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Shoe Damage Report & Shoe P0rn Central - Part II

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Loafers are a tough fit for me. I don't currently own a pair. I have a high instep, and the complete absence of ANY ability to adjust fit in that area via lacing or strap closure means that if they are too tight in that area, the shoe simply won't work at all, even if the fit everywhere else is just fine. I'd pretty much never order a pair on-line, because the odds of fit failure are just too high. For the same reason, Chelsea boots are a loafer fit taken to a nightmareish level. So naturally, I ordered a pair and hoped like hell they'd fit. :) In this case, I was encouraged by the fit of my Anthony Cleverley Cameron Oxfords. As with my Vass shoes, there seemed to be just a bit more than average instep allowance. They arrived (from the LeatherSoul sale), and I still half-expected the worst. But man, they fit like a dream! Must sacrifice a chicken to the shoe gods. My thanks to my good friends at LeatherFoot here in Toronto, who provided a complimentary shine on these puppies even though they were purchased from a different retailer. The finish had been just a little flat, but that has been improved a good deal, particularly on the toe. Without further babbling, here they are the Anthony Cleverley Rourkes: [​IMG] This may be owner bias talking, but do these boots have great lines, or what? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    Not a great lover of Chelsea boots, though I have at least one pair as a lazy slip on: I'm a bit like you, in that loafers tend to either be too sloppy in the heel or too tight in the forefoot, and it's hard to find a balance. Still, that's why I love single monks.

    But as Chelsea boots go...those are absolutely stunning. I love the shape and the medallion, but most of all, how they've made those panels of leather on the elastic like a lazyman. I wonder if that also makes the sides less "sloppy", by having several smaller pieces of elastic rather than one big one?

    Anyway, great acquisition, Roger, those really are gorgeous.
     
  3. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Well-Known Member

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    I generally shy away from Chelseas since every pair I've owned had the elastic make that "ruffles" effect on the top after I think some of the elastic rip from the ends. I wonder if the leather pieces help prevent this from happening... If so, those are a nice pair to try. :)
     
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    To the contrary...the leather pieces restrict the ability of the elastic to stretch and/or stretch evenly and, as a result, more stress is placed on the bits in-between. It's a good look and one that I have admired for a long time but it doesn't help the elastic or its longevity.

    Parenthetically...and probably because they were bespoke--made for me and my particular foot...I have a pair of whole cut Chelseas that fit like a glove all the way up over the instep. I believe that any bespoke maker could accomplish that, whereas RTW is going to be more concerned with getting you into the boot first (first impressions make the sale) and would necessarily open up the gore a bit and probably even allow more room in the throat and over the instep.
     
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  5. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    Very, very nice Roger! If those come in dark brown I will have to get a pair.
     
  6. RogerP

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    Cheers Mimo - the things you like about them are the very things I like about them.

    Thanks my man. The leather accordian (not sure if that is the correct term or even a term at all) is certainly a different execution than the usual elastic alone. It will be interesting to see how they hold up.

    Thanks J - I bet they'd be sweet in brown. I had been looking for a dressy black bal-boot for some time, and when these popped up I thought they would serve just as well in that role.
     
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  7. JermynStreet

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    Love that natural cordovan color; never seen it until now.
     
  8. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Well-Known Member

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    Simply fantastic ... the images and the beauty of these bespoke speak for themselves.
     
  9. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    Well apparently they were made in brown as well, beautiful as hell:

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    Luckily for my wallet they aren't available anymore. Unfortunately for my sanity, those will haunt me in my dreams..

    (pictures from LeatherSoul)
     
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  10. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Gianni - thank you kindly.

    J - agreed - gorgeous as hell in brown. My apologies for your sanity but take comfort in your fatter wallet. [​IMG]
     
  11. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG][​IMG]Thank you for your kind reply .... you have very good taste.
     
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    I like the Bestetti like toe gap on those. They look like a pair of RMs used to look like before the quality dropped but have a far greater sleekness.
     
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    Thank you meister.
     
  14. justinkapur

    justinkapur Well-Known Member

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    MY GOODNESS ROGER!

    Those are incredible. I dont have a single pair of black shoes/boots but this seems so amazing
     
  15. RogerP

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    Cheers Justin - I am pretty tickled with them.
     
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    I can imagine. When are we going to see them in an outfit?
     
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    I'll wear them around the house this weekend to break them in a bit and they'll get their maiden voyage some time early next week.
     
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    My Henry Baxter Classic chelsea boots are the best I've owned. Luckily for me, for a RTW boot, they fit like a glove.
     
  19. RogerP

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    ^^^ I think you forgot the pic, my good man.
     
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    Gaziano & Girling Bramhall Vintage Rioja DG70

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