Balmoral Boots

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by manton, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    ... i suspect that the shorter trouser trend of the teens - early 20s was specifically to show off a bit more of the fancy boots of that period.
     
  2. LuvMyMan

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    Wow, those are the real deal right there Rudy. Many elements of that dress boot has so much appeal. The heel has enough "meat" on it to make it last and not flimsy, the shape of the back going up from the heel, has the curve and from what the picture shows, it seems also the waist of the sole is beveled. Amazing. My Husband would love to own a pair of those boots. I presume these are actually vintage and not reproductions, am I correct?
     
  3. Rudie

    Rudie Call Me a Cab

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    The first pair belongs to hbk, the second one is mine. Unworn and custom made. Mine have a bevelled waist, yes. The instep part of the sole is wood pegged. They are size 11. Unfortunately they are so narrow that I can't even get my feet inside. Like a AAAAAAAAAAAAA width. Believe me, that was a real bummer when I finally got them ...
     
  4. Papperskatt

    Papperskatt Practically Family

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    A good cobbler should be able to stretch the width a bit, but maybe not enough?
     
  5. Isshinryu101

    Isshinryu101 One Too Many

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    Absolutely not. Stretching should be avoided with vintage leather. Often there is dryness in the middle of the leather that you can't even see... and it may well tear if stretched. Besides, stretching only works for adding a very small amount of "toe or forefoot width". The footbed will still be the same width, and the ball of the foot will extend beyond it. Very painful.
     
  6. Isshinryu101

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    Aint THAT the truth!!
     
  7. Papperskatt

    Papperskatt Practically Family

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    I stand corrected.
     
  8. Isshinryu101

    Isshinryu101 One Too Many

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    no worries, my friend. Sadly, I learned this error thru trial and (MAJOR) error. lol.
     
  9. Papperskatt

    Papperskatt Practically Family

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    I really love this bespoke model from Dimitri Gomez. [​IMG]

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    BTW, I got my black grain/calf boots from Meermin the other day. I'll upload pictures of them soon, along with my two pairs of vintage boots.
     
  10. LuvMyMan

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    Older than dirt

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    Just had to show these old vintage "real deals"....many custom shoe and boot makers do really nice work...but hey, when you peek at the real ones....just hard to beat.
     
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  11. herringbonekid

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    i agree. there's nothing quite like Edwardian boots.
    those look like women's ?
     
  12. LuvMyMan

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    Honestly these more than likely were made to be worn by either sex....but they were made like tanks.....that tag has "instructions" on the one side of it, letting you know it you take care of them as instructed, they will last a very long time.....and who knew, they are already way over a 100 years old and you can see for yourself in the picture, these are in wonderful condition.
     
  13. Fading Fast

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    I love on the label "It Takes Leather to Stand Weather." Today many worry about getting their leather shoes and boots wet, but this just argues that leather - properly taken care of - is a great all-weather boot material, which it is.
     
  14. Isshinryu101

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    Can we see a sole pic, pls?
     
  15. LuvMyMan

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  17. LuvMyMan

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    Yes it is. One thing in our home, conditioner is one of the most important aspects of any shoe or boot that is made from anything in the animal kingdom....if it is a type of leather, it needs to be taken care of...and aside from cleaning leather, it needs to be conditioned. Leather that is very well conditioned can really take a beating....however, then you have some people like us....so dag gone careful to not let a drop of anything other than conditioner get on the leather. In the fall weather we have now coming, it is all about rubber cover protection for shoes....or you wear something junky to and from the car but put on your nice shoes or boots inside at your destination.... I know, sounds a bit "anal" but when you relish shoes and boots, it happens!
     
  18. bigshoe

    bigshoe One of the Regulars

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    This is a pair of open tab balmorals I made for myself the galosh is elephant and the shaft is French calf. It has a half gusset tounge and vibram heel. I made it as a work boot
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  19. bigshoe

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    Three pair I made for the a USMC museum exhibit of woman Marines in WW1
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  20. herringbonekid

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    what does 'open tab' refer to ?
     

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