• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Boots with Gore sides? WTF?

Pylon

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2008
Messages
202
Reaction score
0
I'm trying to find a decent pair of leather dress boots with some detailing on the toe (a medallion or wing tipping, for example). While I won't be using these for snow shoeing in the next blizzard or shoveling my driveway, they should be able to walk through mostly shoveled city sidewalks, withstand some rain and slush and the usual winter niceties. Add to the difficulty of finding something in a dress boot without squared-toes and I'm coming up short on options.

So I found this pair by Calvin Klein on Zappos and they've got these elastic "gore" sides to the boots. WTF? Is that what I think it is? A permeable fabric side to the boot? I mean, I have a pair of slip-on loafers with some sort of stretchy material around the tongue, but... the side of a boot?

Are these things permeable to water? Will they withstand the usual winter elements? Am I looking in the wrong places for a decent pair of leather dress boots that can both withstand some winter sidewalk walking, not have a cap-toe, not cost a house downpayment, and have a little decoration on the toe?
 

James Bond

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 20, 2005
Messages
1,089
Reaction score
1
It's called a Chelsea boot. Not sure what's WTF about it.
 

grimslade

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 31, 2006
Messages
10,883
Reaction score
49
The elastic gores are very much water-permeable.
 

random-adam

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 14, 2008
Messages
1,173
Reaction score
180
I would recommend scrolling down a bit and clicking on "Glossary," which will lead you to this:

Gore
An elastic panel stitched into either side of a shoe's vamp in order to make it more comfortable and easier to put on and take off.
(I didn't know that either.) So yeah, not at all the waterproof/breathable membrane that springs to mind for those of us whose only knowledge of "gore" is either blood or half of "-tex".

edit: I just realized I might've read things wrong. My apologies if I was inaccurate.
 

JustinW

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
10,015
Reaction score
1,322
I love my RM Williams Chelsea boots and my Blundestone's work boots!
 

ahjota

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2008
Messages
2,600
Reaction score
92
Chelsea/dealer boots use elastic gores on the sides. I just bought a pair of RM Williams chelseas for about the same reasons as you. RMW considers the particular pair I got, the Comfort Craftsman, to be ideal for walking in areas where snow has been shoveled or salted. We'll see in ten days.
 

Pylon

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2008
Messages
202
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by James Bond
It's called a Chelsea boot. Not sure what's WTF about it.

I guess I just don't get what the point of having a boot if the boot can't carry out one of the main benefits of having the higher quarters (besides ankle support) - keeping the elements off your feet.
 

why

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2007
Messages
9,735
Reaction score
406
Originally Posted by Pylon
I guess I just don't get what the point of having a boot if the boot can't carry out one of the main benefits of having the higher quarters (besides ankle support) - keeping the elements off your feet.

They keep all the elements besides water off your feet. Even then, why the hell would you wear a leather boot in that much water?
 

mulansauce

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2008
Messages
1,937
Reaction score
1
I'm glad this thread exists. Next time I get shit in MC for asking a dumb shoe question, I'm going to point them here so I don't look quite so bad.
 

robertorex

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2008
Messages
3,148
Reaction score
9
The chelsea boot with its elastic gore is a menswear classic. Also, some people like to wear boots because they look good. If you wanted hardcore element protection several levels above the chelsea, you'd have to be rocking some seriously chunky shit.
 

j

(stands for Jerk)
Admin
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
14,914
Reaction score
98
Originally Posted by zatarregaza
Search eBay for a Cole Haan boot (Russell chelsea) like these.
Ew, why? OP: You should look at something like Alden for leather dress boots that are more streetable in winter. Even so, you shouldn't be wearing nice leather boots through salty slush and expect them to stay nice for very long.
 

robbie

Pleading Poverty
Joined
May 3, 2007
Messages
6,424
Reaction score
55
I was really expecting to see some horribly violent pictures airbrushed on the sides of a pair of boots.

this needs to be relocated to the 'mislabeled threads' subforum.
 

zatarregaza

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2007
Messages
216
Reaction score
4
Originally Posted by j
Ew, why?
They're exactly what he was looking for style-wise. And given he mentioned a pair of Calvin Klein boots as a reference they're going to be about the same in price too.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 32 3.8%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 144 17.1%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 280 33.2%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 132 15.7%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.4%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.8%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.6%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 8 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 54 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,256
Messages
9,231,411
Members
193,777
Latest member
TimoLassiter
Top