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How is the break-in and feeling of these boots for those of you that own the Mountain Light II's? The z-tongue has been giving me some issues, mainly on my right foot. The crease presses down onto the seam of the tongue creating a pressure that is always present and gets worse when the toe is bent in movement. After a month the pressure has slightly subsided but not enough to be worn laced tightly for practical use (longer walks, hikes).
Any remedies? I have treated them with Obenauf Oil and the leather has become very wonderfully rich and supple but this does not seem to affect the seam issue.
Put blister bandages and moleskin padding on affected foot areas. It will relieve discomfort and make walks comfortable until the boots are broken in.
To answer my own question, I bought the Overtons and have been wearing them for about a month. The Gortex lining wears a little warmer than a regular leather lined shoe, but totally comfortable indoors.
Also, to add a datapoint to the sizing debate, I am pretty much a standard US 9D for most shoes (9D in Alden Plaza, 8.5D in Barrie), I sized down a half and added insoles (Superfeet Blue). My one word of advice is that you must add the insole. The insole supplied is a crummy half insole made of plastic that is really thin. So far all intents and purposes, there are no insoles in these boots (so if you actually go hiking and don't have flat feet, your feet will hurt. A lot). Once you add insoles, a lot of the volume from the EE sizing will be taken out (though there will still be a bit of room if you are a D width). For me, going down a half size and adding insoles makes the shoes a bit snug in the toe box but comfortable. I could see going true to size if adding insoles, so as to have a bit more room in the toe box.
A Pedag Viva insole - either the thin Comfort 187 or the thicker Outdoor 186 should do nicely with these boots. With these insoles you feel like you're walking on air! I like Birkenstock Trekking insoles but the fit may make some boots feel tight and that's not a pleasant experience. Your toes need wiggle room for your feet to remain fresh and comfortable.
Greetings everyone, long time lurker. I have a couple questions I hope could be answered in regard to Danner before going through with a purchase. This community is typically the most knowledgeable around when it comes to these things, so any help offered will be appreciated.
I've been looking to add another pair of boots to my rotation for the winter months, and have narrowed my options down to Wesco, White's, Viberg, Oak Street, & Danner. My question pertains to the quality and finish of Danner boots, namely their stump-town collection, relative to aforementioned manufacturers.
I've done a little research on my own, and from what I've gathered they seem to be on par; Horween and oiled leathers, hand crafted double stitching, gortex/waterproof, Vibram soles, recraftable construction, etc. The only draw-back I see is that they don't offer customizable options, but no biggie. I've also noticed that they've collaborated with some very reputable brands/retailers over the last few years in Comme Des Garcons, Sophnet, Ball & Buck, Woolrich Woolen Mills, Bolyston, Tanner Goods, and others. So far so good, but then I learn that Danner is a subsidiary of LaCrosse footwear, which is owned by ABC-Mart, a Japanese retailer with hundreds of stores across Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. This gave me concerns about their quality control and production standards, especially compared to smaller, private owned brands.
So, to owners of boots from said brands or those of you familiar with their production standards and quality, is Danner to hikers and military types what Wesco, White's, and Viberg are to Lineman and Loggers, or are they a cheaper alternative more comparable to Wolverine or Red Wing? There's nothing wrong with that, but I'd rather spend a couple hundred more for heavy duty pair of boots with the potential to last me a decade or two. However, if their products are right there with the best, I'll find it more difficult to justify the price point of say, a custom or limited edition pair of Viberg 66's over limited edition pair of Danner Mountain Lights(I really like retro hikers).
I own a pair of OSB loafers and I've tried on some of their other shoes before and I own a pair of the Danner Forest Heights Piedmont. Main reason I went with Danner is cause I have really wide feet and OSB has to go custom to get the wide widths. I would totally get another pair of Danner again, you get what you pay for with both Danner and OSB (comparing to the trench boots). OSB is pricier but it's also beefier, and I wear my Danner's daily in the city and they hold up pretty well and I get compliments on them :D
Side note, I also own a pair of Thorogoods and those were the best $100 boots I've ever bought. Mostly used for rainy weather and hiking.