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Balmoral Boot Porn

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

  1. Macs

    Macs Well-Known Member

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    Nice! Will you please share pictures of the soles?
     
  2. katastrofa

    katastrofa Well-Known Member

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    OK, but they're relatively plain, so you will be disappointed.
     
  3. katastrofa

    katastrofa Well-Known Member

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    There you go:

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  4. Leaves

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    Sounds like good value for a custom made last. Can't say they stand out to me aesthetically. Reminds me of many bench made makers in the £300-350 range. With some more attention to detail they'd probably look a lot better. If the Eastern Europe makers would step up their game a little when it came to detail and finish they could probably put some serious pressure on English and Southern European makers given the (relative) low cost of labour in the region. I'm not being a hater here, just saying...

    If they fit really well, like a custom last should even though it's not bespoke, it sounds to me like a lot of bang for the buck.

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  5. katastrofa

    katastrofa Well-Known Member

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    It was bespoke because I chose the color, leather and the details: how the upper and lower part should meet, where the brogueing should be, etc. So if you don't like the design, it's my fault :)

    I looked at balmorals in C&J and Foster&Son stores in London and I can't say their quality was higher than mine - and they cost £500+, not £300-350. What bench made balmorals for £350 did you have in mind, Carmina?
     
  6. Mr. Six

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    Carmina x Epaulet

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  7. nh10222

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    Second pair of Church's Bruges [​IMG] Black calf, dark grey suede, blue calf lining, 73 last, single leather open channel stitched sole, generally similar to first pair (q.v.). The laces supplied by the factory were too short again, but the retailer threw in a longer pair to avoid the problem I encountered last time. Treatment applied: plain old Lexol Conditioner (only) The Bruges are not the most beautful article, but a reliable boot that I don't worry about getting trashed. I bought these to replace a pair of Carmina 80092 that are currently unfit for formal duties after a month of hard labour in Iran. Despite my ongoing restoration efforts, I'm not sure if they'll ever look presentable again; I had no idea of the damage that desert dust and a few rocks could do. Interestingly, I also took a pair of Alfred Sargent Dalmore and they fared much better under the same conditions, not sure why...
     
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  8. 00Schneider

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    sacafotos Well-Known Member

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    @MrSix
    Wow. Which last and how does it fit (compared to other Carmina lasts)?

    Looks like Rain without the chisel.
     
  10. RogerP

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    Two lovely pairs on this page. Well done gents.
     
  11. Mr. Six

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    They're Forest actually. I have Forest in both boots and shoes and think it looks better as a boot. The toes on those austerity brogues look much better to me. I'm not sure why. I have narrow feet and low insteps and the boots are looser than shoes in the same size.
     
  12. MGD83

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    Would anybody be interested in a Bonafe balmoral boot, with laces and no speed hooks? I want to do something in a brown calf with contrasting upper, either grain shaft or suede. I can do either a leather sole or single dainite, whichever is preferable to others.

    This is the pattern I was thinking, with the following modifications:

    - with LACES
    - no speed hooks
    - no medallion on the toe
    - contrasting shaft and lower
    - no pull tab

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  13. Dieg0

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    I am trying to make a GMTO with Skoaktiebolaget for a carmina version of the above balmoral boot, but instead of suede it would be burgundy calf (grained or plain). Last is Robert last and we would go for a dainite sole with purple lining. If there is any interest, you should check the last (ten or so) pages of the thread of skoaktiebolaget on style forum.
     
  14. ThinkDerm

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    Nice looking boot. Why not do it in all grained leather?
     
  15. RogerP

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    I'm not at all sure I'd warm to all grain on a dressy bal boot.
     
  16. Dieg0

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    the why can be read beneath. (grained would be to "casual, sport" for the boot I have in mind and calf is more versatile. Also a grained would be without cap, because the other way around is ugly and then again you have less options to play with it)

    +1 for RogerP
     
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    Will you make it from the 80092 pattern? Because Carmina does not have a style like posted above.
     
  18. RogerP

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    I'm thinking it would have to be the 80092.
     
  19. Dieg0

    Dieg0 Well-Known Member

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    I asked one of your colleagues and was told Carmina is rather conservative. So It would mainly be the 80 092 or 80 345 which is the same, except the last.
    Although they have that other balmoral boot at carmina, the u-wing (a concept of yours), which has a flavour of brogue shoes (not my cup of tea) and another version of the u-wing boot but whitout the u-cap.
     
  20. ScottMC

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    Can anyone point me to an all Black Balmoral boot with plain stitched cap toe and leather sole? I can't seem to find one anywhere on the internet.
     

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