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post #1231 of 1305
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Originally Posted by AHShadow View Post

First snow just fell today and it reminded me that I had to buy me some boots nod[1].gif. I've been eyeing the Katahdins for a year now and I've decided that I want to try them for the winter! I usually wear shoes during the winter and just scrap them an throw them away in the spring, but I finally decided to get some real boots to wear.

If I wear 41 in CP's, 42 in MMM, 9 in Vans would I also be a 9 in Katahdins?

Thanks!

I'm not sure what CP or MMM stands for, but people in this thread either say TTS or size 0.5 down.

 

Returns are free so you could probably get both and return one.

post #1232 of 1305
No idea what MMM is either. But I'm a size 8 in Clarks and size 8 in LL bean. Perfect fit
post #1233 of 1305
how perfect? what does the out sole measurement on the size 8 ll beans measure?
post #1234 of 1305
Not sure about others, but I'm an 8 in vans and sized down to a 7 in these boots.
post #1235 of 1305

Anyone have the Cordovan ones and have worn them since they've been released? If you do, do you mind taking pictures of them? I'm just wondering how they age (even though it hasn't been too long since they've been released). Thanks!

post #1236 of 1305
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Originally Posted by AHShadow View Post

First snow just fell today and it reminded me that I had to buy me some boots nod[1].gif. I've been eyeing the Katahdins for a year now and I've decided that I want to try them for the winter! I usually wear shoes during the winter and just scrap them an throw them away in the spring, but I finally decided to get some real boots to wear.

If I wear 41 in CP's, 42 in MMM, 9 in Vans would I also be a 9 in Katahdins?

Thanks!

 

I'd suggest getting a 41.5 (8.5 US). I wear a 40 in CP's and 41 in MMM, and the general rule seems to be that you should size down 0.5 with Katahdins.

post #1237 of 1305

I wear a size 11 shoe and ordered 10.5 boot. When wearing thicker (wool) socks it fits perfectly, when wearing a more regular sock it still fits very well but not quite as snug. Overall, very happy with my purchase. The cordovan is fantastic. I slapped some Obenauf's on as well.

post #1238 of 1305
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Originally Posted by Sklib View Post
 

I wear a size 11 shoe and ordered 10.5 boot. When wearing thicker (wool) socks it fits perfectly, when wearing a more regular sock it still fits very well but not quite as snug. Overall, very happy with my purchase. The cordovan is fantastic. I slapped some Obenauf's on as well.

 

You mind taking a picture of the cordovans with obenauf? thanks!

post #1239 of 1305
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You mind taking a picture of the cordovans with obenauf? thanks!

 

Here you go. They look a bit redder in the picture than they actually are, must just be the lighting or my camera (mostly just the first picture, the second is pretty accurate of how they really look.)

 

^ Fresh out of the box (you're lucky, I snapped this picture to show a friend last night haha)

^ after a coat of Obenauf's and a day of wear.

post #1240 of 1305
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Originally Posted by 7EON View Post
 

Anyone have the Cordovan ones and have worn them since they've been released? If you do, do you mind taking pictures of them? I'm just wondering how they age (even though it hasn't been too long since they've been released). Thanks!

 

Here's how mine look, on my feet today at my office. (Excuse the crummy indoor lighting pics.) I've been wearing these 2-3 times a week for the last 5 weeks.

 

I haven't treated them with anything because they haven't needed it. The leather was well oiled when I received them and they're pretty water repellant. I ran tap water on one and the water beaded up and rolled off. So far all I've done is wipe mud and dirt off.

 

When I do treat them I'm probably going to choose between Filson's boot oil, Bick 4 or Nikwax. I have some Obenauf LP, but don't think its right for these boots.

 

 

post #1241 of 1305

Hi everyone! I'm new here. After reading these threads all the time, I finally took the plunge and bought some and I really like how they look and feel. I was hoping you could all help me with some questions I had about them, since I have never owned a pair of boots in my life.

Uh, I guess what I should ask first is how do you know if you need to size down another half size or not? I usually wear a 9 in chucks, so I went down to an 8.5D. I've been reading boot guides everywhere, but I can't seem to come to a clear consensus as to if I should size down a half size or not. Anyone got some pointers?

Really though, the thing I'm struggling with is care. There is mink oil, obernauf's, conditioner. Honestly, there are so many products, I'm not sure how to keep my boots looking good, and I honestly don't understand the difference! If these were just for walking around in snow on a campus, what would I need to do to keep them looking good?

Thanks for all of your help. I doubt the thing you want to do most is answer some scrub's question, but I'm quite fond of these and it's hard to know exactly what you need!

post #1242 of 1305
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Originally Posted by Johndohn View Post


Uh, I guess what I should ask first is how do you know if you need to size down another half size or not? I usually wear a 9 in chucks, so I went down to an 8.5D. I've been reading boot guides everywhere, but I can't seem to come to a clear consensus as to if I should size down a half size or not. Anyone got some pointers?

 

When I did some research it looked like, pretty much across the board, you should size down from your normal shoe size. I wear a size 11 shoe typically, and got a 10.5 for the Katahdins and they've been great (if even a tad roomy).

 

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 Really though, the thing I'm struggling with is care. There is mink oil, obernauf's, conditioner. Honestly, there are so many products, I'm not sure how to keep my boots looking good, and I honestly don't understand the difference! If these were just for walking around in snow on a campus, what would I need to do to keep them looking good?

 

I got the Obenauf's LP since I live in the midwest and plan on using my boots pretty extensively through the winter dealing with snow, roadsalt, etc. Plus I work for a manufacturing company and I need to into our shop frequently- I like having a boot I can wear in the office that transitions well into that kind of environment. The one thing with the LP is it does make your boots a bit darker, if you're okay with that (although after a few days they dry to close to the original color). If you don't plan on beating the crap out of your shoes, you'd be fine with Obenauf's Leather Oil http://www.amazon.com/Obenaufs-Leather-Oil-16oz-Restores/dp/B003EAW57E. I'm no expert, but that's kind of the consensus I've gathered.

post #1243 of 1305
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Originally Posted by DayTripper View Post

Not sure about others, but I'm an 8 in vans and sized down to a 7 in these boots.

 

What Vans specifically? Sorry for the most asked question in this thread but I can't decide on Chippewa/Katahdin sizing, I've read everything and searched everywhere but still can't decide. I'm a solid 10 in vans but I have long and skinny feet. I'm not sure whether to go 9 or 9.5D. I'm worried that if I go full size they will be too small and if I go half size down I'm worried about heel slip.

 

I was going to go for a pair of Apaches, they are way cheaper and there are some on ebay I could buy (I'm from Canada so its harder to get good deals on them). But now I'm leaning towards the Katahdins, I like the colour, toe-cap, and way they wear better than the Apaches. I might have to wait for a llbean sale or pick up a slightly used pair. 

post #1244 of 1305
Classic Vans Authentics. I have narrow feet as well and even the 7 is a tiny bit loose, but it fits well with a book sock.
post #1245 of 1305
Is the Katahdin Cordovan practically the same as the Chippewa 6" Service Boots 1901M25?
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