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post #3826 of 5403
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Can you guys talk me into/out of these boots (ebay link for reference; no affiliation w/seller):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Timberland-Mens-Eastern-Standard-Plain-Toe-High-Chukka-4025R-Size7-/121253710015

pros:
-really comfortable
-(I like) the way they look
-don't have anything like it 
-rancourt quality
-want to obenauf them and use them on mucky days (rain/snow/slush)
-I can get these in the low $100s locally

cons:
-I have an office job. dress up 4-5 days a week.
-don't see many opportunities to wear them
-I already have some imitation LLbean duck boots for mucky purposes (of course, they look ducky)
-is the suede boot shaft a concern for my purposes?

Thanks in advance.

I actually like these (as compared to the other two-tone boots we were discussing earlier).

I think for over $100 this ought to be a great boot. Seems as if they could easily be a go-to weekend boot. And what you throw on to shovel snow/cut grass/rake leaves, if you do any of that in your living situation.

To me these are different from duck boots since duck boots are waterproof (at least the rubber portion) and these are not. So you would wear them in slightly different circumstances.

I don't think the suede shaft is an issue for mucking around in them. You can just brush the suede clean.

And @MattBernier, interesting to read about your break-in process. I actually can see where the wrinkles are an important part of the ultimate comfort of a high-shaft boot like this.

What do you do to make sure the shaft breaks in comfortably? Looks from the photos as if you've been wearing the boots around the house. Is that a controlled setting to make sure they crease agreeably?
post #3827 of 5403
@FrankCowperwoodSince my vamps really need to stretch out a little before I can do any distance on uneven ground, I've been doing what I did in my work boots; I walk around the house in them, exercise in them, do yoga in them, etc. The great thing about leather is, it becomes pliable to movements you usually do, but remains stiff when something out of the ordinary happens, that it isn't broken in for. This is what saves ankles in high boots.
post #3828 of 5403

Thanks, Frank.

 

I do have those household chores.  Never thought about doing them in a boot.  I usually throw on an old pair of running shoes for cutting the grass, lol.  

post #3829 of 5403
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Can you guys talk me into/out of these boots (ebay link for reference; no affiliation w/seller):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Timberland-Mens-Eastern-Standard-Plain-Toe-High-Chukka-4025R-Size7-/121253710015

pros:
-really comfortable
-(I like) the way they look
-don't have anything like it 
-rancourt quality
-want to obenauf them and use them on mucky days (rain/snow/slush)
-I can get these in the low $100s locally

cons:
-I have an office job. dress up 4-5 days a week.
-don't see many opportunities to wear them
-I already have some imitation LLbean duck boots for mucky purposes (of course, they look ducky)
-is the suede boot shaft a concern for my purposes?

Thanks in advance.

I have a pair of these in the darker reddish-brown leather, just wore them today after several weeks' pause.
Do you have the chance to try them on? I found they run pretty wide. And contrary to the description, they're unlined.
At a price in the low 100s, they're incredible value...
post #3830 of 5403

Thanks for all the advice. I'm gonna pick them up. Yes, I did try them on and they feel great.  I detected a little bit of springiness (steel shank?). I can always resell them if I find I'm not using them enough. The Amazon link below provides a better representation of color:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Timberland-Boot-Co-Eastern-Standard/dp/B00CM0BG8G

post #3831 of 5403

I toured Rancourt's facilities in Lewiston, ME today with fellow SFer "anrobit," and I have to say that I am/was beyond impressed.  The factory was fantastic, the workers were friendly, the information was plentiful (I had a lot of questions), and Katie was fantastic.  It was truly an awesome experience, and Katie just blew us away with her passion, knowledge, and genuine care for both shoes and customers.  We were there for 3 1/2 hours (she's patient, too!), and it was entertaining and intriguing the entire time.  I didn't feel rushed, it didn't seem like any secrets were kept/hidden, and it was just a genuinely fantastic experience.  I was already a fan of Rancourt's handsewns, but after being treated so well and seeing them made in-person, I'm a downright ambassador for the brand.

 

I'll likely post photos and a rundown of what we learned in the coming days, but just know that you're supporting a fantastic company when you buy from Rancourt.  Seriously.

 

Oh, and Katie, if you're reading this: THANK YOU.  Kyle, if you're reading this:  no matter how much she currently makes, give that woman a raise!  She's worth it.  I really can't get over how great she was.

post #3832 of 5403
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Originally Posted by cathpah View Post
 

I toured Rancourt's facilities in Lewiston, ME today, and I have to say that I am/was beyond impressed.  The factory was fantastic, the workers were friendly, the information was plentiful (I had a lot of questions), and Katie was fantastic.  It was truly an awesome experience, and Katie just blew me away with her passion, knowledge, and genuine care for both shoes and customers.  We were there for 3 1/2 hours, and it was entertaining and intriguing the entire time.  I didn't feel rushed, it didn't seem like any secrets were kept/hidden, and it was just a genuinely fantastic experience.  I was already a fan of Rancourt's handsewns, but after being treated so well and seeing them made in person, I'm a downright ambassador for the brand.

 

I'll likely post photos and a rundown of what we learned in the coming days, but just know that you're supporting a fantastic company when you buy from Rancourt.  Seriously.

 

Oh, and Katie, if you're reading this: THANK YOU.  Kyle, if you're reading this:  no matter how much she makes, give that woman a raise!  She's worth it.  I really can't get over how great she was.


Cool, sounds like a fantastic experience. I can't wait to see your pictures and read whatever write up you have time for. Personally I've been thinking about getting a pair of those Green Shell Ranger Mocs. However I just might wait until I receive some of the other shoe and boot orders I still have yet to receive.

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post #3834 of 5403
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post
 


Cool, sounds like a fantastic experience. I can't wait to see your pictures and read whatever write up you have time for. Personally I've been thinking about getting a pair of those Green Shell Ranger Mocs. However I just might wait until I receive some of the other shoe and boot orders I still have yet to receive.

There will certainly be a writeup coming in the next week, and hopefully pictures! We'll keep you posted.

post #3835 of 5403
Seconded on Katie being an incredible asset to that company. She goes way above and beyond for customers, and that instills a loyalty to their company in me. Good product sold by good people.
post #3836 of 5403
Speaking of good product, my toes are starting to peek out as the vamp breaks in. I'm used to breaking in boots meant for forestry, so this break in feels so luxurious.
post #3837 of 5403
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post
 

Decided to stop babying these and just wear them in the elements.  The tempest is kind of slippery on fresh powder.

 

 

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post #3838 of 5403

My Eastland jefferson chukka arrived today from sales. Love the leather! I went true to size and fit me perfect with thick shoes and a very little big with thin shoes.

As a negative point, laces are too long

 

 

 

 

 

I think I ´ll use Saphir Renovateur on the future for this leather. Is better to apply the conditioner before the first wear or better wait several months?

should I apply also conditioner to the laces?

post #3839 of 5403
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Originally Posted by snchz View Post
 

My Eastland jefferson chukka arrived today from sales. Love the leather! I went true to size and fit me perfect with thick shoes and a very little big with thin shoes.

As a negative point, laces are too long

 

I think I ´ll use Saphir Renovateur on the future for this leather. Is better to apply the conditioner before the first wear or better wait several months?

should I apply also conditioner to the laces?

Looks nice! You can just cut the laces yourself with a knife, btw.

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Originally Posted by snchz View Post
 

My Eastland jefferson chukka arrived today from sales. Love the leather! I went true to size and fit me perfect with thick shoes and a very little big with thin shoes.

As a negative point, laces are too long

 

 

 

 

 

I think I ´ll use Saphir Renovateur on the future for this leather. Is better to apply the conditioner before the first wear or better wait several months?

should I apply also conditioner to the laces?

 

I got the same chukkas!

 

I'm not stressing about the leather care because (i think) they're chromexel.  Really low stress care to that.

 

My laces were long too but I'm kinda glad. I haven't figured out a knot that stays put. I do an antigranny now, which usually works on all my shoes, and it gets undone.  Now, I'm doing double knot, which works and requires more lace length.


Edited by coolarrow - 2/12/14 at 10:56am
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