- Feb 26, 2019
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Yes the badalassi Minerva has aged well. Yes they r built very well. Although I would not say they r the most “TANK” shoes .. they r one of my best Indonesian built shoes
don't get me wrong.. its very well built built.. would have been my best built casual derby in my collection if i didn't have a Flame Panda derbyDouble row Veldtschoen, quadruple upper stitching, reinforced backstay... I don't know what one could want more from a derby. Of course it's not a combat boot but it's built to withstand.
That's about my size. Wanna show me pictures in case they interest me? Added bonus that we're in the same country, so for shipping and duties it's going to be so much less of a hassle.I just got a pair of black longwing brogues from Txture on sale. These were listed as '40D' which is the same size as the boots I had made from Junkard, but these are nothing like that size, indeed I would say they were more like a 41.5E - i.e. not just slightly off but a completely different size. Anyway, they weren't made for me and I took a risk. They are very nice, so if anyone wants them I will entertain offers.
Have you already made your decision?Hi thread. I have decided to take the plunge and buy a pair. I am looking at something like a black waxed roughout (I want a matte effect) service boot, with black stitching and black midsole - basically, black all round. (I am "borrowing" this look for the mid-sole and welt
So far I have heard back quickly from Monroe, Imperium Avinos and Santalum, all of whom can provide the leather I am looking for, and accommodate my odd feet (thin foot, very narrow heel, bunion). I have also enquired with Alvinos, Daedelus and Alvinos.
Santalum is offered black waxed calf roughout from Cloe for $350
Monroe is offering Badalassi box nero, and local black dyed vegtan leather for $350 and $280 respectively
Imperium is offering Cloe horserump for $320 and local waxed roughout for $210(!)
Avinos can do Carlo Minerva badalasi, local pull ups for $230-280, plus I think a custom last.
Given that I just tried some boots from Sanders and Velasca off the shelf for £290, all of these are extremely keenly priced, in my view.
Does anyone have a view on which maker is better - is there a material difference? I am not looking for anything really out of the ordinary - a pretty standard service boot that fits me better than anything off the shelf - and for the price I am expecting good but not amazing quality. I am pretty confident that the quality from all of them will far exceed my requirements.
Do you think there is a material difference in the quality of the leathers in terms of appearance, softness or longevity?
Many thanks for the input - I am rather new to this so any seasoned advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks for the follow-up. I went with Santalum (it was between them and Monroe). People on the Stitchdown discord (who are OBSESSIVE about boots and shoes) gave me some handy tips. I don't think either maker is as good as Onderhoud, Renava or Benzein but they are both quicker and cheaper, and I don't need such high quality. Monroe was responsive via WhatsApp and Santalum via email, which I preferred. Both charged the same; $350 for foreign leathers (I went with Horween waxed flesh).Have you already made your decision?
I’m sorry that nobody has been able to answer your question. I have only one pair from an Indonesian bootmaker, and it was not any of the ones you mentioned.