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    Business casual / dress boot suggestions

    My dress black cap toe J&M shoes recently went in for a resole, but before I did it, I started to think about replacing them with a pair of boots of similar style. Thursday has their Captain which looks perfect for what I want: 6 inch shaft, dress profile, speed hooks, dainite sole, cap toe.

    The reviews seem fair to middling on the quality though. I have a pair of Red Wing blacksmiths that I've worn since July of 2015 and they just keep looking better. I'd like to find something with similar quality that will last and look great for years. I think the Captains could work, though their QC seems hit or miss.

    Though the Captains are $200, I don't mind spending $300 or so for the right pair. Any other suggestions?

    #2
    Have you considered the AE Higgins Mill? I'm not sure they are still on sale but they had some nice prices on them last week.

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      #3
      Business casual / dress boot suggestions

      Wolverine does a cap to boot as well and seem to fit the rest of your requirements. I love my pair and probably wear those more than the Alden 403s or the daltons that I own.






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      Last edited by Useknifeonly; December 1, 2018, 11:34 AM.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Kddub2001 View Post
        Have you considered the AE Higgins Mill? I'm not sure they are still on sale but they had some nice prices on them last week.
        The cap-toe version is Normandy, and they are on sale for $276 right now. But no speed hooks.

        https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...ot/SF8300.html
        WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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          #5
          Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
          The cap-toe version is Normandy, and they are on sale for $276 right now. But no speed hooks.

          https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...ot/SF8300.html
          FWIW I would just clarify that the Normandy is not a cap-toe “version” of the Higgins Mill - they are two totally different boots.
          Ben

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            #6
            Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
            FWIW I would just clarify that the Normandy is not a cap-toe “version” of the Higgins Mill - they are two totally different boots.
            And Surrey is another cap-toe version also on sale. More color choices and it has speed hooks:

            https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...&start=1&sz=36
            WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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              #7
              Why not resole the current boots and then get something different to add to the collection to change things up? When you say business casual and boot, you're screaming "chukka!" at the top of your lungs.. Just saying...

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                #8
                I often ride a motorcycle to work so I need something that covers my ankle, so Chukkas are out.

                Wolverine 1k mile boots were supposed to be at the Needless Markup near me, but apparently they lied and only carry them online. Lame.

                There was an Allen Edmonds store in the same mall, so I checked out the Higgins Mill. They look too much like the Blacksmiths I already own, at least from an upper standpoint. The Sullivan Street looked perfect, but I didn't like the contrasting pebbled leather. The Daltons were a little too in my face for a boot, and no speed hooks.

                I also stopped into a J Crew store and didn't expect much, but I found the Kenton cap toe and the Pacer. I bought the cap toe in brown, but might go back for the pacer. It isn't what I was originally looking for, but I think I like it more. Here's a comparison shot:

                From the left: blacksmith, blacksmith, pacer, cap toe:

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                  #9
                  I had a terrible experience with Thursday Boots. Their stuff looks nice but the insole and lining sucks, imo. I will add that their customer service is on point though as they went out of their way to try to satisfy me and let me exchange some shoes that I had worn where I even torn out the foot bed! (it's really bad, not leather, squeaks and creaks like nobody's business)
                  I like the Pacer that you picked out. Have you considered a Chelsea boot? Meermin has some up for $240. I bought the Allen Edmonds Surrey cap toe but returned it because it was very bulky, felt like more of a work boot, didn't really look good with chinos/pants. I've heard good things about the Higgins mill boot but don't have any personal experience with them.

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                    #10
                    That's a bummer you had such problems with TBC. It's a shame they are trying to win on price alone. With the quality of other manufacturers like AE starting to slip, the $300 price point would be ripe for their product if it's up to snuff.

                    I'm just not a big fan of how Chelsea boots look, though they do look far more convenient to put on a take off.

                    I agree that the Surrey looks a bit too similar to my Red Wings. Too bulky for business casual.

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                      #11
                      For anke-support issues (read: messed up tendons from years of playing second row in rugby), I wear boots almost exclusively. I've been putting at least 5-7 miles on my thursday boot captains almost daily for the past 4 months and have yet to see an issue, soles are fine, leather's soft and supple but still supportive. For a little more you can get a better boot probably but don't let the bad reviews scare you off if you like the look or that's your price point. Mine are doing just fine.

                      That said, for real punishing weather or hiking I've got my redwing Iron Rangers so if you're looking for a "swiss army" boot, you might want to look elsewhere.

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                        #12
                        this is a nice album from reddit/r/goodyearwelt:

                        https://imgur.com/a/vf3QwQh#WhZkMPx

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                          #13
                          AE higgins boots in real life:

                          https://imgur.com/a/8km7eVG

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                            #14
                            I swapped out the cap toe for the pacer. I really like them so far, but I've only been breaking them in around the house for the past 2 days.

                            Maybe I'll still pony up for the TBC Captain. The positive reviews really dominate Amazon. What size did you go with? I'm a 9 in my Red Wings, but a 9.5 in J Crew. I'm usually a 10.5 in normal kicks.

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                              #15
                              I'm always a 13 .

                              I will say the TBC fits more snuggly than the redwings do, but that's more the cut of the boot and the rise of the toe.

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