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Still unpacking…
The prospect of fall weather has me thinking about these boots.

Still unpacking…

The prospect of fall weather has me thinking about these boots.

Estate Sales Can Be a Gold Mine

The thrift shop isn’t the only place where deals can be had. Often times an estate sale will precede a large donation to a thrift, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not checking them out on the regular. Craigslist generally lists estate sales along with yard/garage sales, and many of my favorite wardrobe items have been so procured.

I just picked up these Heschung boots over the weekend at a local estate sale. They came with the original box from Barneys New York with the $655 price tag still on it. The soles show no wear, though the toe box has some slight creasing—perhaps from shopwear, or from the previous owner testing them out around the house before deciding he didn’t want to wear them out. They were priced at $125, but I bargained a bit and we split the difference so I walked out with them for $100. Not cheap by any means, but I think a good deal for boots of this quality.

In any case, Heschung is a storied French company famed for ski boots and other inclement weather footwear, though they do offer some dressier shoes as well. These boots feature a tough-as-nails grained moro leather upper, Norwegian welt construction, rubber soles, and a nice classic double buckle design. The profile of the boot is sleek enough for them to be worn with slightly dressier items, though they are by no means formal. They’ll be excellent boots for those cold and rainy days when I want to layer up under a tweed jacket.

#Pre-Americana

This is the only footwear I brought with me on my trip—Chippewa ‘Katahdin Iron Works’ boots from L.L. Bean. My father-in-law is a builder, and he and my mother-in-law built their own house, including the stone wall on which the shoes perch here in the photographs. The stones used to pave the old part of town, and are said to have been laid by Cornwallis’ soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The town was preparing to toss the stones when they put more modern paved roads in, and my father-in-law grabbed a bunch with which to pave the front walk, and to build a nice wall. Pretty cool for a history nerd.

L.L. Bean Katahdin Iron Works Boot by Chippewa.

L.L. Bean Katahdin Iron Works Boot by Chippewa.

Tricker’s ‘Stow’ Brogued Boot.

Tricker’s ‘Stow’ Brogued Boot.

More details.

Shoes: Tricker’s ‘Stow,’ $70 (Black Friday history)

Pants: Dockers Khaki Waders, $19.99 

Fall Boots: Tricker’s Stow

Fall Boots: Tricker’s Stow

Sneak Peek: Ed et al. Shoes, handmade in Singapore. (full review forthcoming)

Sneak Peek: Ed et al. Shoes, handmade in Singapore. (full review forthcoming)

My Red Wings. Together, they cost me -$120. Shop smart and you can win almost every time.

By far my most comfortable non-athletic shoe/boot. Tricker’s Stow brogued boots, purchased for $70 brand new. Get the full story here.

By far my most comfortable non-athletic shoe/boot. Tricker’s Stow brogued boots, purchased for $70 brand new. Get the full story here.

ethandesu:

Made To Order
Carmina Model #80179 Soller Last boots in Cuero Cordovan
For JmG

ethandesu:

Made To Order

Carmina Model #80179 Soller Last boots in Cuero Cordovan

For JmG

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