My replica Mad Max 1 MFP boots

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My replica Mad Max 1 MFP boots

Postby Max Replica » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:01 pm

I'm going to make several posts at once about Max's boots, but I'm going to separate them into different threads in order to keep the discussion (and future searches) better organized.

The boots Max wears in the first movie are 1970s Australian Rossiter aka Rossi motorcycle boots. (full info here: http://www.madmaxcostumes.com/boots.htm and here: http://www.madmaxcostumes.com/C2/max-boots.htm)

Given that these are now rare and expensive the best option is to have a pair of less expensive boots modified. Old Russian (or similar country like Ukraine) military boots are a good match. The bottom portion of the boots is nearly identical, only a very close look will reveal that the overlap is opposite where the two parts of the boot come together.
A quick note on sizing - there are charts online that will convert the size numbers of Russian boots to U.S. and other sizes but you should only use this as a ballpark figure. I always ask the seller for an actual measurement of the bottom of the boot from heel to toe and then compare this with a pair of my own boots to determine if they'll fit right.

The Russian boots can be modified by a good shoe repair or custom leather shop. But finding one that can do it right can be a bit tricky. The modifications to the boots can be done from photos but it's best if you can provide the shop with a real pair of accurate boots that they can borrow to use as reference while modifying. I was lucky to find a very qualified shop and even luckier to have on loan Karol's personal pair of vintage Rossi boots when I got mine done.

KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:
The first important thing when looking for Russian boots is to make sure that the leather is smooth. Many of the ones that appear on eBay these days have an incorrect rough or "pebbled" texture to the leather. The second semi-important thing to look for is a cobbled leather sole. It looks like this:
mfp2.jpg
mfp2.jpg (62.64 KiB) Viewed 1972 times
mfp sole.jpg
mfp sole.jpg (22.15 KiB) Viewed 1972 times

This is what the bottom of Max's boots look like. Then again, you can decide how important the cobbled sole is to you considering most people will not be seeing the bottom of your boots.

MODIFICATIONS:
Modifications to the boots consist of a strip of leather added down the back (often will need to be hand-stitched at the heel to be done correctly), two loops added to the back strip for holding the boot straps to the back of the boot, two side loops to hold the strap at the top of the boot, boot straps created and added at the top and the bottom, the top of the boots cut off and a notch cut in the front, and several cuts at the front top of the boot for putting the straps through.

Below are pictures of my replica MFP boots created in this way:
MFP boots 1.jpg
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Re: My replica Mad Max 1 MFP boots

Postby Max Replica » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:03 pm

CONTINUED:
mfp side by side.jpg
mfp side by side.jpg (32.71 KiB) Viewed 1971 times
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WEATHERING:
The gear Max wears in the first movie is basically new so not much in the way of weathering should be needed with these boots. However, you don't want them polished either, so if you get a pair that is really shiny you may want to try some alcohol or acetone to take some of the shine off.

Note: You'll also need a badge to add to your right boot for MFP accuracy. There seem to be some folks out there that think the badge on Max's boot is slightly smaller than the one on his jacket. I don't think this is correct. They appear to be the same size. Check out the scene where Max opens the wooden chest where his uniform is stored - you'll see the two badges close to one another and they appear to be the same size. Also, this was a low budget movie, I doubt they created more than one run of badge sizes.

I have also had a pair of MM2 Road Warrior boots made:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8974

If you're interested in having me help you with getting your own boots made, look here:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8975
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Re: My replica Mad Max 1 MFP boots

Postby Banzai88 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:00 am

This is great info. Now I just need to find a good leather/boot repair in SoCal...
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