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Where do they sell them? After reading your post I went to Grenson website and could not find any balmorals there.

That's curious - they used to have them on their website, but the last time I looked at it was quite some time ago, before Grenson introduced their G-One range and so on.

There are, however, still some other places selling Grenson balmoral boots - here is one of them, selling them for GBP 300:

http://thenaturalshoestore.com/Product/819/Grenson-Balmoral-600/
 

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Yes, that strap is a straight copy from vintage football boots. Perhaps it was placed there to protect the tongue from dirt and rain as well as for strength, but I'll let SF's über shoe nerds have the last say on the topic. I won't be buying the models but I appreciate the effort. Nothing ventured, not a thing gained and so on.

 

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That's curious - they used to have them on their website, but the last time I looked at it was quite some time ago, before Grenson introduced their G-One range and so on.

There are, however, still some other places selling Grenson balmoral boots - here is one of them, selling them for GBP 300:

http://thenaturalshoestore.com/Product/819/Grenson-Balmoral-600/
I believe that is one of the last few shoes from their line many years ago. The same style was made for Paul Stuart but has since been discontinued. Handsome boot; I ended up getting the C&J Somerville because I couldn't get the GMP boot from PS.
 

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Carmina

 

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Just had these delivered. Herring Holmes 2 made by Alfred Sargent. £330.
 

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Here are a few of my more atypical pairs:


R.E. Tricker burgundy burnished calf / oatmeal repello suede. Great quality but they're about half a size too big. Lucky they're boots...


Alfred Sargent Dalmore in black calf / purple suede. Blind eyelets were requested but this is what arrived. Excellent fit.


Alfred Sargent Dalmore in oxblood calf and burgundy suede. Again, blind eyelets were specified but this is what arrived. Even so, they're not half bad, particularly for less formal occasions with jeans etc. Very comfortable for long walks.


Carmina 80092 in burgundy crup, Dainite rubber sole, Forest last. Outstanding.
They are very comfortable, but I can see the benefits of having a softer material on the leg that doesn't get itself permanently creased through normal wear - this is where the possible drawback involving creasing of the crup up the leg comes in, although it is mainly a cosmetic issue and some people might like it. Failure to properly loosen the laces before wear or during removal (something of an annoyance with the all-eyelet configuration) probably worsens the deformation as the heel forces its way in.


Boots by Clifford Roberts in navy blue calf and black suede (looks grey in photo). The suede was supposed to be blue, not black, but the result was OK, and I can't fault the quality, although I have yet to really wear them. The punching looks properly aligned, the soles are beautiful as always etc. and the fit with the round toe last is good for my average sized feet.


Carmina 80092 in navy crup, purple lining, Dainite "double" rubber sole, Forest last. Very comfortable. Note that these have ten eyelets (x 2) whereas the burgundy pair above only have nine. In my most recent order (still in progress) I have reverted to the standard 6 eyelet + 4 hook configuration.


R.E. Tricker espresso burnished calf / midnight blue repello suede. Good quality and they look good with jeans etc. but as far as Balmoral boots go, they're hardly things of beauty. I must have had a brain explosion when I ordered them. They are being treated rough and worn into the ground (although proving to be quite tough so far).
 
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Those Holmes IIs look great. I see the original Holmes by Cheaney have disappeared from the Herring Shoes website. I have a pair of them in black.
No doubt the AS Miller-styled Holmes II is a step up in quality, although I think I'd prefer a straight punched cap toe to the medallion.
 
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nh - that's an impressive assembly of bal boots - and I gather there's more? Wow!

I'll add my Carmina's to the thread for posterity. Brown suede on the Robert last. I will definitely be getting this boot in another configuration (probably black calf with black suede) aas it is a supremely comfortable fit for me and looks great with a suit.


(second pic courtesy of Leatherfoot)
 

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I have never had the urge to get a pair in all-suede, but your photos are giving me second thoughts, because those Carminas really do look great poking through your trouser legs!

Here are a few more of mine, mostly in black:


Balmoral boots by Clifford Roberts in black calfskin and grey nubuck. I love the feel of the nubuck but I kinda wish I got these with a punched cap toe.
Aside from the possible problem shewn below, I have been very happy with these handmade boots (however, I won't pretend that I liked the second hand Nike shoe box they came in - it was too small).


Unfortunately, they are already coming unstitched here after only half a dozen wearings. Hmmm we'll see what happens here.


Alfred Sargent Dalmore in black calf and grey Harris Tweed, exclusive to Shoe Healer. Some of my friends turned their noses up at these, but I think the grey carpet looks great in the flesh. Oddly, they are missing pull loops. This was my first ever AS product and I was impressed. Topys and toe taps have been fitted, probably too soon, too. Apparently Shoe Healer still has them in stock; at under £200 for non-EU customers, they would have to be about the cheapest Balmoral boots available, which makes them great value for money.


Herring Holmes in black calf / suede by Cheaney (my first ever pair of "Balmoral" boots), and on the right, a more recent acquisition, the Carmina 80092 black calf / suede with York combination sole, Forest last, from Skoaktiebolaget. I don't like the visible metal eyelets in either of these, but the Carminas in particular are otherwise very good.
 
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nh - that's an impressive assembly of bal boots - and I gather there's more? Wow!

I'll add my Carmina's to the thread for posterity. Brown suede on the Robert last. I will definitely be getting this boot in another configuration (probably black calf with black suede) aas it is a supremely comfortable fit for me and looks great with a suit.
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