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Re: New Boots!

Postby Ghostsoldier » Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:29 am

Yeah, I really like the current patina that they exhibit; I know you're planning on improving them Michael, but they sure do look authentic in their current state! :P

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Postby Manveruon » Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:47 am

Haha, yeah, I mean I kind of do too! I LOVE things that look all old and weathered and beat-up. I'll be holding onto the pictures of these for sure to use as reference for future endeavors in distressing costumes (which is one of my favorite things to do with cosplay, honestly). But yeah, for these I definitely want to get a longer life and more functionality out of them, so I'll definitely be re-finishing them pretty extensively. Even so, I'm sure they'll exhibit plenty of noticeable wear before too long!
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Re: New Boots!

Postby Elleth » Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:48 pm

Very cool!

I'm curious - did the slits lower down make much of a difference in letting in trail cruft?

A little anecdote: after our pup chewed out the liners of my modern hiking boots, I just started using my barn muck boots for short woods walks. I was actually surprised how well they actually worked on the trail. I'd not want to go miles and miles in them, but they weren't nearly so ungainly as I might have expected - and naturally they kept my toes nicely dry. At least until the rubber finally gave out.

Still, it gave me some perspective on the tall laceless leather boots that it seems like everybody but us put their soldiers in last century. I don't think the tall-and-kinda-stiff boot shaft works for the ranger aesthetic, but it's made me curious to explore softer mocs/medievally boots that are unslit and a tad loose all the way up, off in the old Tandy "Apache" direction.

I've no clue what the foot contruction would look like though.

Anyone have trail experience with such things?
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Re: New Boots!

Postby Manveruon » Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:14 pm

Elleth wrote:Very cool!

I'm curious - did the slits lower down make much of a difference in letting in trail cruft?

A little anecdote: after our pup chewed out the liners of my modern hiking boots, I just started using my barn muck boots for short woods walks. I was actually surprised how well they actually worked on the trail. I'd not want to go miles and miles in them, but they weren't nearly so ungainly as I might have expected - and naturally they kept my toes nicely dry. At least until the rubber finally gave out.

Still, it gave me some perspective on the tall laceless leather boots that it seems like everybody but us put their soldiers in last century. I don't think the tall-and-kinda-stiff boot shaft works for the ranger aesthetic, but it's made me curious to explore softer mocs/medievally boots that are unslit and a tad loose all the way up, off in the old Tandy "Apache" direction.

I've no clue what the foot contruction would look like though.

Anyone have trail experience with such things?



So as for getting dirt and gravel and trail-gunk inside the boots, I have to say that they actually did pretty well in that respect. There was some occasional dust, but I can’t recall any major debris making its way inside.

When it comes to the laces, I can definitely say, having extensively worn a pair of 17th/18th Century “pirate” boots for many years, that a whole bunch of lacing around the foot and leg really isn’t necessary if the foot itself is well fitted. And really, there are plenty examples of pull-on boots out there throughout the ages. Although, I feel like if you want a particularly snug and secure fit, some sort of lacing or buckling or tightening right down at the bridge of the foot definitely helps.
For my own boots, these need lacing in general because of their front-opening design, but even so, and despite my previous statement about snugging down the bridge, I’d say the lacing lower down on the foot portion of these boots is mostly superfluous - particularly when the lower leg is laced all the way up to just below the knee.I could probably take out the lowest loop entirely and not be particularly bothered by the fit, as long as the front of that section was sewn closed - but I might have trouble getting my foot in and out.

To try and combat the issues presented by having openings down on the foot, however, I’ve decided to try making some small rectangular strips of very thin, soft garment leather, and sew them on the inside of the boot just behind where the openings are situated. I’ll probably use a small, tight saddle-stitch, then seal that slightly with beeswax. This should mostly shore up those holes, while still leaving loops on the outside of the boot for the lacing. It’s probably a bit over-engineered, but I am optimistic that it will improve the overall functionality.

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