Offical TRICKERS shoes and boots thread - Page 329
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Richard, at Shoe Healer, is the best. A very knowledgeable gentleman. By pale tan, you mean acorn???
Hi all - first post here so please go easy on me!
I live in the UK and I have recently become interested in Goodyear welted English shoes and I have bought 4 pairs this year alone during my factory tours in Northampton. I'm now interested in getting some Tricker's boots to go with my Church's, Crockett & Jones and Barker shoes.
Almost all of the Tricker's boots and shoes at my local shoe place are made from an untreated looking, very pale tan leather. The boots are chunky and beautifully made, but I'm not a fan of the colour.
Is the idea that you add your own colour/patina from your choice of cream/wax, or is that sacrilege and you are supposed to keep this original colour?
I have played around creating a patina on some new cheap IKON brogues using my Saphir creams so I know it can be done, but is this not the thing to do on these Tricker boots?
I don't think that it would be sacrilege at all. Do your thing and enjoy your boots the way you like them. That, for me, is one of the joys of quality, organic materials.
Of course, whatever you do depends on what you are looking for. No point buying acorn boots if you want dark brown ... because they make those anyway. But if what you want is a darker, burnished version of a lighter colour (if that makes sense) then use your skills and make something unique. I don't think any of my shoes (except darker suede ones) are the same shade as when I bought them.
I even have a pair of Tricker's shoes that I dyed a different colour altogether and I have been wearing, and enjoying, them twice as as much as a result.
And, finally, I cannot recommend Richard at the Shoe Healer highly enough. If you are in Newcastle jump on a train to Doncaster and spend a couple of hours trying on shoes and boots. He will enjoy it as much as you will (is it OK to say that Richard?).
I am quite fussy regarding how shoes fit on me, so I am planning a trip to the Tricker's factory shop to try some on.
My last tour was on a Saturday and covered Church's, Crocket & Jones, Jeffery West, Barkers and Cheaney. I only missed Trickers because the shop isn't open on Saturdays,
Edit to add, the colour I have seen is "C Shade Gorse calf" like this;
I understand what you mean about 'untreated' leather now - c shade gorse comes in a matt finish. Tough but supple leather. But I think it will not react well to being polished a different colour. Just my opinion but I think you'd be better if getting some stows in Espresso or another dark brown if you don't like c shade.
Yes, I agree with that.
1001 is the softest leather of the three and is just lovely. Acorn is more hardy. I like it a lot but it takes a while to take on a patina. I have never had a C-Shade boot or shoe. I would only do so if it was for a genuine work-boot or shoe, as it is a very hardy leather, and not for looks.
EnglishShoes, I have never been to the Tricker's factory shop, so cannot comment on the service, but I cannot believe it would be better than Shoe Healer's. However, there will likely be factory specials available so you might find something rare. Don't put off a trip to Doncaster for too long, though.
By the way, one leather to look out for, although it is pricey, is Teak Cordovan. Very beautiful. Cheaper (standard price) and interesting options are Beechnut Burnished and Coffee Burnished. Hard to find on the shelf, though.