Suede tanks!!. Congrats Nikola
Church's Appreciation Thread - Page 18
@gr789 Yes, I specifically wanted this type of style on a practical Dainite sole. I have less and less nerves lately for a leather sole on a casual daily beaters. Also, these were on a 30% discount as they appear to be from the Autumn collection.
@Zapasman Thanks! These really are built like a tank! They felt awfully heavy too when I first took them out of the box. But I like heavy. Heavy means reliable.
I have a pair of Church's Glen ankle boots made in Italy. I recall mine also date from around that time. I have worn them every winter since then and this is a recent picture - still almost like new. The styling divides opinion, but so comfortable...
Are slippers allowed? Very wintery here still so these will still get some wear:
The rare Sovereign in wine with stag's head:
New Ajax 03 for Christmas 2015:
The advantage for me with Church's slippers is the toe shape. There always seems a little more room around the toes given the slightly squared-off style. Contrast this with a pair of Tricker's, for example:
These shoes have been previously posted, but Nikola's new suede "tanks" reminded me of my go to Church's for bad weather. All several years old and holding up very well. On the left are the Gorsley and Elmsley on rubber soles and on the right are the Tasmania and Grafton on leather soles. (Forgive the generic and Alden shoe trees, these shoes are currently in rotation with all sorts of other brands!)
My new pair of Church's Consul in black calf in 173 last had arrived, again from Herring Shoes. I currently own a pair in the 103 last, both medium width. I bought the new pair of Consul because I felt the 103 is too rounded and I needed a formal oxford. I was thinking on the AS Armfield, but the last is not the best for the shape of my feet.
Comparing both lasts :
173 : Slimmer last, 2 or 3 mm longer, higher walls
103 : Rounded toe, 2 or 3 mm shorter
Both shoes feel rock solid, look great and have the presence that I spect from Church's. I like the 173 more and will be my shoes for special ocations and the 103 last will be used for work.