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post #3571 of 3615
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Augustus, a similar pair to that fourth pair that you posted - the Meermin - might be the Alfred Sargent Culford (on their 89 last) or the Alfred Sargent Cambridge (on their 87 last). The 89 last comes up a good shade generous in my experience of the Culford boots - I would suggest it is designed for thick country socks. 

 

Your second link is cut short, but I presume it was for the Loake Bedale in mahogany? Loake 1880 range are reasonable however I haven't ever been entirely convinced.

 

If you are in the UK, they are easy to try for size - the Pennine last is used in a number of models. For me I found it had a fair bit of volume in the instep, and so regarding sizing you may be able to go a half down on your 'regular' fit dress or formal shoe size. Again, it's meant for thick socks though, it isn't a dress boot by any stretch.

 

I do not like the new Grenson 'G Two' range, the leather seems particularly poor to me. Well, they are made in India. That said, the 201 last is a very comfortable fit in my experience of their Archie brogue. 

 

Alternatives...? Loake Dovedale or Barker Lambourne perhaps ... or if you find another wad of cash, something from Crockett and Jones. 

 

Check out Pediwear of Halifax, great people at the shop.

 

Thanks, that's really helpful. I'll look at all of those now.

 

I mentioned segs earlier, one of the reasons I mentioned leather soles is because I've always had metal segs fitted to leather soles to make sure they last. It means I'm put off by rubber soles - am I right in thinking I'd only be able to get rubber segs fitted to those?

 

so for example - http://www.loake.co.uk/loake-1880/dovedale.html  really like these, preferably in a darker colour but I instantly move on from them when I see the rubber soles. Maybe I'm, being foolish so thought I'd get some clarification. 

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Augustus, welcome. Are you in the UK?

 

I am yeah. Actually in the US at the moment but return from Boston in a few days. Looked in a few places over here but as I mentioned in my first post Brooks Brothers is outside of my price range.

 

I'm not in a huge rush. It's a big purchase for me so want to make sure I make a good decision. 

post #3573 of 3615

Sorry, I should have paid more attention - I read the bit about leather soles, and promptly glossed over it!

 

Personally, I prefer leather as well. Commando soles are too cumbersome in my opinion, and I do not like dainite soles at all. Totally ineffectual in the wet, and uncomfortable under foot in my experience. 

 

It divides opinion quite considerably, and I see the argument against it but I actually like a half rubber sole stuck on to the leather sole - a topy in other words. No experience with segs however.

 

Some of the suggestions I posted are actually over budget - but you might get a deal on the AS Culford from a certain respected retailer who posts on here occasionally... if you can deal with a dainite sole. It is a great boot. 

 

You don't need to spend the earth quite frankly for something entirely serviceable. MOST important and before you even open your wallet, get an idea of the merits of a few different lasts and get to understand what works for your foot. For example, personally I like a relatively swung last - that is, one which shows some inflare. I won't wear anything that even remotely clips my big toe. 

 

I'll have a think what else I can recall or might have had/tried or just considered myself.

post #3574 of 3615
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Originally Posted by Augustus Haynes View Post

I am yeah. Actually in the US at the moment but return from Boston in a few days. Looked in a few places over here but as I mentioned in my first post Brooks Brothers is outside of my price range.

I'm not in a huge rush. It's a big purchase for me so want to make sure I make a good decision. 

V good. Just a personal opinion but spread your net. There is more out there, let us know when you're back in blighty smile.gif
post #3575 of 3615

Ohh that was the exact reason for my first post, I've get waaaay less knowledge than a lot of you guys so want to find out as much as possible before purchasing.

 

 

Really like the dovedales that were mentioned, if only they had a leather sole. ... 

post #3576 of 3615

You should have a look at Cheaney as well - nice boots that come in at a lower price level than equivalents from C&J, AS, or Trickers.

post #3577 of 3615

Very good. Thoughts on these? a little over budget but I love them on first glance.

 

http://www.cheaney.co.uk/country-leisure/95/cheaney-tweed-country-boots-in-dark-leaf

post #3578 of 3615
Are you a student in the US (ie will you be returning)? If you have these (or any others) shipped to a US address you'll save on VAT which brings them within your specific budget.

Ordering direct from Cheaney includes free delivery. The Shoe Healer does this as well - and I would give them some pretty serious props for service when I ordered a pair of boots earlier this year.
post #3579 of 3615

I'm just on holiday on the east coast unfortunately. I think I can just about stretch to £300 if it's for the right boots. The VAT pushes it to £354 so it's over £100 above my budget. Hmmm. 

post #3580 of 3615

Here's £299 inclusive of VAT and shipping for the dark leaf:  http://www.privatewhitevc.com/cheaney-tweed-dark-leaf.html, and £295 inclusive of VAT and shipping for almond grain: https://www.shoehealer.co.uk/cheaney/cheaney-tweed-c-almond-grain-calf-detail 

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Here's £299 inclusive of VAT and shipping for the dark leaf:  http://www.privatewhitevc.com/cheaney-tweed-dark-leaf.html, and £295 inclusive of VAT and shipping for almond grain: https://www.shoehealer.co.uk/cheaney/cheaney-tweed-c-almond-grain-calf-detail 


 

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That's amazingly helpful.

Thank you.
post #3584 of 3615

I've had those Cheaney Tweed in dark leaf. Here's some images from a year or so ago when I had them. Pictures aren't great as it was an old camera but maybe it'll give you some idea outside of stock photo's. 12508 last, double leather sole. (Watch out - the 'almond' grain are on commando sole).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(click for bigger pic).

 

If you shop around and look out for sales you can occasionally pick them up less than the RRP £295. I wouldn't pay full retail.

post #3585 of 3615
Nice boots. I know the EG Heather Gorse boots were a popular GMTO but I still find it hard spending that much money on country boots. For city shoes, yes. Maybe I'm just cheap.

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