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Balmoral Boot Porn

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

  1. Macs

    Macs Well-Known Member

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    thanks, but I was referring to the pictures of the ones with eyelets and hooks...
     
  2. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I thought so, but since they were neither my boots nor my photos, I don't think it would be appropriate.
     
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  3. Macs

    Macs Well-Known Member

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    No problem, I dared to ask... :)
     
  4. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    They have probably been sold to someone else by now. Perhaps they might be so kind as to post.
     
  5. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Well-Known Member

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    Since I am wearing a pair today: XPost from EG: [​IMG]
     
  6. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, got to Luv those Shanons.
     
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  7. RogerP

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    The Shannon is outstanding.
     
  8. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Well-Known Member

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    Very nice boot
     
  9. hirschlederne

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    Vass boots with suede uppers. Bought them in early 2013.

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  11. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    This label is actually attached to the piece of brown tissue paper inside the box, not the box itself.

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    The toe box of the 73 last looks good, but note the distance between the punching and where the suede begins - something doesn't look quite right from this angle - they look somewhat elongated.

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    They look OK from this angle...

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    ...and even better side-on.

    Church's Bruges Balmoral boots
    Last 73, fit F


    Features: upper in black calf, shaft in light grey suede, red calf lining, flat black laces, blind eyelets, black pull loop, single leather sole (open channel).

    I've yet to wear them for a whole day, but my initial impression is that they are well made for their price and quite comfortable. The 73 last fits me well in terms of length and width, but see below regarding the instep; the distinctive rounded wedge toe box of the 73 last stands out.

    The appearance of the Bruges varies from elegant from some angles to a little off from others, but it might be just an optical illusion. The gap between the punched line and the bottom eyelet can look too wide when viewed front-on, but it's unfair to single out Church's because that problem is like a plague among modern interpretations of Balmoral boots. The single leather soles look chunky from some angles, but if they really are thicker than average it could be a good thing in terms of wear. As an aside, they have a slightly asymmetrical appearance (as individual boots), an observation raised earlier in relation to Clifford Roberts' Balmoral Boots.

    The boots came with full sized bags but no other accessories. The box is just a huge version of their standard shoe box, made of thin material but surprisingly sturdy. Carmina set something of a benchmark for me in terms of shoe boxes, but Church's aren't bad; the Chruch's boxes I have had for a few years now are still going strong.


    Negatives (in order of severity)
    1. The laces are nice but far too short, at least for my preferred lacing pattern - it appears that the factory may have supplied ordinary shoe laces.
    2. Due to the low instep of the 73 last, they do not close up over the top of my foot/around the ankle, a problem that does not affect comfort but with which I should have been familiar from owning shoes on the same last. In the case of the shoes, the leather quickly stretched allowing tightly closed lacing; I suspect the same will occur with these boots, making it a non-issue over the long term. In the interim, the tongue is exposed by an unsightly "V" opening down the front of the boot. It is largely obscured by the trouser leg but its presence makes the lace length even more crucial.
    3. I have never been a fan of the inscriptions on Church's leather soles that are positioned so as to be walked off, nor the open stitching, although that is not really a major gripe. Eventually, the soles will be covered by Topys, anyway.

    In conclusion, Church's Bruges are a relatively rare product but without the rare price - you might be surprised at how cheaply they can be had. It will be interesting to see how they hold up over the coming months.
     
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  12. rgweiser53

    rgweiser53 Well-Known Member

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    very cool -- where did you pick these up?
     
  13. Tangfastic

    Tangfastic Well-Known Member

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    Slightly grubby, amateur pr0n in comparison with nh10222's last post, but maybe of interest to some here is a pair I have just listed on ebay. Apologies if it's bad form to hawk things in the wrong thread, I'll delete on request, but I thought there may be genuine interest to see an unusual balmoral boot.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=161323842605

    This was a pair that I found on ebay in a rather sorry state some years ago, and I had the bright idea of sending them to Church's to recraft. Living in the UK I find a dainite sole practical so I requested that be added as part of the recraft. In fact I had to return them to Church's soon after the recraft as the heel on one boot started to come away (Church's customer service was good on this), and after perhaps a dozen wears the same thing seems to be happening again. I'm assuiming the welt will hold most of the shoe together and the worst that would happen would be a bit of heel flapping if the problem continues, so I'm selling with the caveat that they have a fault.
     
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  14. nh10222

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    More Enzo Bonafe Button Boots!

    Black calf, lino (linen) suede, giamaica calf piping, oxblood calf lining, punched cap toe

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    The button hook was the only extra in the box this time.

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    Fiddleback waist

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    What can I say? To my plebeian eyes, these things are a bloody work of art! If you can get this sort of value from a maker in the UK, someone please let me know.
    The linen suede is just what I wanted, similar to a 'canvas' colour I had in mind, since real canvas was not an option. Apparently, several colours in the linen/sandy range are also available in napa leather, which is something I might explore in the future. The trouble is that suede makes such a great shaft material that I don't think napa can match it overall.

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    To avoid embarrassment, the Church's Bruges I received recently should probably not be positioned next to these... Actually, that's a bit mean. The Bruges are good for what they are, which is about 45% cheaper. Is the overall experience with the button boots worth 45% more? Perhaps we'd better not answer that.

    Update on the Bruges: a pair of 140 cm long laces was provided free of charge to replace the standard Church's flat shoe laces supplied with the boots. It is a pity that the originals are too short, because they are nice. Note the rather wide opening, which I mentioned in my previous post.
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    Hopefully, this will close up as the boots are worn-in, as happened with my Church's shoes on the 73 last.
     
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  15. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    Church's Bruges update
    Today, I wore them all day for the first time and must say they were very comfortable - as comfortable as the Carmina 80092 out of the box, another machine-welted style with which I have always had good experiences, but for the slightest pinch of my right pinky. The lacing is closing up more tightly each time I put them on; I'm confident the unsightly V will soon disappear. Overall, my experience with this rarely seen but accessibly priced model continues to be a good one.
     
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  16. VRaivio

    VRaivio Well-Known Member

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    nh10222, you seem to have a thing for balmoral boots from the 1800s. Why this model over so many others?
     
  17. nh10222

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    The answer to that question is not something easily put into words, but you could call it a matter of aesthetics combined with a love of history. I had/have many other, "normal" shoes, but came to focus on Balmoral boots initially because I liked the way they looked - like elegant Oxford shoes with coloured shafts stuck on them... and it just so happens that they are comfortable - usually.

    What I find disappointing is the lack of posts relating to new acquisitions in this thread - the lack of fresh porn. It's already June, but there have only been a couple of pic-rich posts all year. It should be obvious that collecting Balmoral boots (like collecting shoes in general) is not a hobby to take up for those who want to make a load of new friends... Hardly anyone does it, everyone else thinks you're weird or just fond of wasting money on pointless, poofy, old-style footwear that is impractical, if not embarrassing to wear. Of course, I don't agree with that view. I wear mine often and usually have the "best" shoes in the room, even with the cheaper machine-welted, gemmed stuff, but I live in Sydney, Australia, so that prize is easily won.
     
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  18. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Well-Known Member

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    I believe we need ONE more for the Shannon VIII make-up!
     
  19. meister

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    :lol::fonz:
     
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  20. ThinkDerm

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    this happens to me too.
     

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