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Thanks guys...

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Plenty of pics in my gallery.

I couldn't find your gallery.

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Here's an archive shot of my suede Blakes:




Bakes just posted some great shots of his in shell within the past month or so... Looks like it was on Sept. 29. Can't figure out how to use the gallery feature to link to the original post though...
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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.

Not the shell that I'm referring too in terms of durability, more the construction.  I imagine the threading would probably be the first thing to give if I were doing something like carpentry or road construction with them.  I think that they are just constructed more like shoes than say a pair of White's boots.  I'm not an expert on shoe construction like MWS, and I know that the Blake/Rapid stitch is said to be very solid, but they just feel more like a shoe that is 6" tall than a solid boot.

 

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I couldn't find your gallery.

Click on my user name, view profile, scroll to the bottom of that page where it has my photos and click on the name of this thread.

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Not the shell that I'm referring too in terms of durability, more the construction.  I imagine the threading would probably be the first thing to give if I were doing something like carpentry or road construction with them.  I think that they are just constructed more like shoes than say a pair of White's boots.  I'm not an expert on shoe construction like MWS, and I know that the Blake/Rapid stitch is said to be very solid, but they just feel more like a shoe that is 6" tall than a solid boot.

 

Click on my user name, view profile, scroll to the bottom of that page where it has my photos and click on the name of this thread.

 

I think that the issue is more likely to become an actual issue after the boots become many years old, assuming relatively normal wear.  If the boots were to become saturated with water, the fiberboard insole will deteriorate and begin to rot.  If they are truly being used as work boots, then they may have a lot more accumulation of perspiration to deal with as well.  Truthfully, a Blake/Rapid stitched shoe with a leather/fiberboard insole is stronger than a Goodyear-welted shoe with the same type of insole because a rotting insole will cause the gemming to fail in a Goodyear-welted shoe.  Since gemming doesn't exist in a Blake/Rapid shoe, this issue isn't a factor.   However, when resoling, the insole is more likely to deteriorate and take fewer resolings if it isn't structurally sound due to frequent moisture exposure. 

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

Not the shell that I'm referring too in terms of durability, more the construction.  I imagine the threading would probably be the first thing to give if I were doing something like carpentry or road construction with them.  I think that they are just constructed more like shoes than say a pair of White's boots.  I'm not an expert on shoe construction like MWS, and I know that the Blake/Rapid stitch is said to be very solid, but they just feel more like a shoe that is 6" tall than a solid boot.

 

Click on my user name, view profile, scroll to the bottom of that page where it has my photos and click on the name of this thread.

1. I'm going to use the Blake boot more for casual wear. I have the Chippewa Bean Cap Toe boot for heavy lifting. I think the Blake boot will work fine for my needs.

 

2. Thanks, I found your gallery! Great looking shells!

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1. I'm going to use the Blake boot more for casual wear. I have the Chippewa Bean Cap Toe boot for heavy lifting. I think the Blake boot will work fine for my needs.

2. Thanks, I found your gallery! Great looking shells!

I think this is the way to go and, taking into account the informative replies to your questions about the insoles, I think they should work well for you.
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First women's make-up posted in this thread.

 

Here are the Women's MidBoots that I bought for my GF, that just arrived today.

 

She's not as experienced at shoe photography as I am.

 

I also had them include some venetian and one of their horsehair brushes.

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Nice! You can pick out the classic Maine handsewn, Bakes. Oh and I hope you actually said to the GF "Honey, you aren't as good at taking Internet shoe photos as I am, yet." 😄
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She said she wanted boots that were just like my boats, but boots.  I said, they actually make something like that and showed her a picture.  Her pic actually isn't too bad, on second thought.

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Bakes how did you size for her? TTS or half down?
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TTS on advice from Katie from Rancourt.  GF says they fit perfect.

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TTS on advice from Katie from Rancourt.  GF says they fit perfect.

Thanks, girlfriend has been wanting a pair similar to my quoddies so not sure what to get
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Dunno what Quoddy offers, but Rancourt has a last specifically for women's handsewns, as you may already be aware.

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First women's make-up posted in this thread.

Here are the Women's MidBoots that I bought for my GF, that just arrived today.



She's not as experienced at shoe photography as I am.

I also had them include some venetian and one of their horsehair brushes.

What leather is that? Brown CXL?
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