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post #5131 of 5238

Hi All,

 

As Fall/Winter Approaches I am, as always looking for a few new boots to add to the collection. At this moment I am looking for a more casual (floppier) brogue boot to wear with jeans, etc. 

 

The pair pictured below is the Andrew 2 by J Shoes and while this would be perfect, to my knowledge they don't make them anymore.

 

 

Any suggestions for similar styles?

post #5132 of 5238
Moma made similar boots but not in that color. Yoox has this:

http://www.yoox.com/us/44477556VJ/item?dept=samplesaleman#sts=sr_samplesaleman80&cod10=44477556VV&sizeId=


You can check around to see if they have something in a color you like.
post #5133 of 5238

Hi guys, long time reader, first time poster. 

 

Ive picked up a interest in boots as i am now 26 and looking for a more somewhat refined look. The last pair of boots ive owned were Timberlands in High School. I did some research and I really like the style of the Frye Walter  Lace Up boots. They seem to fit my casual/street wear sometimes dressy lifestyle.

 

Ive read mixed reviews about quality though and its holding me back from purchasing. So i would appreciate some help as a i first time quality boot purchase, it it worth the price. Im hoping for something that will look better with age and last me several years. I dont plan on wearing these everyday but a lot during Fall/Winter seasons.

 

Also cant decide on what color lol..I really like both for wear with Slim Jeans, shirts tucked and untucked, maybe a tee...leaning more to dark brown 

 

post #5134 of 5238
Alden Indy looks nice with slim jeans
post #5135 of 5238

I bet they do, but i guess i shouldve mentioned price range. I cant really justify $500 on boots unless they would last a lifetime especially on my first my pair. Macys has the Frye abbove for $308 plus a coupon and and a gift card i have i can get them for like $250 maybe less....how many year would a boot like these last with 3-5 times a week usage (less in the summer) and proper treatment? i guess that would be my biggest question. Thanks

post #5136 of 5238
If you search through this thread, you'll see varying opinions on Frye quality, with some suggesting that it's gone done since they've moved so much of their production to Mexico and that retail on Frye isn't worth it.

My own experience with Frye has been pretty good, and I think that most of their boots (which tend to be goodyear welted and made from full grain leather) are far better than most of the brands you'll see making boots for $200 or less.

You sound like you're worried about long they'll last, but there's no reason to think those boots won't last you at least a couple of years (and probably longer with regular conditioning and an occasional resoling). The pair you posted come with a leather sole, so if you live somewhere wet (or if you have regular snow in the winter) you might want to consider getting a vibram/topy half sole put on, which will also make them last longer until they need to be resoled.
post #5137 of 5238
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Originally Posted by wickid View Post
 

I bet they do, but i guess i shouldve mentioned price range. I cant really justify $500 on boots unless they would last a lifetime especially on my first my pair. Macys has the Frye abbove for $308 plus a coupon and and a gift card i have i can get them for like $250 maybe less....how many year would a boot like these last with 3-5 times a week usage (less in the summer) and proper treatment? i guess that would be my biggest question. Thanks

 

Some of the posters (and I'm one of them) of the Alden/Allen Edmonds/etc ilk, will never overtly really recommend buying a Frye boot.  There is obviously a distinct quality difference between Frye boots and say, Alden Indys.  Having said that, if it's your first real boot, budget is a big concern, and most important, the Frye Walter boots FIT YOU WELL, and you like them (not just because they're cheaper), then I would recommend going for the cheaper option.

 

I agree with the other poster in that Frye makes decent Goodyear-welted boots compared to other footwear in the same price range. It boggles my mind when I hear someone posting that they spent north of $650 on a pair of shell boots as their first pair of boots.  Those Frye Walter boots are actually very nice looking boots.

post #5138 of 5238
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Originally Posted by jb2 View Post

You sound like you're worried about long they'll last, but there's no reason to think those boots won't last you at least a couple of years (and probably longer with regular conditioning and an occasional resoling).

 

TBH, it is one of my bigger concerns. Ive never spent this much on footwear before but I can afford it now. So im think I could buy these and they last atleast 3+ years (which is what i want) OR I can buy a new a pair of lets say Steve Madden every year.

post #5139 of 5238
also might be worth checking out grenson, i've been really happy with the boots i got from them. usually go for very cheap on b+s
post #5140 of 5238
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post

also might be worth checking out grenson, i've been really happy with the boots i got from them. usually go for very cheap on b+s

Thanks, Ill check them out. They seem to have some nice fashion styles, kind of what im looking for. How is the quality compared to the Frye i posted above which are Full Grain Leather Made in USA

post #5141 of 5238
idk never handled frye's but i think grenson are made in the uk. i think my pair is full grain leather? depends on the model, honestly.
post #5142 of 5238

Im going to the Frye store to try them out tomorrow. No matter what else i look at the Frye Walter style i like the most.

 

But ive come across one more issue after reading one the previous comments. Snow! I live in NYC and it may not snow all winter but it usually does a few times and freezing temperatures leaves ice everywear. I read these could be dangerous on ice. I looked up Vibram Soles, does it matter what kind or will a $10 set from amazon work fine. Any help is appreciated since "Winter is coming!"

post #5143 of 5238
Quote:
Originally Posted by jb2 View Post

If you search through this thread, you'll see varying opinions on Frye quality, with some suggesting that it's gone done since they've moved so much of their production to Mexico and that retail on Frye isn't worth it.

My own experience with Frye has been pretty good, and I think that most of their boots (which tend to be goodyear welted and made from full grain leather) are far better than most of the brands you'll see making boots for $200 or less.

You sound like you're worried about long they'll last, but there's no reason to think those boots won't last you at least a couple of years (and probably longer with regular conditioning and an occasional resoling). The pair you posted come with a leather sole, so if you live somewhere wet (or if you have regular snow in the winter) you might want to consider getting a vibram/topy half sole put on, which will also make them last longer until they need to be resoled.

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Originally Posted by wickid View Post

Im going to the Frye store to try them out tomorrow. No matter what else i look at the Frye Walter style i like the most.

But ive come across one more issue after reading one the previous comments. Snow! I live in NYC and it may not snow all winter but it usually does a few times and freezing temperatures leaves ice everywear. I read these could be dangerous on ice. I looked up Vibram Soles, does it matter what kind or will a $10 set from amazon work fine. Any help is appreciated since "Winter is coming!"

honestly, the comments above are maybe the most measured and reasonable I've ever encountered on SF.

vibraming the soles is a good idea if you're in a sloppy climate and have a leather sole. costs like ~80 bucks depending on cobbler

ultimately, you should trust your gut though, as you're the one wearing them. sounds like you've got your heart set on those, so best to try them on, see how you like them, and then go for it if you're feeling it
post #5144 of 5238
I don't think I understand boots, guys.

I've finally got enough disposable income to get a quality pair of boots, and I want to size them right. So, I measured my actual foot, which is 27.62 cm (10.875 in) long and 11.18 cm (4.4 in) wide.
I look through some shoe size charts, which put me between a 10.5 and 11. Cool.

Then, though, I go look at the shoes in my closet and their sizes. Unfortunately, I don't own any boots. Anyway, I wear an 8.5 or 9 in chucks (which I have heard run a size big), and a 9.5 in Vans (which run true?), with approx. 1.25 cm of extra room in the toe in both. Ok, US 9.5-10.

I go to Wikipedia and look up shoe size. The article states that "The inner cavity of a shoe must typically be 15–20 mm longer than the foot, but this relation varies between different types of shoes." So, 1.5-2 cm, about how my Vans fit.

If I go by wikipedia and only leave 15-20 mm of space in the toe, then my shoe size is 9.5. If I go by my foot measurement, it's 11. ffffuuuu.gif

Am I just used to wearing my shoes too small? Are boots meant to have nearly an inch of extra space in the toe? What if the boot has a wide toe?

Mostly, I'm frustrated because I've been looking at a pair of boots on sufu, and by one measurement, they should be perfect, while by the other, they are too small. If it's relevant, the shoe has a wide rounded toe, and the upper of the boot is basically flush with the sole. The outersole measurement is 31 cm. Even if I assumed that the material of the boot walls was an entire centimeter thick on toe and heel, that still gives 29 cm on the measurement, room to spare according to Wikipedia. Or am I being dumb, and need schooling on how boots work? Is outsole measurement worth anything at all in trying to size boots?

Help very very much appreciated.
post #5145 of 5238
Just go to a legit shoe store like AE, get measured on the brannock. Try on some shoes, remember the size and the model of those that fit you well, do further research on how that particular model fits and size your desired boots accordingly. Profit?

I`d rather not go by how some forum seller measured it. Hell even the online stockists would have varying measurements and every pair have their slight variances to account for... just too many factors. Last thing you want to be is in the wrong size when it comes to boots. These are not as forgiving unlike sneakers
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