Brandecosse Cervo Rosso Boots
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- Last updated: 10/12/2020
Based in Scotland, Brandecosse is a family business whose owners have been involved in the manufacture of waterproof footwear since the 1980s. They work hand in hand with an Italian familyowned boot maker, so all looks good in terms of their experience and the location that the boots come from.
These are superb quality, all leather, tall boots handmade in Italy. At 11” they are very high and give full protection and support through your ankle and up your shin. Despite this height, the boots are not restrictive and are very comfortable as well as easy to wear. The quality of the leather has to be seen to be believed, to the point where it seems a shame to get them wet and dirty! The collar is really nicely padded and leather lined throughout. Inside the leather outer there is, of course, all of the modern features; Sympatex breathable and waterproof lining, contoured & removable cushioned footbed along with a very well designed and comfortable internal environment.
On the outside, the laces are on an ‘easy-tighten rollerlacing system’, with rollers inside the lower hooks so the laces slide through with minimal resistance, which helps to get them correctly tightened. The commandostyle sole is extremely ‘knobby’ and provides fantastic grip even on slippery streambeds and laid-down wet grass. An additional feature is a soft rubber scuff cap on the toes of the boots which helps protects the leather and extends the life of the finish. All of the stitching on the boots is excellent and all of the seams sit nice and flat.
The boots are very comfortable straight out of the box, which is unusual for a leather boot. Although they weigh 2.1kg the boots do not feel heavy and when wearing them around the house they felt more like a substantial pair of slippers than outdoor boots. Out on the farm, they remained very comfortable and warm and kept water out even when submerged. The grip was excellent and no surface seemed too much for the sole to stick to.
There is no doubt that these are an expensive pair of boots, but they are the very highest quality, designed as a working boot for gamekeepers and the like to spend long days in them. They are built to last, if you take proper care of them. Over time, they will actually work out more economical than buying cheaper boots and having to replace them regularly. In answer to the question ‘is there still quality out there?’, the answer is a definite yes. My old boots can now be retired and the superb Brandecosse boots will take their place, probably for a long time.