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Now there's a thing of beauty..Just for reference...this is what a 'real' stacked leather heel looks like (this stack has been burnished and all that is needed is wax...and of course, 'wheeling' / ironing...to create a 'natural' heel):
I agree. I think I did find a site selling Hondo that will take a return. May give these a try:lol, what? No returns?? I would never take that leap since I have western boots from the same maker ranging in size from 9 to 10 1/2! I'd probably pass on those unless they agreed to take unworn returns. Do you have any stores that stock western boots in your area? Saw your next post about Boulet. Have never heard of them actually!!
Block heel seems to be a thing with a certain kind of square toed boot. Though I think maybe others do it better. For example these from Rios of Mercedes:Wow, do not like that heel at all. Looks like a normal heel for a dress shoe.
Here's a link to the Boulet web site, translated from French I think.
The pics I posted were of a stacked leather heel and Goodyear Welted leather sole. These boots were great value at around $600 CDN.
I appreciate you posting your thoughts and the photos. I'll say again, great looking pair of boots and you've gotten really good wear from them.I didn't chime into this thread to promote Boulet, or justify anything on their web site. I took Frank's question to be an open one, "what’s the thought about Boulet?" If it wasn't an open question, then I spoke out of turn. I'm sorry.
I have no skin in this game, and couldn't care less about your professional POV.
No reason why you should...my initial remarks and observations, in post #546, were not directed at, nor in response to, you. Despite any demonstrably mistaken impression that they were....and couldn't care less about your professional POV.
$6k for a full gator belly is actually pretty well priced compared to other brands I've seen for full gator belly. On another note, tomorrow is Go Texans Day in Houston so everyone is going to be wearing their boots and other western wear to work. I'll be rocking my gator skin cowboy boots.
You're right esp. if we're talking premium skins and bespoke. The six skins required alone cost nearly one third that price...nevermind the linings, insoles, outsoles, etc., as well as the labour.$6k for a full gator belly is actually pretty well priced compared to other brands I've seen for full gator belly
I think Lucchese charges $12k for full gator skin but not bespoke so $6k is an amazing price.You're right esp. if we're talking premium skins and bespoke. The six skins required alone cost nearly one third that price...nevermind the linings, insoles, outsoles, etc., as well as the labour.
On the other end of the spectrum, IIRC, Hermes had a pair (not cowboy boots) they were marketing at $25K. Of course they are / were in the process of cornering the market for croc / gator, so they can charge whatever they want.
Bottom line though is that I'm buying from reputable wholesalers at every level...charging much less would mean I would have to cut costs somewhere.
And that always means cutting quality.