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My initial impression of my new LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots. First, I usually wear a 10E or 10.5D. - I ordered the 10.5D. The last (Munson last I believe) is quite full. They were a little big - I swapped out the insole with a thicker Red Wing insole - the fit is perfect. Now to the quality; I am 60 years old and have owned Tricker's, C&J, Alden, Viberg, Grenson, Allen Edmonds, Red Wing, etc... and these American made Chippewas are easily one of the best made, most rugged boots I have owned. No, they are not as "pretty" as the others, but at less than half the price they are the best deal going - by far. The leather is thick and well oiled, and the construction is nearly flawless. They will easily last the rest of my life. They are a little stiff at first but are already breaking in fine. Because they are an oiled leather they don't offer a high shine, but I did manage to get a nice luster with two coats of Saphir Renovateur, though I might just go forward with a good boot oil. All and all I could not recommend these boots more highly!
Edited by seer - 10/8/13 at 5:48am
I would say yes. I never use insulated boots here in New England, I use a heavy wool sock (actually Alpaca wool is the warmest for me) with a light nylon sock underneath. And I have gone through some pretty cold and harsh winters with no problems.
Sure, but I like a more even color. Which they have now - did use Obenauf's LP last night, then another coat of Saphir - I love Saphir, there is nothing better to bring out the deep color and luster in leather.