Balmoral Boot Porn

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

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    I finally did - six years later! The Natural Shoe Store only has a few pairs of the Grenson Balmoral left now.
     
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    Thanks(?) to this thread, a couple of days ago I exited the Vass store even poorer than when I went in. Looking forward to mid-May.
     


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    Picked up today at Vass. Them shoe trees are hard to get out. Otherwise pleased.
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    MEERMIN 101525
    Olfe last
    Dark brown calf and suede
    Imitation Dainite sole
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    When I first saw images of Meermin products a few years ago, I thought they looked good, but upon discovering that they were at least partly made in China I was turned off. However, times have changed, my good and bad experiences with Western makers have grown, and I decided to give Meermin a try. I have to say that while it is early days, I have not been disappointed so far.

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    The box is big and sturdy, similar to Carmina or Church's. However, the boot bags are a little small.
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    At the current price point they are worthy of consideration and a definite threat to cheaper European shoes.

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    The imitation Dainite sole looks pretty true to its inspiration. Time will tell how it wears. The Olfe last seems to fit my true to size foot reasonably well. A day of wear with plenty of walking should confirm or disprove that.
     
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    MEERMIN 101477
    Antique oak calf, brown country calf
    Hiro last
    Imitation Dainite sole
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    I've always avoided boots with a darker leg or "shaft", but recently they started to grow on me.
    I also avoided the grain leather, but accept it has its place. The contrasting texture looks quite good on the shaft - more pronounced than suede.

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    Now that I have two pairs of Meermin boots on two different lasts, I should be able to give the brand a more decent evaluation over the coming year or so. As with the first pair, the quality of workmanship seems very good, so far.


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    What is this called? A "tennis seat" or something? Whatever it is, I have boots like this and then a sleeker version without the prominent welt and sole acting like a rear bumper bar. The sleeker "pinned seat" is better looking, especially on Balmoral boots. This tennis seat I prefer on less formal designs, although it is also a feature of some of my Church's Bruges balmoral boots.
     
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    Could you comment on the difference between the fit of the Hiro balmoral and the Olfe balmoral?
    Looking to buy one of Meermin's balmorals, but have not yet determined which one (most likely the one from your top post with dark brown suede, which funnily enough looks very light in your picture).
     


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    It's too early for me to draw any strong conclusions on fit, but so far, and to my surprise, the Hiro seems more snug, particularly at the heel. The dark brown suede looks as pictured only in the presence of bright light.
     


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    Thanks for the information. Does the fit with regard to instep differ at all?
     


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    I think the Olfe is slightly lower at the instep but roomier at the heel, with a longer toe, although the differences are not great.
     


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    AdductorMagnus, Vass shoe trees are very difficult to remove from boots. I've replaced mine with generic trees because of this.
     


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