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Originally Posted by acinod View Post

Wanted to get my hands on these for winter but bit sad that they're $210 now frown.gif

Are these still one of the best value boots in the US for streetwear?

Witth the price increase, I don't think they're the best value anymore.

I'd give that crown to the Chippewa GQ boot:

http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-20067-American-Handcrafted-Rodeo/dp/B00413PVOC

And the Thorogood Heritage boot:

http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B001QJA6DA/ref=sr_1_2?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1377169015&sr=1-2&keywords=thorogood+boot
post #1127 of 1305
Something about the leather , the cap toe on the engineer I prefer over those others...

Glad to work a deal on my like new size 11 D if anyone has a need...
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Calling all Katahdin Boot fans... in case you're interested Chippewa has a new heritage boot line called "Original Chippewa" featuring the Katahdin and other vintage boot designs from their archives, all in upgraded leathers. You can follow the thread we've got going on the new line right here:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/334210/the-original-chippewa-heritage-boot-line
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Hey guys, first post for me here. I'm a New Englander born and raised so I've always held LL Bean in high regard. I am in the market for a new set of winter boots and like the look of the Khatadin's.

 

I see they offer the rubber soled ones marketed as "waterproof" (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/57044?feat=49464-ppxs&dds=y) and the 

 cork sole ones (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/49464?feat=57044-ppxs&dds=y). 

 

Do the non-rubber ones hold up pretty well in snow and slush if properly treated? Do they leak? I do a lot of walking (and shoveling) in the snow and slush here in the winter. Basically I'd like to know if I'll regret standing in 6 inches of snow for a few minutes in the cork ones or should I seriously consider the rubber ones or some more hardcore work boots.

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Originally Posted by rethcir View Post

Hey guys, first post for me here. I'm a New Englander born and raised so I've always held LL Bean in high regard. I am in the market for a new set of winter boots and like the look of the Khatadin's.

I see they offer the rubber soled ones marketed as "waterproof" (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/57044?feat=49464-ppxs&dds=y) and the 
 cork sole ones (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/49464?feat=57044-ppxs&dds=y). 

Do the non-rubber ones hold up pretty well in snow and slush if properly treated? Do they leak? I do a lot of walking (and shoveling) in the snow and slush here in the winter. Basically I'd like to know if I'll regret standing in 6 inches of snow for a few minutes in the cork ones or should I seriously consider the rubber ones or some more hardcore work boots.

If you proof the uppers properly, the standard Katahdins will do just fine. I suggest welt-seal and sno-seal but others will chime in with their goop of choice. The only strike against the cork sole is that it has pretty poor traction. By the way, both soles are rubber. The cork sole (Vibram #475) is Nitrile with cork fibers while the Montagna lug-sole (VIbram #132) is an all-rubber compound. Both will be useless on ice, but the lug-sole on the waterproof version will have much more bite in snow and mud. It'll also pick up a lot more dirt than the cork sole. It really depends on how you plan to use them.
post #1131 of 1305
Happiness is finding the perfect pair of Katahdin's! I've bought and sold a few pair in various sizes that were never quite right. These 11 E are friggin perfect
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Hey guys, total noob to the thread here, so maybe this is common knowledge already. I'm from Maine so I pop into the LL Bean flagship store pretty often. Today in the shoe department, right above the standard Katahdin Iron Works Boots was a boot I'd never seen before. They looked like the standard boot but finished in a beautiful supple "Cordovan" (color only) leather. I asked about them and the employee said they were brand new to the store. I asked if they were exclusive to LL Bean and she said "no", so I'm assuming they are a part of the new Chippewa collection. The price was $220. I can't find said boots online, but as someone who has been looking at Wolverine 1ks and Chippewa Service Boots, I think I will probably buy these ASAP and see how they are. 

 

Edit: Here are the boots I was talking about. Are these new?


Edited by petercoleman - 9/8/13 at 9:01pm
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I have the Chippewa GQ boots (which are quite similar to the Katahdins), has anyone found a good pair of replacement laces, that are shorter?

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I ended up wanting black flat laces on my GQs-- I had these 40" laces (in black) on hand and they work well.  I don't thread them through the top set of eyelets (above the quick-lace things).   These 39ers from AllenEdmunds would likely be great: $1.50 w/ free shipping.


Edited by mixProtocol - 9/18/13 at 8:29am
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Just received a pair of the boots from LL Bean in Cordovan... Pictures coming tomorrow probably. I think I might be one of the first people to buy a pair. 

post #1136 of 1305
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Originally Posted by petercoleman View Post

Hey guys, total noob to the thread here, so maybe this is common knowledge already. I'm from Maine so I pop into the LL Bean flagship store pretty often. Today in the shoe department, right above the standard Katahdin Iron Works Boots was a boot I'd never seen before. They looked like the standard boot but finished in a beautiful supple "Cordovan" (color only) leather. I asked about them and the employee said they were brand new to the store. I asked if they were exclusive to LL Bean and she said "no", so I'm assuming they are a part of the new Chippewa collection. The price was $220. I can't find said boots online, but as someone who has been looking at Wolverine 1ks and Chippewa Service Boots, I think I will probably buy these ASAP and see how they are. 

Edit: Here are the boots I was talking about. Are these new?

Strange development! They look so close to the Service Boot in Cordovan color:

http://www.zappos.com/chippewa-service-boot-cordovan?zfcTest=fcl%3A0

But logoless and 50 dollars cheaper! Thread color on the welt is also different. Wonder what other differences there are...
post #1137 of 1305
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Strange development! They look so close to the Service Boot in Cordovan color:

http://www.zappos.com/chippewa-service-boot-cordovan?zfcTest=fcl%3A0

But logoless and 50 dollars cheaper! Thread color on the welt is also different. Wonder what other differences there are...

 

Yep, bl@ster I don't know if you remember me from the Chippewa thread but I was considering a pair of those Service boots. Got these instead and I love them. Like I said above, I'll post pictures soon. 

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If anyone's interested, I ended up going with the Chippewa's. These ones price dropped to $103 on Amazon today, so I put in an order.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00413PV7O

post #1139 of 1305

How is thin is the toe cap on the Katahadins?  I picked up a pair of the Chippewa Apache Lacer...

 

http://www.zappos.com/chippewa-american-handcrafted-gq-apache-lacer-boot-brown?zfcTest=fcl%3A0

 

and unfortunately the toe cap was a little too big for my tastes.  Do the Katahadins have a thinner toe cap, or does anyone know of Chippewas that have a slim toe cap?

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