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Chelsea Boot Advice

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by callen, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Lucido

    Lucido Senior member

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    @Grayland

    Do you mind if I ask how much you shortened them and if you had a picture of the result?

    I have a pair of Comfort Craftsmen that aren't measurably all that high (about and inch and a half I think) but they certainly feel much higher than any of my other boots.
     
  2. BrooksLauren77

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    Do you guys have the craftsman on the flat heel or the block heel? I own the Macquarie with a flat heel, and don't find it that high.
     
  3. Lucido

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    Mine have the flat heel. I can't for the life of me figure out why they feel high, but they do.
     
  4. Rowland

    Rowland Well-Known Member

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    Carmina has a very nice Chelsea in the Simpsom last.
     
  5. Thin White Duke

    Thin White Duke Senior member

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    I can't compete with Reevesie but I own four pairs - recently did a blog post if you want to see a round up of my experiences, click below ...
     
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  6. Rumpelstiltskin

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    The Aldos are surprisingly easy on the eyes. They remind me of the Paul Smith Bertram boots that I was unable to find. I'm not a fan of rubber soles though but maybe they only have rubber inserts. You never know with Aldo though.


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  7. Rumpelstiltskin

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    So on a whim I ordered a pair of "inexpensive" Gordon Rush Zach chelsea boots from Nordstroms. They were originally $295 but are now on clearance (any time a Nordstroms item price end in .97 means that the item is on clearance). I'm not sure how they fit. I'm normally between a 9.5 and a 10, depending on the brand (except for Wolverine) so let's hope they fit because all they have left are an 8.5 and a 9. I should have them by next Wednesday

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  8. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Well the slow boat from Chin...err...Italy came in tonight and the verdict is a definite maybe. They aren't bad. They look decent and feel pretty good on my feet. They do make my feet look semi boat like but I believe that is the nature of the beast. I do believe there will be a pair of R.M. Williams in my future.
     
  9. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Well the Gordon Rush boots are still sitting in the box. Even for a cheapie boot I'm just not sold on them. I found these cheapies for under $100. I love burgundy colour but know nothing about the name. Has anyone had any experience with London based Paolo Vandini shoes? [​IMG]
     
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  10. jacksonkeeper

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    I see Gordon Rush all the time at Nordstrom - How's the company's reputation for shoe-making?
     
  11. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Hit or miss. I owned a pair of chukkas in the past and they served me well. I have heard bad stories about them as well. These are about 1/2 size too large so they are going back
     
  12. Kahuna75

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    Just get the Crocket and Jones from Barney's when the go on sale...note Barney's is US size. You get classic English Maker for under $300
     
  13. Kahuna75

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    Left to Right RM Williams, Crocket and Jones(Barney's), Viberg and RM Williams(craftsman) - I still have the C&J and Viberg and a RM Williams(different color) The RM williams on the right was my favorite color but it did not fit

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  14. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Which ones feel the best on your feet?
     
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  15. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Senior member

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    The RM Williams initially feels best due to softer sole and full cushioned footbed. Crocket & Jones probably second then the Viberg. I no longer have the RM Williams - I purchased a suede pair also but my wife said they looked too much like a cowboy boot.

    Viberg is probably my favorite as it is like a tank and the extra heft to it fits better with my super casual wardrobe. Overall look though C&J is probably the winner as it is most classic IMHO.
     
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  16. Rumpelstiltskin

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    I decided to keep the burgundy ones I ordered from London and will be returning the brown Gordon Rush boots (or maybe exchange them for a pair of suede Wolverines)

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    And now I want these Varvatos boots but I probably won't be able to find them. All they have on their site are the artificially weathered Fleetwood boot. Ugh.

    edit: On second look these just might be Fleetwoods. $700 tho...

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  17. troika

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    If you're still looking, I would consider RM williams carefully. There aren't many places to find them in the states to try on, but they are a great deal.
     
  18. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    I am supposed to be in NYC this weekend. Isn't there a store in Manhattan


    *runs to google*
     
  19. styc

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    @callen - I would strongly recommend the RM Williams Craftsman. It is one of the few remaining Chelsea boots in the world that only have one seam (i.e. it is a wholecut boot). Makes the boots really comfy and gives off a rugged yet dressy vibe. You can also check out the Kangaroo Craftsman. It is slightly more expensive but worth the few extra bucks.
     
  20. BrooksLauren77

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    RMW Kangaroo leather is lovely but creases heavily. .
     

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