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I think the "one boot" would vary significantly by person. I for example fall into the category of only wearing suits to weddings and funerals (in general) so I would give suits no consideration what so ever in my "one boot" since I'm in a suit once (maybe twice) in an average year. I guess I'm lucky at work too, business casual at best. I could wear jeans and indy's to work on any given day.
For me, if I could just have one boot it would be plain toe boot, cigar shell, commando sole, barrie last, eyelets & speedhooks, this would get me though 95% of what I do on a work and personal level until june/july when it gets too hot for boots. same boot in color 8 would probably do the trick too.
good looking boot, wear in good health
Originally posted by Alcibiades:
ReppTie, Alden's cap toe boots are some of their best offerings... I think captoe boots fit well across a variety of different outfits (casual and more formal) and would be a great addition to your collection (if I recall correctly, your collection consists mainly of longwings).
Thanks for everyone's feedback. You certainly make great points. I am proceeding with the Mac break-in method...
I got these during the sale (sorry dude) and I think I'll keep them. While not quite as sleek as cap toe boots on the Grant or Plaza, to me they appear sleeker than some other Barrie lasted shoes -- maybe due to the cap toe? I might prefer a commando sole, but I think I'll just wear them until they need a resole and reassess at that point. Enjoy wearing if you decide to keep them.
I think the J.Crew #8 PCT boots on the Barrie look sleeker than my other Barries for mainly two reasons --- one, a flat welt and so the welt doesn't protrude as much as with a split-reverse welt, and two, the close heel. I used to prefer 360-degree welting for the visual symmetry but I'm leaning to close heels now as then the heel doesn't seem so humongous, at least for the Barrie and Trubalance shoes/boots.
Hey, a pretty cool older version of the 405 here on ebay, with darker brown leather and the canvas liner. I really like them this way, but not close to my size: