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Features:

  • 16" two buckle and 11" one buckle configurations are usually in stock and can be shipped quickly. Other heights and options are custom made to order.
  • Many optional features... these boots can be
    highly customized
  • Heavy (7 Ounce / 2.8mm) Oil Tanned Black Leather
  • Foot lined with heavy (4.5 Oz / 1.8mm) glove leather
  • StitchDown Sole Construction
  • Hard Toe
  • Sturdy Steel Shank
  • Heavy Duty, 9 Iron Leather Mid sole and Insole
  • Long lasting Poron® ventilated, cushioned insoles
  • Vibram® Soles
  • Nickel buckles on black boots
    Brass buckles on brown & redwood boots
  • Soles stitched with heavy duty white thread
    Uppers with strong brown dacron thread
  • U.S. Men's Sizes 2 to 19½ - Widths AAA to EEE
  • 9", 10", 11", 14", 15", 16", 17", 18", 19" and 20" heights (and higher in the over the knee versions)
  • Production time for these custom made to order boots is
    currently taking about 14 weeks .

Options:

Note: we have two pages of more detailed information on Wesco boot features and options - click here
  • Steel or Composite Safety Toes - ASTM F2413-05 MI/75 C75 impact and compression class ratings
  • Standard Oil Tanned 7 Ounce / 2.8mm Leathers:
        Black, Redwood or Brown - oily finish
  • Silicon Tanned 7 Ounce / 2.8 mm Leather:
        BKF - Fire resistant - Black with Dull Mattte Finish
  • Lighter weight Oil Tanned 5 Ounce / 2 mm leathers:
        Black Tie - polishable dressy black leather
        Black Pebble - polishable pebble grain finish
        Burgundy - deep reddish brown waxy finish
        Burlap Explorer - light tan like desert boots - dry finish
    (With these lighter weight leathers consider leather lining to provide additional body)
  • 4 Ounce / 1.6 mm Bright Red leather - dry satin like finish
    (Leather Lining required with this lightweight leather to provide additional body)

    Click here for complete leather information.
  • Leather Lining - Heavy 4 Oz. Leather: black, tan, brown, tobacco, platinum or bright red. All Wesco boots are leather lined in the foot area. This option adds leather lining to the boot shafts and gives the shafts more body and stiffness.
  • Straps & Buckles: Standard is one at the instep and one at top - other options are:
    • Two top straps
    • Three top straps
    • Omit the Top strap
    • Omit the instep / bottom strap
    • Substitute a Harness Strap on the bottom
    • Substitute brass instead of the usual nickel buckles (or vice versa)
  • Extra ¼ inch / 6mm thick leather or EVA rubber midsole.
    Leather is stiffer, EVA rubber is more flexible and lighter.
  • 10 Choices of Vibram® Soles
  • Sole and heel edges normally dyed to match the color of the boots but they can be left in the natural leather color.
  • Optional black stitching instead of the classic signature heavy white sole stitching and light brown upper stitching
  • Logger heels are 2" high.  Heels can be made lower by ¼" or ½" or higher by ¼" - going ½" lower than the normal logger heel height makes the heel the same height as a boot with standard low heels.
  • Custom orders can be made up to 38" in height

The Boot:

The Wesco Boss Engineer boot is our signature boot. It's the classic pull-on boot worn by the surveyors and engineers who built the USA. These days it's one of the most popular and versatile motorcycle boots. Wear them while riding and use them at work or play. We can do many variations on the basic style, so you can have a pair for any occasion... make a statement... why wear anything else?

We also carry two relatives of this famous boot, the Wesco Harness boot and the Wesco Motor Patrol boot.

The Details:

We have two picture-filled pages which highlight all the features and options for the Wesco boots. You can follow the links from this page or simply click here for the Wesco boots features page with detailed pictures and information.

Wesco constructs these boots on anatomically shaped lasts expressly designed for producing comfortable, high quality work boots.

The foot area is lined by a smooth inner leather layer which contributes to the strength and comfort of the boot. This extra layer of leather complements the careful fit and excellent arch support.  The leather lining is thicker than the outer leather in many other boots.  The outer leather in these boots is 7 oz full grain leather.

The boot's comfort is further enhanced by a removable cushioned foot liner like those found in high quality athletic shoes. Our new customers are often surprised when they discover how comfortable these sturdy boots are!

The stitchdown construction helps keep this boot drier during wet weather and keeps out dust and dirt which can shorten the life of boots. In stitchdown construction, the inside layer of leather is secured under the foot while the outer layer of leather is folded out and sewn to the sole. This technically challenging construction method yields a sturdier boot which is less likely to be damaged during its life.

These boots can be re-soled by any competent boot repair shop using traditional re-soling techniques. You can also send them back to Wesco to be re-soled or re-built.


Prices

Stock Boss Engineer Boots

Click here to see the difference between stock and custom made boots.

( No Options -- "off the shelf" boots -- usually ship quickly )
Standard 11"
"Classic" Boss
11"
one
#100 7 through 12 D and 13 D
7 through 12 E and 13 E
$407
Big Black Boots
"Special Boss"
16"
two
#100 8 through 12 D $497
Big Black Boots
"Super Boss"
16"
two
#100 8 through 12 D $554
Order Stock Boots These 3 styles of stock boots are each made of black oil-tanned leather.

They each have a leather lined foot, unlined shaft
and #100 Vibram lug soles

The 11" Boss Engineer boots are now stocked by Wesco.
We also keep our own local stock and can ship quickly

The 16" "Special Boss" boots feature two top straps and are specially
made for Big Black Boots using the traditional Wesco #9109 last.
Read more about this last here.

The 16" "Super Boss" boots feature two top straps, a composite
safety toe and an extra ¼" thick EVA rubber midsole.
The "Super Boss" is specially made for Big Black Boots by Wesco.

These 16" boots are kept in stock by Big Black Boots and available
for immediate shipment. These boots would otherwise be a custom
order from Wesco which would take about 14 weeks . If you need
other sizes or options, please order these as custom boots.

You can visit our stock Wesco Boss order form to see
more information without placing an order.

1 inch = 2.54cm / 25.4mm


11" Wesco Boss



Custom Boss Engineer Boots

( You choose height, leather, soles, lining, etc. -- made to order -- takes about 14 weeks )
Custom Engineer Boot Prices
Height
Inches
8", 9", 10"$472
11"$439
14"$472
15", 16"$489
17", 18"$535
19", 20"$573
21" - 38"$1,339


1 inch = 2.54cm / 25.4mm
Prices for Options
Steel or Composite Safety Toes
$19
Standard Round Boss Toe, Square Harness Boot Toe
No charge
7 Ounce / 2.8mm Oil Tanned Leather:  Black, Redwood, BrownNo charge
7 Ounce / 2.8mm Silicon Tanned Leather:
Black Matte Finish - water & fire resistant
$37
5 Ounce / 2mm Oil Tanned Leather:
"BT" Black Tie, Burgundy, Black Pebble
(consider leather lining to provide additional body)
$37
5 Ounce / 2mm Oil Tanned Leather:
Burlap Explorer
(consider leather lining to provide additional body)
$45
4 Ounce / 1.6mm Oil Tanned Leather: Bright Red
(only possible with leather lining to provide additional body)
$37
Roughout Leather: entire boot made with leather rough side out
boots are normally made with the smooth leather side out, but can be made
using the other rough/suede side out
No Charge
Two Tone Leather: two leather types
leather "type" is either/or a different color or rough/smooth
side of one color
$70
Multi Tone Leather: three or more leather types$120
Leather Lined Legs - black, tan, brown, tobacco, platinum or bright red$91
Extra Top Strap & Buckle (in addition to standard)
( 1 strap standard up to and including 18" - 2 straps standard 19" and up )
up to 3 top straps & buckles
1 @ $26
2 @ $47
Top Straps or Instep Straps 1", 2" or 3" longer than standard
$25 per pair of straps (i.e. $50 for two sets of straps)
$25
Nickel or Brass buckles on Top Straps / Instep Straps
Nickel or Brass rings on Harness Straps at ankle
(standard is nickel with black leather and brass with all other colors)
No charge
No Top Strap & Buckles or Pull Straps like those on harness boots
No charge
Buckled instep straps at ankle or no instep straps
No charge
Harness Straps at ankle$29
Extra EVA rubber midsole - ¼ inch / 6mm thick $34
Extra leather midsole ¼ inch / 6mm thick (stiffer than EVA option)$34
Standard Vibram® Soles: #100, #430, #700
No charge
#100R Heavy Lug Vibram® Soles $12
#100F Heavy Lug Vibram® Soles $15
#705® Vibram® Half Soles
$36
Vibram® single piece uni-soles:
only with low heel boots

#1275, #232, #132, #4014, #1010 Armortred white sole
$10
All black stitching in soles and uppers$45
Boot shafts made larger / smaller than standard
( ±1" / 2.54cm - see shaft / size table below )
$69
Lower heels by 1 lift (¼" / 6.4mm) $14
Lower heels by 2 lifts (½" / 13mm)
this is a low heel like a dress shoe. requires different last
fits differently - see more info here
$14
Raise heels by 1 lift (¼" / 6.4mm) $14
RUSH fee - your boots will be completed in about half the
current production time

$125

Order Custom Boots You can visit the order form to see more
information without placing an order.


Size / Width Tables for Custom Boss Engineer Boots


Sizes available when using Wesco's standard "new" last ( #9165 ) with the sleeker toe
and 2" / 50mm logger heel.

Boots made with this last can have heels made 1 lift (¼" / 6.4mm) lower but no lower.
To achieve a "low heel" which is 2 lifts (½" / 13mm) lower, you need to choose the
"low heel" #65 last which is designed for "low heels" instead of logger heels.


2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16 ½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½  
AAA                           AAA
AA                       AA
A                     A
B                     B
C                   C
D               D
E                 E
EE                       EE
EEE                       EEE

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16 ½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½  

The table above shows the U.S. men's size range for the custom Wesco Jobmaster, Highliner, Boss and Firestormer boots built with the standard "new", "sleeker" #9165 last. The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green.


Sizes available when using Wesco's traditional "old" Last ( #9109 ) with the "bump" toe
and 2" / 50mm logger heel.

This is the last we use if possible unless you request the new "sleek" toe last or a low heel.
Boots made with this last can have heels made 1 lift (¼" / 6.4mm) lower but no lower.
To achieve a "low heel" which is 2 lifts (½" / 13mm) lower, you need to choose the
"low heel" #65 last which is designed for "low heels" instead of logger heels.


2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½
AAA                                                                
AA                                                                
A                              
B                              
C                              
D                              
E                          
EE                          
EEE                              

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½


The table above shows the U.S. men's size range for the custom Wesco Jobmaster, Highliner, Boss and Firestormer boots built with the traditional "old" #9109 last. The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green.


Sizes available when using Wesco's low heel last ( #65 ) with the sleeker toe
and 1½" / 38mm low heel.

This is the last used when you request a low heel. Low heels are 2 lifts (½" / 13mm) lower
than Wesco's standard 2" logger heel. Boots made with this last fit about a half size large.
So you need to order boots made with this last ½ size smaller than you would normally
order for a Wesco boot made with the normal logger heel.


2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16
½ 17
½ 18
½ 19
½
AAA                              
AA                              
A                              
B                              
C                              
D                              
E                          
EE                                              
EEE                                              

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½

The table above shows the U.S. men's size range for the custom Wesco Jobmaster and Boss boots built with the #65 low heel last.
The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green.



Sizes and widths for Custom Harness Boots with the Square Toe last ( #98H ):


2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16
½ 17
½ 18
½ 19
½
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A                                                                  
B                                            
C                                      
D                                          
E                                                
EE                                              
EEE                                                                      

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½



Checking Your Calf Size:

Your calf is the large muscle in the lower leg below your knee. Find the widest point on your lower leg and measure the circumference (distance around the leg) at that point. The table below shows the maximum calf measurement for each size of Wesco boots in Inches and Centimeters. This is largest size calf which will comfortably fit in this size boot. If your calf is larger than the dimension in the table, please choose the option to have the boot shafts made larger. We can have the shaft made up to one inch larger or smaller in ¼" increments.

If your heel measurement is larger than the calf size, your foot will be too large to fit into the boot.

Using this table:

  1. First, determine your foot size. Wesco boots are designed to be worn with boot socks. Wesco boots run true to your US Men's size. Order your Wesco boots in your true size or ½ size larger or one width larger to accommodate multiple or extra heavy socks. Click here to go to the page which shows how to measure your foot to determine its true US Men's size and width. Enter the table with the boot size and note the maximum calf measurement for that size boot. See below for instruction on measuring the calf size.

  2. Foot Measure
    Wesco
    Boot
    Size
    Max Calf
    Size
    Inches
    Max Calf
    Size
    Cm
    2 13.25 34.3
    3 13.25 34.3
    4 13.25 34.3
    5 13.90 35.2
    6 14.25 36.2
    7 14.75 37.5
    8 15.00 38.1
    9 15.25 38.7
    10 15.60 39.7
    11 15.90 40.3
    12 16.10 41.0
    13 16.75 42.5
    14 17.10 43.5
    15 17.50 44.5
    16 17.90 45.4
  3. Next, measure the circumference of your calves to ensure that they will fit the shaft. This should be done while seated. If you will be wearing pants tucked into the boots (best way to wear your boots!), you should wear the pants or breeches you plan to wear with the boots and measure over the pants. You will need a measuring tape or you can use a piece of string then measure the length of the string with a ruler. Wrap the tape around the largest part of your lower leg (the calf). The tape should be comfortably snug but not tight. If this calf measurement exceeds the measurement in the table for your size, the standard boot shafts will be too tight for your leg to fit into the boots. In that case, please choose the option to have your boot shafts made larger.

    Wesco's bootmakers can add or delete up to 1 inch (2.54cm) in ¼ inch increments. If you need more than one inch added or removed then we and Wesco recommend that you have the boots custom made to your specific measurements.

    Wesco charges $69 to adjust the size of the boot shafts on orders for custom Boss Engineer boots, harness boots and motor patrol boots. If you have had custom made to measure boots made by Wesco they will have your measurements on file and they can adjust the boot shaft size without charging extra.

    The shafts of these boots will NOT stretch as they break in... so if the boots are too tight in the legs, your calf muscles will be cramped. However, competent boot repair shops can stretch these boot shafts if necessary. The point is that the shafts are stronger than your calf muscle so mechanical help is needed to stretch them.

Checking the Boot Height:

Check the height you have selected to determine where the top of the boot will be on your leg. Measure up from the heel of your stockinged feet along the back of your leg. This should be done while in a seated position with the knee bent at a 90 degree angle. New Boss Engineer boots will initially be at that position. e.g. if you order a 16" boot, it will come up 16" from your heel, but the boots could be higher... see the note below.

As they break in, unlined engineer boots will drop ½" to 1½" (13mm to 38mm) depending on their original height. Lined boots will stay very close to their initial height.

Wesco warns that the initial height of Wesco pull-on boots, out of the box, can vary ±1" (±2.54cm) from the specified height. In our experience, there's a high probability that your boots will end up higher than specified. We have not seen any which were lower.

So, for example, if you've specified 20" boots with the expectation that they will be just at the bend in your knee, they could be up to an inch too high. So it's better to get your boots a bit under the maximum possible height.  If you aren't wearing the boots with tight breeches it's a good idea to have the boots made so the top doesn't reach all the way to the knee or the jeans/pants you're wearing will tend to bunch up at the knee.

Finally, measure around your heel as shown in the diagram. This measurement should not exceed the calf measurement from the table or your foot would not fit through the shaft.



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