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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I need a good pair of rain/snow shoes for the winter. I can't wear my suede or cordovan shoes in foul weather. I'm thinking of Wellies or these rain boots. Both are a great deal if I use the 25% off code. What do you guy think are the pluses or minuses of each boot?
post #2 of 13
Okay, those are the first thing on here I can say are really "for farmer". If you want something like those, why don't you look at Cabela's catalog? They have similar styles for a lot less than RL. Also check out all their Gore-tex styles that are weatherproof but a bit less rubbery-looking. Edit: These are the ones I was looking for before. Pretty classic for foul weather.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hahahah... I guess I am going for the farmer look. Thanks for the link to Cabela's. I think I'll pick up a pair of those.
post #4 of 13
Check out the LL Bean Maine Hunting Shoe - the Original.
post #5 of 13
If you want wellies, Smith and Hawken online sells them for a good price in the original green. The Polo shoes look cool but I've seem them at Filenes and they look like the LL Bean boot but they are all leather with just a rubber sole. I wear Tingley Moccasin rubbers or their classic storm in messy weather. A lot of shoes stores and online places carry them. Stay dry
post #6 of 13
I agree about the suede, but not the cordovan.  Shell cordovan is perfect for foul weather.  As it is a membrane, not a hide, it is fiberless; naturally waterproof.  Not to mention the heavy waxes 'stuffed' into it during the tanning process.  It you want something with a shaft, how about something like this - http://www.ilriccio.it/eng/la_calzoleria_eng_frame.htm
post #7 of 13
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I agree about the suede, but not the cordovan.  Shell cordovan is perfect for foul weather.  As it is a membrane, not a hide, it is fiberless; naturally waterproof.  Not to mention the heavy waxes 'stuffed' into it during the tanning process.  
I thought cordovan develops "bumps" when it gets wet. Would those bumps disappear without much effort later?
post #8 of 13
My cordovan has bumps from the one time I took them out in the rain -- they have never disappeared. I do wear these suede shoes in the rain and snow and so far (after two weeks) they are holding up admirably: http://www.bluefly.com/pages....duct+ID Of course, I got my pair for $79 on sale here at the Polo store in DC. Screw Bluefly. Oh, and I waterproofed them too with a spray-on solution. Montecristo
post #9 of 13
Anyone have a solution to the cordovan "bump" problem? I have a few bumps from rain the other day, and they're getting less noticeable but not going away. Crap...this stuff is worse than suede.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mike C.
I need a good pair of rain/snow shoes for the winter. I can't wear my suede or cordovan shoes in foul weather. I'm thinking of Wellies or these rain boots.

Both are a great deal if I use the 25% off code. What do you guy think are the pluses or minuses of each boot?

I use a pair of black Allen Edmonds that have a Vibram sole. Dressy and I'll walk through the slush in them. Shine 'em up and your ready to go.
post #11 of 13
I too wear a pair of Alden cordovans for "rain" shoes...never had a problem with bumps though.
post #12 of 13
Three words: Alden 405 Boot

(Sometimes also called the "Indy" boot.)

It looks like a typical "Red Wing" work boot, until you look just a little closer: the welt is very well done, and is only extended on the front 3/4 of the shoe. Around the heel it's cut close with no visible stitching, giving a subtle sleekness to the boot. The layers in the heel stand out a bit, the sole itself is a cork/rubber combination. It's sort of a "stealth" item: people see it and know something is refined about it, but are not sure what exactly makes it special. IMHO, it looks great with jeans, or with a blue suit in foul weather, or with grey slacks. Very versatile.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by djkovner
I thought cordovan develops "bumps" when it gets wet. Would those bumps disappear without much effort later?

I wore my throughout last winter, and I think only noticed bumps once, if that; In any case they are long gone now.

Cordovan is almost the opposite of suede in terms of how worried you have to be about weather.
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