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The lacing part looks weird like theyre too close together but still loose

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My custom ordered Last & Loom boots, almost 1 year of wear.

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absolutely fantastic, are those the ones made by Lennon? they're quite Lennon-esque anyway.

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Thanks Volvo. No they're made in New Zealand by an unidentified 2nd gen bootmaker. But yes, very Lennon-esque profile!

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The Loom & Last ones are made by Lastrite in Whangarei, NZ. They use the same Rapid Standard Brass Screw machine for soling that William Lennon does - apparently only 5 or 6 still exist globally. Both companies may use similar lasts too as the boot profiles seem quite similar.

More information here courtesy of Paul T: http://loomstate.co.uk

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Doesnt member named Hemi work with them?  Or did at one point?  Those look nice and clean.  Stitching is much better than many White's and Viberg's I have seen lately.  

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Yes, Last & Loom is Hemi's company I believe and he commissioned Lastrite to make a footwear range exclusively for him, so it's not part of their standard product offering.

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Yep - Hemi runs the shop, if you're ever in Wellington NZ be sure to visit him, really lovely (enormous, ex-rugby player) man with tonnes of knowledge.

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I was there 5 years ago but unfortunately I think the shop has recently closed down while Hemi focuses on his manufacturing business.

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is resoling some boots with goodyear welted crepe soles and replacing them with vibram 2060s a pretty easy job? Was wondering if I should take them to a local cobbler or Brian the Bootmaker, whose quote was twice as much.

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the 2060 is just glued to the mid.  If the crepe sole is glued as well, its just a rip off and replace job.  In these situations, just about anyone can do the job, but some cobblers slack on letting the glue set long enough or they dont spread it evenly about.  But if your guy isnt a buffoon, it should be ok.  

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Got my correct Trickers boots today, couldn't be happier! I can see why lot of people rave about Trickers, they look and feel great. Will see how they are after a full day (and more) wearing them

 

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Not usually into Trickers for some reason (can't put my finger on it) but those look nice.

I also like the look of those Last and Loom boots.

I picked up some generic Dr. Scholl's insoles for my Viberg derbies and they fit perfectly now.

I was worried I would have to try and sell them!

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Yea me too, this was the only Trickers boot style that I liked. It's almost exactly the same as the collab between Trickers and Superdenim, but in calf leather not shell cordovan.

The high end english shoemakers rarely seem to do any cap toe boots, let alone ones without grain leather or those perforated patterns on the leather.

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Need opinion: 

 

Does anyone else see the markings that look like "ripples" or "stretch marks", on the broad part of the boot? It tends to stand out more from further away I think, and is just nagging at me.

 

If so, do you think oiling/conditioning/darkening would get rid of this?

 

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What?

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It's subtle, but a friend of mine noticed it as well. It's not texture, it's in the color. Looks like diagonal lines. Also, the image quality isn't very good when I upload it so it might be harder to see than in the original picture.

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i think theres a level of variability in this kind of thing that you are best to just accept. Leather is skin, so yea maybe that cow got fat haha.   That said, they look unworn so an exchange is a valid option if you think it will bug you.  But it will get to a point where they are so worn in and patina'd that this will not matter one way or another.  

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If you plan on never wearing it and only displaying it, then yeah I'd exchange but it's pretty subtle and with wear, the whole boot is going to change and break in and then it won't even matter. 

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Yeah, I figured it would go away for the most part once they get broken in and treated with oil/cream etc. 

Wasn't sure if it would always be present because its just embedded in the leather or something. If that were the case I'd probably exchange them 

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I've had to stare at that for a while as I read your description a few times to really spot what you're talking about hollywoodisgood.

 

It's definitely just leather being leather (i.e. animal skin): you won't even notice it after a month of wear and if anything it's just part of the character of the boot.

 

Personally I think they look great.

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I'm struggling to see much at all in the picture and agree with the others that you'll not notice a thing once the boots are broken in. My Indy boots crinkled quite a bit on the shaft just above the white stitching and if yours do the same, the shading on the leather will be a non-issue.

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Thanks for the insight guys. It's certainly me being nit-picky, but i'm hopeful it'll just become unnoticeable. I'm guessing using something like neatsfoot oil might be useful as well.

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Sneakers get worn out & die ... I don't think they'd look better with age ... But that's a personal opinion.

Nevertheless, these are my Oki-Ni X Adidas, circa 2006 = 10th Anniv ... Boot addiction saved them :)

WilhelmBungert + Spezial + IndoorSuper

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Sneakers get worn out & die ... I don't think they'd look better with age ... But that's a personal opinion.

 

Well......most of sneakers are with vulcanized soles and difficult to have them replaced. So once they've been worn out, that's it.....but that's the fate unfortunately.....let's buy new pair! (although I like well-loved sneakers)

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So fucking stoked. Got imo the perfect laceup boots for me, first try. They fit like a glove, need 0 break in.

 

Toys McCoy Railman, thanks ed!

 

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Happy for you ben!

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