Chippewa homestead black Odessa vs katahdin iron works.
The Odessa boots are 'skinnier' or tighter.
There is no break in needed.
Got a pair of RW insoles
With insoles even with light socks it's a pretty tight fit.
Thinner leather and lighter than the katahdins; without the insoles it feels very flat and like stepping on bare floor, maybe thicker sock will help.
The katahdin on the other hand Is made of thicker leather and the cap has more room even with insole.
I'd rather have the hardware of the katahdin on the homestead boot (lace holes and speed hooks) .
I might just end up taking off the insoles out of the Odessa boots, but I say the katahdin is way better constructed and better quality over the homestead boot.
I still will keep the Odessa boot and will break it in the right way.
The LL beans in my opinion are at the top of chippewa's collection .