how do I protect soles on chelsea boots.? they're lanvins generic black leather version. do I need extra soles or taps or should I just not bother? I don't know shit about shoes and I dont really want to be had by a cobbler
I don't know what angle you would want to see. Here's the exact ones and should show everything. I can take pictures if you need too though. i've been trying to find out if its a goodyear welt for eternity now.
The soles are glued on, they're not stitched.
Get vibram for the ball of your feet and they should help them last a bit longer. You can bit some on the hell too but that's easily enough replaced.
Next time get good year welted boots, paying anything over 300 for boots and shoes with glued soles isn't a wise long term investment.
I just got them I may be able to send them back but I already walked on a hard surface on them. I feel like an idiot. I was thinking about buying some john lobb but these looked sleeker.
mate, dont stress, they're great looking boots. I was simply saying from my perspective craftsmanship comes first above all else. Becuase when I buy/get made shoes or boots I intend on making them last.
Goto a good cobbler, he'll tell you if they need to be tapped. But definitely get the soles vibramed, it'll help them last. Polish them every fortnight and if you have some, shoe tree them. It'll maximise the life out of them.
John Lobbs are fantastic but cost 3 times as much, or you go RM WILLIAMS which are cheaper and also better constructed (welted and also one single piece of leather wrapped as opposed to 4 separate pieces)
>>which rmw last is the least ugly
hahahah yeah fair cal mate, they are a bit of an acquired taste.
Unfortunately if you don't like the look I can't think of too many other boots with the similar quality and build at price range. I remember seeing womens APC boots that were single piece and welted... but Im not sure they made mens versions.
I have the comfort tambo, not sure what the last is though.
they're mid as I'm not a fan of cuban heels.
I've never had to trek through any sort of anything, so I don't have a use for vibram. If you live in, say, Canada then you should opt for vibram. I personally don't find vibram to be very nice to look at.
A very skilled cobbler could also rip those soles off and then resole them with better ones, and he could sew these ones. It's a risk, though. Make friends with this very skilled cobbler.
Do you know what a shoe tree is? If so, invest in some wooden ones. Yes, they need to be wooden. Shoe trees will help the shoes retain its shape while not on your foot. Wooden shoe trees will suck the nasty foot moisture out of the shoe, so it won't ruin the insole. Shoe trees will also remove creases. Do not skimp on the shoe trees.
If you live in a wet area, then you need to treat the leather. Seriously, don't even wear them outside on a wet day until you do this. If you do, you will rob the leather of its youth and destroy its lifespan. It will get all dry and crusty and it won't be shiny anymore. If you ruin it, you'll know.
A final tip, avoid scuffing these. Wax them, too. That way, if you do scuff them, it'll only scuff the wax and not cause detrimental damage to the leather underneath. In layman's terms, you can just wax them again and the scuff will come out. Wax before the first wear. Watch the way you walk up stairs, do not smash your toe against the rise of the staircase.
These are some beautiful shoes, OP. If you treat them right, they will treat you right.
I'm a cobbler if that influences any of your decisions.
mate, they're not a wash at all.
you got a pair of sweet looking boots which will last you a long long time as long as you look after them. Even if the glue becomes unstuck (especially if you wear them in the rain a bit) if can be reglued.
Wasn't trying to spook ya, just giving you a bit more facts so you know how you're spending you hard earned money.
i'm juggling between turnouts in kangaroo or a pair made to order in a regular heel, narrow medium toe, brass screwed sole and french veal calf. could never deal with chisel toes or cuban heels.
Buy a kit. Don't mix and match care products from different brands.
I recommend these
Shoe trees if you have none.
Allen Edmonds is a favourite of mine.
If you're willing to tell me the general area in which you're located, I might know a vouch-worthy cobbler near you.
Go to the Cobblestone Shoe Hospital. There's an old man named Stephan who might still work there. If so, have him do it. If not, get it done by one of other guys.
Stay away from Kosta Dino. They're horrible.
Stay away from any major chain shoe repair place. Don't go to any cobbler who has a kiosk in a mall.
Care for these boots and they'll last you forever.