Balmoral Boot Porn

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  1. Sator

    Sator Senior member

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    I'm sure the historians are on your side, and that the boot police would have their way with me, but my Shannons (and all other Oxford boots) will be one mono-hide.[​IMG]


    I must confess to being rather partial to the tradition of having a different hide/fabric for the upper.

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    This example is from Dimitri Gomez but the Germans and Austrians call buttons boots Gamaschenstiefeletten - which literally means a spat boot. I guess the contrasting tops do look like spats. I really like the effect myself.

    Here's another Gomez creation:

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    Fabric uppers like this also make them more comfortable. I did toy with the idea of choosing velvet uppers myself.
     


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    Panzeraxe II Senior member

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    Wow! Those are just stunning. 82 last I presume?

    very very nice boots T4
     


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    ^^^ T4Phage, gorgeous boots... Really nice, and I especially like the same stitching used for the captoe and the upper limit... Did you ask for this ?
     


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    I must confess to being rather partial to the tradition of having a different hide/fabric for the upper.

    This example is from Dimitri Gomez but the Germans and Austrians call buttons boots Gamaschenstiefeletten - which literally means a spat boot. I guess the contrasting tops do look like spats. I really like the effect myself.

    Fabric uppers like this also make them more comfortable. I did toy with the idea of choosing velvet uppers myself.


    Beautiful examples all, Sator. I do like the look of them but I fear that I would shy away from wearing them. Though the idea of suede uppers does sound like it would greatly ease the break-in period and add overall comfort.

    I went with Shannon II in edwardian on the 82 last and Shannon I in coffee suede on the 82.
     


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    ^^^ T4Phage, gorgeous boots... Really nice, and I especially like the same stitching used for the captoe and the upper limit... Did you ask for this ?

    Thanks. Do you mean the serrated edge? That is a standard feature on the Shannon 2.
     


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    OK I got it. Thanks.
     


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    There are some of the nicest shoes I have eveer seen on this thread! Go on, gimme more!
     


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    Would these Shannon on a 888 last be an heresy ?
     


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    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Would these Shannon on a 888 last be an heresy ?

    Not at all, but I like this boot with a round toe. And if you have a long foot they could get quite pointy on the 888.
     


  10. Sator

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    Beautiful examples all, Sator. I do like the look of them but I fear that I would shy away from wearing them. Though the idea of suede uppers does sound like it would greatly ease the break-in period and add overall comfort.

    I went with Shannon II in edwardian on the 82 last and Shannon I in coffee suede on the 82.


    I look forward to seeing the finished results.

    I made my uppers a dark blue-grey to make the contrast inconspicuous and the effect subtle. I also considered a dark oak upper with a black base. Having the uppers concealed by trouser hems also tones them down. I also shied away from having a strong contrast to the uppers for the reason you mention, when it really does look like you are wearing spats.

    After much deliberation I am going to have a pair of Shannon IIs made in a C width on the old 88 last in black box calf with a black suede upper. I decided that velvet is a bit too delicate to take years of being pulled by the laces and EGs suedes are a bit softer than their box calf.

    The result should be an Oxford boot equivalent of this sort of thing from Otsuka:

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    I look forward to seeing the finished results.

    After much deliberation I am going to have a pair of Shannon IIs made in a C width on the old 88 last in black box calf with a black suede upper. I decided that velvet is a bit too delicate to take years of being pulled by the laces and EGs suedes are a bit softer than their box calf.

    The result should be an Oxford boot equivalent of this sort of thing from Otsuka:

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    Thanks, they will hopefully be ready by September.

    Your Shannons sound great. I love the 88 last. I have a pair of the old Berkleys in dark oak on it and I wear them all the time.
     


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    Here are some historic examples of Oxford boots showing the contrasting tops:

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    They are both from the late 1890's.
     


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    Vicuna topcoat--only $10.50.
     


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    Wow, quite a few Bals.

    Here is my Shannon2 which I got a few months ago, in dark oak and mink suede:
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    Dear lord. That is one, if not THE most beautiful boot I've ever seen. This just got moved to the top of my EG MTO list. Good work!!!
     


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    [​IMG]

    This example is from Dimitri Gomez but the Germans and Austrians call buttons boots Gamaschenstiefeletten - which literally means a spat boot. I guess the contrasting tops do look like spats. I really like the effect myself.


    Gamasche = spat
    stiefelette = half boot

    Please remove the hooks. You are not a toddler.
     


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