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John Varvatos Convertible Boot

post #1 of 17
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I absolutely love these boots and have found them for half-price ($300 down from $600), but I would want to be able to wear them during the winter. Since they have a leather sole, would it be possible/advisable to have a rubber sole added on top of the leather to make it more durable and resistant to snow/ice/salt? And speaking of salt, what is the best way to protect the leather (the boot, not the sole) from road salt and snow? I would just wear a pair of Sorels on those really heavy snow/slush days, but when I'm not wearing them whatever boot I buy would likely be my go-to pair. I was looking at GTs, but I like these much much more.
post #2 of 17
Yes, you can have rubber put over the leather. Sno Seal would protect the leather from the elements.
post #3 of 17
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Am I risking degrading the quality of the boot in any way by having a rubber sole added? Or is that a non-issue?
post #4 of 17
Not if you have a good cobbler put the rubber over the leather sole itself.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Good to know, thanks. I love the boots and at half-price they're tough to turn down, but I don't want a $300 pair of boots to be shot after one winter, ya know?
post #6 of 17
It should not be a problem to add a rubber sole.

On Gilt Groupe we'll be selling some John Varvatos boots on Thursday and a lot of them have a Vibram rubber sole.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by GiltGroupe View Post

On Gilt Groupe we'll be selling some John Varvatos boots on Thursday and a lot of them have a Vibram rubber sole.

Looking forward to it. I need new boots for the winter.
post #8 of 17
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Looking forward to it. I need new boots for the winter.

http://www.gilt.com/blog/2008/09/30/...-john-varvatos

Here is a little preview.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by GiltGroupe View Post
It should not be a problem to add a rubber sole.

On Gilt Groupe we'll be selling some John Varvatos boots on Thursday and a lot of them have a Vibram rubber sole.

I would have waited to see what you guys had on sale, but you don't ship to Canada

I knew that some Varvatos come with a Vibram sole, but I've never added one to a leather sole shoe before so I didn't know if it was a bad idea or not. I'm happy to know that I can, though...it should make the boots a lot more durable for winter wear in the city.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by GiltGroupe View Post
I really like the chukka boots in the middle, but I've never seen them before. I know that JV has a tire sole boot that is similar, which I was planning to buy, but I like the look of these better. Are they new for the season?
post #11 of 17
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I fucking hate when online retailers list every size for an item, whether they have it in stock or not. It turns out that I'm not getting these boots after all
post #12 of 17
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I fucking hate when online retailers list every size for an item, whether they have it in stock or not.

It turns out that I'm not getting these boots after all

Gravity Pope? Yeah, it's annoying.

What size did you try for out of curiosity?
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Notreknip View Post
Gravity Pope? Yeah, it's annoying.

What size did you try for out of curiosity?

Yeah, Gravity Pope.

I tried for a 10 at first and have emailed back asking if they have any 10.5s. I haven't heard back yet.
post #14 of 17
I absolutely hate JV. The higher end versions of chucks are not worth the $. You are paying for the name...
post #15 of 17
Do these run TTS?
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