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Balmoral Boot Porn

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Got pics? I am keen to see this makeup.
     
  2. Leaves

    Leaves Well-Known Member

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    Nope, this is a completely new make up, no pictures. I hope it arrives soon though.
     
  3. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ Understood. I know you'll post 'em when you get 'em.
     
  4. nh10222

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    I'll see what I can do about a group shot... need to find the floor space!

    I look forward to seeing a shot of the grey 80092, although given the narrow application of grey I'm not sure how many pairs I have room for in my collection.

    In other news, I applied Filson Boot Oil Finish to the Alfred Sargent Dalmore boots in oxblood calf / burgundy suede. This might be better in a shoe care thread, but what the hey... The Collonil Premium Leather Polish was stripped off using Saphir Renomat. After the surface was thoroughly wiped down and allowed to rest, Filson Boot Oil Finish was applied liberally to the calf and welt. That is, liberally to the point of surface saturation. Three days later, as the puddles of oil disappeared, I attempted to buff up a shiny surface with cloths and brushes, without success. The results were no better after a week, so in a fit of frustration the boots were thrown to a dark, cool corner and forgotten about. About a fortnight later, I noticed that the smeared, oily appearance was gone, so thought I'd give the horsehair brush a try. It worked instantly. It's not a mirror shine, but they are more or less as shiny as they were with the Collonil polish. What I wonder is how much oil soaked in as opposed to evaporating. The real test will be in how they handle the wet and how they age, but so far it seems promising. Having worn them once since, I was kicked on the toe by a flustered waiter, then scuffed them in my car. The marks buffed out easier than with a wax polished surface.

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    How to proceed from here in terms of ongoing care is something I have yet to establish (i.e. whether I should continue using the oil only or start using other products on top of it). The trouble with this oil on dress boots is that they are unpresentable for up to three weeks after a full application - not a problem for someone with a large rotation, but it is still a significant hit on availability. However, unlike country boots that regularly cop a beating and require monthly oiling, it looks as though dress boots could be allowed a much longer service interval. I have also dabbed Filson Boot Oil Finish on the scratches of (thitherto unpolished) Carmina 80092 boots in burgundy Horween crup. The light scratch marks were instantly darkened and began to blend in with the surrounding colour. The darker patches resulting from the oil, which were never a major concern, continued to blend in until barely visible after a few weeks. There has not been any need to mess about with Saphir Renovateur, cordovan cream or wax... so far.
     
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  5. Suurreal

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    Hey, I know you posted this a while back, how much did these cost you for MTO? Where did you order them?
     
  6. patliean1

    patliean1 Well-Known Member

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    Hi all! So I'm planning to purchase a pair of Carmina Bal Boots from Skoaktiebolaget. I have some questions that hopefully can be answered as the trying to search within other threads has me more confused ha.:

    http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/carmina/products/carmina-cognac-cordovan-bal-boots

    1. I live in the U.S. so would I pay the 5700 SEK (w/ VAT) or the 4560 (w/o VAT)? What would be the exchange rate approx? Google says about $700 w/o VAT

    2. Approx how much would the Import duty be? I've 5% 8% or 10% so Im not sure. Would the import duty be owed on delivery or would the shipping company (i.e. USPS) send me an invoice?

    Basically I'm trying to prepare myself for expenses incurring seeing as it's a substantial purchase for shoes than I normally would make. Thanks all!
     
  7. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    The VAT is for residents of EU member countries only, as far as I know. I don't pay it.
     
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  8. LeCorsaire

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    Yesterday I received via UPS my Bespoke-England's (MTO) G&G Canterbury in Vintage Rioja Calf / Burgundy Cordovan - DG70, pics don't do it justice, these boots are stunningly beautiful, a truly masterpiece. Perhaps too beautiful to wear them [​IMG] and I should just showcase them in a glass display.
    But it was worth the wait. Tomorrow will be snowing here in New Jersey-USA so I'll have to wait for an opportunity to take them out into their maiden voyage. Craftsmanship and finish are truly superlative. The two tone color are not as contrasting under normal daylight, rather subtle. Pictures courtesy of Nick.[​IMG]
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    Incredible. It's remarkable in how the shell is significantly deeper in color than the calf calfskin. I guess it's a good thing - nice subtle contrast. I have that exact boot in vintage Rioja but need to wear it more
     
  10. Gerry Nelson

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    You would pay SEK 4560 since you don't have to pay VAT.
     
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    Those G&G Canterburys are absolutely stunning in appearance. The colour, the pattern, everything....

    This is the best I can do in gemmed soles for the time being:

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    Carmina 80092 in ruby crup, Robert last, double dainite sole.

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    It was difficult to reproduce the colour accurately in a photo with my primitive equipment and limited skill.
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    This is my first pair on the Robert last. The fit is excellent so far, but I think the toe box of the Forest looks slightly better, at least on boots. Five pairs of 80092 boots is probably enough.
     
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  13. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    I also prefer eyelets. Of the seventeen pairs of laceup Balmoral/Oxford boots in my wardrobe, ten have blind eyelets only, six have visible metal eyelets and only three have "speed hooks" (and yes, I know that 10 + 6 + 3 = 19 [​IMG]).

    However, the eyelet-only configuration can be a hassle, especially with high boots such as the Carmina 80092. The height of the 80092 is more of a problem with a stiff, crup leather shaft, the rigidity and creasing of which may not be to everyone's liking. After you've worn a pair of these, you'll better appreciate Balmoral boots with a soft suede, nubuck or canvas shaft. That's merely an observation rather than a criticism, though - I wouldn't have bought three pairs if I didn't like them.

    Since the speed hooks are not really visible unless you are seated with your boots on display, their impact on formality is negligible. In any case, this pair sits towards the bottom of the scale of formality in the realm of Balmoral boots, and quite deliberately so. The basic pattern is formal enough, but that's where it ends. Of far more significance in the formality stakes than speed hooks is the material and its colour. I doubt anyone seriously concerned about formality would wear bright red-orange-brownish coloured boots. In fact, I would tend to question the formality of crup leather footwear in most colours. If you want formal, stick to black calf with a grey suede shaft, minimal decoration, blind eyelets and a single leather sole; most other combinations will detract from formality. This pair will probably never be worn with a suit - more likely heavier cotton twill that will not get caught on the hooks.
     
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  14. patliean1

    patliean1 Well-Known Member

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    Carmina Cognac Shell w/ double sole. Once my nerves go down I'll eventually wear them.

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  15. NAMOR

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    is that a new pair or are those the same boots youre slinging from thread to thread? we get it, thanks, very nice, too nice for some even...
     
  16. nh10222

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    Once your nerves go down? What are you afraid of? Just wear 'em!
     
  17. Macs

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    Hi all, first post in SF albeit having been a lurker for some time.
    Just placed an online order for a pair of Balmoral due to deliver in the second week of Jan.
    Now I have to shop for proper boot trees and polish!
     
  18. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    The ruby shell boots are absolutely killer.
     
  19. jungleroller

    jungleroller Well-Known Member

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    Cross post from Rock your shoes/socks

    Navy Shell Carminas

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  20. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Well-Known Member

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    Oh man. Those are awesome!
     

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