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post #1951 of 2476
I find metal toe plates to be neither noisy nor slippery. Metal heel plates, most definitely.
post #1952 of 2476
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I find metal toe plates to be neither noisy nor slippery. Metal heel plates, most definitely.

I've read that metal heel plates are supposed to be slippery several times, but I've never felt any slipperiness with my heel plated boots, not on wood, marble, asphalt or cobblestone. Might it have something to do with ones gait? I will however agree when it comes to the noise, which is why I opted out of heel plates on my latest pair.
post #1953 of 2476
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Originally Posted by Jakezero View Post


I've read that metal heel plates are supposed to be slippery several times, but I've never felt any slipperiness with my heel plated boots, not on wood, marble, asphalt or cobblestone. Might it have something to do with ones gait? I will however agree when it comes to the noise, which is why I opted out of heel plates on my latest pair.

 

Gait might have something to do with it.  For me, the slipperiness was most noticeable walking on tile / marble rather than on pavement.  Noise was the greater issue.  That clack-clack-clack got under my skin in a hurry.

post #1954 of 2476

An update on the Chukkas, which I have worn at every possible opportunity (about 4 times now).

 

The fit is exceptional.  I'm not a super-difficult fit in RTW, but the small tweeks to the standard lasts that St. Crispin's is able to execute really take the shoes to a level where I struggle to imagine how fit could be improved upon.

 

Out of the box comfort was superb, and the shoes felt fully broken in after the first wearing.

 

One of the outings for the Chukkas was to the St. C. trunk show at Leatherfoot in Toronto - which led to something of a problem.  In looking over the very many shades of brown  on offer (man, I wish they had this many shades of burgundy - or at least a true deep oxblood) I realized that I actually preferred a slightly darker shade for my Chukkas.

 

While they would no doubt eventually get there over time, I also figured it wouldn't be too much of a challenge to darken them slightly, and it wasn't.  Two light coats of Saphir medium brown cream wax did the trick.

 

Here they are brand new:

 

 

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And after a few wearings, post-polish:

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Hosting provided by FotoTime I think it end result is a better blend (less stark contrast) of the toe burnishing, and takes the shoes very nearly to the shade I had in mind.

post #1955 of 2476
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Originally Posted by LynahFaithful View Post

tchoy - Could you explain your polishing technique with a little more detail please? Did you polish the entire shoe with brown and black or just certain parts such as the toe box? Did you also use burgundy polish along with the other two? In what order did you use the various colors? Did you use one or multiple colors on the toebox "spit shine?" And anything else that you might add. Thanks.

I wish I can take the credit for polishing the shoes but I didn't do it. It was done by my good friend Karl Sussman who is the retailer for Saint Crispins in Australian. Sorry I can't really tell you much about the details of how the wax when on. He takes days polishing the shoes before he delivers it.

Karl's polishing technic is some of the best I've seen.

You can check out his tumblr for other gems http://bluscuro.tumblr.com
post #1956 of 2476

RogerP -- your chukkas are on the money.   i'm also a big fan of the croc adelaide on the 104/105.  upcharge isn't crazy, or at least i dont think it was on my tassels.

 

tchoy -- the burgundy is excellent.

 

here's a shot of my new loafers -- cheers

 

 

post #1957 of 2476
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Originally Posted by nyc108 View Post

RogerP -- your chukkas are on the money.   i'm also a big fan of the croc adelaide on the 104/105.  upcharge isn't crazy, or at least i dont think it was on my tassels.

tchoy -- the burgundy is excellent.

here's a shot of my new loafers -- cheers




Nice. How flexible are the soles on these? I've been holding off on purchasing a pair of StC loafers b/c the attributes I look for in loafers- light, and flexible soles, are not really what StC is known for. I have a pair of the kilties, that are still a bit stiff although I still really like them.
post #1958 of 2476
How much was the upcharge for the croc adelaide?
post #1959 of 2476
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Originally Posted by Mr. Pink View Post

How much was the upcharge for the croc adelaide?

 

i THINK ~150 for the tassels but i would just ask your retailer

 

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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post


Nice. How flexible are the soles on these? I've been holding off on purchasing a pair of StC loafers b/c the attributes I look for in loafers- light, and flexible soles, are not really what StC is known for. I have a pair of the kilties, that are still a bit stiff although I still really like them.

 

they aren't particularly flexible.  there was an option for a flex sole rather than single leather, but i thought the stiffness would lend itself slightly better to dressing them up a bit, and i'd never tested stc flex sole so i stuck with what i know.  the best part about the fit from trying them on a couple times is in the arch and heel.  i'm sure i'll have more to say about this after a few wears 

post #1960 of 2476
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Originally Posted by nyc108 View Post


they aren't particularly flexible.  there was an option for a flex sole rather than single leather, but i thought the stiffness would lend itself slightly better to dressing them up a bit, and i'd never tested stc flex sole so i stuck with what i know.  the best part about the fit from trying them on a couple times is in the arch and heel.  i'm sure i'll have more to say about this after a few wears 

Thanks for the info. The flex sole sounds interesting. Did they tell you how they differ from their standard sole? Regardless, nice shoes!
post #1961 of 2476

@nyc108 - thanks, and those loafers are just lovely.  I really dig the splash of colour with the tassels.

post #1962 of 2476
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

An update on the Chukkas, which I have worn at every possible opportunity (about 4 times now).

The fit is exceptional.  I'm not a super-difficult fit in RTW, but the small tweeks to the standard lasts that St. Crispin's is able to execute really take the shoes to a level where I struggle to imagine how fit could be improved upon.

Out of the box comfort was superb, and the shoes felt fully broken in after the first wearing.

One of the outings for the Chukkas was to the St. C. trunk show at Leatherfoot in Toronto - which led to something of a problem.  In looking over the very many shades of brown  on offer (man, I wish they had this many shades of burgundy - or at least a true deep oxblood) I realized that I actually preferred a slightly darker shade for my Chukkas.

While they would no doubt eventually get there over time, I also figured it wouldn't be too much of a challenge to darken them slightly, and it wasn't.  Two light coats of Saphir medium brown cream wax did the trick.

Here they are brand new:


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And after a few wearings, post-polish:
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orig.jpg I think it end result is a better blend (less stark contrast) of the toe burnishing, and takes the shoes very nearly to the shade I had in mind.

The colour on those is wonderful but I don't think a high shine is really to be worn on chukkas. They are by their nature a bit of a roughhouse kind of shoe/boot IMO
post #1963 of 2476
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Originally Posted by meister View Post


The colour on those is wonderful but I don't think a high shine is really to be worn on chukkas. They are by their nature a bit of a roughhouse kind of shoe/boot IMO

 

Cheers. Only the toes are high gloss.  In my view, Chukkas can successfully run the range from rough and tumble to sleek and elegant.  My Alden Kudu chukkas are a roughhouse shoe.  These are not.  Neither is, say, the G&G Arran.

post #1964 of 2476
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Originally Posted by nyc108 View Post
 

RogerP -- your chukkas are on the money.   i'm also a big fan of the croc adelaide on the 104/105.  upcharge isn't crazy, or at least i dont think it was on my tassels.

 

tchoy -- the burgundy is excellent.

 

here's a shot of my new loafers -- cheers

 

 

 

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Edited by RedDevil10 - 3/23/14 at 3:27pm
post #1965 of 2476

@jerrybrowne i'm sure they would have explained it but i didn't investigate...would be curious if you look into it more

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