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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dddrees, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Zapasman

    Zapasman Well-Known Member

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  2. beargonefishing

    beargonefishing Well-Known Member

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    Can someone give me a few recommendations for a black Chelsea dress boot somewhere $300-$600? I figure if I am going to spend more than that, I will just double up and get a St. C MTO. Thanks.
     
  3. RogerP

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    Carmina. Skoak.
     
  4. beargonefishing

    beargonefishing Well-Known Member

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    Thanks RogerP, I appreciate the recommendations. Skoak has a great one, but they carry my size (in any of the boots). The only black one on Carmina's website is on the Simpson last that, according to the website, is "one of our narrowest last." I am a 12.5 E on the brannock, so I fear the Simpson last will not work. Any other recommendations?
     
  5. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    With that kind of an outlier size I really recommend you go MTO. St. Crispin's will likely cost more than double. Bonafe is attainable at just a bit more than Carmina. That's where I'd go.
     
  6. Beach Bum

    Beach Bum Well-Known Member

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    You can find Santoni shoes in your size. I know cause I'm a similar size. Boots do get a bit trickier to find. Santoni does have a black Chelsea boot but at least in the US isn't showing up on a few sites.

    And nice user name btw. I know and love a song by that name.
     
  7. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Santoni makes some excellent shoes but:

    1) they have several different quality tiers, so you really need to know the ins and outs to be sure of what you're actually getting and

    2) their sizing is crazy. I've tried on 8.5 that fit perfectly and 9 that fit about two sizes too big.

    Chelseas are very unforgiving when it comes to fit. It's right, or it's not.

    A buyer new to the brand, purchasing online, would be well advised to acquaint himself with the return policy of the vendor.
     
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  8. Anm1984

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    I second what Roger said, chelseas are the most unforgiving footwear if the size is off. I wonder if Vass would make one? That would be less than St.C but again you'd need to be familiar with the sizing.
     
  9. RogerP

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    I just did a Google image search for Vass Chelsea boots and one of the first results was a pic of my Anthony Cleverley Chelsea boots - lol! Google 'aint perfect.

    I haven't seen a pair of Vass Chelseas yet, which I why I recommended Bonafe. But if Vass does indeed make them, that would be an equally viable option.
     
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    That's too funny. I think Bonafe might be the answer then. I've never heard anything bad about them and Skoak is a great vendor. Also my last mto boots from St.Crispin were more than $600 x2, something to keep in mind. Weston would be around 1K though (I have 2 pairs and love them), less than their English counterparts. You also have some mid tier English brands like Crocket and Jones and such but I'm unfamiliar with them personally.
     
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  11. beargonefishing

    beargonefishing Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. The St. C MTO looks to be around $1600, and I was really thinking if I am going to spend $800 I would just double it and get them. Anyone have any experience with RM Williams Chelsea boots? The ones with leather soles look good enough to wear with a suit, but I have not heard much about the brand. I am going to check out Santoni.
     
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    Couple of quick options for you here, plenty more out there. Dialled in to the best fit for you is the right way to go :) Good luck

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  13. dddrees

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    Personally I don't and you may get a response or two here but if I were you I would also check out the RM Williams appreciation thread on this forum.
     
  14. Anm1984

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    RM Williams is great and is a wholecut, which I think is even better. To my knowledge only them and JM Weston do that. I have no idea were you could try them on, I went to their store in NYC for mine years ago but it's gone now.

    Re: St.C I paid over $1,600 for mine but that could be the NYC markup I suppose.
     
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    Was just about to rec RMW - amazing chelseas, and on the lower edge of your range at about $350
     
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    Enzo Bonafe today.

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    Edward Green Shannon !!
     
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    very very dandy
     
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    Any recommendation on a pair of plain toe chukka boots? Comfortable out of the box would be great or even preworn. Brands, styles
    So many awesome boots on this forum. I'd be interested in a preworn pair [​IMG]
     
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    Lot of old timers in this thread, been awhile for me. Some new too which is good.

    Russell Moccasin. I had them build my Grand Slam Sheep Hunters extra tall for the wet woods of Mn. and pothole region of SD. Also extra leather on the toe cap which is the area that wears out first for me from busting through brush during bird season.
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    Couple of pairs of Meindl Perfekt boots in the center. The rest of the world knows Meindl as a great boot but for what ever reason Cabela's has exclusive distribution in North America.
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    Have gone to Crispi for my main hunting boot last year. With degenerative arthritis in my left foot the Ankle Stabilizing System in them works, and works well. Need to return the GTX guide and get the next size up like the taller HTX that I wore bird hunting last year. One of the most expensive hunting boots out there but worth every penny. They work.
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    Wolverine 744 LTD Shell
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    AE Bayfield. I own them in CXL, black calf and cappuccino shell
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    5 AE Dundees in all the flavors of shell that AE has offered in recent years. Burgundy, Black, Walnut, Brown, and Cappuccino[​IMG]

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    Alden captoe in #8 on the Grant last with commando soles
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    I have sold off my other Alden's and European boots. The AE lasts generally works best for my foot and have to go with what works for you.
     
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