Mr B's Blake boots vs Grenson Sharp/Fred

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  1. LukeM

    LukeM Senior member

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    Now that I see them in the photos above my interest is dropping. I wish the cognac was richer and they were more antiqued. :confused:
     


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    Went to the store downtown here in NYC to get my hands on the boots; the leather is just ok--better than your typical ALDO's, but at the $175 price, you can't really complain. I too, like Luke, wish that the color/finish was more antiqued and deeper.
    I'm still torn on these--if I get them, I would want some commando soles put on so I can use them as my winter beaters.
     
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  4. AlwaysDressed

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    Mr. B's Boutique claims that the drum dying process they used will allow the leather to develop a nice patina over time which could lead to more richness...but only time will tell. As far as antiquing goes, since they are hand-made and hand-finished, I think the amount of antiquing varies shoe by shoe (Although the majority of it is done to the toe and to the back of the shoe above the heel...light antiquing is done to the sides). I looked at three different pairs of 42s and picked the ones that I liked the best.

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    Just had a look at these in Aldo's Neal Street branch, as well as a bunch of Grensons a few doors down in the Natural Shoe Store.

    I have to say that the manufacturing standard of the Mr B's looked surprisingly good. The sole work (albeit Blake stitched rather than Goodyear welted) appeared more refined than on the Grenson boots.

    However, as mentioned above, I found the leather was somewhat lacking; being pretty thin, somewhat stiff and with too much of a 'painted on' feel to the factory-applied antiquing (especially on the Grey version).

    They're a decent deal at the price though (was GBP £115, now increased to £125), although the Grenson Sharp/Fred selling for around 50% more are, I think, worth the premium.
     
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    Went ahead and took a punt on a pair.

    Couldnt choose them in the store since they didnt have my size so I tried on the brown ones for size and ordered the cognac. Should be here in a few days.

    Quality was pretty good. I'd say as good as a pair of Grenson's I have but nowhere close to my Trickers.

    I'm glad they have a thicker leather. I dont really like the wrinkle pattern developing on my Grenson's very much.
     


  7. reedobandito

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    Hope the leather is decently thick. I think them not having the perfect patina right outta the box is ok, could just hit em with some darker polish.

    So what's the consensus? Size down one? I hope so, that's what I did.
     


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    Size down 1/2 for me.

    They were slightly narrower than I expected. Definitely narrower than a Trickers fit 5.
     


  9. AlwaysDressed

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    Wore mine to work again today...the break-in process continues:

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  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just get some Rider Boots ya cheap bastards,
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  11. TRINI

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    These are readily available in Toronto for anyone looking.
     


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    gross, square toe boxes. I'll pass on dem ryders

    boots look good, alwaysdressed!
     


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    The more I see these pics, the more I consider kopping them. I've see them in person, but the doubts of Aldos quality always nagged me. Good alternative to getting a Sharp or a Fred. Though a Fred V with white vibram sole is the hard to beat.
     


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    Ya, but its 2 x the price

    I have a pair if Sharps. The soles are better on the Sharps, the leather is better on these.
     


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