The buckle/strap does offer stability, but it obviously won't be the same as laces. I got a pair of George boots as my first and, so far, only pair of Aldens. They started as my special occasion boots, but have since become my near every-day wear. I have bad feet - fused ankle, limited range of motion, etc. which benefit from a little more ankle support - and I am fully comfortable in these boots. My ONLY complaint is they're a little heavy, but even with the added weight from the shank, my feet don't feel anywhere near as tired or beaten up at the end of the day when compared to any other shoe (except for a pair of steel toe caterpillars with custom orthotics).Hey, Gents...
Would appreciate some opinions on the George boot. I've always enjoyed the look of them (I saw a "rock star"--aka street musician--with a similar style boot on when I was a kid), but am concerned about fit.
I cannot wear loafers for the life of me--can't dial in the size/foot sensitivity stuff, yada yada yada. I like a laced shoe so that I can make little adjustments throughout the day/days. Honestly, will probably be a boot only guy at some point in my life because of multiple support points as opposed to shoes...View attachment 1486358
Would this boot be a crapshoot? Does the buckle/strap really offer stability? Or, is this a slip-on with a decoration?
As for fit, they fit well enough that I'm not swimming around in them or anything, nor feel them pinching even though I have a high instep that normally feels uncomfortable in other chelsea/chukka boots and derby/bluchers.
Note that mine are on a Barrie last, so the usual Aberdeen construction might fit different re: instep.
Hope that helps a little.