Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.
We will see.......
(you're probably right tho )
I had a burgundy scarf with small white polkas. It was a hang-over from the mods, but on the other hand if it was winter and you were going somewhere smart you wouldn't wear a football scarf. Nobody ever turned up at the Savoy with anything to do with football.
On a different tack, does anyone know anywhere in the UK I can get Doc M 1560 boot in brown?
(This damn new forum is not sending me any alerts. Again )
that brown (smooth) is a new color I think, dont remember seeing it before. it was always the matte/distressed kinda brown
that costs about 80 quid, if you cant find it cheaper we can always proxy it for you and ship to UK. (about 20 quid to ship so factor that into price as well). I found when in London, the price of DMs costs more than stateside, for the same boot (based on price at the DM store in COvent garden) very odd when you think about it.
Jason I'm afraid the link doesn't work for me. This is what I'm thinking about. And if that link doesn't work for you I'll see if I can post a pic below.
As you all know, back in the day I always preferred brown boots (non-DM) to black or red.
Couldn't resist this, even though it's about mods rather than skins. From Harry Venning at the Guardian.
My doctor told me to lose weight, as a result of which I am now a 36" waist. I have one pair of 40" Wrangler jeans and one pair of 42" Relco Sta-Prest which I would like to go to a good home. I would take any decent pair of 36" waist strides in exchange, or a Tootal polka-dot scarf, or just the P&P if you really need the strides. UK/EU first please. PM me.
do you know what the leather is called? They seem like the dark brown "For Life" boots. The brass eyelets and the brown pull tab are consistent with the FL boots. The way it's photo'd the leather looks slightly different tho, but hard to say for sure. If so those cost $150 (about 100 quid) stateside, for your price matching purposes....
here's a pic from the DM site
It's called Zenith leather: http://www.scorpioshoes.com/mens-2/boots-6/casual-boots-53/martens-1460-mens-modern-classics-quality-9453.htm
Might be a model they are no longer producing as it's not on the DM site. The leather seems to be smooth, while the for life looks to be textured.
Both look great imo.
I bought a pair of British made DMs Two years ago , the first since the 60s, I just cant break em in, I'am sure i never had the same trouble back then, I have worn boots every day all my life and never had the same problem that i have with these DMs.
The leather is all different these days Roy. I remember the leather on DMs used to be really supple. Last pair i bought in about 2002 are still fairly stiff in the ankle area. Older ones used to be like an old leather jacket after a couple of months in the ankle area.
Thats why people will pay a fortune for vintage boots Roy.
I bought a pair of the Made in England Vintage 1460's around 3 weeks ago. I have worn them most days since getting them and they are breaking in nicely, very comfortable and I find the leather to be very soft and supple. I consider them a real bargain too at 85 quid including post. I prefer Red Wing's to DM's now and they last a lot longer too, obviously not a Skinhead boot but still a classic.
that's interesting because my experience is nearly oppposite. I remember when I got my first couple pairs of DMs in the mid 80s, those were so hard to break in (finally did but took a long time). Now, the MiE boots are comfortable from day 1 and TBH they dont need breaking in at all. The miE Langston oxblood boot I recently got is the only modern DM that needed a day or two of breaking in as the leather feels thicker than the 1460 miE boots, but they've been fine since.
I love Red Wing "Gentleman Traveler" boots. Have the black cherry one, and it's a great oxblood color. Very similar looking to DMs, but much sturdier as you say. I'd rather be kicked with DMs than Red Wings, as the RW will do far more damage!! Talking about breaking in, these were hard boots to break in. Took about 2 weeks of bloody ankles, almost unwearable for that time, but after they mold to your feet/leg, they became as comfortable as slippers and I cant believe they were ever so uncomfortable.
I wear mine DM style rather than typical RW style....some might think that mental but who gives a fuck. Here's a pic wearing Red Wings from 2007 while on honeymoon in Rome
Looking very smart as usual mate! I wear the standard 8138 Red Wings. I got my first pair back in the day after I saw Neil Young wearing them. I've had no trouble with either the new MiE DM's or RW's, both have been very kind to me (and my feet) thru the breaking in period - no bloody ankles or blisters at all!
For me, it was always the thick rubber sole and the footbed that took so long to break in. I have noticed a difference in the quality of leather over the past few decades, but never considered it much of a factor in breaking them in. That said, haven't owned a pair in nearly 10 years, so maybe my memory is off.
I've noticed that when polishing the vintage MIE's the wax tends to crack and flake off much faster than in my other boots. I have a habit of 'bulling' the boot to a glossy finish. In the military I was always taught to burn the wax with a lighter until it liquifies which makes the wax embed itself quicker into the leather and takes care of some of the inevitable flaking. However the wax still tends to flake off sooner or later. Then again my mie 1490s have a hard leather and are relatively still new and as already mentioned require more effort to break in.
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