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post #1 of 20
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The rainy season's back and, after nearly killing myself walking home in a pair of Grenson Masterpieces on smooth pavement made slick by light drizzle, I think it's time I bought another pair of rubber soled shoes. I have my eye on C&J's Radstock model - it's on the new 341 last and looks considerably nicer than the Stratford (very clunky looking and definitely not comfortable to wear for long periods). I thought I'd try my luck at the factory shop first and so paid Northampton a visit yesterday, but they didn't have much in my size this week and certainly not the Radstock.  (I swung by the John Lobb factory shop as well for the first time, just to have a look around.  Their stock was made up of mostly loafers, but I did get to try on a pair of the fabled Jermyn IIs - very cool.) So, I decided to break the bank and get them at full price.  Unfortunately, C&J on Jermyn Street didn't have my size and, for whatever reason, I decided not to visit the Burlington Arcade store (probably cos it would've meant walking past Edward Green and hence a lot of window shopping). I did remember reading that Paraboot had a store on Savile Row though.  Popped by and of course found a much wider range of rubber soled shoes on offer, in particular both plain toe and cap toe derbies which would make a nice change.  But again, they didn't have my size and would have to order it in from the factory. So, while I have some breathing space, what do you guys think I should get out of these two options, and does anyone have any other ideas?  Paraboots would be cheaper but also slightly more casual, I think. I have to say that I don't actually know much about Paraboot, but the general consensus seems to be that the quality of their shoes is pretty good and that their customer service is excellent.  If anyone can tell me any more about their experiences with these shoes, that'll be great. Thanks.
post #2 of 20
Hmm, that Radstock looks nice. I'd love a pair of these. No matter what some people say about rubber-soled shoes, I will recognize their utility.
post #3 of 20
Dainite soles look surprising dressy when seen from the side and the 341 seems very nice. Good choice.
post #4 of 20
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The rainy season's back and, after nearly killing myself walking home in a pair of Grenson Masterpieces on smooth pavement made slick by light drizzle, I think it's time I bought another pair of rubber soled shoes. I have my eye on C&J's Radstock model - it's on the new 341 last and looks considerably nicer than the Stratford (very clunky looking and definitely not comfortable to wear for long periods). I thought I'd try my luck at the factory shop first and so paid Northampton a visit yesterday, but they didn't have much in my size this week and certainly not the Radstock.  (I swung by the John Lobb factory shop as well for the first time, just to have a look around.  Their stock was made up of mostly loafers, but I did get to try on a pair of the fabled Jermyn IIs - very cool.) So, I decided to break the bank and get them at full price.  Unfortunately, C&J on Jermyn Street didn't have my size and, for whatever reason, I decided not to visit the Burlington Arcade store (probably cos it would've meant walking past Edward Green and hence a lot of window shopping). I did remember reading that Paraboot had a store on Savile Row though.  Popped by and of course found a much wider range of rubber soled shoes on offer, in particular both plain toe and cap toe derbies which would make a nice change.  But again, they didn't have my size and would have to order it in from the factory. So, while I have some breathing space, what do you guys think I should get out of these two options, and does anyone have any other ideas?  Paraboots would be cheaper but also slightly more casual, I think. I have to say that I don't actually know much about Paraboot, but the general consensus seems to be that the quality of their shoes is pretty good and that their customer service is excellent.  If anyone can tell me any more about their experiences with these shoes, that'll be great. Thanks.
Paraboot quality is, in my opinion, quite high. And yes, they stand by their product. When you visited the SR store, did you look at the model called "Avignon"? Quite dressy-looking Split-toe in Black or Brown, which they make in either a rubber sole or double-leather; I have both. The rubber comes in quite handy in the rain... You might also try Tim Little's shop; I have a nice black split-toe with rubber sole that I got from him a year or so ago; awesome looking shoe and -- again -- very handy in the rain. (If you're not able to make it to Little's shop, you might try Connelley on Conduit -- TL has been know to make shoes for them... JV
post #5 of 20
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You might also try Tim Little's shop; I have a nice black split-toe with rubber sole that I got from him a year or so ago; awesome looking shoe and -- again -- very handy in the rain. (If you're not able to make it to Little's shop, you might try Connelley on Conduit -- TL has been know to make shoes for them... JV
If my memory serves me correctly, Tim Little also makes shoes for Gieves, available at Gieves and Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row, across from Paraboot. Gieves has been very good about making my bespoke lace jabots, while Paraboots are perfect for walking about Kitchen Stadium after the Slimy Octopus battle.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Err...  Is that two votes for C&J and two votes for Paraboot then?  
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Paraboot quality is, in my opinion, quite high. And yes, they stand by their product. When you visited the SR store, did you look at the model called "Avignon"? Quite dressy-looking Split-toe in Black or Brown, which they make in either a rubber sole or double-leather; I have both. The rubber comes in quite handy in the rain...
The Avignon? I think I prefer the Rousseau: That's a bad picture of it though - the photo of this model in my catalogue is much nicer. The model that I would probably get though is the Ronsard (unfortunately they haven't got a picture of it on the website, but it's just a plain toe derby).
post #7 of 20
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The rainy season's back and, after nearly killing myself walking home in a pair of Grenson Masterpieces on smooth pavement made slick by light drizzle, I think it's time I bought another pair of rubber soled shoes. I have my eye on C&J's Radstock model - it's on the new 341 last and looks considerably nicer than the Stratford (very clunky looking and definitely not comfortable to wear for long periods). I thought I'd try my luck at the factory shop first and so paid Northampton a visit yesterday, but they didn't have much in my size this week and certainly not the Radstock.  (I swung by the John Lobb factory shop as well for the first time, just to have a look around.  Their stock was made up of mostly loafers, but I did get to try on a pair of the fabled Jermyn IIs - very cool.) So, I decided to break the bank and get them at full price.  Unfortunately, C&J on Jermyn Street didn't have my size and, for whatever reason, I decided not to visit the Burlington Arcade store (probably cos it would've meant walking past Edward Green and hence a lot of window shopping). I did remember reading that Paraboot had a store on Savile Row though.  Popped by and of course found a much wider range of rubber soled shoes on offer, in particular both plain toe and cap toe derbies which would make a nice change.  But again, they didn't have my size and would have to order it in from the factory. So, while I have some breathing space, what do you guys think I should get out of these two options, and does anyone have any other ideas?  Paraboots would be cheaper but also slightly more casual, I think. I have to say that I don't actually know much about Paraboot, but the general consensus seems to be that the quality of their shoes is pretty good and that their customer service is excellent.  If anyone can tell me any more about their experiences with these shoes, that'll be great. Thanks.
I don't know. Last time I was in London the Tricker's looked mighty swell.
post #8 of 20
I was wondering what are forum members' opinion about rubber-soled shoes for safety reasons? I take the New York City subway everyday. Rubber-soled shoes aren't real shoes, are they? BTW, I presently own a black captoe that I dislike. I am looking at either getting captoes, wingtips or loafers with those metal links (ala Gucci) as replacement. If you were in my position, which would you get? I wear business casual most of the time, and business dress rarely. Thanks for your advice.
post #9 of 20
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I was wondering what are forum members' opinion about rubber-soled shoes for safety reasons? I take the New York City subway everyday. Rubber-soled shoes aren't real shoes, are they? BTW, I presently own a black captoe that I dislike. I am looking at either getting captoes, wingtips or loafers with those metal links (ala Gucci) as replacement. If you were in my position, which would you get? I wear business casual most of the time, and business dress rarely. Thanks for your advice.
Wearing rubber-soled shoes is never my first choice. Still, when the weather calls for it, it's great to have one or two pairs in the closet. I know that good shoes can stand a bit of rain; still, it pains me get my nice leather-soled shoes wet. Perhaps I shouldn't be so compulsive about this... In any event, with a rubber-soled shoe like the Paraboot Avignon (shown above), you get the best of both worlds -- dressy and non-slip. JV
post #10 of 20
TKDKid: If you like the Paraboot, there is of course the JM Weston demi-chasse which is available on the rubber sole.  IMO the Weston is a classic, though priced accordingly.  It is pretty casual, not something to be worn with a suit or perhaps even a sport coat, other than a country-styled outfit/tweed. Weston is now open in London around the corner from Paraboot, across from the entrance to the Burlington Arcade. FYI, you might also check out the Paraboot Constant available on sale here: Paraboots These appear a bit dressier than the ones you're considering yet less dressy than a cap-toe.
post #11 of 20
Almost all of my shoes are aldens and of course I an able to talk about these shoes. For bad weather, I would recommend their all weather walkers and today with rain I happen to be wearing my brown calfskin all weather walkers.
post #12 of 20
I agree-the Alden 947 all weather walker in Brown Alpine Grain Calfskin is my favorite for bad weather. See http://www.aldenshoe.com/cat_ane6_947.htm
post #13 of 20
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TKDKid: If you like the Paraboot, there is of course the JM Weston demi-chasse which is available on the rubber sole.  IMO the Weston is a classic, though priced accordingly.  It is pretty casual, not something to be worn with a suit or perhaps even a sport coat, other than a country-styled outfit/tweed.  Weston is now open in London around the corner from Paraboot, across from the entrance to the Burlington Arcade. FYI, you might also check out the Paraboot Constant available on sale here: Paraboots These appear a bit dressier than the ones you're considering yet less dressy than a cap-toe.
Thanks for the link.  I don't think I like the Constant model as much though, and in any case I've not tried on a pair of Paraboots before so I'm reluctant to order online. And the website doesn't have my size.   I think I've settled on getting the Radstock for now.  Maybe I'll buy the Paraboots for Christmas or something.  (Anyone know if the Paraboot store on Savile Row joins in with the usual winter/summer sales?)
post #14 of 20
I agree that Paraboot makes a good rain shoe - I've got three pairs of Avignon's, a pair of black combat style boots and a couple of dressier split toes, all of which are getting a workout in the recent rains. But none are close to being appropriate for wear with a suit, so I'm still on the lookout for a dressy rubber soled shoe that doesn't offend me when I look down...
post #15 of 20
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I'm still on the lookout for a dressy rubber soled shoe that doesn't offend me when I look down...
Andrew: You just need a pair of Greens with the Dainite sole ... perhaps the Dover, or a pair of Monk straps, or some cap toes (or all of the above).  Too bad they are $625 and up.  
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