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post #46 of 60
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
I'm kind of curious: if you took a pair of chelseas like these to a good cobbler, would he be able to swap out the elastic gore for some leather and, say, laces or a buckle or two? Is this worth doing if it's possible, or should I just try and find something laced or buckled to begin with?

Interesting question... could maybe adapt those to buckled boots. Matadorpoeta may have an answer on this.
post #47 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arethusa
I'm kind of curious: if you took a pair of chelseas like these to a good cobbler, would he be able to swap out the elastic gore for some leather and, say, laces or a buckle or two? Is this worth doing if it's possible, or should I just try and find something laced or buckled to begin with?

get something laced or buckled to begin with.
post #48 of 60
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Originally Posted by TKDKid
I think the CT chelseas are two different models:



- notice the shape of the elastic gores.

The corresponding Loake models are probably this and this.

The brown looks right, but I think the black is probably the 290B - check out
http://www.pediwear.co.uk/detail.php?stock_ID=17

The mitchum might be the 290B, but there seems to be some slight differences. Loake probably has a ton of styles and leather options to pick from....
post #49 of 60
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Originally Posted by TKDKid
I think the CT chelseas are two different models:



- notice the shape of the elastic gores.

The corresponding Loake models are probably this and this.
I don't think the brown ones are the 'waxy' type. I am pretty sure they are the 290 model.

Changing out the elastic - might be possible (probably not worth it on these), but if the boots fit snugly, the elastic is pretty tight actually, if that is your concern.
post #50 of 60
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Originally Posted by j
Changing out the elastic - might be possible (probably not worth it on these), but if the boots fit snugly, the elastic is pretty tight actually, if that is your concern.
Any idea how difficult that would be or how much it would cost? And, yeah, I am concerned about them staying put. I'm not worried about walking around normally, but I don't want shoes that are going to fly off if I have to run/fight/save the world. You know how it is.
post #51 of 60
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
Any idea how difficult that would be or how much it would cost?
Not a clue.

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And, yeah, I am concerned about them staying put. I'm not worried about walking around normally, but I don't want shoes that are going to fly off if I have to run/fight/save the world. You know how it is.
Now that I have snugged mine up with insoles, they don't feel loose at all. It would take some real effort to knock them off.
post #52 of 60
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Originally Posted by gdl203
I did, pre-crash (actually every single time these shoes were mentioned) but since I was the only dissenting voice in a vast majority of happy customers, I got tired of posting my warnings

I hear ya. Well when they get here I'll check 'em out. Hopefully I like them, if not at least it's free s/h back to them.
post #53 of 60
How exactly do you tell corrected grain leather from non-corrected grain leather?
post #54 of 60
Just received mine today. I ordered the brown leather, in a half size down as advised (normally 10.5US, so I ordered 10US/9.5UK). They fit like a glove, which hopefully won't turn out to be a bad thing. The heel and ankle definitely fit better than any other chelsea boots I've owned. The leather seems to be of decent quality... certainly not plastic coated. Some scuffs on the outsole but I imagine those will cover up with edge dressing fairly well.

On the other hand, I do find the toe shape to be fairly bland... much more round than I expected.
post #55 of 60
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
Any idea how difficult that would be or how much it would cost?

And, yeah, I am concerned about them staying put. I'm not worried about walking around normally, but I don't want shoes that are going to fly off if I have to run/fight/save the world. You know how it is.

Is something like this that you were thinking of? http://cgi.ebay.com/POLO-RALPH-LAURE...QQcmdZViewItem

post #56 of 60
Yeah, it is. Shame I'm a 9.5 and not a 13. Can a good cobbler turn a pair of the CT chelseas into a chelsea/jodhpur hybrid like that? Any idea how much that would cost?
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post #58 of 60
Thanks. I suppose I'll watch them, though I'm worried that that strap at the back is velcro. Still wondering if it would be possible to mess with the CT chelseas, as I do like the look of them a lot. Any cobblers out there? meaculpa?
post #59 of 60
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
Thanks. I suppose I'll watch them, though I'm worried that that strap at the back is velcro. Still wondering if it would be possible to mess with the CT chelseas, as I do like the look of them a lot. Any cobblers out there? meaculpa?
I think it is Velcro but if it ever wears out it shouldn't be a hard piece to fix.
post #60 of 60
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
Thanks. I suppose I'll watch them, though I'm worried that that strap at the back is velcro.

Still wondering if it would be possible to mess with the CT chelseas, as I do like the look of them a lot. Any cobblers out there? meaculpa?

Arethusa, it's possible, but the most complicated part isn't the work. Rather, it's finding the matching leather for the addition. Usually the best bet is to order direct from the factory, if you know what that is.
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