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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners - Page 80post #1186 of 133711/7/13 at 9:50ampost #1187 of 133711/7/13 at 12:10pmpost #1188 of 133711/7/13 at 12:33pmpost #1189 of 133711/7/13 at 12:38pmQuote:
I hope that anyone complaining that the sole of a shoe has worn out is told "Well, Chippewa offers a great resoling program and even included a postage-paid mailing container in the original packaging". Obviously if somebody really pushed it, they would take them back, but I would hope that they would at least try to call someone on their bullshit.post #1190 of 133711/7/13 at 1:18pmpost #1191 of 133711/8/13 at 8:11am
As a follow-up to my previous review, I decided to keep both version of these boots. LLBean's guarantee made that decision easier.
Regarding the cap-toe boot, one of the things that was really bugging me about the fit was the way the top of the collar dug into my leg. Closer inspection revealed that the roll at the top was uneven and there were a few spots where it was much thicker than others. I figured if I could fix this, then they would be much more comfortable. Several others have mentioned having this problem and that it went away as the boots broke in. I didn't want to wait for that. I found two methods that help fix this. The first involved a pair of vise-grips and two flat pieces of metal. The vise-grips have a texture that would imprint or tear the leather so I used the flat metal against the leather, then clamped down on it with the vise-grips. I did this working my way around the collar and it flattened the rolled leather. On the second boot I tried a large C clamp. The C clamp had flat metal so I didn't need any extra pieces to protect the leather. This method went faster. After doing this the boots were much more comfortable. My disclaimer: I plan to use these as rugged wear boots, if you're at all concerned about marking the leather in any way, I wouldn't use this technique because it did leave some little indentions.
The cap-toe boots are still really stiff. They are comfortable under foot, but this is the first pair of leather boots I've had in a long time that felt like they really needed to be broken-in. I kind of like the discomfort of the stiff leather, to me it means they'll hold up a longer. They're getting more comfortable with each wearing. I really like the distressed leather as well. I feel no need to pamper these boots.post #1192 of 133711/9/13 at 2:45amIf you condition it it will help the break in a bit. Also have a pair of shoes to swap when it gets real uncomfortable.
Yea im trying to do less workwear. Thank god i didnt get crazy into it. But yeah the guarantee llbean gives makes this a good deal.
Then again they could always change it. Heads up if you get the catalogue in the mail it has a 20% off coupon one time use. Says it works on everything on their site.
My brother used mine already.post #1193 of 133711/9/13 at 8:11amQuote:Is the quality worth it for $210?Originally Posted by matthewh
Those are the boots I purchased. The tag on the LLBean boots has 'Justin' on it. I looked it up, Chippewa is now owned by Justin.
Justin Brand doesn't make anything like this boot. I did look at Justin before I bought the Katahdin boots. Something like their #434
is similar but more geared towards being on a jobsite. I've never owned any Justin boots, so I don't know if they're decent or not.
They do cost less. The Katahdin Iron Work boots though feel like other Chippewa boots I've owned. They're basic, solid, no-frills bootspost #1194 of 133711/9/13 at 4:10pmpost #1195 of 133711/10/13 at 5:19ampost #1196 of 133711/10/13 at 7:44ampost #1197 of 133711/10/13 at 8:38ampost #1198 of 133711/10/13 at 4:30pmpost #1199 of 133711/10/13 at 4:36pmpost #1200 of 133711/10/13 at 4:56pm
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