- Apr 2, 2008
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My trusty hiking boots have finally, after ten years or so, sprung a leak, and while I'll probably have them repaired, this is as good an excuse as any to finally get a pair of boots I can wear with grown-up clothes without the massive aesthetic sacrifice my old ones entailed. I live in Toronto, so need something that can take a degree of abuse -- looks like this winter will be much like the last one, with tons of precipitation. Snow-covered sidewalks, occasional forays into over-the-ankle depth snow with the dog, slush, salt, and all on a near-daily basis. Ideally I suppose that would mean getting at least two pairs, but for now, one will have to do. I've picked out a few options, and would particularly appreciate feedback from people who own the same boots, and have used them in similar conditions. Here's the shortlist: Tricker's GrasmereTricker's Stow (Burnished Espresso, but with a Dainite sole)Tricker's Malton (only available in their classic Tan 'C' Shade, which I find a bit too orangey. Is this actually a Veldtschoen boot? looks like a storm welt to me.)Alfred Sargent Kelso (I'm certain that this is the same as this Shipton & Heneage, but it also looks an awful lot like this, considerably cheaper, model from Hoggs. Someone in another thread mentioned that Hoggs are made by Sander & Sander, and I don't like those [judging from what's available on Pediwear]. Does anyone know whether AS also make boots for Hoggs?)C&J Coniston Interesting illustrated story here by a guy who actually uses these as his work boots on a horse farm:Barker Harrison (Not a huge fan of Barker, but these claim to be waterproof and are a good deal cheaper than the rest...)I'm not looking into Cordovan boots, nor am I considering the C&J Snowdon -- neither are quite in my budget at the moment. A couple of specific questions: how much of a difference is there between Scotch Grain and Zug Grain leathers? Is Zug much tougher/more uncomfortable? And is there a payoff in durability? How much more water-proof are Veldtschoen boots than merely storm-welted ones? If you wear your boots out and about in unpleasant weather, do you polish them after every outing? Or can the country leathers make do with less intensive TLC? And are both actually hardier than regular calf? Whenever someone asks these types of questions, I sense a divide between the North American board members, who tend to advise against wearing any "nice" shoe in bad weather, and the Brits, who seem to think country boots are made for precisely this sort of purpose. I'm going to assume that the latter is indeed the case, and that the point of buying a pair of boots like these is precisely that you don't need to get overshoes to protect them. With that general premise in mind, could I solicit some advice and anecdotes? Thanks!