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post #1066 of 1265
^ Get yourself a pair of Smartwool light hikers. I remember it taking almost a week before they molded to my foot / ankle
post #1067 of 1265
Don't even try to tie them all the way to the top when they're fresh. And wear thick-ish wool socks. I still wear them tied just above the first set of hooks with the laces wrapped around the back.
post #1068 of 1265
^^ Thanks. I'm going to purchase some wool socks.. I think that could be t he issue. I find my toes hurt after a full days of wear, but it's not small for me? ...
post #1069 of 1265
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Originally Posted by Vintagemusician View Post

Don't even try to tie them all the way to the top when they're fresh. And wear thick-ish wool socks. I still wear them tied just above the first set of hooks with the laces wrapped around the back.

+1. I had them laced up to the top when I first wore them and my achilles were killing me for a few days after.
post #1070 of 1265
If you want them broken in within a day, soak them in warm water for about ten minutes, put on two pairs of socks (sock liner and wool hiking sock work for me) and wear them laced all the way up and tight until they're dry. The two pairs of socks will prevent blisters and the soaking will replicate a months worth of wearing, sweating and drying.
post #1071 of 1265
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If you want them broken in within a day, soak them in warm water for about ten minutes, put on two pairs of socks (sock liner and wool hiking sock work for me) and wear them laced all the way up and tight until they're dry. The two pairs of socks will prevent blisters and the soaking will replicate a months worth of wearing, sweating and drying.

That will do the trick, but you MUST apply leather conditioner afterwards.  

Mink Oil, Obeneufs, SnoSeal... pick your poison.

post #1072 of 1265
For those of you who've owned these for a long time: I've had mine for 3 years and I wear them on an almost everyday basis. I've just started to notice that the heels are wearing out. The nails aren't visible there, but I imagine that they will be soon.

So, what have you guys done to replace the soles on these? Take them to a cobbler or send them back to Chippewa for a resole?
post #1073 of 1265

What's the best place to get these at the moment? Still LL Bean for $189? Need a good boot for the cold Midwest winter and decided on these. I'm an 8 in Clarks Desert Boots what size should I look for in Katahdins? Do these look good with cuffed raw denim?

post #1074 of 1265
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just had a horror story with mine:

after owning them for about 3 weeks, wore them out last night (first significant snow)....

...came home after work today, both heels came undone (from the inner part of the heel closer to the toe) and started splitting towards the back end.

went to llbean, they were all shocked, took them back right away, and are shipping me a new pair, but looks like i'll be without them for a week or so.

put on my keen's to go to the store, almost cried.  the guy in the shoe dept didn't know what to say, he seemed surprised too.

anyways, the first 3 days, i felt like some runway chick in them because i wasn't used to that heel style, but after about a week or so, they were the best feeling/looking shoes i had up until this point.

hope it doesn't happen to anyone else.

Update: just received the replacement pair. Same issue. If I grab the heel by the inner edge (facing the toes), I can pull off about 25% of the heel completely away from the rest of the shoe. I will take them back to the store today and if they don't have a non defective pair in stock, I will return them and get iron rangers. I've seen better quality on $60 timberlands.
post #1075 of 1265
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Update: just received the replacement pair. Same issue. If I grab the heel by the inner edge (facing the toes), I can pull off about 25% of the heel completely away from the rest of the shoe. I will take them back to the store today and if they don't have a non defective pair in stock, I will return them and get iron rangers. I've seen better quality on $60 timberlands.

 

I'm having a similar problem with my pair (which I received about a month ago) - there's sort of a popping sound when I step coming from the right foot, and it seems like the front part of the heel is coming unglued from the rest of the sole.  I contacted LLBean customer service, and they said they don't have my size in stock for a replacement, but that they'd reimburse me for getting the heel fixed at a local cobbler. I was actually really impressed with their customer service - they responded to my email within a half hour, and said that for a reimbursement under $20 all I have to do is call them up (need to send in a receipt for reimbursement >$20).

post #1076 of 1265
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I'm having a similar problem with my pair (which I received about a month ago) - there's sort of a popping sound when I step coming from the right foot, and it seems like the front part of the heel is coming unglued from the rest of the sole.  I contacted LLBean customer service, and they said they don't have my size in stock for a replacement, but that they'd reimburse me for getting the heel fixed at a local cobbler. I was actually really impressed with their customer service - they responded to my email within a half hour, and said that for a reimbursement under $20 all I have to do is call them up (need to send in a receipt for reimbursement >$20).

That's nice of them, but this drama's going on for about a month now. I bought work boots, not a tuner project. I didn't expect to put additional money and time and effort into something vibram or chippewa oe llbean should've caught, twice just to make them into what I thought I ordered.
post #1077 of 1265
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That's nice of them, but this drama's going on for about a month now. I bought work boots, not a tuner project. I didn't expect to put additional money and time and effort into something vibram or chippewa oe llbean should've caught, twice just to make them into what I thought I ordered.

 

Makes sense to me, and I agree that this is something that shouldn't be happening at all. I wonder if this is a common problem on their recently produced boots.

post #1078 of 1265


AppleMark

J.Crew boots, amazing eBay score. Quite nice. I did a 180 on these, as I first didn't like the pics of the short toe cap. I was totally wrong.
post #1079 of 1265
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Originally Posted by chuckb View Post

 

Makes sense to me, and I agree that this is something that shouldn't be happening at all. I wonder if this is a common problem on their recently produced boots.

 

well, i gave them a shot.  they were very courteous at the store and returned them no questions asked (the 2nd pair wasn't even out of the nylon bags they come in yet).

 

oh well, i have red wings en route.  maybe i'll try them again later on in life.

post #1080 of 1265

Where can I actually purchase these? The L.L. Bean online store does not have them in stock (for any size within a size and a half of my own) until March, and according to the online locator no stores have them in-stock anywhere in the state.

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