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post #781 of 821
Testudo: on vintage shoe advertisements this shoe type is usually called a ball strap or tarsal strap oxford/derby/brogue.

My qualm with these particular reproductions is the material, it looks like corrected grain crap leather. If it's something else, the high-shine and platic-like finish is ugly.
post #782 of 821
The Leather is Spanish High Shine Veg tan Calf. The tanned skins are imported into the UK and cut in Northampton.

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post #783 of 821

I like the idea of the retro tarsal strap, but works better with an oxford pattern than an adelaide imho.

 

"Hi-shine" generally means "plastic coated"/corrected grain, but it's hard to tell from the picture.  I have to say I like the concept a lot more than the execution: "bench made" is a very polite way of saying "basic Goodyear", and the last is a horror.  Still, pretty much standard Loake prices (I'm guessing that's the maker?), so each to his own.

 

The last he's used for the balmoral boots looks a lot nicer - I like those quite a lot.  I fear he told the factory to make the spectators on "the same last as the boot" and they took it from the utilitarian engineer instead of the slick balmoral :lol:

post #784 of 821
Thank you, deadAngle and VRaivio! I guess I'll call the pattern a "ball strap" then. Having a word to attach to the concept definitely helps.

Has anyone ever seen a ball strap with no toecap? I seem to recall that I did once, but my memory is shaky on that score.

Here are some more captoed ball straps in spectator makeup, including some more Gladiators:
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Stole ^ that one from the Shoe Aristocat blog: Gladiator in Shark and Kudu hide.

This last was an Italian special for Paul Stuart, I think:
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For those who don't know, knucks also has some handsome ball strap boots in the Balmoral Boot thread.

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post #785 of 821

^^ The balmoral boots on the "SJC" site are very appealing, and the tarsal strap shape is quite original. Suits the last very well.  I've not heard of this before, so thanks for the share.  SF is a tough audience for any new vendor though.

 

Re. your pics, the Paul Stuarts are nasty, but love those first two - what are the second ones? Suede and shark?  Crazy.  Good crazy.

post #786 of 821
Mimo, it's a Gladiator in shark and kudu hide. I stole it from the Shoe AristoCat blog, now linked in the post. I agree the Paul Stuart is a bit odd. Is there a name for that pattern with a strap running along the middle of the quarters?
post #787 of 821

Not that I know of, I suppose it's a cross between an Oxford and a Balmoral.  But I don't like it. :)

post #788 of 821
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Originally Posted by Testudo_Aubreii View Post

Has anyone ever seen a ball strap with no toecap? I seem to recall that I did once, but my memory is shaky on that score.

 

This is the only one that I know of after more than a year of research in the matter, so I'm guessing that it's the one that you are thinking of.

post #789 of 821
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This is the only one that I know of after more than a year of research in the matter, so I'm guessing that it's the one that you are thinking of. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Wow! Thanks, Papper. I think the cap-less ball strap pattern was more frequently used on women's models than men's. That would explain why it's so rare.
post #790 of 821
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

I like the idea of the retro tarsal strap, but works better with an oxford pattern than an adelaide imho.

"Hi-shine" generally means "plastic coated"/corrected grain, but it's hard to tell from the picture.  I have to say I like the concept a lot more than the execution: "bench made" is a very polite way of saying "basic Goodyear", and the last is a horror.  Still, pretty much standard Loake prices (I'm guessing that's the maker?), so each to his own.

The last he's used for the balmoral boots looks a lot nicer - I like those quite a lot.  I fear he told the factory to make the spectators on "the same last as the boot" and they took it from the utilitarian engineer instead of the slick balmoral lol8%5B1%5D.gif

THE last is terrible. something to appeal to the vintage workwear crowd. what a narrow market.
post #791 of 821
The SJC Spectators sold out. Maybe they'll be up on Kickstarter later but for a higher cost?
post #792 of 821

That's what they said.  I tried to register on their forum actually but not accepted.  Pity - I like their boots quite a lot.  

post #793 of 821
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That's what they said.  I tried to register on their forum actually but not accepted.  Pity - I like their boots quite a lot.  
Not accepted to register?
post #794 of 821
Cross posted

Ventilated 1940 spectators

post #795 of 821

That's the spirit!  I do like an adelaide, and that little spade welt is cool.

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