Crazy for Julian Boots!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by michaeltriolo, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. yanagi

    yanagi Senior member

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    That looks like handwelting to me, and I can't see any gemming. But I also am not a cordwainer, so maybe I just can't see it.
     


  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    it looks distinctly different from the typical handwelting to me. but I have the technical skills of a five year old. The one thing that is interesting is that Visvim is not a mom and pop shop. It's a very popular, expensive, streetwear brand, with a highly visible and vocal founder/designer, whose copy is obsessed with construction and materials. It would seem unusual to me that he and his company would broadcast the message incorrectly, for so long, when there is no particularly compelling reason to do so. But... we also crashed a vehicle on Mars because we got our units mixed up, so mistakes are always possible.
     


  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    There are actually hand welting shoes made with gemming. But that's besides the point. The point was, Julian boots is not hand made. It's just machine made like AE.

    Adore their brand, last, or shape, but don't mistaken them to be hand made.
     


  4. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    For my very first piece of MTO footwear, I just put in an order for Julian Bowery boots in cognac shell cordovan. They currently have cognac, #8 and black Horween shells on hand.

    I was instructed to take very detailed measurements: ball, waist, instep, heel, pencil outlines etc..

    Seems that there is not much price difference having a pair made vs trying to buy one from a store. Though I don't know of anywhere that carries cordovan models.

    Hope their 4-8 week estimate is accurate!
     
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  5. ShootThePier

    ShootThePier Senior member

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    Can't wait to see your results.
     


  6. ShootThePier

    ShootThePier Senior member

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    Just picked up my boots.
    Wow! Made to order is incredible! So comfortable from first lace up to first steps.
    Cognac Shell Bowery Boots. Cat's Paw Heel. Leather soul.

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    My picture taking skills leave a lot to be desired. I'll take some in natural light during the day.
    3.5 months from order to delivery, excellent!
     


  7. EastWestApparel

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    Handsome boots! How is the finish, stitching and trim etc?
     


  8. ShootThePier

    ShootThePier Senior member

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    Perfect question, premature answer. I've only had a couple hours with them, but I'll share my initial impressions.

    Leather soles make them lighter than what I usually wear(Vibram, Dainite, corded).

    No finish blemishes apparent.

    Stitching is uniform, and solid.

    Trim is even.

    Uneven trim or irregular stitching are the types of things that jump out at me instantly when they exist. Nothing at all noticeable, or questionable I've seen.

    If I had these to do over I may not have gone with the leather sole. My work often involves me walking in a very wet warehouse. My original intended use was less rugged. After putting these on last night I really want to wear them all the time. I'm guessing it has to do with all the different measurements taken, of each foot.
    My next boots will be Julian, I'm already looking at different available styles.
    Better pics to come this evening.
     


  9. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    Gah! The wait is killing me. Mine should arrive this week.
     


  10. ShootThePier

    ShootThePier Senior member

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    Definitely worth the wait.
    Looking forward to your thoughts when you get them.
     


  11. ShootThePier

    ShootThePier Senior member

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    More pics, in no particular order

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  12. paleolithic

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    How much did you pay for that cordovan MTO boots? I think I am going to order a pair too.
     


  13. EastWestApparel

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    Thanks for the review @ShootThePier , I've always admired Julian but the finish has come under fire here and there. Great lookers. Enjoy.
     


  14. Kissmyanthia

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    Those are some really nice boots! I've been checking our Julian boots for a while now, they look solid. Can you comment on size/fit and comfort? My experience is with White's, Redwing, and Alden - all of which I am generally a 7.5 E. My Bannock is between 8 and 8.5 E - Running shoes 8.5 E.
     


  15. BostonHedonist

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    Julian's are MTO. They have you take detailed measurements of each foot and send in pencil outlines. So the size will be pretty bang on unless you get your measurements wrong.

    As for price, they start at about $800. Double for shell.

    There aren't many places you can buy them off the rack. They're a very small manufacture. RRL sometimes has a run of them. I think Barneys does too. But they'll cost the same as MTO, so I don't know why anyone would buy them pre-made.
     


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