Originally Posted by gearhead
i myself don't like the look of the nubuck leather, its quite boring compared to the 1st generation leather and the upcoming thick suede version. one thing you cannot argue is the quality of the boot, the construction is top notch and the leather used on the insole is amazing.
i've come to realize that a lot of fashion brands charge just as much for a boot but don't deliver on the quality, maybe they do on the style, but the boots would fall apart rather quickly.
Have you seen the black nubuck irl?
I lusted after the brown ones since the first time I saw pics of them but didnt really like the black nubuck, the nubuck just takes really bad pics vs the brown ones imo, the nubuck just shines too much in pics whereas irl they actually look fantastic, I first saw them irl when I bought the brown ones and just couldnt get them out of my head, then after I realized how well made the brown ones were and how comfortable they felt and how bad ass they looked scuffed up, I just folded and bought the black nubuck ones about a month later, love them both...
And to add my .02 to the general apeal question, I would say that they have the best shape, especially in the toebox, I have seen in this type of boots, then theres the quality both in leather, sooo thick and chewy, and the craftmanship, which are built like a tank.
I've owned other expensive designer boots like LV, Ferragamo, Dior etc and yeah they look really nice when new but I really put some wear on my shoes and after a bit of wear they all looked "used" or "old" or "worn out", I couldnt replace the sole on most of them, etc,, so I started to look for a boot that would look good worn out but at the same time still provide undeniable quality that was obvious just by looking at them, and these boots were the best I found, CD's have too bumpy a toebox imho and look too homeless/gothninja for me whereas with these you can dress them a bit up or down, clean them up or scratch them down and they always look great and just scream quality, I can wear them with jeans, cords, chinos, etc and also you cant deny that these will just look better and better with age and wear.
Kathadins, RW's, Butteros, cd's, _7's and others like them just dont have this unique mixture of positives for me and therefore well worth the $600/ea that I paid for them.