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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

The tongue in my Longbranches are a bit crooked but does not affect wear at all and my Daltons happen to fit me great. Is it just the crooked tongue? or does it not fit right in other places?

 

 

The fit is very good otherwise, I'm just concerned that the tongue issue will get worse over time.

 

This being my first pair of shell, is it true that the break-in period is longer than calf? The footbed is comfortable, but the boot is tight across my instep and my ankles when I walk.

post #49307 of 70737
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Originally Posted by halfnhalfnhalf View Post
 

 

Unfortunately, you may have lost the seconds lottery.  If they're not comfortable, no matter how disappointed you might be, don't keep them just because they were a good deal, because you won't wear them.

 

BTW, what color are those?  Maybe it's my monitor, but they almost look like walnut.

 

 

They're burgundy. The lighting in my office is poor!

post #49308 of 70737
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Originally Posted by AndyC View Post
 

 

 

The fit is very good otherwise, I'm just concerned that the tongue issue will get worse over time.

 

This being my first pair of shell, is it true that the break-in period is longer than calf? The footbed is comfortable, but the boot is tight across my instep and my ankles when I walk.

 

Shell does not stretch during the break-in period the same way as calfskin does.  Rather, it tends to mould to your foot.  I point this out because, if the boots are too tight in the instep, they're not going to get much better once broken in.

post #49309 of 70737
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Originally Posted by csmitty View Post

 

My thoughts as well on those Daltons, the edge on them makes it. Hard to believe they got that one spot on but fumbled the CXL Long Branch welt.

 

just curious - been lurking this and the MTO thread, but still plenty to learn: i know your (and watchidiot's) complaint is that the welt of the CXL long branch is black. it seems to my eye that a different color would provide some contrast between welt and lugs that is currently absent. is that basically the reason for your complaint? or does it also have to do with showcasing a component of the boot's construction, e.g. that they are indeed welted or something along those lines..?

 

i ask because i've seen a lot of attractive welt customizations in this and the other thread that look good to my eye, but simply haven't been able to synthesize the reasons why they look good... (and because i'm looking to get an upgrade for crappy weather when i won't be wearing a suit, and the long branch in CXL seems ideal.)

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just curious - been lurking this and the MTO thread, but still plenty to learn: i know your (and watchidiot's) complaint is that the welt of the CXL long branch is black. it seems to my eye that a different color would provide some contrast between welt and lugs that is currently absent. is that basically the reason for your complaint? or does it also have to do with showcasing a component of the boot's construction, e.g. that they are indeed welted or something along those lines..?

 

i ask because i've seen a lot of attractive welt customizations in this and the other thread that look good to my eye, but simply haven't been able to synthesize the reasons why they look good... (and because i'm looking to get an upgrade for crappy weather when i won't be wearing a suit, and the long branch in CXL seems ideal.)

 



Not sure if I can speak for WI but personally its just a lot of black played with a lot of lighter colored upper. I realize its hard when that's the only sole you have to work with, and the only color since its rubber. But a dark brown or a chili welt might have fit in better to bridge the sharp contrast between the sole and upper. There's just not much to work with in that instance though with that sole choice.

Going MTO would lend to much more attractive sole options that you could then pick the edge dressing to go with the upper better.

I have the older Long Branch and the regular Vibram sole isn't that thick as the gumlite pictured. The new one almost looks like there is a black midsole but its hard to tell. I might drop by my local store this afternoon and look again. I just didn't pay much attention to it since I didn't need another brown grain long branch.
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#8 shell Leeds just came off the back of the FedEx truck. I can fault neither fit nor finish; they're blobby but the AA width ameliorates that significantly, and they feel fine breaking in on the office carpet. Bonus: this pair has been on the seconds list for at least the last three years that I've been monitoring it, so they use the old-style burgundy finishing (cf Cold Iron's posts from a year or two ago) and have plenty of bloom to brush around. I'm going to like these a lot.

Thanks to all my fellow enablers for the heads up on $325 shell seconds last week! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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What boots do you guys normally wear for winter? The only boot I have is LL Bean katahdin.

 

Prior to a year ago, I wore hearty outdoor boots daily.  My closet is now 80% Allen Edmonds, but I kept 3 true outdoor intended boots.

 

These are my winter favorites...

Filson-enhanced Wolverine 1000 mile boots (I think).  

I bought them here as seconds 12 months ago.  

 

Any boot made by Danner which fits you well, will serve you well in the elements.  

 

The Danner Ich are my non-winter choice.  And on the hottest days, Danner's Rugged, All Terrain (RAT) rules.

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Originally Posted by stro View Post
 

 

just curious - been lurking this and the MTO thread, but still plenty to learn: i know your (and watchidiot's) complaint is that the welt of the CXL long branch is black. it seems to my eye that a different color would provide some contrast between welt and lugs that is currently absent. is that basically the reason for your complaint? or does it also have to do with showcasing a component of the boot's construction, e.g. that they are indeed welted or something along those lines..?

 

i ask because i've seen a lot of attractive welt customizations in this and the other thread that look good to my eye, but simply haven't been able to synthesize the reasons why they look good... (and because i'm looking to get an upgrade for crappy weather when i won't be wearing a suit, and the long branch in CXL seems ideal.)

 



Not sure if I can speak for WI but personally its just a lot of black played with a lot of lighter colored upper. I realize its hard when that's the only sole you have to work with, and the only color since its rubber. But a dark brown or a chili welt might have fit in better to bridge the sharp contrast between the sole and upper. There's just not much to work with in that instance though with that sole choice.

Going MTO would lend to much more attractive sole options that you could then pick the edge dressing to go with the upper better.

I have the older Long Branch and the regular Vibram sole isn't that thick as the gumlite pictured. The new one almost looks like there is a black midsole but its hard to tell. I might drop by my local store this afternoon and look again. I just didn't pay much attention to it since I didn't need another brown grain long branch.

 

It continually amazes me how AE screws up the smallest of details.  They build a great quality shoe, have tremendous customer service, but it always seems like the designs have one detail that is just off.  Just off the top of my head:

 

 - Dalton eyelets

 - Eagle County sole

 - Park Aveneue/Fifth Avenue cap toe line placement

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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post
 

Anyone know the Gobi last yet?  Seems like a hell of a chukka for $250

 

The Gobi is on the 809 last according to my SA.

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I wished I never saw the RDA flyer for I need another pair of shoes like I need another appendix. foo.gif
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

What boots do you guys normally wear for winter? The only boot I have is LL Bean katahdin.

 

This winter, I plan to pack away all but my Ridgeway (a bal /w mini-lug sole), LL Bean 12" Maine Hunting Shoe, plus two shoes I haven't yet received: The GMTO brown grain Eagle County, and a Walnut Shell Dalton.  The former has a Dainite sole and the latter has a leather sole, but I'm thinking of putting a mini-lug or commando sole on it.  I feel kinda naked in winter without a lugged boot. I'd feel bad about ripping off a brand-J. Redenbach leather sole so I might just abuse the hell out of the JB sole and put a mini-lug on when it's due for recrafting. The main reason I might decide to immediately recraft/resole is because leather can be incredibly slippery in winter.

 

TBH, I'd rather have the Dainite on the Dalton and put a lug onto the Eagle County. It would cost me as much as another brand-new boot to resole both, but I might just. Really wish the GMTO went with a lug in the first place. :(

 

 

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Originally Posted by stro View Post

i ask because i've seen a lot of attractive welt customizations in this and the other thread that look good to my eye, but simply haven't been able to synthesize the reasons why they look good... (and because i'm looking to get an upgrade for crappy weather when i won't be wearing a suit, and the long branch in CXL seems ideal.)

 



Not sure if I can speak for WI but personally its just a lot of black played with a lot of lighter colored upper. I realize its hard when that's the only sole you have to work with, and the only color since its rubber. But a dark brown or a chili welt might have fit in better to bridge the sharp contrast between the sole and upper. There's just not much to work with in that instance though with that sole choice.

 

A good example of a Dalton-like boot with a lug and a light-colored welt:

 

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Originally Posted by rostov View Post

The Gobi is on the 809 last according to my SA.

If this is indeed correct it's the same last as the Mojave. Nice last - fits tts and has quite a blobby / rounded toe-box (which I find appealing).
post #49318 of 70737
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Originally Posted by rostov View Post

 

A good example of a Dalton-like boot with a lug and a light-colored welt:

 

 

What boot is that?  I'm assuming it's a real offering and not a photoshopped  creation.

 

In spite of the black welt, I may be in for the new CXL Long Branch.  We're trying to get an AE brown shell boot GMTO off the ground (if interested, pm @Kahuna75).  If that fails to launch, I may even MTO the Long Branch.

 

post #49319 of 70737
just ordered a brown mora 2.0 and a walnut strand from a local shop. the fit for me was surprisingly similar to how my common projects fit, the 10D was a bit too long, but 9.5D was too tight and 9.5E was much too loose

for those with the rochester red cedar trees, do you find a 10D allen edmond goes better with a large or medium tree?
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so im going to abroad for three weeks and can't get to my local AE store. Can I order the Gobi's in whatever size I think may work for me, pay $250, then exchange them for whatever size actually does work? That way I can still get the RDA sale price

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