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Balmoral Boot Porn

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    I just checked Cliff Roberts' Balmoral boots and the tongue is only stitched into the lining near the top on one side, not the whole way up. There are only a few, small stitches, although it feels very firmly attached.

    Given that the same thing happens with my Herring Holmes, I doubt your boots are defective. It should be easy enough for the tongue to be stitched.

    Good question. I don't have any, either - only shoe trees, not that it really bothers me.
     
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  2. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Brought some boots to the party

    Meermin MTO Austerity Brogue Boots-Light and Dark Brown
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    John Lobb Brooklands Black Museum Calf
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    C&J Sommervilles
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  3. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    So far I've been content with regular-ass shoe trees. While the shaft has no internal stiffener to keep its shape, I haven't noticed heavy creasing on my pairs. La Cordonnerie Anglaise does make some wonderful boot trees, but their prices are naughty.
     
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  4. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    VERY nice boots gyasih. How about some details to go with them?
     
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    SuitedDx Senior member

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    G, now WHERE did you get those JL! I'm jealous...
     
  6. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    I've had them for a while, they are actually up for sale. I don't wear em much.
     
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    Cross Post from Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell: Official Affiliate Thread

    Our historic bespoke shoe collection Foster & Son/ Henry Maxwell

    Button Boots

    These boots date from the early part of the last century and were the inspiration for our Montrose Balmoral boot. The welt is stitched at 15 spi.

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    And our Montrose Balmoral boot, a little more conveniently designed.

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    Foster & Son
     
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  8. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    Balmoral Boots by Clifford Roberts in grey calf and grey suede, Dainite rubber sole.

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    Cliff did well this time, and he did it quickly - ordered 5 September, received today! Much quicker than my previous orders.

    I've found Cliff's rounded last boots are best suited to thin dress socks or hose - they are a tad tight with "boot" socks, and this is probably as it should be, since they are "dress" boots. However, these boots, made on the chiselled last, offer a more generous fit that accommodates thicker wool socks without tearing the stitching of the upper. The toe box is surprisingly roomy and they are clearly longer than their rounded counterparts.
     
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  9. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    nh there are a few things that caught my eye immediately and maybe it is just from the picture but:

    -the symmetry on the boot seems off. The lacing point is not centered on the boot and rather off center
    -the left boot seems to have your pinky toe protruding causing an indentation in the leather
    -the color of the grey seems really light, what do you plan on wearing these with? I am all for unique and different color shoes but the shade seems too light IMO
     
  10. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, and I have noticed the same thing with other boots made on the same last. It does stand out, but is not a surprise to me at all.

    Quote: justinkapur Looking at the photo, I think I can see what you mean. However, it certainly did not feel like it. They were roomy right across the toes - roomier than the rounded last. Time will tell if there really is a problem. There was already some creasing in the upper of the right boot below the vamp. I think the little toe indentation is actually an imperfection in the leather.

    Quote: justinkapur My quick, amateur snaps should be taken as a rough guide, particularly in regard to colour. The flash didn't help, but it is hardly a dark, charcoal grey. The navy blue, for example, appears black except under bright light, and the flash makes the black suede look grey. The grey boots were not purchased to go with any particular outfit, but they are darker than some of my grey trousers.
     
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  11. justinkapur

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    Yea a picture does not always do shoes justice and I have a lot of shoes that a picture cant even portray how beautiful the shoes actually are. I think they are very unique boots and I would love to see a post in the Rock your sock, shoe, pant thread with you wearing these boots.
     
  12. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    I think the realm of unique designs is where Cliff comes into his own. Everything I get from Mr Roberts is something of an experiment, although I have not had him do anything particularly outrageous. Overall, I'm very happy with his hand-welted boots and like their hand-made imperfections, but such quirks are not for everyone.

    Grey is a rather rare and less flexible colour than the likes of black, brown, burgundy, etc., but I already had all those and more, so it was time for something different. The colour could be darkened with boot oil, cream or even dye if need be. As stated in another thread, the drive to grey is boredom. It might not lead anywhere, but so what? If the colour turns out useless or starts to piss me off, I'll just turn them black. A lot of black army boots were actually made in brown and polished black by the soldiers after issue. It's no big deal.
     
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    Darkening in progress using black cream and wax. The finish is not even yet, but it already appears a deep graphite colour away from direct light, if not black; the imperfections are barely visible. Charcoal or graphite is what I really wanted in the first place. I might try dye later.

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    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    Carmina 80092 black calf, shaft in grey lizard, Forest last, Dainite single rubber sole, purple lining.
    Delivered in just under nine weeks.
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  15. RogerP

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    ^^^ Cool combo.
     
  16. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Very unique combination, enjoy them.
     
  17. SuitedDx

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    Trying to get this thread going again (x-post from EG): [​IMG]
     
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    If anyone is keen on getting a shell balmoral boot, we need two more spots for the meermin mto above. Eur400 with vat not including shipping. PM me if interested.
     
  19. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    Good to see a bit more grey.
     
  20. Leaves

    Leaves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    nh10222, I would love to see a group picture of all your Balmoral boots! :slayer: Did you notice the new Carmina 80092 in Grey Calf/Light Grey Suede combo we have incoming? Might be a bit too similar to that boot you posted just a few days back though.
     
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