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post #3796 of 5236
7.5 inches on the dot.
post #3797 of 5236
Fantastic. Thanks.

I'm going to have to get around to ordering a pair in that style.
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MattB, nice boots! They're similar to my Eastland Made in Maine (by Rancourt....) boots, which are also ridiculously wide around the ankle & calf.
One one of your pics I see an insole that you probably experimented with in order to fill some of that room - same here, only I preferred full length insoles (by Footlogics) in the end.
Thanks to the top hooks, yours allow overlapping the quarters, which doesn't really work with mine which are all eyelets:

The fit is too loose for walking any relevant distance. OTOH, the toe fits nice and snug with medium-weight socks, so thicker socks don't work either.
In my frustration I took a somewhat brutal measure and folded the shaft down so that the top eyelet lies over the third one from the top, feeding the laces through both eyelets. This looks strange but gives a much better fit, making most of that excessive room disappear.


So this is how I use them now when I go for walks in the fields & forest;-)

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Originally Posted by TH3515 View Post

MattB, nice boots! They're similar to my Eastland Made in Maine (by Rancourt....) boots, which are also ridiculously wide around the ankle & calf.
One one of your pics I see an insole that you probably experimented with in order to fill some of that room - same here, only I preferred full length insoles (by Footlogics) in the end.
Thanks to the top hooks, yours allow overlapping the quarters, which doesn't really work with mine which are all eyelets:

The fit is too loose for walking any relevant distance. OTOH, the toe fits nice and snug with medium-weight socks, so thicker socks don't work either.
In my frustration I took a somewhat brutal measure and folded the shaft down so that the top eyelet lies over the third one from the top, feeding the laces through both eyelets. This looks strange but gives a much better fit, making most of that excessive room disappear.


So this is how I use them now when I go for walks in the fields & forest;-)

A different solution may be to wrap the laces around the shaft of the boot. I have a pair of Eastland Wildwoods that are a shade too large around the leg, and wrapping the laces around makes the fit nearly perfect. Then again, they're also my bad weather boots, so I usually wear thick socks

post #3800 of 5236
Gives a sort of Peter Pan quality to them. I like it.
post #3801 of 5236
My baaaabieeeeees
post #3802 of 5236
I am interested to hear if these perform to expectations on the trail. Not that they'll be any less excellent if they don't, but it will be an interesting test of the product.

Get out there into those Maine woods!

Can't be too much more snow than we have here on the shores of Lake Michigan.
post #3803 of 5236
I have done some light hiking with my ranger mocs and I really do not like the feel of moc-toe unlined CXL for that purpose. Feels like I'm banging the toes all the time and there's not enough support.
post #3804 of 5236
Tucson bison Clymer boots.

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A different solution may be to wrap the laces around the shaft of the boot.

 

 

I like this look.  (not my photo - for illustration purposes only)

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Gives a sort of Peter Pan quality to them. I like it.

LOL  I was wondering what they reminded me of – you got it!

 

@FrankC They're really great for walking, especially with the insoles I use. I've done many miles in them. There's two limitations: First, you don't want to use them in really wet conditions. The leather is definitely waterproof, but the toe stitching isn't. And second, they don't give much protection for really rough/rocky terrain, as there's no protruding sole, toe reinforcement or similar. 

 

Mine have a Vibram lug sole on a stacked leather wedge midsole. I would expect the RLH sole on Matts boots to be even more comfortable.

post #3807 of 5236
$131 for Monroe perf cap toe boots (Eastland for J Press made by Rancourt) ... many sizes available.

http://www.jpressonline.com/search.php?search_query=eastland

I'd be all over these if the last didn't remind me so much of the 1000 Mile boots ... the sleeker (gasp) profile the of Barrie-lasted boots are more to my liking.

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My custom made boots arrived last night.  Great buying experience with Rancourt.  I spent a ton of time looking for my first pair of high end boots and happened across Eastland's Monroe boots.  I loved the style but wasn't so sure of the quality of Eastland.  With a little looking around I found that their Made in Maine line is actually made by Rancourt.  Well, I thought if Rancourt made them, I wanted the Rancourt name on them.  A few emails later (customer service was top notch, all my emails were answered within a day by Kyle or Katie Rancourt) and my boots were being made.  Twenty dollars cheaper then the Eastland branded boots.  Of course with custom made there are no returns, so you need to say a little prayer the size is right.  Mine are spot on.  Normally I'm a 11D in my Allen Edmond Cliftons and Fifth Street dress boots, my cheap boots are an 11.  Rancourt suggested I go with a 11.5 and it is a very good fit with mid thickness socks.

I went with black leather, montello mini lug, antique brass eyelets, leather strings, perf cap toe.  I was told they just had the factory make them just like the Monroe with my few modifications.  I think the only difference between the Monroe and the Blake boot on Rancourt's site is the perforated cap toe, the top two hooks instead of eyelets, and the triple stitching instead of double along the upper and heel.







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$131 for Monroe perf cap toe boots (Eastland for J Press made by Rancourt) ... many sizes available.

http://www.jpressonline.com/search.php?search_query=eastland

I'd be all over these if the last didn't remind me so much of the 1000 Mile boots ... the sleeker (gasp) profile the of Barrie-lasted boots are more to my liking.

The multi-color ones are ridiculous! Burgundy, Green and Black or Brown? Who designed that?! Who bought that!?!
post #3809 of 5236
Have to admit that I ask myself exactly those questions about pretty much everything in J Press's York Street line.
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The multi-color ones are ridiculous! Burgundy, Green and Black or Brown? Who designed that?! Who bought that!?!

I suppose there's a reason they sold so poorly...

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