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post #796 of 1265
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Wore these for the first time today since it's raining. Very comfy out the box. The picture with the grass is under pretty much direct sun. The other one had clouds over it.
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Those look great, are they the standard Katahdin Engineer boots? And how recently did you purchase them?

I've heard that they are much darker now, and I'm surprised yours look so light

 

post #797 of 1265
^ Those are the J Crew Chippewa
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Here are some shots of my new Katahdins.  This is what they looked like out of the box with two days of wear.  First shot is in evening light, the second is under incandescent.

 

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This is what the Katahdins look like now.

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If I gently tug on the heel piece/block, it starts to come apart from sole. Does this mean it is not sewn properly to the sole, or is this normal?
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Originally Posted by stmoore1 View Post

I'm guessing that the heel is simply glued on, not sewn.  Looking at my Katahdins right now that appears to be the case, although I could be wrong.

From what I've seen, heels are usually either glued, tacked, or both.  I'm guessing most glued heels, and even some tacked, would do that if you pull on them, which is why I never pull on them.  Each time you do you risk dust and debris getting between the sole and the heel and over time the bond will get weaker and weaker.

As with any welted construction, heels are glued and nailed in place. It's possibly the most serviceable part of a shoe. I wouldn't worry too much. If by any chance the heels becomes too loose, any decent cobbler can put a new one.
post #800 of 1265
Here's an excellent product:

http://www.dunkelman.com/viewproduct.php?productid=61

Very gentle to the leather - doesn't turn them black like Obenauf's or other boots oil products.
post #801 of 1265
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This is what the Katahdins look like now.

The new ones look different. They are darker and the welt looks different too.
post #802 of 1265
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The new ones look different. They are darker and the welt looks different too.


oh... sad. Is there any way to get the old ones?

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I just got those in the mail November 3 (as well as a pair October 25 that I had to send back) and they both looked like that.  Have they really changed that much in less than a month?

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This is what the Katahdins look like now.



Oh God, is that the new color? I was going to post confirming with all you owners that the general consensus is to buy 1/2 size smaller before buying but... wow. I am not impressed with that color. At all.

The coloring featured on the ll bean site and from posters way earlier in this thread is, IMO of course, far far superior.

I guess its back to the drawing board for boots.


Edited by Ca1amity - 11/26/11 at 12:29pm
post #805 of 1265
My Katahdins (LL Bean) after a year of wearing them in Quebec's harsh winter. Starting to wear them again since the snow is coming back.

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post #806 of 1265
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oh... sad. Is there any way to get the old ones?

Buy sell I guess. It isn't only the color that's different, the welt is different too. Wonder why they made these changes. I'm thinking of picking up another pair of boots so my 10.5 Katahdins might be up for sale, like new condition with very slight creasing of the upper. I've worn them twice as my other boots have been getting way more use. Will post them up if I decide to let them go.
post #807 of 1265
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post

J Crew Chippewa boots. I like..
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What denims are these? I like.
post #808 of 1265
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Originally Posted by Ca1amity View Post



Oh God, is that the new color? I was going to post confirming with all you owners that the general consensus is to buy 1/2 size smaller before buying but... wow. I am not impressed with that color. At all.

The coloring featured on the ll bean site and from posters way earlier in this thread is, IMO of course, far far superior.

I guess its back to the drawing board for boots.



I personally don't see much of a difference between the "new" Katahdins and the ones earlier in this thread.  I see a difference between the Katahdins that people put oil/leather protection on and Katahdins that have been worn for a long time, but I do see similar pictures earlier in this thread that look like the "new" ones.

 

Can anyone confirm that their older Katahdins looked different compared to the "new" ones?  Just wondering, because the picture on the 2nd page of this thread looks pretty much the same as the ones that I just received.

post #809 of 1265
My brother has the older version, and even after he weatherproofed them they were a lighter (more pleasing to me) color than the two pairs of new ones I had ordered (and will be returning). Happened to luck into a pair from last year in my size on the B&S forum...otherwise I would have kept looking for an alternative boot -- possibly the JCrew but its so expensive that I dunno.
post #810 of 1265
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What denims are these? I like.

Thanks. RRL slims.
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