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WAYWRN: Shoe & Boot Edition

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. theoldcowboy

    theoldcowboy Member

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    Crockett and Jones Skye
     
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  2. Cleav

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    Looking good O'Cowboy
     
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    C&J Selbournes

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    Good to see movement! Xpost from JL: [​IMG]
     
  5. Odradek

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    Picked up these lightly worn Grenson Glenn boots on ebay. Despite being a G fitting, with the addition of an insole, they are a great fit, and very comfortable.
    Just can't really figure out what trousers they go best with.

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  6. SuitedDx

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    Really nice! Are those the Skye II in shell? They look pretty light to be the brown ones. XPost from EG: Westminster <img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/13081489755_fc432901c4.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Untitled Cleav should be showing his off any day now too!
     
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  7. theoldcowboy

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    They are the original calf version. I'm lusting pretty hard over the Skye 2s, though. The dainite soles and that brown shell are calling to me.
     
  8. Augustus Haynes

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    I'm new to this forum so forgive me if similar questions have been asked before. Anyway, I'll continue -

    I'm looking for some new boots with a price limit of £250, the links below are the ones I'm currently considering. Ideally I'd like a dark brown rather than tan and a leather sole (as detailed below).

    The "dream" pair of boots would be these - http://25.media.tumblr.com/5d1bd5b797e3760b56f93b82976ac0f2/tumblr_n196b3Otpm1qa2j8co2_1280.jpg but they are well out of my budget. So if anyone has some suggestions within my price range or can provider some insight into the below that would be great.

    http://www.grenson.co.uk/en_gb/shop/sharp-189 Would prefer a darker colour but love the style and the soles are important as I always get segs fitted to make sure I don't wear down one side. Don't want to get rubber soles when I'm dropping £200+ on some boots for me to ruin them inside 6 months.

    Also these - http://www.edwardsofmanchester.co.uk/lo ... ogany.html Prefer the colour but not sure on the brand.

    That should give you an idea of what I'm after so any suggestions would be awesome. Can't find anything else in the UK, brooks brothers do some amazing boots but are priced at like $600, would like to keep it at around £250 if at all possible.

    Also, Meermin have these - http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=4080 not a huge fan, quite like them but obviously when you are spending around the £200 mark you should love them as they need to be something you'll wear loads. Not sure if that's the case, mainly due to the colour and style.



    While I'm here, I've got some meermin shoes which I've worn 4 or 5 times and already have a rip in them. Anyone had a similar experience? I've emailed them and I'm awaiting a response. Obviously I can get them repaired but it's a bit disappointing.


    Thanks very much.
     
  9. Chanklebury

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    Augustus, a similar pair to that fourth pair that you posted - the Meermin - might be the Alfred Sargent Culford (on their 89 last) or the Alfred Sargent Cambridge (on their 87 last). The 89 last comes up a good shade generous in my experience of the Culford boots - I would suggest it is designed for thick country socks.

    Your second link is cut short, but I presume it was for the Loake Bedale in mahogany? Loake 1880 range are reasonable however I haven't ever been entirely convinced.

    If you are in the UK, they are easy to try for size - the Pennine last is used in a number of models. For me I found it had a fair bit of volume in the instep, and so regarding sizing you may be able to go a half down on your 'regular' fit dress or formal shoe size. Again, it's meant for thick socks though, it isn't a dress boot by any stretch.

    I do not like the new Grenson 'G Two' range, the leather seems particularly poor to me. Well, they are made in India. That said, the 201 last is a very comfortable fit in my experience of their Archie brogue.

    Alternatives...? Loake Dovedale or Barker Lambourne perhaps ... or if you find another wad of cash, something from Crockett and Jones.

    Check out Pediwear of Halifax, great people at the shop.
     
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  10. Cleav

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    Augustus, welcome. Are you in the UK?
     
  11. Augustus Haynes

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    Thanks, that's really helpful. I'll look at all of those now.

    I mentioned segs earlier, one of the reasons I mentioned leather soles is because I've always had metal segs fitted to leather soles to make sure they last. It means I'm put off by rubber soles - am I right in thinking I'd only be able to get rubber segs fitted to those?

    so for example - http://www.loake.co.uk/loake-1880/dovedale.html really like these, preferably in a darker colour but I instantly move on from them when I see the rubber soles. Maybe I'm, being foolish so thought I'd get some clarification.
     
  12. Augustus Haynes

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    I am yeah. Actually in the US at the moment but return from Boston in a few days. Looked in a few places over here but as I mentioned in my first post Brooks Brothers is outside of my price range.

    I'm not in a huge rush. It's a big purchase for me so want to make sure I make a good decision.
     
  13. Chanklebury

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    Sorry, I should have paid more attention - I read the bit about leather soles, and promptly glossed over it!

    Personally, I prefer leather as well. Commando soles are too cumbersome in my opinion, and I do not like dainite soles at all. Totally ineffectual in the wet, and uncomfortable under foot in my experience.

    It divides opinion quite considerably, and I see the argument against it but I actually like a half rubber sole stuck on to the leather sole - a topy in other words. No experience with segs however.

    Some of the suggestions I posted are actually over budget - but you might get a deal on the AS Culford from a certain respected retailer who posts on here occasionally... if you can deal with a dainite sole. It is a great boot.

    You don't need to spend the earth quite frankly for something entirely serviceable. MOST important and before you even open your wallet, get an idea of the merits of a few different lasts and get to understand what works for your foot. For example, personally I like a relatively swung last - that is, one which shows some inflare. I won't wear anything that even remotely clips my big toe.

    I'll have a think what else I can recall or might have had/tried or just considered myself.
     
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    V good. Just a personal opinion but spread your net. There is more out there, let us know when you're back in blighty :)
     
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  15. Augustus Haynes

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    Ohh that was the exact reason for my first post, I've get waaaay less knowledge than a lot of you guys so want to find out as much as possible before purchasing.


    Really like the dovedales that were mentioned, if only they had a leather sole. ...
     
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    You should have a look at Cheaney as well - nice boots that come in at a lower price level than equivalents from C&J, AS, or Trickers.
     
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    Are you a student in the US (ie will you be returning)? If you have these (or any others) shipped to a US address you'll save on VAT which brings them within your specific budget.

    Ordering direct from Cheaney includes free delivery. The Shoe Healer does this as well - and I would give them some pretty serious props for service when I ordered a pair of boots earlier this year.
     
  19. Augustus Haynes

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    I'm just on holiday on the east coast unfortunately. I think I can just about stretch to £300 if it's for the right boots. The VAT pushes it to £354 so it's over £100 above my budget. Hmmm.
     
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