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post #3316 of 4989
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I wear green shell with blue and brown easily. Might even wear them with a deep red or red/brown. Depends. I think they are more versatile than they may appear.

It's a color of shoe I have yet to acquire yet, but I've been giving it some thought.

 

 

Thanks.

post #3317 of 4989
I think Rancourt has the benefit of being able to produce it now in the informal handsewn style and a dressier Blake wingtip, so you can skew one way or another with it. Green shoes will only ever be business wear, of course, if you own the business or there's little to no dress code.

It's funny, but I haven't really gotten my head around blue shell yet. I think it's because I like green in general, green shell feels right to me.
post #3318 of 4989
I work at a finance firm that advises $15+ billion, and operates out of an old farmhouse, complete with a horde of dogs. Green shoes are totally acceptable on a daily basis here. In fact, one of my colleagues wears his green AE Neumoks on a daily basis. Standard outfits, especially in the summer, consist of boat shoes, no socks. So, you can get that kind of dress code if you look for it (and don't live in the city).
post #3319 of 4989
Hmm how's the fit on the blake wingtips? If it helps, I'm a size 7.5 on the brannock. Also can't decide on what shade of brown to go with! I'd be wearing them with gray and blue pants.
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^What type of leather were you thinking?

post #3321 of 4989
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


Oh snap. 😯That's nice.

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Originally Posted by Portland Dry Goods View Post


damn dude

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Originally Posted by gmmiddle View Post
 

MUCH better picture!  Yes, stunning is the word.  I like the laces as well :)

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They look killer! The shade of green is right on and I love the lighter edge trim and mini-lug sole. Besides the leather this shot really shows off the profile and styling of the shoe which are both super nice. These will be a great go to that provides a bit of pop and styling to a look.

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If I'm seeing them right the sole is actually a Reltex Ranger which is going to be insanely comfortable AND weather friendly.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

Almost positive thats the Montello Mini-Lug but Cali will let us know I'm sure

You're right rydenfan, they are the Montello Mini-Lug... so far very comfortable.

 

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

Those green wingtips look fantastic! Great pick up Cali! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post
 

Nice

 

But what color of pants do you wear these with, or do you just wear these with jeans?

So far I have worn them with Kkakis and jeans.  I think they would look great with Navy Blue pants and also charcoal and grey pants.  They look pretty dark indoors, not quite black but dark green.  

 

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Originally Posted by wonsmithr8 View Post

Hmm how's the fit on the blake wingtips? If it helps, I'm a size 7.5 on the brannock. Also can't decide on what shade of brown to go with! I'd be wearing them with gray and blue pants.

IMO they run large.  I have a pair of the Blake Plain Toe boots in the same size and the wingtips feel larger and longer than the boots.  

post #3322 of 4989
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

^What type of leather were you thinking?
Hmm guess it's between color 8 and natural cxl
post #3323 of 4989
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Originally Posted by Calikid View Post

IMO they run large.  I have a pair of the Blake Plain Toe boots in the same size and the wingtips feel larger and longer than the boots.  

I wonder what it is about LWB's in general that creates this? It is the same thing for me with my Alden's. I take an 8D in Barrie lasted boots and shoes but my 8D LWB's require me to wear an insole to take up the extra volume. One of these days I will get around to trying a longwing a half size down as it may be a slightly better fit
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Do I need to do anything (like condition / polish) the brown CXL before wearing? Or can I enjoy them straight out of the box? smile.gif
post #3325 of 4989
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Do I need to do anything (like condition / polish) the brown CXL before wearing? Or can I enjoy them straight out of the box? smile.gif

You'll probably get a few different answers. I always use Montana Pitch Blend on CXL right away, but I think a lot of guys just wear it & treat it with something as needed.
post #3326 of 4989
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Originally Posted by UltraMagnetical View Post

Do I need to do anything (like condition / polish) the brown CXL before wearing? Or can I enjoy them straight out of the box? smile.gif


I would not polish, but do use a good conditioner or boot oil. I once had some dust ruin the finish on a pair of Alden in natural CXL. Keep the leather moist and healthy.

post #3327 of 4989

I'm about to order a Blake boot, do any of you have experience with them? Are they well made? I recently read that the insole was not up to par, something about leather being wrapped around plastic. Any thoughts? Pictures would also be nice. Thanks...

post #3328 of 4989
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Originally Posted by seer View Post
 

I'm about to order a Blake boot, do any of you have experience with them? Are they well made? I recently read that the insole was not up to par, something about leather being wrapped around plastic. Any thoughts? Pictures would also be nice. Thanks...

Plenty of pics in my gallery.

 

Never had a problem with the insole.

 

Someone was admiring mine on Sunday, and showing me their Red Wings.  I was telling him about Rancourt and their MTO program, ect, but I told him that if I tried to treat them like actual work boots, they'd probably fall apart.  I expect that they'll last for years if I just wear them like normal shoes and don't try to do anything crazy with them.

post #3329 of 4989
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Plenty of pics in my gallery.

Never had a problem with the insole.

Someone was admiring mine on Sunday, and showing me their Red Wings.  I was telling him about Rancourt and their MTO program, ect, but I told him that if I tried to treat them like actual work boots, they'd probably fall apart.  I expect that they'll last for years if I just wear them like normal shoes and don't try to do anything crazy with them.

The insole is, indeed, leather wrapped around a Texon leatherboard or fiberboard insole. This isn't as nice as some competitors (like most AE), but is equivalent to others who, even if they aren't using leatherboard, are using a synthetic material like poron or foam. That said, I would recommend Rancourt commit a little bit extra and make it a solid piece of foam under there.

As for longevity, I disagree, shell cordovan is just as durable, if not more durable than Red Wings. I know it might not always feel like it, but shell can really take a beating. If you want to see what I mean, take a look at the Wolverine 721 Review thread, where Crane's has put his unlined shells through the ringer, including getting them coated in concrete, kicking rocks, and hiking miles and miles a day with them.

The only thing that makes a pair of Red Wings more durable would be a more structured toe, which is better if you're using your toe to pivot pieces of wood or other heavy items. But otherwise, it ought to hold up just fine.
post #3330 of 4989
I've got unlined suede Blakes and have been happy with them. Agree that they are not heavy work boots, but I think they are perfectly durable from what I can tell. I don't know how the insole is constructed, so I can't comment.

Personally, I found I had to go up .5 size from TTS on mine, from 11D to 11.5D Blake boot.

I recommend them.

If you have give them a call, I bet they'll talk about the insole construction with you. Ask them for a photo.

Good luck.
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