For our next makeup, I am proposing a pair of , as shown below. The tentative specs are:
Model: Service boot
Last: 110 or 2040
Leather: Copper task roughout, with copper task smooth for the tongue.
Toebox: Unconstructed, plain captoe.
Sole: Dainite (or equivalent)
Eyelets: 7 in antique brass.
The makeup would look very close to the shoe below, without the distressing. You'll have to get that all by yourself. I propose wearing them to a burned out site for an hour. The proposed makeup will have an additional eyelet, so that there is no "buckling" in the leather between them. We cannot get the rivet, so that will not be there either.
The only debate about this makeup will be about the last. The original last, as shown, is 110. I personally think that for this boot, the 110 last is most faithful to the workwear roots, but I am open to having this built on the 2040 last as well, which is slimmer through the midfoot, but still has the rounded toe.
Incidentally, a lot of work boots have a looser heel. If any of you have ever done construction, you'll know why. You don't actually walk large distances, but you are on your feet all day, and you are carrying heavy stuff. Your feet will actually swell as the day progresses, and the last thing that you want is for your feet to feel constricted. What is desirable is very different from what you want for a hiking boot, where you want no heel slippage, because you are walking all day, and any heel or ankle slippage may result in blisters.
I have decided to not put up a poll, since I want people to justify why they want one last over another, and try to persuade their fellow members.
We will have 1 week of discussion, followed by 2 weeks for the preorder at www.styleforummarket.com.
Have at it, gentlemen.