PIcs and feedback on English Country Boots

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  1. oxfordian

    oxfordian Member

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    Gents,
    I am moving to England, to Devon, and am considering my first English country boot purchase. I'm drawn to the Loake Bedale, and, if I can afford it, C&J Islay. I have several pairs of Grenson country brogues which I like quite a lot, but several people have told me that style-wise, it is best to avoid chunky boots if you are below 5'10 or so. I am 5'8.

    I realize that this is a silly gauge, but for years I've been wearing clothes that don't quite fit, and I don't want to get an expensive boot that makes me look goofy or unbalanced to others. So I thought I'd ask the advice of the style pros here with a bit more experience.

    Might any of you post pics of your (English or other) country boots and let me know your height, build, and what you think about shorter chaps wearing such boots?

    Thank you very much your feedback and pics.
     


  2. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    what size boot do you wear?
     


  3. oxfordian

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    Hi, I wear an 8 G UK size; though I've gotten away with an F, I wear an orthotic, so the G suits better. Cheers.
     


  4. CTBrummie

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    You should make a vow to never again listen to the advice given by those several people and wear what is suited to your build, not your height...

    If you're after a proper country brogue boot then I'd take a Tricker's 'Malton' over a C&J model all day long, and I own boots by both makers.
     


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    I sport a pair of Trickers Keswick in commando sole, I am 5'6. It's very sturdy and providing a substantial look. But I won't be wear a pair of boots, legs ain't long enough and too much a bother to put on and off.
     


  6. CTBrummie

    CTBrummie Senior member

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    You wanted pics...

    Edward Green's Galway model, made on the original 64 last and veldtschoen construction (making it about as watertight as you'll get a leather boot) unlike the more recent versions on other lasts:

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    Crockett & Jones' Skye (left) and Islay:

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    Crockett & Jones' unnamed veldtschoen boot made for Holland & Holland (left) and the Snowdon boot (also veldtschoen):

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    High-leg version of Tricker's Malton, not made in this way these days:

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  8. oxfordian

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    CTBrummie, thanks for your advice and pics. I'm a pretty slim build, but have wider shoulders for my size -- my jacket is a 38" short, and I wear a 30" 30" trouser.

    Would you mind expanding on why you prefer the Tricker's, even to C&J?

    You have a very nice collection there.
     


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    Glad you liked the pics, I might try and get some of the rest of the collection at the weekend if I get a minute.

    The Malton by Tricker's is made of gorse calf which is one of the sturdiest leathers you'll fine when it comes to footwear. Far less precious than shell and more water resistant than most. It's not a 'pretty' leather as it's matte and doesn't really take a polish but it will last for years in poor conditions. They also do a couple of other models in this, as do Alfred Sargent. Crockett & Jones only offer this for one-off, special orders.

    Anything in zug grain would be more than up to meeting the challenges of English weather, too, but you won't find many brogues made of this.
     


  10. oxfordian

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    Again, thanks to everyone for advice, and especially CTBrummie for the pics and counsel. Do please post other pics if you have time -- much appreciated. I'm looking at Tricker's, which look excellent, but the soles also look quite immense.

    I came across the Hoggs Rannoch and Clencarse boots at a decent price point. With the velt. construction on the former too. Could anyone please give their thoughts and or experience on these or similar boots, or should I steer clear?

    Thanks again.
     


  11. CTBrummie

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    The Rannoch and Glencarse boots are made by Cheaney for Hoggs, and are solid and fit for purpose, although probably not as 'exciting' to most people on here as other models by more 'approved' brands. Alfred Sargent used to make those models for Hoggs a while back, and Crockett & Jones have made for them previously too.

    Cheaney also produce veldtschoen models for their own brand, such as the Pennine and the Fiennes boot. Both of these are quality boots but possibly more for the field than a brogue boot.
     


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