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Balmoral Boot Porn

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

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Not feelin' it. That type of configuration would work much better as a derby boot. The shoe universe is filled with outstanding examples of brown derby boots that work well dressed up to sportcoat level, or dressed down to (if you must) jeans. Trying to make a dress boot more casual seems like a pointless (and not terribly successful) exercise to me.
     
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    How fortunate for us that we have someone here who can speak for the whole planet. No need for further expressions of opinions by anyone, I guess.
     


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    Fair enough. Let's agree to disagre then :) BTW I would love to have some derby boots in lama calf... but shoes made of this leather for some reason are rarely seen in RTW. I think besides Meermin I saw only a few models of Carmina and Bonafe in this leather. Wonder why as it looks really nice and it is very soft and comfortable...
     


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    RogerP Senior member

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    Thank you. I used to be of the view that dress footwear in navy was pretty "out there" but I now regard it as a foundational staple. My navy dress shoes and boots see a TON of wear. A few more pics for you of the Vass pair in navy museum / navy grain.

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    If only I had a pair of jeans for an appropriate pairing. :cool:
     


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    A textured chukka is high on my want list as well. I've seen the G&G Arran in kudu and it is very drool-worthy. Here is a Thorpe in the same material so you get the idea.

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    Yeah, kudu leather looks great (and these Thorpe boots looks just stunning!). I have some parts of my briefcase (like handle, pockets inside) made of this leather and it is lovely indeed. I'm highly considering some Tricker's boots from their latest collection as they have some models in kudu.
     


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    Again it's personal preference should you deviate the guidelines. It's like wearing more than one set of stripes. The grain is more casual than a smooth calf; however, if I saw a grain balmoral boot and grain blucher boot, in my eyes, the latter is more consistent. Both will look good to anyone walking pass you.

    There may be other discussions about turn-up jeans with dress boots but that's another thread. :nest:
     


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    Beautiful stuff. These appear black to my eye, but with extra depth - the midnight blue of dinner jackets, the ice blue "whiter than white" of shirts. I've attempted this effect by shining my black shoes exclusively with navy but that doesn't seem to make a difference. The contrast between the grain leather in the non-mirror finished part, and the smooth leather of the toe; and the more dramatic chisel toe add to the dressiness and therefore "black" impression.

    As far as casual wear is concerned, whilst I personally avoid wearing jeans, I think material and colour matter more than shape for all but 0.1% of people you meet (perhaps a bit higher in big Anglo cities, lower, perhaps none in less urban locations). If the boot is brown, of a textured leather, and especially with a non-standard sole, very few are going to notice that it is a balmoral. My dark brown grain leather monks feel informal even with chinos, and mirror finishing the hard parts has only mildly reduced that impression.
     


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