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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dhinggok, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    I am looking for a nice pair of boots to wear with a pair of jeans. I would like them to be brown and of top quality. Other than that, I don't know what I want because I know very little about boots. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    I have seen Varvatos boots and they seem pretty nice. I have heard of something called a "worker boot," but I have no idea what that is and what are the top companies.
     
  3. Torque

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    Well, I don't know what style you look for, but Chelsea boots are the most popular style currently:

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    Chukka boots fit jeans even better in my opinion:
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    Jhodpurs are great boots if you want something a bit more unique:
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    all shown examples are made by Crockett & Jones.

    Then there are Motorcycle boots, Cowboy boots, Work boots (Dr. Martens, Timberlands), Hiking boots (Timberlands, Meinl) which all fit to jeans to a certain extent depending on which style you want.
     
  4. wallateer

    wallateer Well-Known Member

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    This is a good thread because I'm also interested in getting a pair of brown chelsea boots for wearing with jeans. Any recommendations?

    Of course, I need a brown belt to wear with it as well. So I wouldn't mind hearing about that too. I'm thinking of the Engineered Garments brown belt. I saw a picture of it a while back but I can't seem to find it. You can barely see it on their official website on the model. I just want to make sure before I order, so if somebody can post a good pic, I would be very grateful. And from what I remember Drinkwaters stocks it right?

    Peter
     
  5. Babar

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    I'm a big fan of Costume National boots; the distressed ones really look good with jeans. It's just a shame the quality is so-so (my most recent pair developed a tear after just a few months, good I got them dirt cheap at yoox). here they are
     
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    j, can you re-post your Tyrwhitt chelsea success pictures?
     
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    wallateer Well-Known Member

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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    This is a good thread because I'm also interested in getting a pair of brown chelsea boots for wearing with jeans. Any recommendations?

    Of course, I need a brown belt to wear with it as well. So I wouldn't mind hearing about that too. I'm thinking of the Engineered Garments brown belt. I saw a picture of it a while back but I can't seem to find it. You can barely see it on their official website on the model. I just want to make sure before I order, so if somebody can post a good pic, I would be very grateful. And from what I remember Drinkwaters stocks it right?

    Peter


    Yeah, Gary stocks the belt - but he is on vacation right now, and the store is closed until next week.
    Fok.
     
  9. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    EG Belt in context:
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    Charles Tyrwhitt/Loake Chelsea boots, post-antiquing:
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  10. wallateer

    wallateer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for more pics on the belt, J. You just help me make my mind up [​IMG]

    Gorgeous boots too. Where did you buy them? and how much do they run?
     
  11. wallateer

    wallateer Well-Known Member

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    Do those boots usually sell for lower than this this ($206) or is this pretty average price for it?

    Peter
     
  12. j

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    Do those boots usually sell for lower than this this ($206) or is this pretty average price for it?

    Peter

    Got them from Charles Tyrwhitt - someone might be able to give you the link to the 50% off for 1st time customers sale that is usually going on. I got them for about $140 shipped. I warn you, though, that they look very boring when they come in the mail, and to get them looking like that took a bit of work (including a small amount of experience with antiquing). I stripped them with acetone, polished them with various colors of polish, did a Sysdoc-style wetshine to the toes and heels, trimmed down the front edge of the welt to give a slightly squared look to the toes, heel dressed the welts and sole, etc. Then after some wear I cleaned them up and used navy shoe cream in the creases on the instep, and marine cordovan polish on the parts that needed touching up. The result of all that is what you see.

    When I got them, they also had some quality issues ("gunk" stuck to various parts of the upper and welt), but I was tired of waiting to wear them, so I just lived with it.

    Also, their sizing is off on the site - I ordered a "US 11" which they convert to UK10.5 and it was probably almost/about a half size large. I would recommend sizing down a half size, or if you're unsure between two sizes, going with the smaller.
     
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    Thanks for the discount link, tiger02. J, I'm gonna get those boots, can you tell me more about the process you went through. The best I could find on the subject was this post. But what you did was obviously different. And also what cream/wax/brush/cleaner did you use? What was the color of cream/wax? AreAllen Edmonds products good enough or do I need something more fancy? Thanks again, Peter Ps. How do you pronounce Tyrwhitt (Ter-whit)?
     
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    Does that first time thing EVER go away?
     
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    the C&J chuckkas look awesome. not usually a fan of desert boots but I really dig those. I agree that the Loake chelseas are probably the most bang for buck.
     
  17. wallateer

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    Sysdoc, maybe you can tell me about your shoe shine method. I couldn't find any posts with it. Thanks.

    Peter
     
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    Sysdoc, maybe you can tell me about your shoe shine method. I couldn't find any posts with it. Thanks.

    Peter


    It was lost with the recent crash [​IMG]
     
  19. j

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    Sysdoc, maybe you can tell me about your shoe shine method. I couldn't find any posts with it. Thanks.

    Peter

    I can give you my adapted version, though I'd definitely love to see Sysdoc's full explanation reposted:

    After cleaning/stripping/whatever else, apply a thin layer of polish all over the shoe/boot. Allow to cure for a good amount of time, maybe an hour, maybe overnight. Buff to a shine. On the toes and heel counter area (the stiffened, smoother areas of the shoe), you can do the mirror shine. Get some polish on a cotton face pad, the kind that look like a tufted pillow. Pour a little bit of water in the lid of the polish tin. Tap the pad into the water. Wipe the pad in a circular motion on the shoe's toe. Get more polish, and a little bit of water, wiping in a small circle, repeat until you feel it suddenly smoothe out in the area you're working (you will know when you try it). Move on to the next area until you have covered the whole toe and the heel counters. It can take a while the first time since you are making a solid layer of smoothed out wax polish. Once the area is thoroughly smoothed over with polish, stop and allow it to cure overnight, or as long as you can wait. Then use a soft cloth to very gently buff the shoe to a brilliant shine. I use one of the flannel shoe bags that came with my CT boots - turn the bag inside out, put my hand in it and use it to gently smoothe over the toe and heel counter. You don't want to use a brisk or strong motion on this, because you want to maintain the layer of polish. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Edit: this is the kind of pad:
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  20. wallateer

    wallateer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks again, I'm gonna order it today. I wear US 10.5, so I'm gonna order a US 10 like you said.

    So it's wax polish, not shoe cream. Got it. Did you use a specific color wax or was it neutral?
     

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