Lined vs. unlined boots

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  1. Threadbearer

    Threadbearer Senior member

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    I really like C&J's suede Tetburys except for the fact that they're so dark.


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    C&J's Milton is apparently an unlined version of the Tetbury, and it also comes in snuff suede, which I find highly desirable.


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    I've never owned a pair of unlined boots. What are the pros and cons?
     


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    Bump.

    Come on, guys. Surely somebody out there has some experience to share.
     


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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    I was wondering about this as well. It seems that the majority of unlined boots and shoes seem to be designed with summer in mind. Perhaps the lack of lining reduces humidity by breathing slightly better.
     


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    My own experience of the Milton was fitting them on in the C&J store in Jermyn St. The unlined boots felt very soft to me and although while they felt very nice on my initial thoughts were that they would not keep their shape or wear as well as the lined version. That along with the fact they have a leather sole as opposed to the rubber of the Tetbury leads me to agree with hendrix, they are a summer shoe.
     


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    Unlined boots can be very comfortable. I have experimented in this area with William Lennon products, most of which seem to be unlined by default. They tend to use thick but nice and soft leathers and they are very comfortable straight out of the box. Meanwhile, with linings added (at a small premium), the same styles of boot seem slightly less comfortable at first, I suspect because it changes the way the upper flexes, and there is another layer of leather to break in.

    Some other manufacturers have refused to make unlined boots for me, claiming that the interior joins and stitches would be uncomfortable, but also possibly because their standard uppers are too thin, and probably because they lack experience in that area. I'm not sure.

    In the distant past I can recall traipsing through some very rough country in military issue unlined boots without any problems... and then getting severe blisters in lined boots climbing thousands of stairs to visit an ancient castle. In conclusion, I think overall fit is more important than the presence or absence of a lining. If you think a pair of boots fit you well, go for a five mile cross country forced march, then climb a few thousand stairs and report back.
     
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