Think there was a request for an update on these awhile back; finally got around to it:
Epaulet x Thorogood Horsehide 685 boot. Purchased Fall 2010.
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I have these same boots, purchased about a year after you got yours. I gotta say, they look even better with the additional wear. I recently changed the laces to green Benjo's, just for a little touch of color. Did you change out the insoles? They look different than the ones in my pair.