Ah, thanks. I knew they did it at some point, and thought maybe it coincided with the European holiday. (For those who haven't experienced this, most of Europe takes August off, as literally as that can be taken).
Since we can't modify patterns, I think it was pointed out that the IH collab didn't have as deep a gusset, which is a big selling point for those of us with real chicken legs. Switching to the 9" and a shallower gusset *might* work for me, but I'm sold on the 8" and deep gusset.
Awesome. FWIW I'm in support of the Hopper having a partial structured toe. I will go either way, but my big toe is prominent and a little bit of structure will go a long way at avoiding having a big 'ol imprint on the top of the boot.
I don't know why it's so hard for me to find those kind of pics, but that's exactly the view I was looking for with the Hopper. Basically the only engineer boot I've seen yet that can so flawlessly fit underneath a pair of pants without looking ridiculous. So awesome.I would be down with partial structure or unstructure. I don't think it makes too much of a difference, I would buy either.
I find that without fail all my TS stuff shrinks with a wash and dry, despite their protestations that they absolutely won't. it's not a matter, but I buy size 40s now, make sure I like it, then give it a wash/dry and voila, they fit like an unwashed size 38. My Sailor Twitch shirt and floral patterns were no exception. The short sleeve shirts all looked a bit ill fitting around the upper top back area, and after a wash they all fit like a dream there with no extra pull...
Nickel and gunmetal are both basically two facets of some kind of silvery color (gunmetal probably referring to an antiqued shade).I'd be comfortable just letting the default choice fall to you Stickydonk, based on what Fok tells you is available, since you made the initial build. Not much time left in the process (I think?), and it looks like this build will have a good shot of making the cut.
Shiny brass, with antique brass a close second. Shiny brass is really awesome if you actually have the patience to let it patina on its own. I would vote specifically against nickel/silver color, though it wouldn't exactly be a deal killer, but with brown leather I think brass would look much better.
Edit: swapped the order, so shiny is now better than antique. But antique like in your pics looks great too.