These are examples of woodsman heels:Jake, I know you might be tired of explaining it… but could you just give me a hint what are the major differences between Cuban and woodmans heel?
Great read. All on point and my very limited experience with US made boots corresponds with what you've written. Shame Frye is no longer in the competition.
Should I not be mistaken, Woodsman or Logger heels are curved at the back with a slight taper while Cuban heels are more angled with a dramatic taper and often (much) higher.
New article on USA made boots: https://almostvintagestyle.com/2021/09/29/the-top-ten-made-in-usa-boots-best-american-made-boots/
@Pandemic that is a woodsman heel, NOT a Cuban heel.
I'm not saying sny of the UK makers are amekaji. Just saying non dress boots in general. So trickers, Crockett and Jones, certain certain from Edward Green and John lobb. There's a few guys from our scene that wear Edward green bootsInteresting read, thanks.
"Most of them just do not match up to competition from makers in the UK(...)"
Which Amekaji/heritage style makers from the UK are you referring to? (I don't know any). Only one I can think of is Joseph Cheaney, but they are mediocre at best in terms of qc.
I think you've chosen the best looking boot they sell, and a good choice of leather too. Excellent choice! The CXL boots I've seen have not aged gracefully (most of their legacy boots appear to be CXL). I love the look of CXL jackets, but boots, like Wolverine's 1000 miles, don't crease nicely.
I don't have a single pair of boots that don't have Cuban heel.
Cuban heels don't seem very common in London, and when I have spotted them they've been on shorter guys. I love boots, and have various types of soles and heels, but the ones I wear more often are the ones which are more flexible and less rigid underfoot.
I like the chunky zip on the top left. I've looked at a lot of zip-side boots recently with an eye on them for cold-weather air travel when that comes around again (late 2022 most probably for me). So many have tiny, fiddly zips I wouldn't trust long term. That one looks well solid. A boot the shape on the one bottom-left with a zip-side like that would be a very nice option.
I suspect a lot of mainstream men see them as "high heels and therefore effeminate"... I do know a guy back in Belfast who wears boots like Monitor's most of the time, and he's six four in his socks!
Everyone has different feet but I did not find the Red Wing Heritage boots to be very comfortable either. I far prefer the boots I own from Whites and Wesco which have a higher arch and seem to cradle my foot better. I would recommend trying something with those guys before giving up on the style entirely.I'm probably a philistine and screwed up by my trail running shoes, because somehow I think the Heritage shoes look pretty good (if the heel isn't too high), but are actually rather uncomfortable. At least they are my Iron Ranger. Will try redwing me toe and rover soon. Maybe they are more comfortable. Otherwise, I'm afraid I'll have to stick with Timberland and Sorel after all. Lol
Everyone has different feet but I did not find the Red Wing Heritage boots to be very comfortable either. I far prefer the boots I own from Whites and Wesco which have a higher arch and seem to cradle my foot better. I would recommend trying something with those guys before giving up on the style entirely.