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Boot buying advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rhammouda, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. rhammouda

    rhammouda Member

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    I'm heading off to London for a year soon, and I'm subsequently looking for a solid pair of waterproof, leather boots. I don't want anything that is too casual (i.e. not moc toe LL Beans) but nothing to fancy either as I already have a pair of leather sole dress boots (which are a joke in the rain).

    Any suggestions? My budget is trying to keep it under 400, preferably closer to 200. I was thinking about a pair of Mark McNairy double monkstraps with a crepe sole, but i don't know anything about his construction quality in shoes.

    Thanks!
     
  2. letsgofire

    letsgofire Well-Known Member

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    You're moving to London - buy something English! Some of the famous brands are Church's or Crockett and Jones. At a lower price point you can try Barker's or Paul Smith.

    P.S. it doesn't rain SO MUCH here that you need to worry about your shoes getting wet. It is more of a perpetual drizzle
     
  3. Psyched2

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    If you are looking to keep it under $400 and you are in the States, you can pick up some Allen Edmonds boots. You can also pick up some Tricker's, Alfred Sargent, or even Barker or Cheaney. Technically they are not "waterproof" but I have worn similar type of boots (I have C&J Islay and Tricker's) in rain with no problem. For the REAL downpours or snow, I wear my Hunter boots.
     
  4. rhammouda

    rhammouda Member

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    Allen Edmonds were my first thought, but it seemed like they had limited selection of non-leather soled boots. Did you have any models in mind?

    letsgofire, how are the construction on Paul Smith shoes? I've always loved his clothing lines for being as durable as they are stylish, but I've never heard a thing about his shoe collection.

    Thanks for the other tips though! I'm looking forward to visiting these showrooms in person soon.
     
  5. johnnyletrois

    johnnyletrois Well-Known Member

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    I just got some AE Bayfields from Lands End for 40% off. They have a mini-lug sole, so they will be great in rain/snow. I was debating between them or the AE Dalton, and I went with the Bayfield as I didn't want a leather sole.
     
  6. letsgofire

    letsgofire Well-Known Member

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    I don't actually know who manufactures the Paul Smith shoes. I bought a pair about four years ago and they are still in great shape. I'm happy with the quality.
     
  7. Lord Mulberry

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  8. LImorowman

    LImorowman Well-Known Member

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    If you want to buy an American shoe, look for a pair of used or "seconds" Alden 403's. They are very comfortable, have a crepe sole, keeps feet dry, and at your price point. If you can add an extra $100 you can probably get a brand new pair.
     
  9. NotoriousMarquis

    NotoriousMarquis Well-Known Member

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    I'm interested in the answer to this exact same question.
     
  10. Psyched2

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    When it comes to the non-shell seconds, I would say the extra cash is worth it to get a brand new pair. Styles such as the 403 do not show up to often then you have to gamble on the imperfections (which range from minimal to horrible).

    IIRC, the standard 403 is on a neocork sole and note their plantation crepe. However, I am sure there has been some make-up with such combination.
     

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