Shoes and boots that don't SUCK

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  1. beautiful_FrEaK Active Member

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    yeah Mike's totally right. Still interested what justifies the huge price different. The details are much better on those MASH ones than on the ones from ATF
     
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    Sorry to intervene, but I just wanted to drop a line that MASH makes really good replica boots and army clothes. You can count on them.

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    hehe, thanks Naoto!

    the ones from MASH are very similar to the same shoes from Buzz Rickson. I asked them if tehy were made in the same factory. Awaiting answer.
    There is also a M-43 from Toys McCoys selling for more than 70,000 Yen...well... :lol:
     
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    ^ Haha, yeah, the Toy's ones are a bit expensive :p

    Pick-up up a couple of nice boots recently - not repro, but new-old stock...love bargain hunting on the bay :p

    The one in the middle on the right hand side (Sear's Gold Bond service shoe, 1950s to 60s):
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    The adult version of the one on the left (Georgia Giant tigertan glove leather work boots, 1960s to 70s):
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    Naoto, you seem to have the hookup on everything. Know any Japanese makers that will craft me things like plaid/western/work shirts to fit my tall and skinny body?
     
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    ^^ Nice pick up on the Sear's. I am also shopping for a new pair of black boots. And kind of narrowed it down to a pair of Red Wing IR Black Harness. Unfortunately, from what I have read about them, is they run 1/2 large and the smallest size is a 7US which will be 1/2 size too big for me, because I am a true 7US (yes, I have small feet). Anyway, I will visit a Red Wing reseller in Richmond in a couple of weeks and try on a pair in 7US to see if they will be okay. Having said that, I am still on the look out for similar boots, for bargains out there to be had. Also, Wolverine 1000 mile has been considered, but they too run large for me. Anyone care to give me some suggestions - it is my feet size that has been a challenge so far.
     
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    ^ Mmmm, Made-to-Order?
    What style of black boots are you after? Stitched toe? Toe-cap? Moc-toe? Plain toe?

    You could also consider the black horsehide Thorogood 685 boots that Epaulet will be releasing later this month (I think), around $200-ish.
    (Although the #685 was historically made with re-tanned leather, the horsehide was the #676 AFAIK.)
    I'll be kopping a brown pair... but the black one would be killer too, not that many black horsehide boots around nowadays.

    I would also recommend R.M. William's MTO program if you dig Chelsea boots - my comfort craftsman is by far the most comfortable boots I own, and the Chelsea boot actually has a very long tradition both in Australia & England (where it was invented) that most people have long forgotten.
     
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    I am after a black pair that is versatile enough to wear on weekends and also during the week with business casual attire. So, I was thinking of Red Wing IR, GT, Wolverine 1000 mile - which are plain toe. But thanks for suggesting Thorogood #676, they look awesome. Do they run tts and do they offer size 7US? Otherwise, I probably need to put in a MTO if Epaulet offer that type of service.
     
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    Mmmm...re: the Epaulet x Thorogood, probably best to ask Mike at Epaulet directly at style forum.

    Can also recommend the newly revamped Alfred Sargent for MTO...haven't handled a pair yet (hopefully next year), but I hear very good things about the new AS from a very trusted source - and their last shapes are perhaps more suited to business casual than Thorogood, Red Wing, etc.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I will contact Mike at Epaulet, because the pair of Epaulet x Thorogood looks very attractive, if I can kop a pair in black horsehide.

    I recently kopped a pair of RM Williams comfort craftsmen in chestnut colour. And I agree, they are one of the most comfortable pair of boots I own - hardly require breaking in. The Chelsea boots with the chisel toe is a nice look, which combines well with a pair of slim fitting jeans, ie SG2109. RM Williams make a pair of 820V Rigger Boots, which has similar last to Epaulet x Thorogood, that I have also considered - but don't think they come in black.
     
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    ^ I've thought of the Rigger boot as well, and they can make it in any leather/colour you want if you go MTO.
    Was going to order a pair in black camel leather, but I wanted them to modify the outsole/midsole construct...they refused, so I ended up with a pair of craftsman's in tan camel.
     
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    Holy hell, those Alfred Sargent's are beautiful. Do you know approximately how much the boots are?
     
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    350 pounds for basic model, extra for further customisations!
    Although Richard at the Shoe Healer might be taking stock of these soon, and it will be cheaper through them :)
     
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    Hi all!
    Just because horsehide is so awesome (and because this new thread is fantastic :p), Ray (of Blackacre) has come up with an interesting group buy - a pair of service-style boots with a half-brogue toe-cap, made with Horween's burgundy Chromexcel (i.e. vegetable re-tanned) horse butt leather!!!

    To my knowledge no such configuration in a service boot exists currently... the burgundy CXL horsebutt will be a perfect balance between pure veg. tanned horsehide and cordovan - retaining the fascinating horsehide grain of the former whilst approaching the greasiness & shine of the latter.

    The details are yet to be confirmed, but we are approaching a couple of boot makers (one of whom is ready to hop on board!) and I'll post up more details here in the next days/weeks.

    If you are keen to know more, please shoot me a PM if you don't already have my e-mail.

    For an idea of what the leather actually looks like, see here & here.
     
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    If only they were black. ATM I am on the market for a black pair of boots as you already know from earlier posts in this thread. And I would love to have more boots, however I need to keep my budget in surplus. Perhaps when more details about the boots are available I might join in the group buy. Great idea on the project, and I am sure participants will not be disappointed.
     
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    I'm also after something black. Thanks for the tip on Shoe Healer mike!
     
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    NP mateys, more updates here as they become available.

    @ woody: A Fine Pair of Shoes also has the montague boots for MTO.

    Kopped this on the ultra-cheap, 1970's Georgia Giant moc-toe boots:
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    Having it shortened at the moment, more pics when they return :-D
     
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    ^ Very interesting pair of boot. I am curious how they will look/turn out after shortening.
     
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    ^ Yeah, they're not the usualy 40s to 50s style that I love, but I think this pair is a really good representation of 60s to 70s "sports & outdoors" boots...the price was really good (40-something bucks) and the condition of the leather was superb, so I thought why not?

    I think it would be much more usable here in Australia when shortened, especially since it is well insulated.
    (for non-Aussies, boot insulation isn't required in the cities here even during our coldest winter days :p)
     
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    Any more info on this? sooo tempting
     

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