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post #12196 of 12675
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post


In a bad NY winter like we've had, when you have to trudge through a lot of snow and slush almost every day, boots are great.

Doesn't the road salt mess up the leather?

I was always more worried about that than about getting a little snow in my shoes.
post #12197 of 12675
Thread Starter 
It hasn't yet. I don't know if I'm just lucky or what.
post #12198 of 12675
This past winter I broke down and got water proof gortex boots with a thick Vibram sole. It felt great when I could step into straight the dark murky sidewalk puddles and not care of the depth. I used to have to walk around them.
post #12199 of 12675
I'd do something similar with a pair of low-cut Bean boots.

I'd much rather wear a pair of proper shoes in the office and on the way there I can't imagine anyone really cares. I suppose I had an elevator ride and a short walk to my desk but again no one seemed to care since they were all in he same place.
Edited by Cantabrigian - 3/29/14 at 7:52am
post #12200 of 12675
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post


Well maybe not a definite no but there was some disagreement. Those were the good ole days.

Anywaus, I used to be a bal boot proponent but no longer. They're just not as comfortable as bluchers.

I also have no issues with blucher boots with suits as long as they're appropriately sleek.

 

 

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Originally Posted by burghler View Post
 

Same here.  A suede shaft makes bals moderately more comfortable but nowhere close to blucher boots.  It seems like they're harder to fit RTW, at least that's been my experience.

 

Disagree on the comfort issue completely.  Assuming both fit well - which is the most significant factor in terms of comfort - a bal boot will be every bit as comfortable as a derby boot.  Design, materials and construction are all very much secondary to fit in that respect.

 

This winter I wore boots to the office probably 4 days out of 5.  My shoes have had  a massive rest for months.  My bal boots and derby boots are pretty much equally comfortable.  If I had to identify my most comfortable pair, it would be my all-suede Carmina bal boots.

 

As for appropriate wear with a suit, bal boots are my clear preference, but a dressier derby boot will work as well (for example, the Carmina 973, EG Alderley and Nevis).  I would not choose to wear those suede derby boots posted a couple pages back with a suit.  Ever.

post #12201 of 12675
I have dedicated leather boots with vibrams for the snow and ice. When I got them I thought I would confidently be able to trudge through the rough winter terrain that is NYC, but alas I still baby them and fear the puddles.
post #12202 of 12675
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

Doesn't the road salt mess up the leather?
I was always more worried about that than about getting a little snow in my shoes.

this. i hate road salt with a fiery passion.
post #12203 of 12675
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I have dedicated leather boots with vibrams for the snow and ice.

Curious as to how you specced these out / what they look like.

post #12204 of 12675
Not good taste thread worthy. They are skull crushers. Come up very high with double buckles.
post #12205 of 12675

For a real snow day in NYC, I figure all bets are off. I go with my Zamberlan hiking boots and machine-washable chinos. I like being able to step on anything. I have some passable loafers that I keep at the office. I was toying with the idea of some Cordovan boots with commando soles, but who am I kidding? I am not going to splash around in salty puddles wearing $1000 shoes. For the same price, I could take about 25 cab rides from door to door wearing whatever shoes I liked.

post #12206 of 12675
That's what I do with my shell boots and consider it money well spent (though, admittedly, I bought mine on sale.) It's a coarse material suited to such tasks. They've been quite resilient to the abuse, though I found the shell met its match when up against a shovel.

Right now my shell boots are sitting outside without trees, the poor things. It's a sad life for nice boots.
post #12207 of 12675
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post
 

 

 

 

Disagree on the comfort issue completely.  Assuming both fit well - which is the most significant factor in terms of comfort - a bal boot will be every bit as comfortable as a derby boot.  Design, materials and construction are all very much secondary to fit in that respect.

 

This winter I wore boots to the office probably 4 days out of 5.  My shoes have had  a massive rest for months.  My bal boots and derby boots are pretty much equally comfortable.  If I had to identify my most comfortable pair, it would be my all-suede Carmina bal boots.

 

As for appropriate wear with a suit, bal boots are my clear preference, but a dressier derby boot will work as well (for example, the Carmina 973, EG Alderley and Nevis).  I would not choose to wear those suede derby boots posted a couple pages back with a suit.  Ever.

 

Wouldn't it depend on the individual's feet in question? Bal boots or any sort of bal are not the most comfortable shoe for someone with high insteps. A balmoral could work but would have to be designed with that in mind. I have slightly high insteps and find bluchers boots/shoes to be more comfortable than balmorals.

 

That said, I'll definitely still be wearing my balmoral boots as we head into winter over here in Australia.

post #12208 of 12675
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

Wouldn't it depend on the individual's feet in question? Bal boots or any sort of bal are not the most comfortable shoe for someone with high insteps. A balmoral could work but would have to be designed with that in mind. I have slightly high insteps and find bluchers boots/shoes to be more comfortable than balmorals.

That said, I'll definitely still be wearing my balmoral boots as we head into winter over here in Australia.

Absolutely - at least to a degree. But it still doesn't support any generalized claim that bals are more comfortable than derbies.

And I still maintain that fit is the primary factor. Open laced derbies are a bit more accommodating - in that you can likely find comfort with the fit being "off" over a broader range. Particularly so if, like me, a high instep is your primary fit problem.

But assuming both bal and derby fit equally well, they will be equally comfortable. At least, that has been my experience.

If someone finds a particular bal boot uncomfortable, it is most likely a consequence of that particular bal boot not fitting well, as opposed to some generalized lack of comfort inherent in all closed lace tall boots.

My high instep makes loafers and Chelsea boots a difficult fit. As a consequence, I own none of the former and only one of the latter. But it wouldn't be the least bit valid for me to generalize that "derbies are more comfortable than loafers".

As with any other style of shoe or boot, finding the right last and the right size and width to best fit your feet is what matters most to ultimate wearing comfort. A narrow fitting derby with a low instep won't work for me at all. A moderately wide fitting oxford with a high instep will.
post #12209 of 12675
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Not good taste thread worthy. They are skull crushers. Come up very high with double buckles.


For under a suit? That's pretty badass.

post #12210 of 12675
pB is bad ass. have you seen his wallet? it says so right there.
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