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post #931 of 1266
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Originally Posted by scoobydrew View Post

Is there a recommended oil/leather treatment for these boots? Like many have said, the leather scuffs rather easily, and I really want a nice amber to it much like the Iron Rangers. However, I've looked around and found that products like Neatsfoot oil darkens the boot quite a bit, making it look almost black.



Any real oil/wax treatment will darken any leather, I've never seen one that didn't warn about this specifically on the packaging.

 

Also, from my experience with my own, (which are the previous lighter ones and not the newer darker ones), there is really no way to stop them from getting darker and darker as they age. When I first dubbed mine they were much lighter than they are now two years later, after regular wear and redubbings, though mine are certainly nowhere near black, especially in the light. Even before I dubbed them and wore them unoiled or waxed for a few months, they still got darker as wear and tear smoothed out the leather, especially around where jeans or pants hit the boots.

 

Basically if you keep the leather oiled/waxed it will keep getting darker, if you don't or let it dry out, it will get lighter, but then again, this also threatens the longevity of the boots.

 

 

 

post #932 of 1266
I know that this probably has been asked a thousand times, but I don't want to read through 63 pages.

The Wolverine 1000 mile fits me perfect in 9D. Would that mean I should go for a 9,5D in this boot? I'd hate to have to pay for a return from Norway to USA:
post #933 of 1266
I had a few questions. I am looking to get a pair of these, and I am not sure about sizing. I want to replace the insoles with a pair of superfeet insoles. Are the included insoles removable? I am about a size 10 in Addidas Sambas and a 10.5 in running shoes. Does anybody know how these run in comparison?
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I went a full size down from my Adidas sambas, from 10 to 9 for the iron works boots.  I don't recall if the insoles are removable, returned mine so can't check for you.

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Do these have a rubber heel? They look awesome but I don't want to be heard before I'm seen.

post #936 of 1266
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Originally Posted by Vagran7 View Post

I had a few questions. I am looking to get a pair of these, and I am not sure about sizing. I want to replace the insoles with a pair of superfeet insoles. Are the included insoles removable? I am about a size 10 in Addidas Sambas and a 10.5 in running shoes. Does anybody know how these run in comparison?


I wear an 8.5 in the Sambas, and I went down to an 8 in the Katahdins. There's some wiggle room left for some winter socks or just regular socks. And yes, the insole is removable. 

 



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Originally Posted by gong View Post

Do these have a rubber heel? They look awesome but I don't want to be heard before I'm seen.


Yes, these have a rubber heel. 

 

post #937 of 1266
For what it's worth, I'm a pretty perfect 11D.

The 11D KIWBoot was too long, the 10.5 was the perfect length but too narrow.

I think I need a 10.5 EE, but have to wait until they restock these.


Unless I'm crazy and they stretch out in width a lot when wearing.
post #938 of 1266
I just bought a pair in size 9.5 and 10 to try. They also have a 15% off coupon online that works on the boots.
post #939 of 1266
They arrived, and I tried them on later in the day after running while wearing thick socks. The length is fine on the size 10. 9.5 is too small. However, they are a bit narrow. When breaking in, do they flatten out and give a bit on the width?
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Originally Posted by scoobydrew View Post

@CPaul, can you please take some pics of them outdoors in sunlight? They look great! Did you follow any specific process or heat up the leather or anything?

 

Thanks


Sorry it took so long but here's a shot in direct sunlight.  When I applied the Obenauf's, I did it by hand, then put in front of a small space heater to let it soak a little, then applied another coat.  It temporarily darkens the leather, but as you can see here, it lights up from wear.  I wear these almost every weekday to work and the leather has softened up since I first got them.  They no longer bother my ankles.

 

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post #941 of 1266

Thanks for the pic and description! It looks great.

 

I'll probably order a tub of LP tomorrow.

post #942 of 1266
Does anyone have the Chippewa Rodeo tan boot?

I am keen on them as a replacement for my Katahdin, as I like the colour of the tan better than the dark leather.

Anyone here got a pair they can show?
post #943 of 1266
Drove up to my local LL Bean store (about two hours away) and got a pair of Katahdin's. I love the way they fit but I have two concerns. I don't know the difference between full-grain and split-gran leather but I've noticed that one panel of leather on one of the boots is much smoother and more "solid" looking than the rest. The outside panel on the left boot looks like this - uniform, smooth.

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The rest of the leather looks like this on the inside. Typical "cracking" and "fuzzy" look.

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Anyone knowledgable able to tell me if there is a difference here? I'd rather not return these as the store is so far away. Also, anyone else have this hole on theirs? Bummed I didn't notice it at the store or I would have asked for a different pair.

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Edited by disorder - 4/4/12 at 4:58pm
post #945 of 1266

I have TWO holes on mine. Same side as well. I also have it on the other side, but only one hole. I'm guessing it's for the stitching.

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