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Briselblack Boots: What do you think?

Nine Inch Males

Familiar Face
That is a great description. The are some parts with black dots and markings that look like knotting in wood and of course the heavy shinki hide marbling pattern adds to the look of woodgrain or bark even more. I love it on these. In some lights you can start to see the natural color peaking through on the vamp rolls. I'm excited to see it show up more. The hand dying is really beautiful and I've only really seen something similar with Unsung's natural house-made walnut (i think) dye they do on their engineers. I love those too, but those also command double the price of these Benzeins.

And sure I can post some pictures, I'm flattered you care to see. I have those Keeper Type 2's, a 9 inch captoe service boot in black shinki teacore hb (Ben from Stitchdown recommended Benzein to me as I was looking to make my first Indonesian custom boot order.) I find myself reaching for other boots over these because I think the makeup is a little bland for where my taste has gone to.

And last, which I just received in the mail earlier today, lol, the Kai Jodphur boot in natural Maryam HB overdyed black. These are also stunning. I got them on the tombak last (slimmer slightly squared toe more chiseled last) over there Ben 01 round toe last that they usually use for the Kai. These look amazing, but I'm a little worried the fit is so dead on and hugs my foot so perfectly it might not have room to develop rolls as much as I was hoping.

Here are some pics of the service boots and I will take some of the Kai's tomorrow when the sun is up. I was meaning to take some to post on my insta and the Patina Project app anyways.


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Practically Family
Tartu, Estonia
@Nine Inch Males
Thanks for the extra write up and photos.
I can definitely see why one would almost always go for the engineers over these service boots.
And yes I've seen the "Unsung's natural house-made walnut" as well, that is gorgeous too.

Looking forward to seeing the Jodphur boots. From Briselblack I'd got for tankers.

Do you know which of their lasts has the widest toe box?

My personal grail boots are "Leather Things Motor" (such a strange brand name) engineers. They also do incredible hand over-dyes.


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New in Town
just ask them, they are responsive

these Indonesian makers are essentially small scale cottage industries that can't afford machinery so most if not all of the work are hand made. Over the last 5-10 years they kept this constraint and are now seriously upping their game on lasts and styles that cater to the repro/vintage enthusiast. Great value for $ and really great products.

Will Zach

I'll Lock Up
Clinch boots are just a meme at this point; expensive because of name cachet and hype by various clothing stores. Based on what @dudewuttheheck recently posted on his blog/YouTube (can't remember which one), it seems the quality has gone downhill to keep up with production demands. Don't worry though, those prices aren't going anywhere but up!

I don't know if it's because I'm getting more cynical with age, but I'm growing progressively more weary of this type of extreme exclusive hyped up marketing nonsense in the "heritage" menswear world, the irony being that the brands with the least actual heritage seem to command the highest prices. I'll wear my "inferior" Whites, thanks.
I agree. I just picked up a pair of mint pre-owned White's Semi Dress boots for $275. It is EXACTLY what a pair of good boots is worth to me.

Will Zach

I'll Lock Up
@Will Zach Pictures please! I dream of getting a pair of Nicks or Whites someday, even for the full price.
Sure, but next week when I am back in town. Set up an ebay search, they do show up, at very reasonable prices for smaller sizes for sometimes mint boots (mine was a US 7.5 in Whites), which corresponds to about US 8.5 in sneaker sizing.


One of the Regulars
Also, it's kind of silly to send over $1.3k to China to have them make a pair of American style boots.
I don't get it Marc, why is it silly to send money to have other country's makers to make American style clothing?

Then probably at least half of the lounge members over here are silly - because they send money to Japan/UK/Scotland to make American style jacket.

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