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Grenson Fred or Tricker's Stow/Malton

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Becks23, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Becks23

    Becks23 Senior member

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    Trying to decide between these two styles...

    What brand is of the higher-quality? Grenson or Tricker's? Which shoe has the lower, sleeker profile?

    Tricker's Stow, normal (5) width (more tan)
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    Tricker's Malton, wide (6) width (more orange, so I'm told)
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    Grenson Fred, wide (G) width
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    I've only had a chance to try on the Grenson Fred and a UK8 fit me pretty much bang-on... does that mean I'd be a size 8 in the Malton and a size 8.5 in the Stow?

    Thanks a lot!
     


  2. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Tricker's Stow is the brogue boot. Trust me, you don't really want a sleek brogue boot. Also, if the Grenson Fred is from their Rushden Range, then it is inferior to the Tricker's quality-wise.
     


  3. Salsalocust

    Salsalocust Senior member

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    Tricker's Stow is the brogue boot. Trust me...

    What he said...

    Regards,

    Graham
     


  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +1 on the Tricker's. But if you're looking for a low, sleek profile, you're probably better off considering something else.

    Tyrwhitt's brogue boot was relatively sleek, by brogue boot standards. They were by Loake, I think, but I don't know the Loake model.
     


  5. Avebury

    Avebury Senior member

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    I wouldn't touch the Rushden Range with a bargepole myself.
     


  6. Becks23

    Becks23 Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies... but relative to the Fred, the Stow/Malton are slimmer/sleeker in the sense that the toebox isn't as tall?

    As of right now, my only first-hand experience is with the Fred.

    Obviously each of the styles will darken with age/oil?
     


  7. Avebury

    Avebury Senior member

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    Tricker's boots are quite big at the toe - probably bigger than the Fred. Then again, that's a characteristic of most country boots. The only one I've seen which is fairly conservative is the Edward Green "Galway", but that is super expensive. I'd get the Tricker's in C-Shade Gorse calf (the second one down). Nice colour, not too bright, will age well, will darken.
     


  8. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Tricker's boots are quite big at the toe - probably bigger than the Fred. Then again, that's a characteristic of most country boots. I'd get the Tricker's in C-Shade Gorse calf (the second one down). Nice colour, not too bright, will age well, will darken.

    A definite +1. Tricker's Factory Shop often has them on ebay in a bunch of sizes. David Northfield usually answers questions very promptly as well.
     


  9. rubbishtheory

    rubbishtheory Senior member

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    I wouldn't touch the Rushden Range with a bargepole myself.

    Just came across this when looking for info on Grenson -
    Why so critical of the Rushden range?
     


  10. kev777

    kev777 Senior member

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    Stop messing about just get the Trickers, either one you prefer and have done !!![​IMG]
     


  11. Groover

    Groover Senior member

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    Just came across this when looking for info on Grenson -
    Why so critical of the Rushden range?


    Because they're made in India.
     


  12. carl_muffin

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    Is that true regarding the Rushden range from Grenson being made in India?
     


  13. kev777

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    Is that true regarding the Rushden range from Grenson being made in India?

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  14. LeicaLad

    LeicaLad Well-Known Member

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    I was trying to make this same decision some time back, but between the Trickers and the Grenson Ilkley boot. I planned to buy from Pediwear, so I asked them. Their response was that the Ilkley was the slightly better boot, particularly the leather. I followed their advice.

    I'm a serious fan of Trickers and I love my Bourton shoes. BUT, I am very happy that I got the Ilkley. It was also a G width and ran big. But I just put in a nice padded insole and wear with slightly heavier socks (which boots like, anyway) and they are my trompin' boots.

    I don't know anything about the lower range of Grenson, but the Ilkley is excellent.

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  15. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Senior member

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    Tricker's Stow is probably better quality. I say that based on their reputation alone.
    However, I own a pair of the Grenson Fred and LOVE them. Also, while they are not sleek, they don't look as gigantic Tricker moon-boot-like fit. Plus, they're cheaper.

    I vote Grenson.
     


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