New boots for work from the very helpful folks at The Shoe Healer!
Richard had been very helpful and ordered a pair of Grasmere boots in my size for me.
Bench-made in Northampton with black scotch grain calf leather, toe-cap stiching, inner natural leather lining, cut-top with pull-tab, 360 degree Goodyear welted, and fitted with a commando sole.
Same 4497 last as the Stow boots, but is slightly wider in the toe (‘6’ width.)
A very similar look to the AS Culford boots or the C&J Coniston boots.
The calf leather has been heavily textured/pebbled.
This ‘scotch‘ grain is meant to be a heavier print than a ‘zug‘ grain.
Less noticeable on the toe box where the leather is stretched – but check out the grain on the quarters (pic below.)
I really like the subtle pebbling effect on the toe box!
This scotch grain leather is a little stiffer than the average calf, and much tougher to break in.
I decided to do some work to improve the stiffness and texture – results later 😉
All in all, these are heavy, sturdy boots – generous in fit, understated & subtle in appearance, and tough in the shell – I could really do some serious bashing around in these!
I would highly recommend The Shoe Healer for your English footwear needs 🙂