The height ranges from above the ankle to below the knee, but all motorcycle boots boast a low heel in order to aid in putting the pedal to the metal, as well as heavy-duty leather for protection against an unplanned meeting with the pavement. Engineer boots are the archetypal old-school biking boot (as opposed to the tricked-out racing or motocross kinds) and are speculated to have surfaced during the Depression era when the Chippewa Shoe Company developed a boot based on those used for equestrian sports in England. Hell’s Angels and attorneys who attempt to ride their midlife-crisis Harleys are huge fans.
How to wear them: These days, you can flaunt a pair with all the elements of a true engineer boot without coming off like a costume. Toss them on in your downtime with a pair of black jeans, a relaxed-fit pocket tee and, of course, a leather jacket.