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Ankle Boot Porn! Here are mine, show me some of yours?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Soph, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Soph

    Soph Senior member

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    My new Polo Reddings. Currently my favorite piece of footwear.

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    These are my only black ankle boot, they are extremely ideal. Well made, masculine and the perfect accessory from jeans to grey flannels at night.
     


  2. jmonroestyle

    jmonroestyle Senior member

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    I am sorry, but I do not share any admiration for ankle boots.

    1.They don't look warm enough for winter nor do they have thick enough soles. This makes them useless, as cold-weather shoes.

    2. They don't like moisture, just like any leather shoes, thus useless when it snows.

    3. All new ones that I have seen look half decent compare to oxfords, bluchers or monks counterparts.
    But most of the ankle boots look like homeless person shoes after a few months of wear.

    I also expect them to be too hot and have poorer ventilation in comparison to the regular shoes.

    What is the benefit of an ankle boot other than: "Look, I have one too"?


    As someone who gave up trying to find shoes that fit years ago, and only wears boots, (both lace up and Western style) I can think of some benefits to ankle boots.

    1 Ankle boots are more forgiving when it comes to fit. They can be fitted slightly larger and the difference made up with a heavier sock and/or innersoles. Gapping around the heel area is not noticeable like it is with shoes that don't fit quite right.

    2 Ankle boots, or slightly higher, look nice when one is seated. I think they look nicer then seeing one's socks. Also if the boots are high enough, one does not even have to be concerned about the color of their socks since they won't show anyway. One less thing to think about when gettng dressed in the morning.

    3 Ankle boot are available in rubber soled waterproof models that are still somewhat dressy. I would have a tough time navigating Seattle rainy winters without them.

    4 While some ankle boots can make your feet hot, those made with a leather sole should feel about the same as shoes. The leather sole is porous and "breathes". I can wear my ankle boots on hot days and still have comfortable feet. I also have ankle boots made with rubber soles that are also comfortable to wear, even in warmer temperatures.

    Homeless person shoes??? Why would ankle boots with proper care look any different than shoes after a number of wearings? I have many pairs that are many years old and look as good as the day they were made.

    Ankle boots are cool. I guess one just has to wear them to understand the "attitude factor".

    Anyone else care to add to this list?

    Respectfully,

    Jess
     


  3. william

    william Senior member

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    I am sorry, but I do not share any admiration for ankle boots. 1.They don't look warm enough for winter nor do they have thick enough soles. This makes them useless, as cold-weather shoes. 2. They don't like moisture, just like any leather shoes, thus useless when it snows. 3. All new ones that I have seen look half decent compare to oxfords, bluchers or monks counterparts. But most of the ankle boots look like homeless person shoes after a few months of wear. I also expect them to be too hot and have poorer ventilation in comparison to the regular shoes. What is the benefit of an ankle boot other than: "Look, I have one too"?
    This is a completely confusing post. You say that ankle boots wouldn't be warm enough in winter and would be too hot for summer?? If anything the additional ankle coverage would make them warmer for winter wear. The thickness of the sole depends on the model and maker. I've seen dress boots with thin single leather soles, country boots with thick double leather soles, etc. As many options as shoes have. As far as boots looking like something a homeless person wears...I'm at a loss here. Ankle boots and boots in general were considered the MOST formal piece of footwear that could be worn throughout most of the 19th century. Also, the condition of a boot depends on the care, maintenance and treatment by its owner....just like a shoe. My ankle boots fit better than any piece of footwear I've ever owned. In fact, I'm having problems even enjoying some of my other pairs of shoes since I purchased the Reddings. This benefit alone makes them quite a bit more valuable than a "Look I have one too" item.
     


  4. william

    william Senior member

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    These are my only black ankle boot, they are extremely ideal. Well made, masculine and the perfect accessory from jeans to grey flannels at night.


    My sentiments exactly. [​IMG]
     


  5. grimslade

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    They turn me on! [​IMG]

    I'm going to get this model from Plal as as soon as I can figure out all this C&J/Polo/US/UK sizing madness.

    Uh, thanks, Chris. That face scares me though.

    I'm pretty sure that the Cottesmore is not the same boot as the Holland. They're on different lasts (Cottesmore is on 341 which a rounded, not chiseled, toe), and the Cottesmore will not, I don't think, have channeled soles. Just a warning.
     


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    william Senior member

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    Uh, thanks, Chris. That face scares me though.

    I'm pretty sure that the Cottesmore is not the same boot as the Holland. They're on different lasts (Cottesmore is on 341 which a rounded, not chiseled, toe), and the Cottesmore will not, I don't think, have channeled soles. Just a warning.


    Yep. Sorry. I got a little overzealous with the smiley face. [​IMG] < much better

    You're right about the C&J differences. Basically I just want a buckled ankle boot. I may even go Edward Green just to experience the apparent decadence they offer.
     


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    why do guys wear ankle boots? shouldn't your ankles be free for running and things? slippery slope to tights?
     


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    Yep. Sorry. I got a little overzealous with the smiley face. [​IMG] < much better

    You're right about the C&J differences. Basically I just want a buckled ankle boot. I may even go Edward Green just to experience the apparent decadence they offer.

    They'd been on my list forever, and I'd rather have them in brown, but I'm not complaining. Now, however, I'll probably put off getting a pair of Stockman RMWs for a while. I still want the old Polo Oxnard jodhpur, but there do not seem to be many floating around out there anymore.
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  9. DocHolliday

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    why do guys wear ankle boots? shouldn't your ankles be free for running and things? slippery slope to tights?

    You spend a lot of time running in dress shoes? Are you being chased?
     


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    i dunno doesn't that feel real awkward though? its like wearing construction boots. and can anyone see it under your pants?
     


  11. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Have you worn them? Several posters have labeled them the most comfortable shoes they own. They might feel like construction boots if you choose a bulky, clunky pair, but mine feel great.
     


  12. william

    william Senior member

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    why do guys wear ankle boots? shouldn't your ankles be free for running and things? slippery slope to tights?

    I would say my secret habit of lipstick-wearing would be a slippier slope to tights than mere ankle boots...
     


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    I'm wearing lace-up Lobb balmoral boots today, and I have to say - chelsea boots are by far more comfortable. My order of comfort preference is:
    1. chelsea boots
    2. chukkas
    3. balmorals.

    The chelsea boots are by far the best.
     


  14. william

    william Senior member

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    i dunno doesn't that feel real awkward though? its like wearing construction boots. and can anyone see it under your pants?

    They give ankle support but don't constrict movement.

    Army boots are a hell of a lot stiffer, bigger, bulkier and heavier than ankle boots and don't seem to hamper the movement of the United States Army.
     


  15. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would say my secret habit of lipstick-wearing would be a slippier slope to tights than mere ankle boots...

    It was all downhill after I found that pink angora sweater.
     


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