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Harness Boot


  • This is a custom boot - custom versions in any height with options of your choice
  • Traditional Square Toe
  • Harness Strap & Rings
  • Heavy Nickel or Brass Hardware
  • Heavy (7 Oz.) Oil Tanned Black Leather
  • Click here to see table of available sizes
  • StitchDown Sole Construction
  • Steel Shank
  • Heavy Duty, 9 Iron Leather Mid sole and Insole
  • Many Choices of Vibram® Soles
  • Heels on the harness boots are 1 lift (¼" / 6.4mm) higher than Wesco Boss at 2¼"
  • 8", 9", 10", 11", 14", 15", 16", 17", 18", 19" and 20" heights (and higher)

Note: Harness boots are custom made to order

Production time for these custom made to order boots is currently running about 13 weeks .

Stock Harness Boot With Side Pull Straps


Note: we have two pages of information on Wesco boot features and options - click here

  • Many choices of leather then the option for smooth side out or roughout
  • Leather Lining - Heavy 4 Ounce / 1.6 mm leather: black, tan, brown, tobacco or platinum. All Wesco boots are leather lined in the foot area. This option adds leather lining to the boot shafts.
  • Straps & Buckles (click here for pictures): Options are:
    • One Top strap
    • Two top straps
    • Three top straps
    • Side pull straps
    • Omit the Top strap
    • Omit the harness strap
  • Heavy Brass Hardware Optional
  • Harness strap and ring can be omitted
  • Extra ¼ inch / 6mm thick leather or EVA rubber midsole.
    Leather is stiffer, EVA rubber is more flexible and lighter.
  • Many Choices of Vibram® Soles
    • #100 Heavy Lug Vibram® Soles / hard rubber
    • #100F Heavy Lug Vibram® Soles / Fire Resist
    • #430 Mini Lug Vibram® Soles / Low Marking / Oil Resist
    • #700 Vibram® Soles / Oil Resist
    • #705 Vibram® Retro 2-piece Soles / Oil Resist
  • These boots can also be made using the same round toe last as the Wesco Boss engineer boots
    ( put a note in the remarks box on the order form that you want the round toe )
  • Optional black stitching instead of the classic signature
    heavy white sole stitching and light brown upper stitching
  • Custom orders can be made up to 38" in height

The Boot:

Harness boot toe Standard round toe

The classic harness boot is modeled on the square toed boots which were prevalent in the 19th century. Abraham Lincoln wore square toed boots as did many soldiers who fought in the US Civil War. The harness straps and rings were added in the 1960s and the style soon became a classic. These boots are not only sturdier than other harness boots you've seen, we think they're the best harness boots ever made.

Harness Ring

These harness boots come in a more limited range of sizes than other Wesco boots because of their special last. Click here to see a table of available sizes for custom harness boots.

If you want a harness boot outside of the size range available for square toes, (or just want to be different) we can make these boots for you with the same round toe last used for the Wesco Boss boots. All other details would be the same as these square toe harness boots.

These boots can't be made with steel toes because steel safety toes aren't available for these square toed boots.

The black boots come with nickel (silver colored) rings, rivets and buckles while the Redwood and Brown leather boots use brass. But you can tell us to do this differently... they're custom boots after all. Customers who specify brass rings and nickel buckles (or vice versa) may be be issued a fashion citation.

WESCO constructs these boots on lasts expressly designed for producing high quality harness boots. Plays well with motorcycles 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. Our new customers are often surprised when they discover how comfortable these sturdy boots are!


Custom Harness Boots

( You choose height, leather, soles, lining, etc. -- made to order -- takes about 13 weeks )

Custom Harness Boot Prices

8", 9", 10"$502
15", 16"$517
17", 18"$564
19", 20"$610
21" - 38"$1,425

1 inch = 2.54cm / 25.4mm

Prices for Options

Standard Square Harness Boot Toe or Round Toe
No charge
Heavy Weight 7 Ounce / 2.8mm Oil Tanned Leather:
  Black, Redwood, Brown, Navy
- Black now meets NFPA standards for fire and water resistance
No charge
Medium Weight 6.5 - 7 Ounce / 2.6 - 2.8 mm Leather:
  Black Pebble
- This is an oil tanned leather with a pebble surface
Medium Weight 5.5 - 6 Ounce / 2.2 - 2.4 mm Leather:
  Black Tie Domain, Brown Domain, Burgundy Domain
- These leathers have a silky surface which takes a great shine
- The texture and character of the leather shows through the color
Medium Weight 5 - 5.5 Ounce / 2.0 - 2.2 mm Leather:
  Burlap Explorer
- This is the leather used for desert boots - usually "roughout"
Lighter Weight 4 - 4.5 Ounce / 1.6 - 1.8 mm Leather:
- Medium/Dark Grey - boots made with this lighter weight leather
  must be leather lined to provide strength to the boots
Roughout: entire boot made with rough/suede side of the leather
on the exterior of the boots
Boots are normally made with the smooth leather side on the boot
exterior, but can also be made using the other rough/suede side
on the boot exterior
No Charge
Two Tone Leather: two leather types
Leather "type" is one of the leather choices with either the smooth
or rough side out - so there are many types to choose from
Multi Tone Leather: three or more leather types
Great option if your having a pair of clown boots made
Leather Lined Legs:
  black, tan/buckskin, brown, platinum or tobacco
The foot is always leather lined... this extends the lining up the legs
Side Pull StrapsNo Charge
Omit Side Pull StrapsNo Charge
Top Strap & Buckle (like Boss Boots) instead of Side Pull StrapsNo Charge
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 @ $17
2 @ $38
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)
1" = 1 inch = 2.54 cm
Nickel or Brass buckles on Top Straps / Instep Straps
Nickel or Brass rings on Harness Straps at ankle
(default is nickel with black or slate leather and brass with all other colors)
No charge
Omit the harness strap and ring at the ankle or replace it
with instep strap & buckle
No charge
Extra EVA rubber midsole - ¼ inch / 6mm thick $26
Extra leather midsole ¼ inch / 6mm thick (stiffer than EVA option)$26
Standard Styles of Vibram® Soles: #100, #430, #700 No charge
#100H Honey Vibram® tan version of the #100 SolesNo charge
#100F Heavy Lug Vibram® Soles / Fire Resist $15
#705® Vibram® Half Soles
Multiple choices of thread color and type. Details on order form 
Boot shafts made larger / smaller than standard
( ±1" / 2.54 cm - see shaft / size table below )
RUSH fee - your boots will be completed in about half the
current production time

Order Custom Boots You can visit the order form to see additional information without
placing an order. Hit your browser's "Back" button to return here.

1" = 1 inch = 2.54 cm

Sizes and widths for Custom Harness Boots with the Square Toe:

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



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

Square toe harness boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green above

If you need a size outside this range we can have your boots built with the round-toe lasts used for the Wesco Boss Engineer boots but all other details will be the same as these square toe harness boots. See the size tables below for the sizes available with the two round-toe lasts.

Sizes and widths for round toe Custom Harness Boots
made with Wesco's standard "new" round-toe last

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 Harness boots built with Wesco's standard
"new" round toe with the sleeker, dressier, slightly lower and more dressy toe.
The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green above.

Sizes and widths for round toe Custom Harness Boots
made with Wesco's traditional "old" #9109 round-toe last

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

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 Harness boots built with the
traditional "old" #9109 last. The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green above.

About the Calf Size and Height of this Boot:

Checking your calf size and boot height:

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 bootshafts made larger. We can have the shaft made up to one inch larger or smaller in ¼" increments.

Using this table:

  1. First, determine your foot size. Wesco boots used to run fairly large, but now run true to your US Men's size. Order your Wesco boots in your true size or ½ size larger to accommodate heavier 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
    Max Calf
    Max Calf
    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. Measure 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 bootshafts made larger.

    Wesco's bootmakers can add or delete up to 1 inch (2.54 cm) 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 has a one time charge to adjust the size of the boot shafts on custom Boss Engineer boots, harness boots and motor patrol boots. Once they've made a leg pattern for you, they keep the pattern on file. On subsequent orders 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.

  4. Next, 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° angle. New Harness 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 harness boots will drop .5" to 1.5" (1.3 cm to 3.8 cm) 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" (±2.54 cm) from the specified height. In our experience, there's a high probability that your boots will end up somewhat 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 after they are broken in, they could be up to an inch too high. So it's better to get your pull-on boots a bit under the maximum possible height.
  5. 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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