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Boot maintenace day. Very little required other than a quick wipe down and brushing over since, other than the Aldens, these boots haven't seen more than 6 hours of wear in their lifetime. The ridgeways needed a bit more work though, as I managed to get dirt and mud trapped in them. Normally I'd touch up the edges on Radnor, but I didn't bother to do it this morning.

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Great collection. LOve them all. Whats the light brownish Galway?
 

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Great collection. LOve them all. Whats the light brownish Galway?
Thank you! It's Enzo Bonafe field boot "Balway" in Armagnac hatchgrain shell cordovan. The color is more of a true brown in real life, but olive and mid brown undertones can come out strong depending on angles and lighting (especially under direct sunlight)
 

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I figured out they were EB boots.due to the wide welt. I love that model and leather from EB, maybe the pair I like the most from this maker together with the buttoned balmoral boots and my chain stitched split toe boots. The only ¨but¨ of them is precisely that wide welt that gives their shoes a bit of a fishing boat look and wear. Heavier to wear and a bit chunky IMO..
 

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I figured out they were EB boots.due to the wide welt. I love that model and leather from EB, maybe the pair I like the most from this maker together with the buttoned balmoral boots and my chain stitched split toe boots. The only ¨but¨ of them is precisely that wide welt that gives their shoes a bit of a fishing boat look and wear. Heavier to wear and a bit chunky IMO..

You know it took a while for this particular boot to grow on me, for precisely the reasons you've highlighted here. The combination of ridgeway, storm welt, and double/thick midsole makes for a robust boot. Not exactly what I'd visualized when I signed up for the GMTO. I even listed this pair on BST because I wasn't a fan of the finished product. But after finally wearing them almost a year after I received the boots, I've grown very fond of this pair. If I could redo the makeup I would choose flat welt. Otherwise I really like the boots and they're very distinctive within my boot collection.

Personally, I don't find EB boots to be chunky in general but my three pairs are all on 74945 which is a fairly refined last. I have a color 4 Balway on dainite with storm welt and a color 4 NST boot on double leather soles with flat welt, and both pairs are quite elegant to my eyes.

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Boot maintenace day. Very little required other than a quick wipe down and brushing over since, other than the Aldens, these boots haven't seen more than 6 hours of wear in their lifetime. The ridgeway soles needed a bit more work though, as I managed to get dirt and mud trapped in them. Normally I'd touch up the edges on Radnor, but I didn't bother to do it this morning.

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WHHAAATTTT IS THAT BOOT ABOVE, Looks a litle green and tan? WOWOWOWOW

What brand/model

My My
 

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By the way, what kind of soles do you prefer on your boots?

My preference:

Summer: Single leather or crêpe

Winter: Leather (balmoral boots), Ridgeway (casual boots for hiking) or Dainite studded (casual boots for city wear).

I've recently discovered Vibram's Dainite clones (Vibram Eton) and prefer them over Dainite since they are softer and have more grip as a result.

I am also not very keen on (Itshide) Commando soles anymore; too hard and quite a hassle to clean after a walk in the muddy woods.

By the way, if you want more grip on your leather soles for winter I can highly recommend Vibram Raptor half soles and toplifts. I have them on one of my pairs and saved me from breaking my neck a few times 😃

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By the way, what kind of soles do you prefer on your boots?

My preference:

Summer: Single leather or crêpe

Winter: Leather (balmoral boots), Ridgeway (casual boots for hiking) or Dainite studded (casual boots for city wear).

I've recently discovered Vibram's Dainite clones (Vibram Eton) and prefer them over Dainite since they are softer and have more grip as a result.

I am also not very keen on (Itshide) Commando soles anymore; too hard and quite a hassle to clean after a walk in the muddy woods.

By the way, if you want more grip on your leather soles for winter I can highly recommend Vibram Raptor half soles and toplifts. I have them on one of my pairs and saved me from breaking my neck a few times 😃

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Double leather for the most part. Ridgeway or EG's R2 sole is behind that. We don't get much winter weather here so rubber in the rain and leather all other times for me work just fine.

Not much of a rubber studded guy.
 

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