• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Hi, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy in anticipation of the upcoming new Calfornia laws, the CCPA. If you are a resident of California, these rights pertain to you. Thanks - Styleforum Team.
  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Coffandcig

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2011
Messages
330
Reaction score
941
Yes, very light weight. I agree, it was a bit surprising. They are about the same as Allen Edmonds in terms of weight. My Alden and Crockett & Jones boots are heavier. They were a bit shorter than I expected as well. For some reason they seemed a big larger and heavier in the photos. Not good or bad just not quite what I expected.

The burgundy pair, which is Shinki Hikaku has micro-creases in certain areas. I am not used to that with shell cordovan. It almost looks like calf leather in those areas. I wonder if anyone else’s does that or if it is just a fluke on my pair.

The cigar pair, which I think is Rocado doesn’t have the micro-creases and is a stunning shade of brown. Overall I really like both pairs of boots, but if I had to make a suggestion it would be for them to do a better job around the storm welt. Mine look a bit haggard in certain areas, but fortunately it would be hard for anyone else to notice while wearing them.

They both fit great! I went a half size smaller than my normal UK size (8E down to 7.5E) which is a size down from my Alden Barrie size (8.5D US to 7.5E UK). I am very happy with the new HOK last. The shape of the last is really nice. They fit my feet well. I think it is their best looking last, for boots at least. Definitely a bit sleeker than I expected, but still roomy. The inside couldn’t be done better. The leather they used to line the boots is amazing and very comfortable right out of the box! The soles and heels are also very nice quality.

Overall I am happy with them. I probably won't keep both pairs as I purchased another pair of boots from Alden while I was waiting for these. It took almost 4 months since I ordered the cigar pair. They gave me a free large brush and dauber for the delay which was nice.
Dude. The burgundy Shinki creases like horsebutt. I'm actually pretty pissed off about that. I've stated before that I'm done with Meermin and this reinforces my opinion. I really like HOK last but I ordered shell not horsebutt. And the storm welt is shit; I can move it with my fingers. Overall they're good walking boots but I could have saved $400 by not buying them. There's nothing outstanding about them.
 
Last edited:

Crafty Cumbrian

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2017
Messages
2,089
Reaction score
2,896
Dude. The burgundy Shinki creases like horsebutt. I'm actually pretty pissed off about that. I've stated before that I'm done with Meermin and this reinforces my opinion. I really like HOK last but I ordered shell not horsebutt. And the storm welt is shit; I can move it with my fingers. Overall their good walking boots but I could have saved $400 by not buying them. There's nothing outstanding about them.
I’ve not had Shinki cordovan before
and full disclosure am no expert on cordovan in general. Not sure how it’s supposed to look. I’ve horse hide Viberg boots and these are far removed from that. The cordovan is a lot softer than I thought it would be and the calf like feel is better for me as I don’t like breaking boots in. My storm welt is the same alas as you two gents, I don’t think it affects the water resistance of the boot so I’ll let it pass.

Overall we’ve all had an odd experience with the delays etc. I love the colour so these are keepers form me and with the rotation they’ll be in I think they’ll last a good while, eventually I’ll probably resole with a Ridgeway and use as a proper winter warrior.

Agree that the last is a success. The fit for me is great, but that’s subjective.
 

Coffandcig

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2011
Messages
330
Reaction score
941
Dude. The burgundy Shinki creases like horsebutt. I'm actually pretty pissed off about that. I've stated before that I'm done with Meermin and this reinforces my opinion. I really like HOK last but I ordered shell not horsebutt.
I’ve not had Shinki cordovan before
and full disclosure am no expert on cordovan in general. Not sure how it’s supposed to look. I’ve horse hide Viberg boots and these are far removed from that. The cordovan is a lot softer than I thought it would be and the calf like feel is better for me as I don’t like breaking boots in. My storm welt is the same alas as you two gents, I don’t think it affects the water resistance of the boot so I’ll let it pass.

Overall we’ve all had an odd experience with the delays etc. I love the colour so these are keepers form me and with the rotation they’ll be in I think they’ll last a good while, eventually I’ll probably resole with a Ridgeway and use as a proper winter warrior.

Agree that the last is a success. The fit for me is great, but that’s subjective.
My brown wingtip boots are Shinki and roll like shell. These aren't shell.
 

edinatlanta

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Nov 17, 2008
Messages
31,283
Reaction score
6,496
I really wish the blue of this was brighter. as it is they're basically black. Oh well.
15730764100023642960672565209838.jpg
 

edinatlanta

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Nov 17, 2008
Messages
31,283
Reaction score
6,496

Darkkp

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 23, 2019
Messages
64
Reaction score
31
Can anyone here comment on the Hok last compared to the Alden Barrie last?
 

Crafty Cumbrian

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2017
Messages
2,089
Reaction score
2,896
Can anyone here comment on the Hok last compared to the Alden Barrie last?
Only Alden I have is a boot fit shoe (if that makes sense) which is a US 9.5 uK 9. I took 9 in the HOK and fits fine. It’s a very attractive last, a lot sleeker than it appears in pictures.

I take a 9 in Trickers 4497s, C and
J if that’s of any help (uk 9!).
 

Skelnik

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 22, 2016
Messages
576
Reaction score
674
Can anyone here comment on the Hok last compared to the Alden Barrie last?
Similar in my opinion. I went 1 size down from my Barrie size and the HOK fits perfectly. 8.5D Barrie = 7.5E HOK for me.
 

Darkkp

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 23, 2019
Messages
64
Reaction score
31
Only Alden I have is a boot fit shoe (if that makes sense) which is a US 9.5 uK 9. I took 9 in the HOK and fits fine. It’s a very attractive last, a lot sleeker than it appears in pictures.

I take a 9 in Trickers 4497s, C and
J if that’s of any help (uk 9!).
I don’t have an Trickers boots, but thanks for the feedback.
 

Darkkp

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 23, 2019
Messages
64
Reaction score
31
Similar in my opinion. I went 1 size down from my Barrie size and the HOK fits perfectly. 8.5D Barrie = 7.5E HOK for me.
Thank you for the feedback. Do you happen to also have any hiro lasted shoes as well? If yes what size do you wear in the hiro last?
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How wide do you like your leg opening on your trousers?

  • 7”

    Votes: 74 16.9%
  • 7.5”

    Votes: 144 32.9%
  • 8”

    Votes: 130 29.7%
  • 8.5”

    Votes: 50 11.4%
  • 9”

    Votes: 20 4.6%
  • 9.5”

    Votes: 8 1.8%
  • 10”

    Votes: 3 0.7%
  • 10.5”

    Votes: 9 2.1%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
432,941
Messages
9,303,227
Members
195,240
Latest member
dublinpremium
Top