Footwear to go with our jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by red devil, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Mich486

    Mich486 One Too Many

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    New entry in my engineers line up and I think they are strong contenders against the Attractions.

    Old Joe brown HH (believe from FW19 collection)

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  2. Blackadder

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    These are IMO better looking than the old model that I have.
     
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  3. jglf

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    My Chippewa moc toe’s had pretty nice leather, but I wasn’t fond of their last shape, poron insole, and foam filler.
     
  4. Mich486

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    Yeah there are several different lasts they’ve used. I had a pair of one of their older model, the one with a somewhat pointy toe. But I know there are several others. These are their latest iteration that they released a couple of times over the last couple of years. First version of these is with a leather sole whereas these have half soles. Leather sole is cool but not practical in UK plus I always wear them out super fast.
     
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  5. Blackadder

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    There wasn't a local dealer back when I bought mine at Yahoo auction. The boots came and surprise surprise, they have wool lined shafts therefore completely unsuitable for the local weather. I saw yours in black at the local dealer and the leather is very soft but has a rather matte finishing. These actually look more like the Clinch NPT than Attractions.
     
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  6. Edward

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    Much may depend on how you qualify 'dressy', but Lewis Westways might be another option:
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    As a shorter version of the classic Lewis Motorway boots (10", like a classic engineer), these definitely have that sleeker profile thanks to the Lewis rear-zip design. I've had my eye on these for a fair few years; next time I make a big boot purchase it may well be these.

    If you don't like the zip, they do do a traditional engineer boot, but with a much more 'English', svelter profile:

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    Those fleece lined ones much be nice in the Winter. I like especially the pair second from right. Recently come to appreciate harness boots, and my next pair of boots are quite likely to be a brown pair of harness as long as I can find a nice pair in the right shade of reddish-mahogany brown. Looking at Grinders quite likely - relatively cheap (£100), but well solid - as a start point.
     
  7. Monitor

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    Haha, not sure which ones you mean and I guess they just looked fleece lined but none are. They are all leather lined or unlined. Though, wish I had one that were fleece lined.
    The second pair from the right, dark brown ones are Kochmann and one that I probably wore the most. They're surprisingly durable even tho they're the lightest pair I got and the only one with rubber sole.
    Grinders are the topmost ones, Grinders Hi model, with leather sole and cuban heel. They're super high, though so I feel weird wearing them tho they're of a perfectly acceptable quality, regardless of what you hear about them. I plan on buying a pair in brown, too.
    Best ones I got are Sendra and another pair that I bought from Germany, sadly unbranded. Custom made by order, dude sold them cause of how relentless they are and I can totally see it. Like wearing ski boots.
     
  8. Edward

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    Interesting: it was the pair second from left. Looking more closely, I see they are just a lighter leather, at first glance it really looked like shearling!

    Funny you should mention Kochmann, I've been looking at them too. How does the sizing run? Grinders Hi are the ones I first looked at; I see they do them with both leather and rubber soles. Undecided which way to jump on that, might depend on what I find. Doubtless if leather I'll have a rubber overlay stuck on 'em like I do on all my leather soles. Sendra I've yet to handle in person, but they always seem to review well. I might well take a run up Camden in a few months when that becomes an option again and go looking in the stores there. Grinders are commonly carried, I think some places have Sendra too.
     
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  9. Monitor

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    Good boots. The kind you can 100% count on. I mean, budget range but considering I've had mine for over two years and they're still completely devoid of even the most basic of footwear issues, ought to speak enough of the quality.
    Got a good chunk of both heel worn out of course but I just had that replaced, too - apparently, heels are full rubber so it's an easy mend - so I shouldn't worry about 'em for a while now.

    I feel they run a bit larger, maybe half a size. I wear a 46 and a pair that I got feels like 45 would've perhaps have been okay, too but it's definitely not a deal breaker. They're wide, roomy.

    Grinders Hi look best, in my opinion, and are made in Mexico while the ones with rubber sole used to be made all over the place. I've seen examples from China, India, etc. Not that it matters but it's a well known fact Mexico makes a good boot.

    Except Kochmann, all my boots have leather sole and I prefer it that way though yeah, first thing I do is bring them to the cobbler to have a rubber overlay installed. Asphalt rubs through leather sole in no time so no point in destroying the boots for no reason, if it can be avoided.

    Anyway, Grinders are good, heavy boots, though I haven't worn them for as long as the others so I can't guarantee you they're high quality.

    Sendra look and feel much better, though. Premium, really. I'd easily grade them Viberg level. But they cost a lot of money, too. I wore a pair of Sendra engineer boots for 5 years until the metal toe caps damaged them beyond repair but otherwise, they survived EVERYTHING.
     
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  10. Jin431

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    Sagara Cordmaster olive badalassi w/ black overdye

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  11. Hobbes1

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    @Jin431. What is that green jacket you are wearing? It looks great!
     
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  12. Jin431

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    It's a tellason heavy cotton shirt, feels like an overshirt to me with how it wears
     
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  13. Monitor

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    Spotted these on Vinted a couple of weeks ago, had to have them. Again, special thanks to @Marc mndt for going extreme lengths to get 'em for me - Actually risked his life for this pair XD. One of those cases when you see something you actually like, even though it's not something you're supposed to like. Like, few years back, I'd never consider wearing anything other but engineer boots, even though deep down I always knew they're just wellies with straps.
    Anyway, I was after a good pair of Chelsea's for a long while but never imagined Prada - or MiuMiu - would pull it off so perfectly. The shape, leather, that heel; Everything.

    I only wish I had two pairs so I don't need to worry about wearing one out.

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  14. Ayeteael

    Ayeteael One of the Regulars

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    Never seen a Chelsea with that kind of heel. It’s like a hybrid Chelsea/cowboy boot. Very slp. Nice find.
     
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  15. Marc mndt

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    These are called Cuban heels. Super cool. I imagine these are what Cowboys wear on fancy occasions :)

    Don't let the Prada label fool you, these are very well made shoes.

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  16. Edward

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    Useful to know. I find a lot of engineer boots in the more affordable end of the market can be a bit on the loose side - like I'm wearing the correct size, but in a wide fitting when I need a medium, if that makes sense. Not enough of a difference to go down a size, but enough that my first pair were hell to wear until I bought a good foam insole with nice arch support that snugged them right up and made them perfect.

    My first pair of engineer boots were Grinders. Still got them. Not the style of engineers I'd go for now - big, chunky, huge commando soles - but excellent in foul weather including snow. The quality of construction is impressive. The leather I would say not as good as the likes of my Red Wings or Chippewas, though those were of course significantly more expensive.

    I've looked at a lot of Sendra engineer boots online over the last few years, but never had a chance to handle any. They do look nice. Not badly priced - over here at least they seem to be coming in at in and around somewhere in the exact middle between Red Wings and Grinders.
     
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  17. Monitor

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    Honestly, Sendra eats Red Wings for lunch. Hard to even talk about leather in the same context. Sendra uses stuff that looks, feels and smells premium. You should definitely look into Sendra.
     
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  18. Mich486

    Mich486 One Too Many

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    Red Wing Huntsman 2015 LE

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  20. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM One Too Many

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    If I am not mistaken Chelsea boots with cuban heels became popular when the Beatles started wearing them.
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