Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by whatever123, Sep 2, 2010.
I like that! What laces are they?
^^ Oh good! I have to get an order going through there soon. One stop shop!
Oh god... no!
My shopping cart would be a massacre to the credit care. Reno, brushes, deer bone, etc..
Just used the Benjos code, checked out!
That sounds exactly like what I'll be ordering!
Fwiw, Brooks Brothers is having a decent sale on the Rancourt loafers right now.
I settled on the Blake Boot in Color 8 CXL with a mini lug sole in natural. Excited!
What product should I use to treat the CXL?
That will be a very nice pair of boots. Hope they turn out to your liking. I've used Montana pitch blend on brown CXL.
I use Venetian Shoe Cream on all my CXL shoes. Although, others have used products like Pitch Blend, Reno, and even Obenauf's LP on CXL with good results.
The only thing I wouldn't use on those boots is probably wax polish.
Right. CXL is really pretty tough. I too don't see the point of wax polish, but anything that waterproofs and gives some moisture should be fine. I like Montana Pitch Blend because it's all natural. I apply it with my fingers.
Good day, Styleforum folks.
I'm coming out of over a year of lurking this site and this thread to request some sizing advice. I'm looking to build a custom pair of suede Blake Boots. My apologies if it feels like you guys have done this a million times before, but I've read through this entire thread and most of the sizing info is in regards to loafers and other handsewns.
@FrankCowperwood your advice would be especially helpful because your suede Blakes are almost EXACTLY the makeup I'm going for (beautiful, by the way!). I understand you technically went UP a half size, and I'm interested in how that's working out for you at this point.
My Brannock measurement is 12D, but just a bit on the narrow side, and I have a pretty high instep. I'm looking at unlined suede Blake boots in Calico Khaki, Olive Mohave or Peanut (or even Toast if Rancourt carries it). I would be wearing these with medium-thick wool socks. I have read much about going TTS and that's the direction I'm leaning, but I'm hesitant to drop $375 on boots that don't fit just right. My hesitation mostly comes from the fact that I wear 12D in almost all my shoes including AE's 5-65, but 11.5 in OSB chromexcel trail ox and I can get all the way down to 11D in some of my boots (Iron Rangers, Thorogoods). I don't want my toes to be squeezed by any means, but I also don't want boots I can only wear with my thickest socks to fill them out. I want to be able to wear these year round.
Considering my length is a pretty solid 12, do you guys think I should stop waffling and order size 12? I'll probably be getting the Vibram mini-lug sole if that makes a difference.
Thanks so much guys!
Sole would make little to no difference.
I'm 9D Brannock and take a 9D in the Blake boot. I've got plenty of room in it.
Welcome to the thread @tallwhite. I did in fact go with 11.5 D for the suede Blake boots. My feet are a little on the wide side, and Rancourt handsewns fit me snugly in 11D. I believe they are recommending going up a 1/2 size on the Blakes boots on the Rancourt site.
My suede boots are unlined, and I wouldn't say they are particularly roomy. For example, I don't think I could wear them with really heavy wool socks comfortably (though I haven't tried since I got them as more a warmer weather boot).
For reference, if it helps, I wear an 11D in Barrie last boots and shoes from Alden and I have a pair of 11D 1000 Mile boots from Wolverine, which are quite roomy for me. I might have actually been able to go 10.5D on those. No experience with OSB, unfortunately.
Overall, I don't feel as if the Blake boots are particularly high volume. Of course GooseG offers an example of going TTS with them. One thing is that a 1/2 size too big is going to be something you can adjust with socks and maybe an insole. Whereas a 1/2 size too small is probably never really going to work out.
I wonder if you could get length and width measurements from Rancourt. That's not very precise, but it could help you see if you are in the ballpark with a given size.
Thank you both very much. Looks like I'll probably go with my true 12D. I will definitely update with pictures when they come.
Your experience is consistent with my own. 9D Brannock/Blake, 8.5 Barrie size, and even Rancourt recommends sizing down for the handsewns because they run large.
Alternatively, just do the fit program that Rancourt offers to be sure.
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