Affordable rubber (Dainite) sole Chelsea boots

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  1. chap22

    chap22 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a pair of leather chelsea boots in medium/chocolate/chestnut etc. shade of brown with a full rubber sole - Dainite preferably, as I would be using them in the following fall months. I already have a pair of shoepassions' chelseas with a leather sole which...don't like the rain too much.

    I've already checked the usual suspects - Bexley, Herring, Loake, Meermin, etc. but the majority are either twice over my budget, either look too rugged - I don't like the "rubber rain boots" look of this Bexley pair or the "fat and short looking" Loake Chatshworth or Loake Blenheim.
    Carmina classic chelsea for example is perfect, but twice over the budget.

    The pair which came closest to my wishes is Meermin Y DARK BROWN CALF, which is the ones I'm going with if I won't find anything else, despite they're not fully rubber soled and way too dark..

    Does anyone have more suggestions for a pair of chelseas I've described for around 200€ from a European online store?

    Thanks!
     


  2. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    If you go any cheaper than the Meermin, you will see a big decrease in quality. I'd go with the Meermin or save up for Carmina.
     


  3. chap22

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    Thanks, that seems to be the case, yep.
    Actually...it seems I've just missed a pair in copper on their MTO, grrr. I guess I'll have to wait for a new round then [​IMG]
     


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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Have you considered getting your existing chelseas topy'ed or resoled with Dainite?
     


  5. chap22

    chap22 New Member

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    Not yet - a good idea but...I've worn them yesterday for the first time in months and..got bloody blisters all over the place and walked like a penguin after an hour wearing them. Also, because they're light tan, if I happen to wear them in the rain, the droplets make almost black spots on leather and it's very visible.
    Anyhow, Meermin update their MTO and so this pair of cognac chelseas is up:
    [​IMG]

    I can't decide what I think about this patina color thing...do you guys think they would draw too much attention on me as a college student?
    While I certainly do buy shoes based on what I think about them, I still don't want to look like a try-hard...or are they beautiful and I'm just overcomplicating?
    Thanks for the input [​IMG]
     
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