You'd probably need a 10.5 in the Katahdins. Maybe an 11.
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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners - Page 66post #976 of 13369/6/12 at 11:30ampost #977 of 13369/6/12 at 6:48pm
YMMV, as I fit into a 10.5 in the Iron Rangers, and my Katahdin 10.5's fit equally as well.
Both were a tad narrow to begin with, but eased out during the break in period.
For most shoes I wear a size 11.post #978 of 13369/7/12 at 1:34ampost #979 of 13369/7/12 at 9:04pmQuote:
good to hear, I'm teterring between a 10.5 D (that fells tight) and a 10.5 W that feels too wide.post #980 of 13369/12/12 at 7:30pmpost #981 of 13369/13/12 at 12:53pmRuben. I still haven't decided either. I have the 9 EE and the 9.5 D. The 9.5 D fits perfectly, except for the toes. My fourth and fifth toes touch the front/side. They feel okay in the morning, but in the evening they definitely feel too small. I've been thinking about getting the toe stretched, but I'm worried it might not be possible. The trouble area extends slightly into the toe cap, which is much stiffer than the rest of the boot. Anyone have experience with getting shoes stretched?
The 9 EE fits my toes, but even with the shoe-laces tied as tight as possible, it just doesn't feel right through the rest of the shoe. Wearing thicker socks still doesn't give the support/stability of the 9.5 D. I know that keeping these is the more practical choice, but they just don't feel right. Considering trying a 10 D, but it seems like a long shot. I measure 9.5 on the Brannock device.post #982 of 13369/13/12 at 2:47pmQuote:Originally Posted by rdstour
Damn, This will sound nitpicky, but after looking over the old posts, I'm convinced I have a full grain and a split grain Katahdin boot.
On one, the creases are fewer, deeper and more pronounced on the toe, tongue, body. While on the other there are more creases, but seem shallower.
To use more technical terms, one of the boots has a very fine leather break (many wrinkles per inch), while the other boot has a coarse leather break(fewer, deeper, coarser wrinkles per inch)
Not sure if that implies one is split grain or not.
Any suggestions on what I should do? I didn't think it'd be a big deal, but I'm worried about my boots
I know this is an older post and the conversation has moved past it but info must be given!
You don't have a full and split grain boot. Both are full grain. What you are seeing on the inside there is a result of leather being taken from different parts of the hide; think of it like cuts of beef. The best quality leather comes from the shoulders and left and right single bends, lastly comes the belly. If you're sourcing for a premium first cut type of deal, you will pay more to get the best cuts (shoulders and bends), but if you're looking to keep costs down, you will go for backs which include one side bend, half a shoulder and one belly side.
The "weaker" areas (I presume the areas where there isn't as much muscle mass and are considered more vulnerable) tend to be softer and have a different nap on the bottom side. This is wear you get the fuzzys. A "split" is more commonly known as suede, and it's easy to distinguish between suede and leather with a top finish. Your boots would be obviously different on the outside (not the inside).
Those same weaker areas also will develop different types of wrinkling, it's still natural wrinkling, but it just looks different. We tend to prefer things symmetrical, but you shouldn't worry too much about the quality as full grain leather is pretty sturdy.
Hopefully that helps alleviate some concerns.post #983 of 13369/13/12 at 10:50pmQuote:Originally Posted by emptyframe
Ruben. I still haven't decided either. I have the 9 EE and the 9.5 D. The 9.5 D fits perfectly, except for the toes. My fourth and fifth toes touch the front/side. They feel okay in the morning, but in the evening they definitely feel too small. I've been thinking about getting the toe stretched, but I'm worried it might not be possible. The trouble area extends slightly into the toe cap, which is much stiffer than the rest of the boot. Anyone have experience with getting shoes stretched?
The 9 EE fits my toes, but even with the shoe-laces tied as tight as possible, it just doesn't feel right through the rest of the shoe. Wearing thicker socks still doesn't give the support/stability of the 9.5 D. I know that keeping these is the more practical choice, but they just don't feel right. Considering trying a 10 D, but it seems like a long shot. I measure 9.5 on the Brannock device.
have you been wearing beyond just a try-on?post #984 of 13369/14/12 at 7:55ampost #985 of 13369/14/12 at 11:26pmpost #986 of 13369/17/12 at 11:10ampost #987 of 13369/20/12 at 6:28pmpost #988 of 13369/20/12 at 6:39pmQuote:
I don't think they ever came "almost tan" and I think they always got super dark with LP/Sno-Seal.
J crew sells (sold?) a very similar version in a lighter colored pebble grain that would not start to get close to black with some LP.post #989 of 13369/20/12 at 8:56pmpost #990 of 13369/20/12 at 8:57pmQuote:
Definitely true to size.
I'm measured as 8D (with thinner socks), and I wear 8D in Allen Edmonds, 7.5 D in Clarks Desert Boots, and 7D in Red Wing Iron Rangers. I had a pair of Katahdins in 8D and they fit perfectly. Still had a just a little bit of wiggle room.
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