bought myself a pair of Dingo harness boots a decade ago. They felt great the moment I put them on. Everytime I put on my boots I get “one of those feelings.” Wearing harness boots feels so good that I abandonded wearing the rest of my ordinary shoes. I still have my Dingo’s and they’ve worn extremely well after ten years of use. I purchased a pair of Frye 12R harness boots a year ago (dark brown) and the Frye’s are so comfortable that I’ve wanted to sleep in them. And I have on a few occasions:) I’ve gotten many compliments on my Dingo’s and I get a lot of compliments on my Frye’s. Almost everytime I go shopping someone will say that they like my boots. I don’t think I’ll ever wear anyother style of footwear other than my harness boots.

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  5. Nice boots & cool pics.

    I take it those are Bootboy’s boots sneeking into a few of the pics?🙂

    Great blog, thanks for sharing your pics and thoughts.

    All the best to you!

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    1. hi wearinboots,
      haha! You got it! I was wearing my double h cowboy boots. Nice. What boots are u wearing right now? do you like my harness boots?

      Thank you!
      husky

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      1. Yes, those are a nice pair of Harness boots you have. I have a black pair of Frye harness. I don’t wear them too much. I wear Cowboy boots daily. I have a profile on HotBoots with a few pics of my cowboy boots. Also a profile on Gear Fetish.

        Do you still see that guy in the Harness boots at school? Start a conversation about harness boots with him, he could be a bootman too!

        Take care & stay booted

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        1. I really like your boots, especially your 37 inches Paul Bond Crotch High boots. You are my star, seriously. My pics, with my riding boots and black tshirt, can’t compare with you. It’s my pleasure to meet you. I don’t him again. but i saw some other guys wearing boots to school. I know one graduated student wear his 16 inches Carolina enginner boots every single damn day and they are really broke in. And I sometimes see a guy wearing his cowboy boots in library overnight. and he just took them off and show me how comfortable they are.

          husky

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        2. Hi I would love to see you wearing a pair of cowboy boots in person. A man wearing a pair of boots really get me excited and I would love to lay my feet on top of your feet while you are wearing a pair of cowboy boots.

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