I have been lurking here for a while and much appreciate the advice I have found. Now I need some more specific help. I hope to find it here. Thanks in advance!
I am looking for at boot for solder, rainy days an snow etc. (I live in Denmark). I want to be able to wear them to the office (business casual setting) as well as to the playground with the kids or for a walk in the woods. Also, paying more than GBP 300 is difficult for me emotionally, although not impossible financially. I want quality and durability, but I also want value for money.
My current shoe line up consists of various models from Loake and Herring. I like those, but I am also curious to see what the higher quality brands have to offer. Although I am not sure I am ready to pay for it.
Right now the best I have found is the MTO Barker Sherwood that Pediwear offers: http://www.pediwear.co.uk/barker/products/8157.php
What do I like about those? The description Pediwear has is pretty accurate for what I am looking for:
I also like the fact that there are no speed hooks, no pebble grain, no brouge, no nonsense so to speak.
What I do not like is that the leather seems to have some darker coloring that makes it look sort of "fake" to me, too much like a pair of pre-washed jeans. Those darker areas - I do not like those.
I also realize that this is probably not much higher quality than Loake 1880 or Herring. As I said I would like to go a little higher in quality, but I can also live with something similar in quality to Loake 1880.
My questions for you guys (and girls) are these:
Would this boot be on par with Loake 1880, in terms of quality? Maybe better? Possibly worse?
Is the price (GBP 260) fair for these boots?
The darker coloring of the leather that I do not like: Will this fade with wear and shoe polish? I consider waxing the shoes to water proof them. That should darken the leather and maybe hide the funky coloring?
Do you have any other suggestions based on these boots? I have seen C&J Northcote, they look fantastic, but I really do not want to spend GBP 400+ on boots. I could pay a bit more than GBP 300, though, if the jump in quality justifies.