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Nick's Boots

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by cathpah, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Trapp

    Trapp Senior member

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    Thanks to both of you.

    What drove me to this thread was a recent opportunity to handle a pair of older Nick's Contenders, an 8" boot that may have been their Ranger model. They had 'Contenders' stamped on the boot shaft and, knowing only a little about Nick's, I thought that was the model. The boot had obviously been worn hard and it featured what I'm sure was one of their standard calf leathers. The leather had that tough character that others have described as sort of 'plastic' but I was impressed. The boots had not only held up to a ton of abuse but the leather had taken on a natural, attractive patina, with the black fading out to a nice even brown that was almost speckled. It's a true work-house leather that, as others have mentioned, shouldn't really be compared to a rich oily leather like Horween CXL, which acquires character after a very short period of wear.
     
  2. EmmaMason

    EmmaMason New Member

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    Very Nice collection and discussion here.
     
  3. Patattack

    Patattack New Member

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    What do you guys think of this Nicks Romeo boot? I ordered these in black for a couple of reasons but none of them really fashion oriented. Anyways, they will be the perfect shoe for my occupation but man I am catching a lot of flak from my co-workers. So I am just curious what other people (besides them) thought while I wait for them to be built! At the very least, I am excited to have something durable and comfortable.
     
  4. ojaw

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    Somebody 'shopped the top of your boot out.
     
  5. SiegfriedFuerst

    SiegfriedFuerst Well-Known Member

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    Great graphic. Really makes the construction clear. Do you happen to know if that's Identical the the Viberg construction or if it's more specific to Wesco?
     
  6. SiegfriedFuerst

    SiegfriedFuerst Well-Known Member

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    Patattack,

    I've never beena fan of a bump toe like that with the high heel and waist when there's no real shaft to balance it out. IMO, that's not a good choice of last for the shoe. However I suspect it should hold up really well.
     
  7. VegTan

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    There are small differences. Besides a sock lining, it looks like Viberg inserts a bottom filler. I'm not sure about its material.


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  8. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    Here's a cut-away of a Viberg boot. It doesn't look like there's any filler. I know Viberg has boots that aren't made with these materials over at WorkBoot.com. Maybe that's one of those. As far as I know, any filler would be after the liner is attached to the insole.
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    At one minute and 20 seconds into this video, you can see that the insole is visible:
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  9. MoneyWellSpent

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    It just looks like a piece of leather that they have inserted for the bottom filler. When you watch the video carefully, you can see a slight sheen with some grain character. It is hard to tell which model they are showing, or if it is indicative of general use, since there seems to be plenty of other boots shown in the video that don't have a bottom filler.

    That said, a bottom filler in and of itself isn't really an indicator of overall quality. It can also be true that some pairs will require some or more bottom filler than others depending upon thickness of the leather uppers/lining, etc. Even in the highest end bespoke men's dress shoes, thin leather (Kid) or felt is sometimes used when necessary for bottom filling. It's simply one of those "adjustable" nuances of a product that is made by hand (or in Viberg's case, hand guided machine made with high quality natural materials). The greater amount of human involvement allows for subtle adjustments that will make for a better end product. Boots made by factories like Viberg should have less fluctuation between pairs than a truly bespoke piece of footwear, but there will still be needs for adjustments given the level of human involvement and the quality of materials they use.
     
  10. SiegfriedFuerst

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    It's interesting that they're using leather. Carreducker has said in thier blog that they use felt or cork specifically because leather can occasionally cause squeaking and is stiffer/takes longer to break in (although the second consideration probably isn't a concern for Viberg).
     
  11. misterjuiceman

    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    Andrew from Dayton told me the same thing—some of their boots use leather, some use cork, but he's trying to move everything to cork to eliminate squeaking. Personally I'd prefer to have leather, and I haven't had an issue with squeaking.
     
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  12. SiegfriedFuerst

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    The squeaking supposedly pretty rare, but FWIW I prefer leather as well.
     
  13. andy b.

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    I have a pair of Allen Edmonds dress shoes with cork, and they squeak like a scared mouse. I prefer the leather as well.
     
  14. gfloridafan93

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    So can you even buy these?
     
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  15. MoneyWellSpent

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    They are squeaking from something besides cork. Dress shoes squeak for a variety of reasons, but the cork filler isn't one of them. The heel can squeak, the different texture of the leather lining against the leather upper can squeak at the tongue, etc.
     
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    ShET, b-ewing those are gorgeous, want the naty!
     
  18. gfloridafan93

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    Where do you buy these?
     
  19. missusjuiceman

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    What is the black leather in that pic?
     
  20. b-ewing

    b-ewing Senior member

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    Give Kyle at Baker's or Nick at Nick's a ring ;)
     

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