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My Balmoral Boots

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AnGeLiCbOrIs, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    This is amazing. I am lukewarm with the captoe. The proportions are off to me. The last also seems blobby.

    I'm with you. I'll wait to see examples of other lasts.
     
  2. clintonf

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    I wonder if he is making more now than he was when he was employed (by whoever he was)

    Who would you guys compare the quality to?


    I'd like to answer that, but I don't really have a wealth of experience of various shoes. What I will say, is that they are as decent in construction as most of the shoes I have from Grenson, Alfred Sargent, Cheaney and Trickers). I don't own any branded C & J's, but I do have Peal shoes and these are as nice as that.

    I will say that the finish isn't perfection. Mr. Roberts said that this is intentional. He believes that hand created (finished) shoes should have imperfections. That will give each pair their individually.

    I hope that this helps.

    Clint
     
  3. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    These shoes have actually re-inspired me to finish law school so as to have enough money to afford a pair. Absolutely beautiful.
    Hopefully by the time you graduate, you will have learned better.[​IMG]
     
  4. Orgetorix

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    I started to say this a few pages back, but didn't. I have to say I don't like the balance of the pattern on these shoes, especially the wingtips. They somehow make the shoes look even more stubby and inelegant than the somewhat blobby last would do already. I wasn't sure if I was just imagining things, until Boris showed his picture of the boots after they'd been worn. The creasing goes right across the wing tip itself which, IMO looks awful. I always think that creasing should be on the vamp, behind whatever toe decoration the shoe has going on.

    Now, I wear AEs, so I won't throw stones from my glass house. I'm sure this shoemaker is a great guy, and he's obviously quite a skilled craftsman, but I think I'd try to work with him to refine the pattern before ordering anything.


    Edit: I have to say, the antiqued burgundy brogues look better in this respect than any of the others in the thread.
     
  5. Slewfoot

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    I'm getting my JL Brooklands inspired boots on a last similar to the 888, but with a few tweaks to make it look more like the JL 8000 last. I'll post pics when I receive them.
     
  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I'm getting my JL Brooklands inspired boots on a last similar to the 888, but with a few tweaks to make it look more like the JL 8000 last. I'll post pics when I receive them.

    I'm very much looking forward to pics of this last - is he going to send you interim pics as he did for angelicboris?
     
  7. Slewfoot

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    I requested pics of the process so I'd like to think so. I just placed the order the other day so I'm sure it won't get started for a little bit. I'll post pics as I recieve them...fun stuff!
     
  8. Monkey

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    Cliff just sent me some teaser pics. Apologies for the small size, as this is what he sent me.

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  9. Orgetorix

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    Nice. Those trees look significantly shorter than the lasts; doesn't that kinda defeat the purpose of lasted trees?
     
  10. Monkey

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    They do look shorter, but I'm not sure if it's just due to the angle the photo was taken at. Cliff didn't have a last in my size, so he had to get a pair made. I'm guessing the lasted trees would have been made at the same time.
     
  11. Marbles29

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    Wow...nice looking boots
     
  12. fcuknu

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    anybody buy shoes on the chisel last/
     
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    Cliff must be following this thread or read your mind Orgetorix. He just sent me these pics of the last and trees. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  15. Slewfoot

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    fcuknu - I'll be getting a pair of boots on the chisel last similar to the 888 made up. There will be a few minor alterations to make them look a bit more like the JL 8000. I'll post pics letting you know how they turn out...
     
  16. JayJay

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    Very nice.
     
  17. navysuede

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    Beautifully built footwear.Hand welted , channeled and finished,What more could you ask
    for at 290 pounds.
    Great job Cliff
     
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    I wonder if he could do higher heels like in Vass and G&G; it seems to make the shoe much more elegant.
     
  19. Michael Ay329

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    I ordered a pair of balmoral boots in US12D in the squared last...some use this term interchangeably with "chiseled" last but with me squared and chiseled are 2 different things

    A last can have both a squared front and be chiseled. Those who have bespoke Cleverley's or Fosters tend to get the chiseled front.

    His description was that is was a squared last similar to EG's 888.

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