What boots should i buy?

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  1. Alex McDonald

    Alex McDonald Member

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    Hi,


    Firstly, I have never bought a pair of shoes costing more than $150 (except runners). In Australia, it is very rare to know much about shoe quality as a good pair of shoes is thought to come from Aquilla or Florsheim. After reading various blogs and forums (including this one) i know it to be true. So when we moved house I binned all my $60 lowes oxfords, and crappy shoes and only own about 3-4 shoes outside of sport and work (military shoes).

    I am looking at buying a pair of new boots in the coming months and after much research I am thinking of buying Edward Green boots. The quesion I am asking is what type of boots should I be buying?

    I want to buy a boot that I can wear with jeans, chinos, slacks and long shirt and a casual suit if that is possible... I really like the look of the Galway by EG in dark brown or mahogany. Am I looking at the right shoe and colour to match my expectations?

    p.s I have done many search's and havent found the answer I am looking for.

    Thanks in advance.
     


  2. Lord Mulberry

    Lord Mulberry Senior member

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    I just googled the EG Galway boot to see what you're talking about. They look ok, but I'm not keen on dimpled leather myself. Personally I think Dr Martens take some beating on style, comfort and wear. A lot of people don't like Dr Martens but they are reasonably cheap and look good with almost everything.
     


  3. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Good Lord! This is the SF bad advice of the day! Do the opposite of whatever the berry tells you to do.
     


  4. Alex McDonald

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    So you think the Galway boots are good for what i want?
    Thanks
     


  5. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    if you get the two materials, i think they look stupid. If its all calf, then they are fine.

    You realize, i hope, that these are $1,200 boots.

    Seems kinda silly to go from $60 rubbish to $1,200 boots.

    Why not make a stop at $335 boots from Allen Edmonds?

    I think the Fifth street, bayfield, or daltons would be a much better choice.
     


  6. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    What is your budget and how many pairs or boots do you think you need in your rotation?
     


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    Harold falcon Senior member

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    Best advice so far.
     


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    For a member from Australia, UK stuff will be easier to size and source. But I agree with Quad, why would you fork out big $$$ on that boot and stretch it to cover denim, smart casual and suits? You could get easily get two or three nice pairs of shoes, e.g. a plain cap-toe, some brown semi-brogues or full brogues, suede or grain chukkas, and a penny loafer, especially if you are moving up from $60 shoes.

    But if you have your heart set on those, I think they are a nice boot. Also remember you will get hit by the import duties if they don't come in under $1000 AUD (and the sender declares true value).
     
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  9. Alex McDonald

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    I am currently living in the UK for about a year. I plan on buying 2 pairs while I am here. A pair of boots and oxfords. As I am likley to wear the boots a lot more often, I want to have a higher quality boot rather than a higher quality oxford.

    I am going to the EG sale this Saturday and hopefully there will be boots in my foot size (9.5 UK). If this is poor, I will be waiting for the post xmas sale in London.

    I was going to buy some C&Js, but looking at these boots, I think they look amazing. Just hope that I have thought it through before I spend.

    Thanks

    I wear military boots mon-fri, I only need shoes for the weekend + evenings.
     
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  10. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    I love EG boots and if you can find some on sale go for it!
     


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    Get the Galways
     


  12. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    And pick me up a pair if you see them. I'm a UK size 11 and can paypal you :)
     


  13. inimitable

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    I'm a UK 11, so I get first choice.

    In the meantime, buy the C&J shoes in my sig. I accept paypal :)
     


  14. Alex McDonald

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    Cheers,
    Lets hope there are some there when I rock up sat morning.
     


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