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The hunt for the most versatile boot

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by adspainy, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Evergreen88

    Evergreen88 Member

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    Adspainy since you like Loake, what do you think of the Anglesey? It's sleeker than most Loake boots, with a nice F fitting.

    I have a pair myself and it seems very durable, with a thick storm-welted sole.

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  2. coldsalmon

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    If the versatility only has to span casual and "smart casual," it seems that most boots sold by any SF-approved bootmaker would work. The "most versatile boot" would, presumably, span a much larger spectrum.

    In my personal quest for a snow boot that can be worn with an odd jacket and tie, I have attempted the following disasters:
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    All of these could be worn with jeans. Only the last one really works with a non-tweed jacket and tie as well - at least, according to the people who yell at me over on WAYWRN.

    So, I think you will be hard pressed to find a fine boot that doesn't work with jeans. I don't really know what smart casual means though so maybe I'm misunderstanding your needs.
     

  3. standaloneprotein

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    My vote for Carlos Santos. Really happy with the quality and finish.
     

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    You don't own any C&J but you do own tons of Vass, St.Crispins and the list goes on and own. They are all great boots. I do own the Skye 3, Tetbury and Islays from C&J. All of them are excellent boots but so are the ones in your collection!!
    I am not so sold on the Carlos Santos brand. I do have a black chelsea and a derby shoe in Braga. The leather quality is not in the same category as my Carmina and Crockett and Jones.
     

  7. RogerP

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    The smooth leather from Carlos Santos doesn't really impress me from the pictures I've seen, but then frankly, I'm not over the moon about Carmina's smooth leather either. I am very impressed with my CS grain leather offerings though - particularly the patina grain - and I can't say that they seem any less appealing or of less quality than my grain Carminas. For suede, I'd give the nod to Carmina over CS. The C&J suede shoes I have seen and tried on have impressed as nicer quality in turn than Carmina.

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    And speaking of C&J, my intention wasn't to knock them - they are rock solid offerings in their price category. I was just disputing that C&J (or any single brand for that matter) is a "must have" - and that a list of 5 "must have" shoes would be populated almost exclusively by C&J. I'd respond the same if someone swapped Vass for C&J in such a statement. There are just way too many worthwhile midrange offerings for the suggestion that one brand rules all to hold much water.

    And speaking of water - veldtshoen / stormwelt have less to do with water resistance than the material choice for the upper. Zug leather and CXL will perform better in this regard than crust, for example, regardless of those factors.
     

  8. Jamesbond1

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    I have not purchased and Carlos Santos grain but yours do look sharp!!
    As for Carmina's calf i agree.. but their suede to me is similar in quality to C&J. Also in Carlos Santos defense they are not in the same price point.

    Appreciate your feedback Sir!!

    Cheers,
     

  9. standaloneprotein

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    Roger, what patina color is that one? Thanks
     

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    I wish I could recall with certainty but I think Guimareas.
     

  11. motosacto

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    Loake Bedale? May meet most of your criteria. There is also the Alden Indy, but it might not quite be formal enough...
     

  12. nygooner

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    I have been considering the same issue for some time and have tentatively settled on the AS Cambridge. However, I may be a little more irresponsible and split my needs across two - the Snowdon and either the Carlos Santos or L&T version of the Galway.
     

  13. FlyingMonkey

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    There's no such thing as the perfect boot for everything (or, ahem, a 'one shoe'). You are always going to have to make some compromises. If you want real all-weather protection, then you are looking at Norwegian welt or veldtschoen contstruction and commando soles, which means chunkiness. If that's too chunky for you then, the goodyear + dainite is about as weather-resistant as you are going to get (in terms of sole construction). After that, it's all about upper materials and treatment: finer leathers polished for shine, are always going to be less water resistant than thicker leathers slathered in Mink Oil or dubbin.

    Personally, if you think you need a serious all-conditions boot, just get one. Something like the Cheaney Pennine II (or the Herring Shoes equivalent) https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/cheaney/pennine-ii-rubber_rubber-soled-boots . You can still dress them up, as long as you don't mind the slightly retro 'military' look. But otherwise, back where the OP started is pretty much as good as you get.
     

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