They're used, but were barely used. They're leather soled, but have a rubber insert in the outsole. Not sure about the sole, to be honest, but I'll probably have a cobbler put a thicker topy on there. There's a part of the left foot which is creasing at an inopportune point and I think a cobbler might be able to solve that issue as well.
They're zegna's and I believe they're made by santoni as part of their 'fatte a mano' line. They're really nice boots, and I'm quite pleased with them. I'll take some pictures of them later. I need to condition and polish them tomorrow.
Yeah well done NOBD. Both my parents were heavy smokers and both died of lung cancer - what a waste. Hope you've added many healthy years to your life by stopping.
BTW I've been on the hunt for a shirt like one of yours for ages - it was textured French blue, bespoke I think. Finally found something in a similar colour in linen by Uniqlo! Hardly in the same quality rank but will give it a try for $20:D
I'm staying in nyc for a night on the way home next month and going to the uniqlo store is high on my list. I figure I can pick up a few shirts with better collars at a more than reasonable price. What did you end up getting?