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post #901 of 1273
Do you guys put shoe trees inside your katahdin's? I'm debating on putting them in or letting them flatten out.
post #902 of 1273

Any general thoughts on how frequently to reapply mink oil and/or Obenaufs?

All I seem to come across is 'whenever it needs it...'

How do you know when that might be?  What are the signs to look for?

 

So lets assume I wear mine on a daily basis during the week and occassionally on weekends.

Assume as well I don't get caught in any major tempests or go puddle jumping on purpose.

6 months?  1 year?

post #903 of 1273
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Originally Posted by drrice View Post

Do you guys put shoe trees inside your katahdin's? I'm debating on putting them in or letting them flatten out.

I used to...but then I got another pair of shoes and was short on trees so...they go treeless.

If I brought them home soaking wet, I would probably tree them but with normal wear I haven't really noticed much of a differance between tree and non-tree. They are built pretty sturdy although it might make some what of a differance in the long run (and really, most trees aren't really gonna fill out that toe box).
post #904 of 1273

I just received my long backordered iron works boots.

 

First off they stopped using the rough out nap leather.  They are the same dark brown oily leather as the regular Chippewa boots.

 

Mine are going straight back as they are defective, stitching is completely messed up and coming out on the uppers.  Also just generally look like hell, covered in white sticky stuff, all scuffed up.

 

LLBean in paying for the return shipping and were very nice about it though.

 

 

 

 

 

post #905 of 1273
Hav any of you found the toebox able to stretch out over time, mines a bit tight on my right foot.
post #906 of 1273

it's leather so it should stretch, or you could even have a cobbler stretch it out

 

(conjecture only, no first hand experience)
 

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Originally Posted by ruben View Post

Hav any of you found the toebox able to stretch out over time, mines a bit tight on my right foot.


 

post #907 of 1273
Do you think the toecap will polish up nicely?
I know these are meant as workboots, but I wonder if it can masquerade as a dressboot without too close eyeing.
post #908 of 1273

Well if by dress up you mean a Canadian tuxedo, then maybe yes...

 

They are really rough looking, that's why I bought them.  But at least with the suede like leather they had been using they at least stood out and looked a little different.

 

Now they are made of the exact same dark brown smooth leather as the regular Chippewa boots, it's very oily, I'm not sure any amount of product or brushing would make them even slightly shiny.

post #909 of 1273
After reading a lot of this thread, I've decided to pick up a pair of these boots! Ordered them a size down, I hope they fit.
post #910 of 1273

Let us know how you like them.  They are quickly becoming my favorite shoes.  Yeah they don't look all that refined.  Mine has some visible glue in some places but they are super comfortable and they have a certain class about them.

post #911 of 1273

I am seriously considering getting steel heel protectors added to my katahdins.  I really wear out the heels on my shoes rather quickly and would like to help them last as long as possible.  I've never had these heel protectors though so I'm not 100% sure.

post #912 of 1273
If you're talking about the horseshoe thing that is embedded in the heal (not the ones nailed on top), then I would advise you to try a pair first.
They make a hell of a lot of noise when you walk (the nazi's had them on their boots), and you WILL slide on marble or polished floors.
post #913 of 1273
These boots have very hard wearing soles. It'll take you years to wear down that heel -- adding a steel heel plate is unnecessary.
post #914 of 1273

Looks like LL Bean is having a sitewide 20% off sale, works on the engineer boots.  For some reason it works every time in google chrome but does not work for me in Firefox, so YMMV.  You will know if you are getting the 20% off if you go the bean site and at the top it will say "save 20% on your entire purchase, limited time offer just for you".  good 'till thursday

post #915 of 1273

Last night, I took advantage of the deal listed above. According to the main page of the boots (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/49464?page=mens-katahdin-iron-works-engineer-boots), my size 8 isn't scheduled to ship out until May 13! That's 3 months from now. However, I've heard that many people get their boots earlier than expected, so hopefully that's the case here.

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