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Westward

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Prompted by advice on this thread, this morning I went to search through the old removal boxes in the attic, where we still have some stuff stored from our relocation seven years ago.

This "stuff" included, to my surprise, a pair of excellent and very sturdy Grenson boots with commando soles that I remember liking a lot way back when; the above-mentioned pair of sleek Yanko brown monks previously thought missing; another pair of Yanko monks in black, less sleek but good enough to be pressed into service; a pair of C&J Merton brown suedes (I was just thinking the other day that I was sure I had bought loafers at some point); a rather unexpected but welcome pair of C&J Marston; a well-used but still in good condition pair of C&J Grenvilles. Lastly, and most happily, a pair of C&J Westfields. All of these properly treed.

Also one pair of functional but ugly Timberland Gore Tex shoes, which were quietly rewrapped and put back in the box.

I also found rather a lot of clothes. Lots and lots of MTM shirts, some too formal for anything other than a suit, some OK for smartish casual. Seems that a decade ago I also had a bit of a thing for Paul Smith, Polo and Comme Des Garçons casual kit. Hmm.

So thanks to everybody for encouraging me to get my arse into gear.

I shall have a think about what care the shoes need, if anything. Seem in fair condition, maybe just a tad dry. Maybe a bit of Renapur leather balsam for the non-suede shoes, leave them to soak it up, then polish?
 
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Quite similar to your situation, during winter time my Alden Indys with a Commando sole get lots of wear and for the most ugly weather (or for the woods), Hoggs of Fife Rannoch in Veltdschoen construction are hard to beat.
 

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Hoggs of Fife Rannoch in Veltdschoen construction are hard to beat.
I find Hoggs' products dependable. I have a pair of their moleskin trousers, and those are inexpensive, comfortable and seem very well made. Also have a couple of caps, but their Harris Tweed cap has strange "S/M" and "M/L" sizing so had to send back the one I bought. The item itself was nicely put together for a fraction of what Lock or Bates would charge.

That Rannoch is a handsome boot. If the quality lives up to the looks, something of a bargain.
 

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That Rannoch is a handsome boot. If the quality lives up to the looks, something of a bargain.

The Rannoch is a tough boot, the finishing on the welt could be a bit nicer and it took ages to soften the Zug grain leather. But for the price and the intended use - I would not hesitate to spend a whole day with them in a cold and wet terrain - they are really good (and look so much better than GoreTex boots). The leather is really forgiving lots of abuse. The only thing I would change is the Commando sole for a Dainite.
 

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If you are OK with a MP style boot, you can't go wrong with White's boots. Lots of other work style boots, but this MP boot might fit the bill:

White's is not a fashion forward boot, but at the price they have an incredible MTO ability. I own Whites, Alden, AE, Carmina, Trickers boots and Whites are my most comfortable and hardest wearing boots. I would definitely go with a rough-out for the type of use you're intending - it's just less maintenance. Just another consideration
 

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