Style & Appearance
Crafted from full-grain calfskin leather, the Lopez service boot’s look is instantly elevated by the hand-polished black finish. The black leather, in a minimal number of distinguishable leather segments, comprises the entire boot. This helps impart an inherently sleek profile.
The Blake-stitched welt, presented in a mahogany color, also offers a bit of contrast while adding a touch of elegance. In other styles like the Ellis Chukka, we’ve seen Beckett employ a thin welt; this is not the case here. The welt on the Lopez is prominent, helping the boot retain its clasically rugged aesthetic.
Nevertheless, it’s rendered in a refined manner, a theme encountered throughout the boot; all of the elements of a classic service boot are there, except they’ve all been kicked up a notch.
Other examples of this include the smooth leather lining on the inside, the double sole (veg-tanned leather and SRB rubber), and the slim waxed laces. The boots also retain the historically-accurate seven eyelets, as well as the above-ankle height.
There’s a fundamental challenge in transforming a traditionally informal style like that of the service boot into a formal one. With premium materials, careful design, and tactful execution, Beckett Simonon has proved successful once more.
Fit & Comfort
Out of the box, the full-grain leather of the Lopez is very soft, smooth, and supple. And as is customary with Beckett’s shoes, these boots also fit true-to-size.
Initially, I found the sole to be a bit stiff. This came as no surprise, though, as I was familiar with the boot’s double sole. The rubber and vegetable-tanned leather need some time to wear in, as does the leather midsole, which will mold to the sole of your feet.
The inside of the boot is lined with a light-colored leather, which itself is svelte and pliable like the black external components. This aspect makes the Lopez boots easy to put on and comfortable to wear.
Though the Lopez service boots fit true-to-size, I had plenty of room in the toe box and vamp. Keep in mind, I wore these with normal socks (it’s currently summer) as opposed to thick winter socks.
The extra space was not bothersome, and in fact I experienced no heel slip as they ‘strap’ securely around the entire ankle. Additionally, it will definitely come in handy when winter comes back around and I wear them with a more hearty pair of socks.
Aside from being comfortable, I must also note that the Lopez is a heavy boot. Or, at least it’s not a lightweight boot.
When you’re wearing them, there’s no forgetting that you’re wearing a serious pair of shoes. As a boot aficionado, I definitely enjoy, and almost prefer, this heft.
A potential concern here is the fact that, if you’re wearing a heavier boot like the Lopez and it doesn’t fit properly, you’re likely to suffer. Luckily, Beckett Simonon has a very flexible exchange policy and friendly support team who can help ensure your pair fits perfectly.
Dress Code & Formality
The Lopez may be the only pair of service boots that I’ve ever been able to call formal. Indeed, I found that they wear perfectly with chinos, and even a suit, in business casual settings. Unfortunately, these are definitely a stretch for business professional attire.
Where the Lopez service boots shine the most is paired with jeans, whether it’s accompanied by a t-shirt or button down, they work equally well.
Although the case may be different for the other colorways, the black should be reserved for fall, winter, and maybe a couple of occassions in spring. Essentially, these are a no-go in summer. You have the chance to wear shorts, which certainly don’t work with service boots, so take it!
For nights out during the colder months, these will not only look great with some selvedge, but also help prevent any slips or falls. I know I’ve had my share of close calls during late nights in center city Philadelphia where a sturdy pair of boots could have saved some embarrasment.
Presentation & Value For Money
The Lopez service boots are shipped in the standard Beckett Simonon shoe box. Inside were the boots themselves, each individually protected within a branded dust cover. Also included were extra insoles, replacement laces, and a small booklet detailing Beckett’s vision and practices.
The inside of the shoe box lid also possesses a label indicating the shoe’s construction. It’s a small detail, albeit a nice one.
Of course, we’ve covered this and more in-depth in our Beckett Simonon brand guide, which you can check out if you’d like a detailed look at the brand as a whole.
On value: I always consider how many times I may wear a pair of shoes, or how long they may last, and compare it to the sale price. In the case of the Lopez boot, their versatility almost ensures that they’ll get plenty of wear. The durability is likewise unquestionable.
So at $219, I find that the Lopez provide a ton of quality at a great value. What’s better is the fact that, with Bespoke Unit’s “BU20” coupon code, you can now get these at 20% off, for a final price of $176!
If you’re in the market for a rugged yet dressy boot, and are especifically looking for a service boot style, then the Lopez certainly merits your consideration. It’s true that it’s not the cheapest, nor is it of cheap quality or poor design.
The Lopez is built to withstand years of wear, has the possibility of being resoled in the future, and can be had at a significantly lower price than comparable examples thanks to Beckett’s MTO (Made-to-order) model.
If you’re willing to wait, and I’ve always found that it’s worth it to do so, then don’t hesitate in giving them a shot.