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post #556 of 600
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

These are going to be my main winter boots this when things start getting nastier:

http://www.contextclothing.com/item.php?id=4035

Other options

Hermes has some nice hiking style boots, but at $1000+
Merrell makes similar styled boots
Any Alden/Thorogood/Viberg/Oak Street boot on a rubber sole
Fashion brands (Tods, Ferragamo, etc) on leather sole
Bean boots

Really? Except Bean and Merrell, they all are not waterproof at all. They will get destroyed shortly after snow falling. 

post #557 of 600
Shell cordovan boots should be more than fine. I've worn shell in snow, slush, and freezing rain--sometimes in the same day, and a good brushing's all they need to stay sharp. (Well, I also polish the sole edges often.) Bean boots and the like aren't necessary at all for winters in the city unless you trudge in inches of snow all the time (or need to shovel snow).
post #558 of 600
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Originally Posted by johng70 View Post
 

Just my opinion but I'm not a huge fan of that style sole for winter - you still have a stretch of leather that is going to get soaked.  For rain/snow I prefer something with a full rubber sole - not the commando half sole.

 

 

This, I've lived in CO since '92 and nothing beats a full on Vibram sole for a boot used on anything other than dry pavement and indoors. I ordered the Wolverine 1k Austens when they were $200 on Gilt and they only had a half sole with very shallow lugs, that sole and that boot are not meant for rugged use, they are work boots. Same with the Vibram gumlite sole Chippewa uses on some of their boots, no good in the snow. I have been through a lot of medium/heavy bavkpacking boots and they are hard to beat in winter conditions... my current Lowas look nice and are awesome in difficult conditions. Nice ones use one piece leather construction. Not as bulky/awkward as Sorels, but Sorels are hard to beat for standing around in very cold weather for longer periods of time.

 

While not exactly cheap, the Julius 7 back zip engineer boots with vibram soles don't just look good, they are some of the best built boots I've ever seen in my life. I have the ones I'm selling in my sig below in size 3, they feel like they will last a lifetime. I have tried them in snow and ice in the last few days, they make great winter boots which is what I was looking for.

 

I also have a pair of Dirk Schonberger winter boots with a tongue made out of calfskin and wool laminated together that wraps around the entire foot. It's Belgian... where it's cold but not a ton of snow, so they are good for when it's cold but not slippery... I have the low profile Vibrams on them which make them work for after the snow has been cleared and the welt has been waterproofed (from the factory). Inspired by miner's boots...The color irl is much nicer than the pic.

 

 

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post #559 of 600
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Originally Posted by Asian Afro View Post

Shell cordovan boots should be more than fine. I've worn shell in snow, slush, and freezing rain--sometimes in the same day, and a good brushing's all they need to stay sharp. (Well, I also polish the sole edges often.) Bean boots and the like aren't necessary at all for winters in the city unless you trudge in inches of snow all the time (or need to shovel snow).

Agree 100%. I wore shell last night in cold rain, no issue. I'll wear specially designated shell (black tankers) treated with Alden's leather defender for snow days when I need to look respectable over the next few months. For heavier duty, Bean Boots will do (the Hermes boots look to expensive for what they ae). I also have some Danner boots but those are really very rarely worn.
post #560 of 600

I'm talking about this kind of winter. Do you still ware your Alden in this weather? I will seriously consider buying a pair of shell cordovan if your answer is positive.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/in-pictures-snow-and-rain-turn-downtown-toronto-into-slushy-mess/article9105379/

 

 

 

post #561 of 600
Yes, that kind of winter. I live in Ottawa, Canada. I avoid puddles when possible. Not because shell boots aren't waterproof, but possible salt stains. Keep up your footwear maintenance and you'll be fine.
post #562 of 600

True, it is most likely salt that destroys shoes. I do wax my shoes once a while, but I'm too lazy to do it every week. Regardless, they never get waterproofed or something with wax or waterproof spray. It looks like I ended up not finding me a perfect pair for this winter...

post #563 of 600
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Originally Posted by pasteurisation View Post
 

True, it is most likely salt that destroys shoes. I do wax my shoes once a while, but I'm too lazy to do it every week. Regardless, they never get waterproofed or something with wax or waterproof spray. It looks like I ended up not finding me a perfect pair for this winter...

 

Yeah.. my buddy wore his shiny Alden shell cordovan Indy's through a Toronto winter. They became dull and lifeless after a while with the salt wreaking havoc on the oils in the shell, and Saphir Reno did nothing to help it. They would shine up briefly and then quickly revert back to the dull look. 

 

So technically speaking they will survive a winter but they will definitely not look very good after. 

post #564 of 600
Get some Blundstone boots in the chisel-toe, non-lug soled version. Waterproof, rubber soled and not horrible looking. They're cheap and relatively disposable as well.

I wouldn't wear $700+ boots in Canadian slush and salt, that's jsut silly.
post #565 of 600
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Originally Posted by LaymanX View Post

Yeah.. my buddy wore his shiny Alden shell cordovan Indy's through a Toronto winter. They became dull and lifeless after a while with the salt wreaking havoc on the oils in the shell, and Saphir Reno did nothing to help it. They would shine up briefly and then quickly revert back to the dull look. 

So technically speaking they will survive a winter but they will definitely not look very good after. 

I would definitely avoid salt in my shell boots and try not to wear them through slush and puddles. But over fresh snow, on wet sidewalks, etc, I do wear them. Leather defender, brushing and occasional Saphir should do the trick.

Vinegar apparently works on salt stains as well.
post #566 of 600

Well, a question is "is it really worth taking well care of expensive shoes like Alden's shell cordovan in order to ware in severe winter?". My answer is negative.

post #567 of 600
Black cordovan Alden boots from Context after trecking through Manhattan last night in the snow:

AppleMark

Needed some nice shoes for a holiday part and these fit the bill perfectly. I highly recommend commando soled cordovan boots for this purpose.
post #568 of 600
The only winter boots I really know about are Timbs, though I've never owned a pair. I'm in Montreal and it's about time I get a new pair of winter boots. Any recommendations for something that would work well or brands that I should check out?
post #569 of 600
Thread Starter 
I got black Timbs and they actually look pretty good and are warm and waterproof. Best option I've found.

post #570 of 600
I'm imagining Brad in a big denim jacket, baggy jeans and Timbs with a fitted. lol8[1].gif
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