Why are they called Hawkins Astronaut boots? That is because in 1961 the Mercury Seven also referred to as the Original Seven or Astronaut Group 1 were pictured wearing Hawkins boots before their trip to space.

Solovair continues to produce the Goodyear welted 6 Eye Astronaut Derby Boot available in black hi shine, oxblood hi shine and brown greasy and 11 eye Astronaut Derby Boot in black hi shine and oxblood hi-shine.