Originally Posted by gettoasty
Question for nicelynice:
I noticed your most worn in boot you have posted about recently in the "Contentedness Thread" looks to be a pair of Guidi lace boot. 995, perhaps? I also remember how you said lace up shoes in general versus side zips was very cumbersome during your time working in Japan due to taking your shoe on and off. Since you are purging your closet, or so it seems, do you still prefer side zips [back zips] or you find the model 995 a much better all around boot albeit lacing. I'm looking at a pair of reverse horse in the 995 model, and it will be my second pair of the same model [have reverse kangaroo currently]. I like the shape of the 995 and do not mind lacing up my shoe FWIW. Also, the price difference is upward 170Euro from 995 to boots with zips, essentially. Ankle length zip is only a bit less. Zips worth the extra premium? What about cordovan worth the extra premium?
It just comes down to individual preference. I live in Japan, yeah, so I take my shoes on and off when I'm going inside to a restaurant or someone's house, I prefer something that doesn't take me a couple minutes to jam my foot in and lace up properly.
Softer, taller boots are nice with lace-ups because you tie the laces tighter or wrap them around the shaft for a bit more ankle support. I find them to usually be a bit more comfortable and more forgiving in sizing than zip-ups, which is why I always wear lace-ups when I'm hiking or walking long distances.
However, I definitely like zips for aesthetic reasons, I like the clean design more than boots with laces. This is especially true with Guidi boots which use beautiful leather - the sleek look of back-zips really shows off the leather quality. If you look at pictures of well-worn Guidi shoes, the leather folds and ages in a unique way that just doesn't come through as well with lace-ups.
I personally don't like cordovan. I have one pair of Alden dress shoes in cordovan, they're nice because I don't have to polish them so much, but the leather is stiff and uncomfortable and I feel it doesn't age as well as the high quality calf or horse that Guidi uses.