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post #4021 of 4981

I live on the East end so the snow removal is really poor. It all but means I have to trudge through about 2 feet of snow at some point. I tried for a bit and nearly ruined my Carmina boots with salt deposits. 

 

I carry a weekender bag and have a plastic bag inside. Just pack them in the grocery bag in my pack and I'm good to go.

post #4022 of 4981
Hey guys,

Don't know if anybody's seen this, but Zegna mainline has a new fit called the Manhattan. I like it quite a bit:

- Wider lapels
- Single pleats
- Slightly longer jacket than the Milano

http://www.harryrosen.com/clothing/tailored-clothing/suits/ermenegildo-zegna/manahattan-suit/p/01051097

The SA at Harry's said it's Zegna's attempt to replicate the Tom Ford look.
post #4023 of 4981
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Originally Posted by akoustas View Post

I live on the East end so the snow removal is really poor. It all but means I have to trudge through about 2 feet of snow at some point. I tried for a bit and nearly ruined my Carmina boots with salt deposits. 

I carry a weekender bag and have a plastic bag inside. Just pack them in the grocery bag in my pack and I'm good to go.

Got it. I try to reduce "luggage" smile.gif
And when it's really shitty, I try to work from home - I find that many weather-tough Canadians are happy to switch meetings to conf calls when there is hint of snow in the air, lol.
post #4024 of 4981
Depending on how bad the weather is I go from usuing my regular shoes (with a nice coat of mink oil), to swims, to inexpensive boots from J&M to full on snow boots (and I keep a pair of oxfords in my office to change into). The mink oil does wonders, I haven't had to worry about salt stains for years.
post #4025 of 4981
My routine also depends on conditions. Many of my shoes live in my office during the winter. On the worst days, I wear my steel-toed leather boots that are stuffed with mink oil:



If I have meetings outside the office on a slushy day, I'm going to try some Oak Street Trench Boots in CXL this year.


I find there's not much judgement about footwear in the winter given the extreme conditions we get. Oh and it's really sad to think about trudging through salty mush when it's 29C today.
post #4026 of 4981

Sometimes you just need something that can kick the conditions. My wife got me these last year, Irish Setter Treeline boots (Company is run by Red Wing). 

 

They are fully water proof and very heavy duty, meant for long hunting expeditions (I'm often out wandering in the winter so it suits me well)

 

Not the prettiest but way better than a pair of Sorels IMHO

 

 

 

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post #4027 of 4981

Is anybody going to Uncle Otis' 25th Anniversary event tonight?

 

I RSVP-ed with a friend but he can't make it anymore. If anybody wants to go and hasn't RSVP-ed yet, PM me!

 

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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

On the topic of winter. I take all my dress shoes to my work and change into them in winter. I would wear boots and then change into my nice shoes.

What do you folks do?

 

I used to wear my beater Timberland chukka boots to work before switching, or a pair of brown boots from a brand I cannot identify that withstands the elements well.

I always tell myself that I'm going to buy a pair of L.L. Bean bean boots, only to have it escape my mind and then deciding not to proceed due to the long wait.

post #4028 of 4981
Winter = any grained leather boots with any rubber sole

The more expensive the better ahahahahahahah sykes
post #4029 of 4981

I wear dress boots with my suits and sport coats during the winter.  Yes, there are always a few particularly vile days - deep salty slush - that call for something more extreme, but really, those are few and far between.  And last winter there were almost none.

post #4030 of 4981
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I wear dress boots with my suits and sport coats during the winter.  Yes, there are always a few particularly vile days - deep salty slush - that call for something more extreme, but really, those are few and far between.  And last winter there were almost none.

Dress boots and a big mirror shine with lots of wax go a long way
post #4031 of 4981
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Originally Posted by KaleidoscopicK View Post
 

Is anybody going to Uncle Otis' 25th Anniversary event tonight?

 

I RSVP-ed with a friend but he can't make it anymore. If anybody wants to go and hasn't RSVP-ed yet, PM me!

 

I used to wear my beater Timberland chukka boots to work before switching, or a pair of brown boots from a brand I cannot identify that withstands the elements well.

I always tell myself that I'm going to buy a pair of L.L. Bean bean boots, only to have it escape my mind and then deciding not to proceed due to the long wait.

I do the same thing every year. I have a pair from a while back but they're bigger than I'd like. Maybe I'll pull them out and slap on an extra pair of socks and deal with it.

post #4032 of 4981
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Originally Posted by KaleidoscopicK View Post


It really depends on your budget. How much are you willing to spend? Does it have to be local or is online okay?

Regardless, I can't think of too many local places that stock "quality" Chelsea boots.

I don't generally spend > 200 on footwear, mainly because I'm cheap but also because inevitably they will start to  smell.... TMI I know yet pertinent

 

Local, no online.

 

I just started going to work just recently after ten years of wfh, so no opinion on galoshes yet. I also use "the path" mainly aside from a short walk from car to go.

post #4033 of 4981
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Originally Posted by FrogTO View Post

Dress boots and a big mirror shine with lots of wax go a long way

And cleaning right after wearing.
post #4034 of 4981

Just came back from the Uncle Otis event. Their collaboration parka with Canada Goose Black Label that they were displaying looks nice. For a brief moment, I considered breaking my No Goose rule. 

(Saving up for a Norwegian Rain coat instead!)

 

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Originally Posted by toplel View Post
 

I don't generally spend > 200 on footwear, mainly because I'm cheap but also because inevitably they will start to  smell.... TMI I know yet pertinent

 

Local, no online.

 

I just started going to work just recently after ten years of wfh, so no opinion on galoshes yet. I also use "the path" mainly aside from a short walk from car to go.

 

The other question I forgot to ask you is if you care about quality construction in your footwear. If you do, finding something in your price range is almost impossible barring second hand. Perhaps you could try Blundstone? I'm having trouble thinking of brands in the range that make chelseas as I don't particularly like them. I can't get past the elastic, ease of access be damned.

If you're based in Toronto, consider checking out stores like getOutside and gravitypope if you haven't done so already. Both stores have a good selection of footwear that hit your price range (and outside of it, for the latter). Although as @akoustas mentioned, it's starting to trickle in now so the winter footwear may not all be available yet.

 

Even so, cheaper shoes on the casual end can still last you a decent amount of time if you have a big enough rotation and if you take care of them. Shoe trees will help you alleviate some of the foot smell on your boots, dress shoes and even certain sneakers but it's going to happen.

post #4035 of 4981

If you don't typically spend $200+ on shoes, unfortunately this may be the wrong place to look.  I'm truly not trying to be a jerk, but the spend on footwear here is considerably more, most times.

 

 

What I can suggest is to look on buy & sell, ebay, and allen edmonds shoe bank.  They did just come out with a chelsea boot, although I don't know how weather resistant it will be.   However sizing and returns will be next to impossible for these methods.

 

 

Blundstones for nasty snow weather will work, and you should be able to find them for $200 ish, lots of coupons floating around for .ca shoe stores. 

 

 

That is about the extent of it, if you want a finer GYW Chelsea you will need to spend $600-700++

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