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William Lennon Replica B5 British Army standard issue boot Brown oiled rough-out kip leather, unlined Double leather sole with hobnails and horseshoe heel ring These boots have been in storage for nearly 3 years. So far, I've only worn them on carpet.     Note traditional British Army boot lacing method. Simple knot tied in the bottom of the lace, behind the bottom eyelet, then the loose end is fed through and run straight across in front and diagonally...
Apologies if I have missed it, and I suspect this is going to be a long shot, but while I have seen plenty of advice on conditioners and polish for this leather, I can't recall seeing much on heavy duty cleaning beyond brushing and wiping down with a cloth or sponge, and that is the most I have ever done. So far, so good, but it's early days. Given what rain can do to the appearance of horse arse, I suspect many in this community (Crane excepted) never allow water...
And a few more Bonafe Black suede Dainite rubber sole The Bonafe black suede boots pictured above were originally purchased to prevent a repeat of the damage inflicted on the Carmina 80092s pictured below while traipsing through the Persian desert. Moreover, low maintenance suede is more forgiving of my laziness in terms of shoe care. Quite frankly, I couldn't be bothered regularly applying leather care products to my boots, and when I have shiny calf on my feet, I'm...
I haven't logged in for awhile, perhaps over a year, but my love for Balmoral boots has not faded, and it's good to see they still have a following on here. Here are two of my more recent acquisitions.   Bonafe Black and navy blue nubuck Vibram Commando rubber sole   Chunky rubber soles on Balmoral boots might be considered illegal by some, but in my book, they have their place, as does the nubuck. These boots were intended for use in casual settings and for...
Re: all black plain cap toe Balmoral boot Many boots fitting this description with either a calf or suede shaft have been made over the years but they are now rare in RTW, probably due to lack of demand. British maker Church's has such a pattern in its vault and will make to order via a suitable retailer. Delivery time approx 3 months, price £400 or a bit less. EG and the other big names can also do it, obviously at an even higher price. Enzo Bonafe could also do this...
Second pair of Church's Bruges Black calf, dark grey suede, blue calf lining, 73 last, single leather open channel stitched sole, generally similar to first pair (q.v.). The laces supplied by the factory were too short again, but the retailer threw in a longer pair to avoid the problem I encountered last time. Treatment applied: plain old Lexol Conditioner (only) The Bruges are not the most beautful article, but a reliable boot that I don't worry about getting...
The answer to that question is not something easily put into words, but you could call it a matter of aesthetics combined with a love of history. I had/have many other, "normal" shoes, but came to focus on Balmoral boots initially because I liked the way they looked - like elegant Oxford shoes with coloured shafts stuck on them... and it just so happens that they are comfortable - usually.What I find disappointing is the lack of posts relating to new acquisitions in this...
Church's Bruges update Today, I wore them all day for the first time and must say they were very comfortable - as comfortable as the Carmina 80092 out of the box, another machine-welted style with which I have always had good experiences, but for the slightest pinch of my right pinky. The lacing is closing up more tightly each time I put them on; I'm confident the unsightly V will soon disappear. Overall, my experience with this rarely seen but accessibly priced model...
More Enzo Bonafe Button Boots!   Black calf, lino (linen) suede, giamaica calf piping, oxblood calf lining, punched cap toe   The button hook was the only extra in the box this time.   Fiddleback waist       What can I say? To my plebeian eyes, these things are a bloody work of art! If you can get this sort of value from a maker in the UK, someone please let me know. The linen suede is just what I wanted, similar to a 'canvas' colour I had in mind, since...
  This label is actually attached to the piece of brown tissue paper inside the box, not the box itself.     The toe box of the 73 last looks good, but note the distance between the punching and where the suede begins - something doesn't look quite right from this angle - they look somewhat elongated.     They look OK from this angle...   ...and even better side-on.   Church's Bruges Balmoral boots Last 73, fit F   Features: upper in black calf,...
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