Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    No bellows tongue = wet feet in deep snow. I suspect that will be a game changer for the gentleman; if not, then there are many options at the $200 mark and below.
     
  2. aglose

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    ^ bellows tongue will be a necessity. I will keep checking back on those websites for sales.
     
  3. Putonghua73

    Putonghua73 Senior member

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    I am done with buying shoes with leather soles in London [UK]. Standing on the train during the journey home, and I notice the skies darken. Then the heavens open and release a deluge just as I'm arriving at my stop. Although it is but a 7 minute walk to my home, I check my soles of my leather shoes [wholecuts, Meermin classic range] to find, lo and behold, the beginning of a hole in the leather sole.

    This is my 4th frickin' pair of shoes with leather soles that requires re-soling. My 3rd this year!

    Single Monks (Meermin, classic): leather soles - re-soled to dainite
    Black Captoe (Loake 1880, Aldwych): leather soles - re-soled to dainite
    Dark Tan Bulchers (Loake 1880, Cornwall): leather soles - re-soled to leather (cannot wear if weather even so much as hints at rain)
    Wholecuts (Meermin, classic): leather soles - now need re-soling to dainite

    I may have been spectacularly unlucky - also my work environment isn't the best for dress shoes (set in hilly, woody area with gravel paths), but unless you literally walk out of your home onto public transport, and then immediately stumble into an office, London / UK weather demands at least 2 pairs of dress shoes with dainite soles.

    The only other shoe I would buy with a leather sole would be a pair of Carmina loafers. My next shoe purchase is a pair of dark chocolate suede chukkas with a dainite sole. UK weather is far too capricious to risk wearing leather soles.

    Goddamn!
     
  4. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I'm not sure they ever go on sale. I've been watching for six months now.
     
  5. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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  6. New Shoes1

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    That's what I figured, which is why I am considering doing a Carmina GMTO to the same specs eventually to get the total cost in the mid-$400's and eliminate any uncertainties regarding fit.
     
  7. Crat

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    My Islays have only bees exposed to some mud here and there; I use my Snowdons and White's for the proper, tough work. Off-road boots.

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    Some more pics I found in the archives.
    Snowdon. They will do this work without any trouble as long as you don't get higher than the half bellows tounge.
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    White's. If the Islay are Land Rovers, the Snowdons are Hummers then the White's outdoorsmen are bloody tanks. Downside is that they are quite heavy and warm. Probably a bit much for most gentlemen here.
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  8. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Anyone in doubt, call on crat :slayer:

    Our other consummate professional being @CTBrummie
     
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    I usually bring a pair of galoshes in my briefcase... takes no space and are great to have if it rains.

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    No shit.


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    In addition to what others have suggested I'll put up the Cheaney Irvine. Grain/suede upper, commando sole, shearling lined. I wore mine for a week in the Alps with no issues, and then several times in snow thereafter. Only thing I would point out is that a ridgeway sole is better than commando in some respects. The heel of the commando tends to pick up a bunch of snow junk when there's sand or gravel on the sidewalk.

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    *spam* Now that we're talking about boots, I do have some gorgeous double leather soled boots for sale *spam*
     
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    Are the Islays and Snowdons bellowed?
     
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    Holy crap, away for an afternoon and Noodles' thread explodes. Return of the stitchmeister?

    MF: leave waist alone, looks good. Re: shoulder "expression" (sounds pretentious, but that's what they call it), try the rope, sure. Your body type will work with either, it's just a matter of personal preference.

    Snow boots: srsly?? What's next, down parka reviews & pics?

    Fishing in leather boots: srsly x 2? Is this what gentlemen anglers do? Must be a cultural/historical thing (Izaak Walton)? Personally, if I'm in the water it's either waders or nothing.
     
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    The Rannoch boot by Hoggs would be the best choice of all the ones mentioned, I'd say - simply because I think it's the only boot currently available with a full bellows tongue. A few models have half-bellows tongue which are fine until you get into deeper snow or water. Currently the Rannoch is made by Cheaney and the older versions were made by Alfred Sargent.

    Cheaney's Irvine boot is lovely and I was hoping for colder weather last winter so I could've worn mine more...but no bellows tongue. And most Grensons are made of corrected grain, with the STP Tricker's possibly being of inferior quality to normal models - they're not built on the regular country lasts and the pair I handled was made of noticeably lower-grade leather than Tricker's mainstream models, and I'm not the only one to have noticed this.

    Or follow that link that Crat posted and see if you can track down an old pair of Lotus veldtschoen boots in your size - "guaranteed waterproof" - and never worry about wet feet again! I've a pair that were originally bought by someone as private purchase officer's boots in WW2 and they're absolutely bulletproof and, I suspect, will easily outlive me...

    Quote: Oh, you noticed! Have you seen many other people wearing similar shoes on their way to work? Just change into them when you're there... :)
     

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