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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

ˆYou know you could just try to wear these with tongue pads, right?

I had a triple insole in the left and a double on the right, so I think I'm beyond redemption. Would rather put whatever I get for them towards a better fitting shoe, despite their singular beauty.

Must admit I've always had trouble with the newer C&J lasts (these are on the 363). Either I need to size down or just stick to their classic lasts, e.g. the 325 which fits me nicely.
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ˆˆYet another SJC post -- reported for admins.
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These were a MTO project from Bonafe from about a year ago.
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Looking good IMO
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Wholecut boot made out of Black Kangaroo Skin.

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More Balmoral boots made out of Kangaroo leather. 

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I haven't logged in for awhile, perhaps over a year, but my love for Balmoral boots has not faded, and it's good to see they still have a following on here. Here are two of my more recent acquisitions.

 

Bonafe

Black and navy blue nubuck

Vibram Commando rubber sole

 

Chunky rubber soles on Balmoral boots might be considered illegal by some, but in my book, they have their place, as does the nubuck.

These boots were intended for use in casual settings and for informal office attire, where wet/slippery/rough surfaces are likely to be encountered. These were received in December 2015 but I wore them for the first time this week and so far they fulfil their intended purpose very well. The Commando soles make for a very comfortable ride, albeit slightly less beautiful than a single leather. Unlike calf, the nubuck doesn't look scuffed to hell after a less than cautious day in the office, on the streets or partying.

 

 

 

Bonafe

Etrusco calf

Dainite rubber sole

 

I got these in December last year but have not worn them yet. This week, I applied Obenauf leather oil and Filson boot oil to the uppers, rubbed it in, left it for a couple of days, wiped and buffed. The original shine returned immediately. The photo was taken before the application of oil. This is the first time I have used the Obenauf product, although I have had it for a couple of years. Normally, I only apply Lexol conditioner to calf leather like this, but a litre of it was lost in the mail on the way to me, and my stocks were running low, so I gave Obenauf a go.

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And a few more



Bonafe
Black suede
Dainite rubber sole

The Bonafe black suede boots pictured above were originally purchased to prevent a repeat of the damage inflicted on the Carmina 80092s pictured below while traipsing through the Persian desert. Moreover, low maintenance suede is more forgiving of my laziness in terms of shoe care. Quite frankly, I couldn't be bothered regularly applying leather care products to my boots, and when I have shiny calf on my feet, I'm constantly trying to avoid scuffs on furniture etc. which gets annoying. After most wears, the most maintenance they get is a brief buffing with a horsehair brush and perhaps a wipe-down, with Lexol or Saphir Renovateur applied only a few times per year unless they cop a real beating. If the leather falls apart due to lack of maintenance (hasn't happened yet), I'll just buy more - with competing financial obligations, it helps to have an excuse to buy more boots.

The Carmina 80092 black/black boots were eventually restored but not before I initially gave up. It started in October 2014 with a diluted vinegar wipe-down, application of Saphir Renomat, Lexol cleaner, Lexol conditioner, and buffing, over the course of about two weeks. The results were not good. The leather was clean and soft but the surface was still very dull and it seemed beyond salvation. So, I gave up and committed the boots to rest, bagged and boxed, assuming they would never shine again.

In June 2016, I spontaneously decided to have another go. This consisted of buffing, a decent (much more than pea-sized) dose of Saphir Renovateur and yet more buffing with a horsehair brush. This time, the outcome was very different. Now, they look pretty good. Aged and weathered, but still plenty of life in them. It appears that allowing the conditioner to soak in and dry for >20 months may have helped. Moreover, Saphir Renovateur is probably better for shine on difficult surfaces than Lexol conditioner (although I am not convinced that it is a better leather conditioner than Lexol). Ordinary wax polish is no longer part of my shoe care routine, and with trashed leather, it wasn't appropriate in this case. So, there you have it. If your boots cop a thrashing and won't shine, turn your attention elsewhere for 20 months, then try again.




Carmina 80092 Black calf, black suede, York sole, Forest last; Skoaktiebolaget Special. My first taste of Carmina. Purchased March 2013, trashed in Iran September 2014, new lease of life June 2016.




Bonafe
Oceano suede
Vibram Commando sole

Apparently, oceano suede is supposed to be a very dark blue. They don't look very blue, but I still like the colour. This is an example of the Duke of Windsor's midnight blue evening dress effect - midnight blue fabric that actually looks black in the light, and looks better than 'real' black.




Commando sole




Bonafe
Black calf, oceano suede
Single leather sole



I'm pretty sure I asked for a fiddleback waist on these.




Bonafe
Black calf, grey suede
Single leather sole with fiddleback waist

As I have written before, boxes and shoe bags are not Bonafe's strong points. These boots are being crushed in the shoe-sized box, and the shoe bags are more useful as polishing cloths than for storing boots. Thankfully, the later orders shewn above and below came in slightly larger boxes (albeit still rather flimsy) and shoe bags. As for these, I really should find them alternative accommodation. I found some ex German Army cotton boot bags on eBay, which should at least allow me to wrap them up.



That's what all the single leather soles should look like!




Bonafe
Black calf, desert sand nubuck
Single leather sole

Very striking appearance. I had seen a similar colour combination from other makers and had to have it. It took awhile to sift through Bonafe's suede and nubuck offerings.





A recent leather treatment job


Carmina 80092
Navy crup leather
Double Dainite rubber sole
Received September 2013

Products and tools used:

Buffing brush x 2
Cloth, paper towel
Filson Boot Oil FInish
Saphir Cordovan cream (neutral)
Saphir Renovateur (tested on small area only)

Timeline
Monday: buffed, applied FIlson Boot Oil FInish
Tuesday: wiped, buffed - weak shine
Wednesday: wiped, buffed, worn, buffed - weak shine
Friday: wiped, buffed, applied Saphir Cordovan cream, buffed - decent shine

These boots were clean but looking rather tired and dull, so I decided to oil them up and try to get more shine. Not surprisingly, after a decent dose of Filson Boot Oil FInish they looked duller still. Every time I use that stuff I can't help but wonder if I have made a terrible mistake, and I can imagine some people screaming at the sight of it, but it has never stopped me from doing it again. Buffing restored a weak shine but the finish was still very murky. They were oiled on Monday, worn on Wednesday, buffed before and after, but with no improvement. As usual, I gave up and set them aside, but only until Friday rather than twenty months. Good results came very quickly with a light application of neutral Saphir Cordovan cream followed by buffing. Saphir Renovateur was tried on the shaft of one boot, and it also worked, but the Cordovan cream gave a slightly better shine. The navy crup boots were never as shiny as my burgundy pair, but I think they are good enough. I intend to try Venetian Shoe Cream on another pair soon. If anyone has suggestions on cleaning products for crup/shell cordovan leather, I'd like to hear them. I've heard plenty about conditioners but not cleaners.
Edited by nh10222 - 8/12/16 at 5:22am
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Hi guys,

I've got a question to get your thoughts on it.

 

I wear suits Monday to Friday and I'm looking for a Balmoral boot for winter. Is calf and grain calf shaft with a dainite sole formal enough for a formal workplace?

 

Besides Carmina and Meermin who's making good Balmoral boots?

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Originally Posted by mbaltazar View Post

Hi guys,
I've got a question to get your thoughts on it.

I wear suits Monday to Friday and I'm looking for a Balmoral boot for winter. Is calf and grain calf shaft with a dainite sole formal enough for a formal workplace?

Besides Carmina and Meermin who's making good Balmoral boots?

Justin Fitzpatrick
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Originally Posted by mbaltazar View Post
 

 

 

Besides Carmina and Meermin who's making good Balmoral boots?

 

JF is an excellent suggestion.  If the budget will stretch, Bonafe and Vass offer a superb product with reasonable MTO turnaround times.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Shawl Lapel View Post

Justin Fitzpatrick

Thanks for your suggestion! I've seen the Fitzpatrick. Good looking and probably good sturdy shoes. But they lack having the "classic". I also understand their positioning, but I want good bread and butter for my first Balmorals.
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

JF is an excellent suggestion.  If the budget will stretch, Bonafe and Vass offer a superb product with reasonable MTO turnaround times.


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These are amazing! Calf and suede, laces, nice rounded toe, cap and medallion. Who made those?
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Originally Posted by mbaltazar View Post

These are amazing! Calf and suede, laces, nice rounded toe, cap and medallion. Who made those?

 

These are by Enzo Bonafe.  MTO through Skoak.

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Just ordered these beauties from Skoak... couldn't hold back anymore... ;-)

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Originally Posted by knucks View Post

I am more fond of these!

Leather is Spanish High Shine Veg tan Calf. The tanned skins are imported into the UK and cut in Northampton.

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Price seems really good. Only limited to 25 pairs this week.


Hmmmm... The basic shape looks good, and I love the look of that leather, but there's too much decoration. If they deleted some of those tattoos and piercings, they'd be on to something.

In the interim, I suppose they'll do for casual wear, but not for me.
Edited by nh10222 - 10/21/16 at 4:08am
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