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One question before I treat myself to Shell Cordovan Boots.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Reevolving

    Reevolving Well-Known Member

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    Do you find the hightop boot style in shell not work with the drape of your dress pants? When I wear my Cheaney dress boots, the excess leather is not that bad, but I wonder if the much stiffer shell poses challenges?

    Why do you wear dress boots? Is it because snow and water won't get into your shoe? What if you don't really walk in deep snow? Does it have any other advantage over regular dress shoes? Stylistically, they are the same as dress shoes since you can't really see the uppers unless you're wearing shorts and dress boots.:foo:

    Since this is not urgent, I will wait for a sale. Can anyone post some links to some brands and the best places to buy from? Trickers, C&J, Alden, BB, etc
     
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  2. yywwyy

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    I thought the appeal of dress boots is not necessarily in its function. If you wear trousers with little break, the look of more leather appearing rather than socks is particular. Also, trousers do not get stuck on the edges of the shoes as they may in regular dress shoes.
     
  3. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand the purpose of dress boots. I would never buy them.
     
  4. CYstyle

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    bad weather for the most part.

    I wear the mainly for a more casual look. with tweeds, donegals, flannels and other winter weight stuff it looks pretty cool. The big thing I don't like them is, the loops on the back for helping you put on the boot. My pants always catch on them ~.~
     
  5. Reevolving

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    But when? They are hidden when standing. They can only be seen when sitting with one leg crossed. Do you sit like this often?
     
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    I disagree. Then why do they have leather soles? Leather soles basically disintegrate and explode in the rain on concrete. If I get shell boots with leather soles, they will not even see a drop of rain (forget about snow) ....My Cheaney boots have rubber lug soles which make a lot more sense for winter weather. My rubbbr soled beater J&M's going on almost 7 years take the brunt of my winter abuse.
     
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  7. gsugsu

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    Unless you are using them as an alternative to shoes in inclement weather or you have wonky ankles the function of a dress boot is purely personal choice. As such, some like the esthetic and others don't. I can respect that. I like boots in general and they have become my go to footwear for wear with suits, odd jackets as well as casual dress. You are correct in that most situations while standing it is hard to tell if one is wearing shoes or boots with a casual glance. When sitting, you decide if you prefer the expanse of leather versus seeing ones carefully chosen socks.

    I think Will has posted on ASW of using G&G in cordovan for winter wear.

    Since I live in a place that has snow as early as October to as late as April, plus I live on a working ranch, boots are a large part of my footwear. Some of this is function but much of it is personal choice. I generally have both closed and open laced boots on non-leather soles (Dainite and lugged) for getting to and from work in the worst weather and change at the office.

    Are you wearing the boots with suits or just odd jackets. For suits, a balmoral boot is best and you won't find what you are looking for from Alden or Trickers. Obviously Alden has shell but no balmorals. Trickers boots are not sleek at the best of times and this is especially true with the country lasts. Trickers in shell would most likely be an MTO order; check out Shoe Healer. You can also select more slender lasts. C&J has the Sommerville in the balmoral style. Most of their other boots are non-balmoral. I think shell is rare.

    EG Galway's are my favorite cap-toe open laced boot on the 82 last. EG shell is MTO unless RL has something in RTW. I'm looking forward to the Carmina balmoral boots I ordered through the SF x Epaulet MTO. One pair is on Dainite for crap weather. Neither in shell but Carmina does do shell.
     
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    I prefer a casual last. I do not like sleek shoes. Open lacing.
     
  9. gsugsu

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    Well, if you are considering Trickers, check out the MTO's done by Richard at The Shoe Healer. Great guy to deal with and you can get shell boots done.
     
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    The only reason I wear them is for commuting by motorcycle to work.
     
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    I wear them in the snow and heavy rain. No one knows I'm in boots until I sit.
     
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    I like dress boots and casual boots, boots with leather soles and boots with rubber soles. Chukkas, chelsea's and jodhpurs. It's an aesthetic choice as much as it is a functional one, and I wear boots regardless of the weather. My rainy weather dress footwear is jodhpur boots with Dainite soles, in either black or brown. Don't know if it is per the rules but it's what I like.
     
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    Shell is shell. Others here love it in all models, some choose it only for casual boots and then there are those who will never develop a liking. I enjoy shell and balmoral boots are just about the most beautiful model available. With these two combined you get a warm shoe that can stand rain and snow, but not really salt. The best of both worlds for wintertime.
     
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    Lfred Sargent Miller with cotton navy pants with a whopping 1" cuff. Those Japanese designers...
     
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    i have crockett and jones cordovan chukka boots with a dainite, and it is a wonderful combination!
    pairs wonderfully with my suits and beautiful with raw denim as well.
    they are great for when there is shitty weather outside, though its a little heartbreaking when they get scratched up.
    very little maintenance, and they keep your feet very warm and dry,
    i think you will be very happy with this investment for a long time, as long as you choose a style that is classic and versatile.
    i do think that getting anything but boots in cordovan is a little bit of a waste as it kind of defeats the purpose if you're trying to weather the rain with cordovan penny loafers...
     

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