Originally Posted by Bill S
I have a pair of the Art Carter chukkas inthe German Elk leather. I figured it might be tougher than the French veal, but that's just an assumption.
I've been thinking of getting a pair of boots, like the Imperial or maybe the all leather mountain PH.
To the previous poster, what leather options would you recommend for a tough, long lasting boot? I'm not interested in any of the exotic leathers.
Russell is very high on the French Veal, and I can understand why. I have a pair in tan, my wife in black. It has a wonderful feel on the foot, is beautiful in way photos cannot capture, the patina gets very good over time, and Russell says it is very strong. But it would not be my choice to head into the woods with - although I think Russell would disagree. I also have a pair of Sporting Clay Chukkas in the German Elk (really a cowhide) which are clearly less affected by ordinary wear, particularly abrasions. And I now have a pair of Kangaroo boots which may be even tougher!
Are the American Bison and Kangaroo exotics? If not, then those two plus German Elk, probably in that order. If water resistance is a priority it would be the Bison. Otherwise my preferences between those would be so slight I would be influenced by the price. All are really great boot leather so there is no bad choice.
Russell has many leathers from Horween, Foote, and some others here in the US (I asked) plus some European suppliers. Not all of them are mentioned on their website and I certainly do not know them all. When you get ready to order just call them and ask for a recommendation.