Footwear to go with our jackets

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

  1. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM One Too Many

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    I have never handled Red Wings but I do own a pair of Sendra's. I agree that they look and feel more expensive than what they actually are.
     
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  2. Serghei Velescu

    Serghei Velescu New in Town

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    Went for a trip last Friday to Germany to visit the shop Stuf-f especially to try them and wow i fell in love seeing them in real life.
    I have never spent before more than 200€ for some boots ot shoes. These cost me 850€ but as i got a new job i said i deserve a gift to myself to celebrate it haha
     
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  3. dannyk

    dannyk One Too Many

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    Not mistaken at all. So much so they were quite often just called “Beatle Boots.” All the cool kids were wearing them for a few years there. Years later in the punk rock scene The Clash made engineer boots popular and the punk kids called them “Clash Boots.”
     
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  4. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    @Serghei Velescu those look absolutely gorgeous! Lofgren boots are some of the absolute best ready to wear boots on the market.

    Top 3 now:

    #3 - Flame Panda monkey boots in natural Maryam horserump

    These boots surprised me more than any other boots that I have. Flame Panda was someone I had barely heard of before ordering these boots and when they arrived, they turned out to be one of the best pairs of boots in my entire collection. The more I wear these, the more I love them. In fact, my opinion on them has actually gone up since I wrote my review. The more I look at these boots and compare them to others, I think that in terms of quality, they are up there close to or possibly even at Clinch level which puts them above or equal to everything except White Kloud by my estimation.


    In addition to their objective quality, I simply love them subjectively. I never thought that I would love a pair of monkey boots so much, but I am smitten by these. Peng has a lot of well designed boots, which is more than most newer makers can say and that is why I actually have another pair of his boots on order. This also puts Flame Panda in a pretty exclusive club of makers that I have ordered more than one pair of boots from. I had two Red Wings, but sold them both and I have bought two pairs of Vibergs, but sold one pair as well. The only others that I have bought two pairs from are Clinch and White Kloud. That puts Flame Panda in pretty exclusive company in my collection.

    In fact, I actually just got my new Flame Pandas and they are incredible. I will post some photos of them in the near future as well. I think I like them even more than this pair. This pair has a lot of shell in the leather, but my new pair of moc toes from him is actual shell cordovan in color 4 from Horween and you can certainly tell the difference. As much as I like the Maryam, I like the shell more. This isn't to say that I prefer shell to all other horsehide, just that I think I like my Horween color 4 shell more than my natural Maryam horse.

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  5. Jin431

    Jin431 Call Me a Cab

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    @Serghei Velescu congrats on having your new john lofgren monkey boots, they look fantastic. Happy break in


    @dudewuttheheck love those FP monkey boots, can't wait to get my 102 last in black horse butt.


    In keeping with the monkey boot theme of this specific page, I wore my Tobacco Badalassi Monkey Boots by Junkard Company today. These Badalassi boots are seriously thick md still needs plenty of wear time for a proper break in. The stitching on the upper is good but the stitchdown could have been done better.


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  6. JustinW

    JustinW Practically Family

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    I was just thinking today how I’d like a tough (not dressy) side-zip boot with a woodsman or Cuban heel.
     
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  7. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I have a pair something like this by Underground England. Bought nearly 20 years ago exclusively for my Riff Raff costume. Last worn a few years ago when I went to a 40th birthday party as Dave Vanian in his eighties goth era. Mine are black suede. Too tight on me now, really should originally have gone a size up.

    Yeah, Beatle boots. They're often also referred to as a Teddy Boy thing, though afaik they were more of a 70s revivalist thing rather than worn by real, 50s Teds.

    Underground England do one, their 'Marlon' model. https://underground-england.com/product-category/footwear/winklepickers/ Quite a range of colours, though that heel looks well high if you're not used to it.
     
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  8. Monitor

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    @Edward , what's the quality on these Underground shoes? I like one model in particular but Grinders does something similar that I know is good.
     
  9. Marc mndt

    Marc mndt Call Me a Cab

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    @Monitor you should show us your new USA made Frye's :)
     
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  10. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM One Too Many

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    I own a pair of Underground steel toe, 14 eyelets: https://underground-england.com/pro...ndy-rub-off-leather-single-sole-custom-order/
    I bought them in 2009 and worn them a lot for many-many years, I've been to countless gigs and festivals on them.
    Quality wise: the sole, though it doesn't seem to be goodyear or blake welted (it is riveted and screwed, probably this makes resoling impossible), has sustained zero damage or visible wear. The leather: the first 2 weeks I though I was wearing steel pipes, almost impossible to bend the ankles. It broke in afterwards. Where bended the top shiny layer worn off and the material below seems cracked.
    If I was after this style, I'd buy them again.
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  11. JustinW

    JustinW Practically Family

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    Well that certainly takes me back - winklepicker shoes and boots were all the rage with Mods, Goths and New Romantics back in the late 80s where I lived.

    What I was thinking of was something more like a short engineer or packer boot sans buckle, but with a narrow shaft and zip.

    I’ve seen a few seventies western boots like this, but they still have a thinner leather, dressier vibe with a thin sole.
     
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  12. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    i've only had that one pair of Undergrounds, but they took all the abuse a regular Rocky Horror outing can throw at them on multiple occasions.

    I get what you mean, don't seem to be many like that about, though possibly:

    https://tblon.com/products/phoenix-...9E0oRjfBX3d_0IUU3_yAxOabUfwC9c_saAg89EALw_wcB

    A lot of bike boots are cursed with obvious logos or a very matte finish that wouldn't look so tidy, though...

    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...ol-Boot/SubProducts/Kochmann-Patrol-Boot-0001

    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...rbo-Boot/SubProducts/Kochmann-Turbo-Boot-0004

    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...ducts/Stylmartin-Oxford-Waterproof-Boots-0004

    These still have buckles, if less obvious due to location, and a bit of the Lewis vibe:

    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...Boot/SubProducts/Kochmann-Commander-Boot-0005

    If it's something dressier but still rugged you're after, Helstons do a wide range of boots like this:

    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...ty-Boots/SubProducts/Helstons-City-Boots-0018

    Still lace-up, but they have the convenience of the side zip and definitely look dressier than any other the other options.
     
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  13. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Oh, now, or this...https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...n,+Size+42&utm_campaign=Criteo_GB&iccm=CRI_GB

    If links doesn't work, Ixon Hoxtone motorcycle boots - FC Moto currently has them at over 40% off, around GBP85.

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    I'm not familiar with the brand, but the spec sounds good, and at that price they are likely to be better than 'street boots' for the same money in my experience.
     
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  14. Ayeteael

    Ayeteael One of the Regulars

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    My Onderhouds after a month of solid wear in the rotation (2-3xs per week).
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  15. HIGHQUALITYLOWKEY

    HIGHQUALITYLOWKEY New in Town

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    Thank you for posting this, it was a lot of fun to chat with Gabbard. He's a good guy and a true artist. One of the few bootmakers in the USA still making things the old way. He and Brian the Bootmaker are a rare breed.
     
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  16. Monitor

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    @Harris HTM , huh! Good to know. But that's exactly how leather on Marten's will crack, though. No clue why but I've seen it happen to so many boots like that. . . Also, I keep forgetting that with the UK out of EU, getting any of these fine boots is now a lot pricier than it used to be. I'll pick up just one more pair but I gotta be careful which.

    Would really like to see their Winklepickers.

    There's also this Club Cubano maker and their Lennon's look really badass!
    https://www.shuperb.co.uk/club-cubano-lennon-mens-leather-winklepicker-cuban-heel-boots-black-p15440
    But again, not sure what to expect. . .

    @Edward , Thomas Bird Harness' looks great! Sharp af. Pricey, tho but nothing worse than any Red Wings and at least they won't put you to sleep with utter boredom.

    There's some stunning looking footwear out there. I ought to really upgrade my boot game. It's at least something I can wear whole year.

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  17. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM One Too Many

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    and it's 100% independent of weight gain/loss. This means you can invest more on a nice pair of shoes than on a jacket. Don't go down that rabbit hole, I did so in order to fight my jacket addiction and ended up spending more on footwear.
     
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  18. Psant25

    Psant25 One Too Many

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    Little update on my Honcho boots. They replaced the heels and sent back right away. I was not overly impressed at the fact there was a bunch of dust on and in the boot and in the box. (assuming from sanding the heels). Also, the inside of one boot they removed the leather heel pad inside and there was nothing there and it shows all the nails.

    The little leather heel pad they use is pretty thing and crappy so I ripped them all out. I bought some 3-4 oz nice hermann oak leather from amazon and glued in my own heel pads that go about halfway up and i cut it at an angle similar to what is in my whites boots.

    For 350 bucks i think it is still a great usa made all leather boot all cxl horse. The finish work could be improved. Some of the leather is creased/grainy and I would have preferred they cut the leather different but it is saving cost to use it. The wrinkle pieces are mainly on the shafts and at least one toe is not horribly creased/grainy compared to another.

    i am going with rios of Mercedes on my next boots working out my details now. Price is over 2x the honchos but finishing should be better. Going with black waxed leather with a matte finish. PR toe, 3 heel, 12 inch height, reduced shaft circumference, and a cool pattern see pic. About 4-5 month wait yeesh. Should work well with my incoming langlitz Columbia and my black bike A8934AB4-03C4-45DE-8151-788C7C0CCDDF.jpeg
     
  19. Edward

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    In that vein, you might also like a lot of Jeffrey West's boots as well. I'd consider a pair of their Troubadors, even if a bit 'modern' for me, being patterned after stuff that was hip in the sixties...
     
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  20. Hobbes1

    Hobbes1 One of the Regulars

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    Frye prison boots. These are comfortable and enjoyable to wear.
     

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