Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners - Page 85
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My one concern is around the connection of the heel block to the sole. On the inside edge of the heel block (towards to toe of the boot), if you pull down with some force, you can see a hairline separation between the heel and sole. Without pulling on it, no separation is visible. This is the case on both shoes. I'm almost positive I noticed the same thing on the Iron Ranger (same cork nitrile sole) when I tried it on in the Red Wing store. So I'm wondering if this is a normal reality of that type of sole or if that's a defect. It doesn't feel loose at all, but I'm wondering if moisture, etc could get in there and cause problems. It seems like a layer of glue would resolve it, but maybe that type of sole doesn't glue/adhere well to itself in that type of rubber-on-rubber seam? Would love to hear if anyone else has noticed this and whether it's a problem or not?
Also I'm thinking about replacing the removable insoles. Anyone have any recommendations for a leather-topped (I like the feel of a patina leather insole), breathable boot insole?
I have both versions of the Katahdin Iron Works boots and both have exactly the same thing with the heel. I noticed it when I first bought them and was a little concerned but since these are from LL Bean I decided not to do anything about it. LL Beans' customer service is great and they'll stand behind their products, no questions asked. I'm actually wearing the cordovan version at work today and just noticed that the small crack is even visible on one boot without pulling but I haven't had any problems so far. I've also got a similar boot made by Thorogood with a cork sole. I remember checking them when I noticed this on the Katahdin's and they have the same thing.
On the plain toe boot I replaced the insole with a Superfeet insole and really like them. I'm using the orange version. Superfeet has lots of different styles for different needs. They have a couple of merino wool versions that are supposed to be very comfortable and breathable but I haven't tried them.
@Ironist @matthewh I had my co-worker look at his brand new wolverine 1k and a similar hairline crack shows up if you pull down a bit. Maybe this is just how heel blocks are attached in general? ie. they only use nails/tacks and dont put glue between the sole and heel block? Seems odd but I don't know much about shoemaking.
Thanks for your information -- good to know it's not an isolated thing.
So just how good is ok beans warranty on these? I am intrigued by the cordovan color boots but I am concerned with how they are going to crease. Could I wear them indoors for a little while, see how the toes crease and then possibly return them? Or would that be a jerk move?
Don't be an asshole and abuse their return policy.