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Stormwelted boots: Barker vs. Herring/Loake?

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Thread Starter 
With fall downpours coming, can anyone make a recommendation on the quality/craftsmanship of these two boots:

Barker Sherwood
http://www.pediwear.co.uk/barker/products/5281.php

Herring Langdale (made by Loake)
http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=2999

I'm interested in a boot that can stand up to foul weather without looking out of place with heavy flannels, tweeds, moleskin, etc. All opinions are welcome!
post #2 of 10

Either boot will work with the aforementioned pants, but I personally like the Langdale the best.

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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
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I do like the grain leather, but does the quality of the materials or the workmanship merit the jump in price?
post #5 of 10
Undoubtedly YES in my oppinion. Alfred Sargent is a quality manufacturer that I think are very affordable right now. The quality in leather and workmanship is something you can feel and see directly.

And with lasted trees this is a no brainer.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
At the AS price, the Norwegian welted Cobbler Union George is also in play. Now things are getting interesting. I know CU is a bit lower profile, but direct comparison would be very welcome. http://www.cobbler-union.com/products/george-country-calf-on-soho-last-boot-urban-combat-cap-toe
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post #8 of 10
I have the Langdale, they are actually produced for Herring by Cheaney not Loake. I am very impressed with them, they are a first class boot and I can heartily recommend them.
post #9 of 10
I have a pair of Windermere from Herring which is also produced by Cheaney and these have had a gap in the sole and in the seam of the heel, on the inside of the shoe is loose.

I have too limited experience to directly provide any recommendations, but based on the pair of shoes that I have, I can see a distinct differences in leather and manufacturing quality between Cheaney and Sargent, Carmina and C&J, which I think has better products.
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Thread Starter 
That's right, my mistake about cheaney/Loake. As it is, I've made up my mind in favor of the Cobbler Union model. I'll give a full report.
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