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English made country boots - a short guide

rabiesinfrance

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Three categories, so to speak:

1. Out and out work boots

Bit left-field. At this end of the spectrum it's more about protection - sturdy boots with good foot and ankle support. Boots designed for work in harsh environments e.g. military spec, logger boots, etc.

Very few, if any, quality boots at this level. William Lennon is a possibility.

http://www.williamlennon.co.uk/

2. Rough, tough, country boots

The sort of boots you can tramp through rain, mud and snow in!

a. Tricker's 'country' collection e.g. "Grasmere"
b. Alfred Sargent veldtschoen e.g. "Kelso"/"Selkirk"
c. Cheaney veldtschoen e.g. "Pennine IIR"/Herring "Windermere", "Hampton", etc
d. Fife Country (Cheaney made) veldtschoen e.g. "Rannoch"
e. Crockett & Jones veldtschoen e.g. "Snowdon", in oak wax hide

- Itshide sole unit on b (I think), c, d, e (I think). Last is big, but not huge.

- Fife Country "Rannoch" and C&J "Snowdon" has ski-hooks and a full bellows tongue.

- The zug grain leather on the "Rannoch" is quite soft and supple.

- The "Snowdon" is a light, easy to maintain, field/shooting boot.

- Very thick, heavy leather on the "Grasmere". Tough boot.

3. Dress/town boots

Best suited to the odd country walk.

A fair few here:

a. Edward Green e.g. "Galway", in Rosewood country calf
b. Crockett & Jones e.g. "Coniston"
c. Alfred Sargent e.g. "Culford", "Fordham"
d. Herring (Cheaney made) "Langdale", Herring (Loake made) "Keswick", etc
e. Grenson "Bleasdale"

- Cheaney is good option - nice quality.

- C&J "Coniston" is a lovely boot.

- EG top-end, top quality.

Various brogue, Chelsea boot and country shoe styles from all the makers are available.

Make your own mind up, but useful as a starting point.
 

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