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 I like the chunkier wootboot lasts, so 310 (with slightly lowered heel) or 2045, with a thicker black or brown horsehide (not the Guidi), plain cap toe, Cat's Paw heel and half sole, eight eyelets.  Maybe contrasting stitching.  Would also take a Dainite or other sole, but not a flat leather sole. One of the boots I briefly owned was a size 10 2045 with scotch grain black shell.  It was a bit too long, but with an insole it was slightly tight in the vamp.  Not much...
I haven't worn any of those other boots you mention, but have always been  9.5E or 10D in workboots over the years:  A Viberg 10 is clearly too big, and a 9 a bit too small.  Pretty sure I am a 9.5 in Viberg, but alas by the time I figured that out the boots I wanted (and the MTO program) were gone...  I am making do for now with White's and Aldens, but one day, one day...
 Speaking of toeboxes holding up or not, I am reminded of wdahab's natural shells, which began to collapsed so quickly around his toes -- an effect he liked and was fine with as I recall.  But makes me realize that it's some time since we had any evo updates on that pair... @wdahab, are you still there? Any new pics?
 I would probably try a 7D in Viberg, though of course as many of us learn the hard way sizing is tricky and can vary greatly from person to person...
 Man, they both look great!  That's a lot of boot in that pic..  I agree with you that the heel seems a bit too much as is on the Nick's, but otherwise the proportions are great and construction seems right on.  And I like the slightly rounder toe on the Nick's.
Thanks, good to know.  Yeah, the ones I tried on had a Vibram rubber sole (maybe the 2060..?).  I actually liked that they came with a removable insole because I took it out and replaced it with my own orthotic and it fit perfectly, whereas with most boots the orthotic makes things too tight and I have to size up (with brings other problems).  Ended up not buying the boots just because I was not convince by the shiny tar brown leather; but the fit was nice and the Vibram,...
Thanks misterjuiceman for this link -- it's a wealth of info on the nitty gritty of lasting and welting, etc, most of which is above my paygrade, but fascinating nonetheless.  (Thanks also for your response on CXL vs Chrompak on the other board...)
I am curious about the difference between Chromexcel and Chromepak..?  Can anyone speak to it?  I've assumed they are very similar, though in pics Chromepak looks a bit less shiny.  But wonder what the differences in tanning and/or looks are...
+1 on wearing your new boots right out of the box for some time before thinking of treating them (even with CXL).   With regard to  Brian the Bootmaker resoling Vibergs, there's this:     These Oxfords would have come with a wedge sole, but with a heel and half sole they are totally transformed.  He describes it also as being converted to a "hand welted construction," which I am not sure is the same as Goodyear, but clearly is no longer a Viberg style stitch down. ...
 A good case can be made for White's dress brown as the "standard" White's leather, especially for the SDs.  It will be more  hardwearing than CXL, but will pick up some nice patina over the course of a year or two.  By all accounts, it will last more or less forever.  Not as dressy as the name implies, and a nice balance between workboot leather and casual (thinner than the oil tans) leather.  Check out the pic on the first page of this thread, by slide13, with dress...
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