As someone who hunts for early workwear, I go back and forth every few months—will I ever find a pair of vintage Wabash work pants in my life? And if I do, would I really wear them or would I be too afraid to damage them? At this point, I start looking into the repro options out there. Long story short, if I ever bite the copper rivet, Freewheelers’ “Golden Spike” Indigo Wabash Trousers are what I’ll go for.
Inspired by turn of the century railroad work pants meant to be highly visible, these pants are the full train. Cinch back, watch pocket, button fly & suspender buttons, and selvedge fabric made from indigo-dyed thread.
However, what distinguishes these repros from others is the wabash pattern. Unlike other versions that simply print on top of the fabric, Free Wheelers has gone a step beyond by applying two layers of irregular beige dots with burgundy speckles which gives it that depth. They even printed the iconic Stifel boot on the inside of the fabric as wabash pants made from Stifel fabric used to have.
Available for $373 at Corlection