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post #4666 of 15208
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Originally Posted by bdude View Post

Hey fellas!  What is the general opinion on asking a local boot maker to make somthing in the style of Augusta double zips wrinkle boot, instead of dropping 2k on it?  There is a guy with good rep in my town who would do it for bout 400$.  he does not distress leather of course so the look of the leather will not be the same. Would you think that is a good idea?
thx

This is a terrible idea. Don't do this unless you will be content with boots that are nothing like Augustas.
post #4667 of 15208
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Originally Posted by bdude View Post

Hey fellas!  What is the general opinion on asking a local boot maker to make somthing in the style of Augusta double zips wrinkle boot, instead of dropping 2k on it?  There is a guy with good rep in my town who would do it for bout 400$.  he does not distress leather of course so the look of the leather will not be the same. Would you think that is a good idea?
thx


Have you seen some of his work and is he a reputable maker?

Dunno why others think this is a terrible idea.

You're not going to get something exactly like Augusta but if he makes well you could get something very much to your liking.

OTOH, $400 does sound a bit suspicious. Generally, full bespoke boots in the States start at around the $1K mark.
Edited by hendrix - 10/20/12 at 11:27pm
post #4668 of 15208
People buy augusta for their leather treatments and shapes... if you take out half the equation, they're not similar at all anymore.
post #4669 of 15208
well he's already said that the guy doesn't distress leather and he doesn't seem to be too concerned about it...
post #4670 of 15208
it's a disaster waiting to happen.

the jesus fresco restoration is the perfect analogy:

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post #4671 of 15208
right.

Can't trust a bootmaker to make boots, right?
post #4672 of 15208
Let me reiterate this part:

Augusta double zips wrinkle boot

Half the appeal of this boot is the distressing. Don't enable bad decisions. That would just be a dick move.

And note the original to see why it'd be a bad decision:

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post #4673 of 15208
I don't see any distressing?
post #4674 of 15208
You might need to get your eyes checked if you can't see the wrinkles on the boot...
post #4675 of 15208
also struggling to see how it's a dick move to encourage that he actually talk to someone (who makes boots for a living - they'd probably know better than you or me) whether they have the expertise to makes something like that. Or even if they can't, whether they could make something to the buyer's liking.

Whatever, there are a few things I seem to be missing in these types of conversations. They're generally over on MC though.
post #4676 of 15208
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Originally Posted by nahneun View Post

You might need to get your eyes checked if you can't see the wrinkles on the boot...

I don't mean to be a dick here, but you know that wrinkling is not the same as distressing, right?

I was kinda under the impression that this is achieved simply by lazy/deliberately imperfect lasting, but hey, maybe he should ask the expert i.e. the bootmaker?
post #4677 of 15208
anything that simulates wear is distressed... it's not always about destroying the leather. it's just a bad decision because it will end up looking very different. it'll just be a standard boot...with two zippers.
post #4678 of 15208
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post #4679 of 15208

Guys thanks for the advice.  basically to clarify I can not drop 2k on a pair of boots ( I could go to 1 k max).  the Augustas are the grail for me however I considered cheaper alternatives - the layer-0 back zips -  found some fitted pictures and it was not the look i was going for.   With all due respect to Simone I am not trying to baztardize his design and I do understand that he has to charge what he charges.  So I went to  local boot maker in Montreal who has a good reputation who has made boots for friends of mine and asked him.  He said that he will not distress but he can make that boot although it is harder to make because it is a one peace of leather on the front.  Anyway i am not 100% sure I am gonna go for it so I was asking for your opinion. I think both of you have valid points and really appreciate the conversation.  the price for boots in montreal is lower then in US ( cheaper city to live in) so that explains the price.  i think it would be more actually since it is a taller boot and he said it might be 400-500$.  His leathers are pretty standart nothing antiqued or specially treated but this is the caveat of course.   Thank again!

post #4680 of 15208
Thread Starter 
^^
1k gives you plenty of options (in the pre-owned market), look for some used Carpes (S21M or S40M). The Augusta boot will eventually go on sale at some point. The SS12 multizip will go on sale at Barneys around Dec.
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