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John Varvatos Convertible Boot

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Gavin, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Gavin

    Gavin Senior member

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    [​IMG] I absolutely love these boots and have found them for half-price ($300 down from $600), but I would want to be able to wear them during the winter. Since they have a leather sole, would it be possible/advisable to have a rubber sole added on top of the leather to make it more durable and resistant to snow/ice/salt? And speaking of salt, what is the best way to protect the leather (the boot, not the sole) from road salt and snow? I would just wear a pair of Sorels on those really heavy snow/slush days, but when I'm not wearing them whatever boot I buy would likely be my go-to pair. I was looking at GTs, but I like these much much more.
     
  2. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    Yes, you can have rubber put over the leather. Sno Seal would protect the leather from the elements.
     
  3. Gavin

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    Am I risking degrading the quality of the boot in any way by having a rubber sole added? Or is that a non-issue?
     
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    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    Not if you have a good cobbler put the rubber over the leather sole itself.
     
  5. Gavin

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    Good to know, thanks.

    I love the boots and at half-price they're tough to turn down, but I don't want a $300 pair of boots to be shot after one winter, ya know?
     
  6. GiltGroupe

    GiltGroupe Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    It should not be a problem to add a rubber sole.

    On Gilt Groupe we'll be selling some John Varvatos boots on Thursday and a lot of them have a Vibram rubber sole.
     
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    On Gilt Groupe we'll be selling some John Varvatos boots on Thursday and a lot of them have a Vibram rubber sole.


    Looking forward to it. I need new boots for the winter.
     
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    Gavin Senior member

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    It should not be a problem to add a rubber sole.

    On Gilt Groupe we'll be selling some John Varvatos boots on Thursday and a lot of them have a Vibram rubber sole.


    I would have waited to see what you guys had on sale, but you don't ship to Canada [​IMG]

    I knew that some Varvatos come with a Vibram sole, but I've never added one to a leather sole shoe before so I didn't know if it was a bad idea or not. I'm happy to know that I can, though...it should make the boots a lot more durable for winter wear in the city.
     
  10. SerialComma

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    http://www.gilt.com/blog/2008/09/30/...-john-varvatos

    Here is a little preview.

    I really like the chukka boots in the middle, but I've never seen them before. I know that JV has a tire sole boot that is similar, which I was planning to buy, but I like the look of these better. Are they new for the season?
     
  11. Gavin

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    I fucking hate when online retailers list every size for an item, whether they have it in stock or not. It turns out that I'm not getting these boots after all [​IMG]
     
  12. Notreknip

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    I fucking hate when online retailers list every size for an item, whether they have it in stock or not.

    It turns out that I'm not getting these boots after all [​IMG]


    Gravity Pope? Yeah, it's annoying.

    What size did you try for out of curiosity?
     
  13. Gavin

    Gavin Senior member

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    Gravity Pope? Yeah, it's annoying.

    What size did you try for out of curiosity?


    Yeah, Gravity Pope.

    I tried for a 10 at first and have emailed back asking if they have any 10.5s. I haven't heard back yet.
     
  14. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    I absolutely hate JV. The higher end versions of chucks are not worth the $. You are paying for the name...
     
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    phreak Senior member

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    Do these run TTS?
     
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    These boots do run true to size, but they are narrow and take a while to break in. Definitely an amazing boot, though!
     
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    I have 3 pairs of different JV shoes/boots - am I the only one finding that the soles and heels are wearing much faster than most other brands?
     

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