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Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by manton, Jun 9, 2007.
not really a big issue for me Simon. there seems to be a bit of variety in how flat that area is in vintage boots:
perhaps the lastmakers were pre-empting the fact that the toe will naturally bend up after wear, so made the last as flat as possible ?
Toe spring is really a lasting issue. IE: how tightly the leather is pulled over the last and whether the pull is evenly distributed. It is rarely a stylistic issue, except if the maker raised the end of the toebox.
Toe spring is built into the last. Toe spring is the difference between where the ball of the foot touches and how high above the floor the bottom of the last is under the end of the toe. It has nothing to do with how the shoe is lasted or the pattern. For example the shoe above is well balanced the ball hits the floor in the right spot the backline of the shoe follows the natural form of the foot and the heel sits flat. The toe spring is correct for a walking shoe. Also bear in mind that an all leather shoe will tend to curl up at the toe from use and this can be prevented with shoe trees.
I lust after those brown boots HBK however I just know that should I find some that they'd never fit me as I have wide feet that are big just in front of the laces which is why Italian and Spanish shoes rarely fit me!
i never really noticed, but the boots are pretty flat when they come out of the box:
I had a look at their website. I think the balmorals with suede tops looked splendid.
I just saw these boots from Vass being posted on a Swedish forum that I visit. They seem to have a quite nice heel shape.
More pics: https://imgur.com/a/7tvEX
that's a nice last shape, but i don't like the pull tab half way down the back like that.
anyway, Vass are way out of my price range at around £750 - £900 for boots.
I like them I want them I will make them but I just can't but help think of hidious goths when I see most balmoral boots
so why make them ?
So think of stylish goths instead ....
Like people Laurie they're not all bad. I try to focus on their better qualities, rather than their weaknesses.
You have a point Sean, here is one of only a few stylish goths I can think of
does anyone own a pair worth sharing?
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Wouldn't the Balmorals be more of a Steampunk look? When I think of Goths I see big, chunky lace-ups of the dominatrix sort. Also, the photo above is of a very cool look: kind of Genet-like. Is it Goth?
My reply to that would be: what is goth? It's certainly not the same beast it was thirty years ago.
'Vintage Goth' - Do I spot a new trend?