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Balmoral Boot Porn

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

  1. katastrofa

    katastrofa Well-Known Member

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    You can try to plan as much as you like, but if you're exploring uncharted territory, you won't know until they arrive, and yes it's too late to make changes after that has happened, but in my experience things have usually turned out fine. In any case, if you are not totally satisfied with the design when it shows up, you have yourself an excuse to order another pair... but really, your design seems pretty low risk to me. Black calf, black suede, punched or plain cap toe... It can't get much less riskier than that. Most people will assume you're wearing ordinary Oxford shoes unless they take a close look.

    I have two RTW pairs that more or less follow this design, but they both have visible metal eyelets. Normally, I prefer blind eyelets, but I think I know why neither all-black pair has them: the design is pretty boring. I doubt I'll buy another all black pair.
     
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  3. Macs

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    A solution to make them less boring but still very elegant, IMHO, is grey suede on the leg...
     
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    I really like that bit ... really nice aggressive.
     
  5. Gerry Nelson

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    Um, you just described my Carmina boots via Skoaktiebolaget [​IMG]

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    After a little shine on the toecaps, I think it adds a little to the formality. The suede and the visible eyelets make the boot a little less formal. I think it all balances out.
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    I totally agree. Black calf with a grey shaft looks great. But katastrofa wanted black... Perhaps he'd be open to reconsidering the colour of the shaft.
     
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    Those Carminas look great Gerry - and bravo on the shine job.

    DpprDr - holy smokes, those AS boots are terrific!
     
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    I know, right? :)

    That's why I'm leaning on the mink suede for the Galway since I have these pair with the CC shaft. Ah, decisions...
     
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    Quote:No, I'm dead set on black-black. Can't decide about brogueing and eyelets.
     
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    Quote:Totally understand. I'm a big believer in variety in the rotation, which gets harder as the ranks get deeper. For the sake of variety I'd be leaning in the suede direction as well.
     
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    IMHO blind eyelets are a must.
    I love brogueing and would have it on both the cap toe and the balmoral line, especially because on black it's not so noticeable as on brown.

    What about the sole? I love single leather, Dainite can be fine for me as well but with a recommendation to keep it as thin as possible.
     
  12. katastrofa

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    Single leather sole - it's a dress boot.

    Good point about brogueing on black.
     
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    Entirely agree on the blind eyelets.

    Whilst Gerry's boots look great (with an excellent shine, too), for me personally it looks a little bit odd to have eyelets like that on a style of boot that seems inherently more formal. I therefore prefer blind eyelets.
     
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    Ok... The eyelets and York rubber sole of the black-black Skoaktiebolaget special Carminas perhaps makes them more acceptable with cotton twill trousers than morning dress, and that's how I wear them. Let us know about your bespoke maker and what he suggests for the design.
     
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    My current design is:
    - black leather + black suede
    - no medallion
    - both toecap and balmoral line punched
    - blind eyelets

    I couldn't find a photo of a boot done in this way, if anyone has something similar, I'll be very interested to see it.
     
  16. nh10222

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    No-one's scored any Balmorals in the last six weeks?
    Damn... this must be a tiny market, indeed. Someone's got to keep this thing going.

    The last pair I ordered (from Church's) did not meet my design specs and is currently being remade.
     
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  17. Macs

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    Any details?
     
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    I ordered a fairly standard black calf / light grey suede design in late October just to give Church's a try. I don't have a model name or number at this juncture; they were just ordered as "Balmoral Boots" on the 73 last. They arrived at the vendor's in mid February with metal ring eyelets and speed hooks, neither of which I had asked for. The vendor promptly informed me that they were not to spec. Church's realised their error and are making another pair. Despite this hiccup, they looked very nice in the photos.
     
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  19. Macs

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    Thanks, do you mind to share those pictures?
     
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    I'll be sure to take and post photos of them when they arrive, and help keep this thread active!
     

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