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post #6631 of 6889

They are durable and the comfort on long walks speak for themselves. But they aren't back country boots and weren't meant to be.

post #6632 of 6889
it could just be my city, but DBs are saturated among the public now

I bought my first pair, a safe color, in 07 or 08, thanks styleforum, and got complimented on em all the time since it was fairly novel at the time. Then I switched to owning only DBs of a unique color (baby blue, burgundy/purple, etc) a few years ago. I'm not sure if it's finally attracted the early or late majority now. They're all over the place now which has caused them to lose their charm.
post #6633 of 6889
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Originally Posted by TyCooN View Post

it could just be my city, but DBs are saturated among the public now

I bought my first pair, a safe color, in 07 or 08, thanks styleforum, and got complimented on em all the time since it was fairly novel at the time. Then I switched to owning only DBs of a unique color (baby blue, burgundy/purple, etc) a few years ago. I'm not sure if it's finally attracted the early or late majority now. They're all over the place now which has caused them to lose their charm.

They're affordable and available at many retail stores. What city are you from? In Toronto I see them from time to time but certainly not everyday
post #6634 of 6889
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

They're affordable and available at many retail stores. What city are you from? In Toronto I see them from time to time but certainly not everyday
I live in Seattle, and people dress very casual here since everyone works in the tech sector. A pair of DBs is considered dressy by this city's standards
post #6635 of 6889

I mean, other than sneakers, if you're not wearing dress shoes DB is the most obvious, and arguable the best choice.

post #6636 of 6889
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Originally Posted by xxxamazexxx View Post

I mean, other than sneakers, if you're not wearing dress shoes DB is the most obvious, and arguable the best choice.
that's how I see it too. probably why they're so popular these days
post #6637 of 6889
I wanted to point out a difference I found between (ostensibly) the same pair of boots from Zappos and from Amazon. They both claim to be Clarks Original Desert Boots in Brown Suede.

The boot on the left is from Zappos and the one on the right is from Amazon.

http://zapp.me/105990/209849
http://amzn.com/B0007MFWJU


The boot from Amazon:
- fits a lot tighter
- has a slightly shorter heel
- is darker in color
- has a material that is not as soft as the one from Zappos
- comes with different markings on the inside (the one with the French 'Hommes')
- has packaging with different markings
- is $35 cheaper

Anyone know why these two boots would be so different? I bought both of them online recently, and I have only worn the ones from Zappos (and only a couple of times). I'm planning on returning the ones from Amazon since they don't fit well, but I was just curious.


post #6638 of 6889
^ I think that's just the way it goes when it comes to relatively cheap, mass produced shoes that are probably coming from one of several different factories throughout the world. I once tried on a few different pairs of Clarks DBs in the same size--at a Clarks store--and experienced a slightly different fit and feel in each. Also noticed variations to the color of the leather on each pair.

The good news is you found some that fit well. Wear them in good health. smile.gif
post #6639 of 6889
I was thinking of purchasing a pair of Oakwood Suede DBS off of Amazon but I'm a little worried about how they look after some wear and if the color displayed on Amazon is different compared to the color of them in person as I've seen with some pairs on here. Any suggestions or pictures? Thanks smile.gif
post #6640 of 6889

I have a pair of Beeswax CDBs that I purchased in... 08 or 09 I believe

I've worn the hell out of them (and still do) and they've got some pretty significant water spotting

in addition, the stitching that is holding the leather onto the sole has come up in the toe

meaning my toes get wet very quickly if I wear them.

 

I'm considering having them resoled since a new pair would cost double, and these look far better with wear.

 

Ideas on where to get them resoled? I live in a small rural town in ohio

and the general quality of clothing and related services is highly questionable a best

and in the small city nearby it's not much better.

 

I've seen the Vibram resoles, and some of those look pretty good.

I've also seen that just the standard crepe sole can be used

or even a leather sole.

 

Any suggestions for where to have them sent off?

 

EDIT: Attach Photos of boots.

 

 

 

 


Edited by benjamin b - 10/31/13 at 1:53am
post #6641 of 6889

Clarks recommends Resole America. Not a great price ($60) and they'll only do crepe sole replacements, not Vibram or leather, but if you don't have access to a local cobbler they might be a good option.

post #6642 of 6889
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Originally Posted by J BAILEY View Post
 

Clarks recommends Resole America. Not a great price ($60) and they'll only do crepe sole replacements, not Vibram or leather, but if you don't have access to a local cobbler they might be a good option.

 

The webpage only lists vibram soles, but this suggests b nelson would do it cheaper.  http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/casual_shoes.asp  I can't vouch for them personally, but they seem to be well regarded around here.

post #6643 of 6889

Your local cobbler could probably do it for around $50. I do realize for slightly more you could buy a brand new pair of DBs but if you go the resole route you can extend the life of current boots by many years.


Edited by NormanF - 11/1/13 at 5:17pm
post #6644 of 6889
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Originally Posted by terty View Post
 

Having a look at the clarks desert mali. Anyone know if clarks have another version with a rubber sole instead of crepe, similar to how bushacres are the rubber soled version of desert boots.

 

I was actually wondering the same thing. Is there a similar boot with rubber soles in that price range, or are the DMs pretty much the best bet?

post #6645 of 6889
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Originally Posted by TyCooN View Post

it could just be my city, but DBs are saturated among the public now

I bought my first pair, a safe color, in 07 or 08, thanks styleforum, and got complimented on em all the time since it was fairly novel at the time. Then I switched to owning only DBs of a unique color (baby blue, burgundy/purple, etc) a few years ago. I'm not sure if it's finally attracted the early or late majority now. They're all over the place now which has caused them to lose their charm.

And it's not only DBs imo but all desert boot/chukka boot styles. Like you said it's all over place and if you go to eg. any department store to buy shoes you can't miss these styles.
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