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Update: Your opinion on these rubber sole brogue bluchers (Cheaney Grassmere it is..)

post #1 of 12
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I would appreciate any opinion and comments...and if you can provide 1st and 2nd choices. Thanks in advance...

Purpose:
- casual wear (chinos, jeans, sweaters, Sport Coat/Jacket)
- fall/winter inclement weather wear
- spring/summer rainy days
- and color versatility ?

1. Barker (Hamilton) http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0
2. Herring (Grassmere) http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0
3. Herring by Loake 1880 (Kendal) http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0
4. Loake 1880 (Badminton 2) http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0
post #2 of 12
Toss up between Herring Grassmere and Loake Badminton.
post #3 of 12
The Grassmere is my favorite of the bunch.
post #4 of 12
Do you have wide feet? If so, then get the Badminton. If not, get the Grasmere
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Marcellionheart View Post
Do you have wide feet? If so, then get the Badminton. If not, get the Grasmere

normally wear 7D US...from what I've researched, Badminton runs almost a full size in UK from US. these are type of comments/questions I am looking for. Thanks.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post
The Grassmere is my favorite of the bunch.

+1.
post #7 of 12
I don't think you'll regret any of them. If your gut is leaning one way, go for it.

The Badminton 2 is a little _too_ dark for my tastes. I prefer the lighter shoes, although they may be a little less versatile.

The barker's are nice, but you _might_ prefer a grain leather, given what you plan to wear them with, and under what conditions.

I actually have some loake for CT shoes in the that tan grain leather used on the Kendal. They seemed pretty electric out of the box, but after one polishing with a mid brown polish, and once with tan, I'm now using neutral polish to hold the colour where it is. They look great with khaki or brown, but imho would be quite high contrast with a dark denim.

The grassmere are probably the most versatile, and probably would have the nicest finish. Oh, surprise, they're the most expensive.

Versatile is not always ideal - it depends what other shoes you have. If these are going to be your go to casual shoe for all situations, the grassmere is probably the best though.
post #8 of 12
So much is subjective.

I prefer wing tips to longwings and dark brown to lighter brown, so I went with the Badminton 2.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
bump for final polling day...
Thanks for all and I am definitely taking all these into consideration....
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
btw, I received the merchandise (Grassmere) yesterday from Herring Shoes and absolutely satisfied; nice pakaging and complimentary shoetrees, can of wax, shoebags, and shining cloth/apron. Mahogany grain has a nice finish to it...
I will try to post pics when I can...
...sizing info for anyone interested...I normally wear 6.5 D or 7D US, but went with UK 6F. Great fit..

Thanks everyone for your input.
post #11 of 12

What about the toe on the grassmere, is it darker? Do you have  a picture?

any thoughts on the weybridge?

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by benganb View Post

What about the toe on the grassmere, is it darker? Do you have  a picture? any thoughts on the weybridge?
yes, toe area has the darkened patina...not the greatest pics http://www.styleforum.net/t/254258/cheaney-fit#post_4740796 ...the pics on Herrings website is a pretty good representation visually and IRL
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