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post #5596 of 6890
Now got my uk 9 db's not sure if they are too big or not, they have at least 1 inch empty space at toe. I have tried size uk 8 at local store and they were definitely too small/narrow at toes.

Hahah gonna keep them anyways, let's see how much i wear them...
post #5597 of 6890
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Originally Posted by Pirhon View Post

Now got my uk 9 db's not sure if they are too big or not, they have at least 1 inch empty space at toe. I have tried size uk 8 at local store and they were definitely too small/narrow at toes.
Hahah gonna keep them anyways, let's see how much i wear them...

As long as they fit well in the heal and tie snug you should be OK. You could always add an innersole insert to tighten things up a bit.
post #5598 of 6890
on the sizing...I just looked at my pair of 10.5s (I usually take more like an 11 but 10.5 is my chucks size so I think that is a fair comparison shoe).

10.5US but 10UK--don't people usually call a 10UK an 11US? If that is the case, maybe they fit TTS UK but just have a weird uk-us conversion rate.
post #5599 of 6890
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Originally Posted by tobiasfunke View Post

Are these a good alternative if I want more traction?

 

http://www.zappos.com/sperry-top-sider-boat-oxford-desert-boot-dark-brown


looks ugly, would not do it
post #5600 of 6890
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Originally Posted by Blacula View Post

Mine were all soft from wear so I could just stuff my shit in there. I personally do not like the laces showing, sometimes I tuck the loops into the sides. I am still using regular Clark's laces though. Tried out some leather ones and they were too bulky and never stayed tied.

 

Forgot to ask this. What is the difference between just a Clark's Original Desert Boot and the Bushacre 2 if there is one? I am just curious.



 



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Originally Posted by GreekTrojan View Post

 

The only major difference I can find is that the originals use a Crepe sole and the Bushacres are a different type of rubber. Since the Bushacres are cheaper and (some argue) have the better sole, it seems like a good way to go.

 



 



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Originally Posted by Costanza View Post

Maybe so, I dunno. I saw both in beeswax a few minutes apart last night, and the only difference I saw was the sole. The workmanship and upper seem comparable and these are cheaper by a third.
I have never been a fan of crepe for urban wear...it seems to wear unevenly so that you can end up walking on oddly curved soles after a while, even though it gives decent cusioning that lasts. These have less cusioning for sure... insoles could help with that.
I found Clapham's Leather Beeswax Dressing this morning around the corner from me to keep them from taking on too much water and then drying out and aging prematurely. (My preference.)


Doesn't anyone check the old pages? 

 

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Originally Posted by MidwestMyriad View Post

So got them both in and here are the main differences I noticed.  The obvious is the the Bushacre has the synthetic sole, it also has a nice soft liner fused to the leather, as opposed to the Original which just has the leather.  The thickness of the two (thickness of the leather) is exactly the same, however the leathers do seem to be different. The Original is a bit darker and has more of a "luster"  to it.  The Bushacre leather feels on par as far as quality goes, and in certain lights, looks nearly identical.  The eyelets are also painted on the Bushacre, although they seem to be the same brass eyelet.  All in all the differences are minuscule, save for the sole and appearance of the leather.  Now on to some pics. 

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Bushacre in foreground^

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Bushacre^

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Original^

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Bushacre/Original^

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Bushacre^

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Original^

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Bushacre^

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Original^

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Bushacre^

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Original^

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Bushacre^

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Original^

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Bushacre/Original^

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Bushacre/Original^

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Original^

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Bushacre^

 

If anyone has any more questions, let me know.

 

ps- The Bushacres will be for sale, size 11, check for sale threads soon.

 

 



 

post #5602 of 6890

Does any one like the Clarks Desert Trooper boot?

 

Has a lugged rather than a crepe outsole. Last seen in the 1980s.

 

desert_trooper_black_sde_1.jpg

Available in black, brown and sand suede.

post #5603 of 6890
Put a little mink oil on a Bushacre and it will look identical to an Original.
post #5604 of 6890
^ this got me thinking - how do you guys care for your Beeswax Bushacres? The leather seems more porous than the Beeswax DBs, but definitely not suede, and I don't want it to dry out or crack. I'm ok with mink oil and darkening them but if there's some other cleaner (a nubuck cleaner?) I'd rather keep the sandy brown color instead of darkening it.
post #5605 of 6890
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post

Does any one like the Clarks Desert Trooper boot?

 

Has a lugged rather than a crepe outsole. Last seen in the 1980s.

 

desert_trooper_black_sde_1.jpg

Available in black, brown and sand suede.


so they don't make those anymore?
post #5606 of 6890
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Originally Posted by TyCooN View Post


so they don't make those anymore?



Clarks reintroduced them this spring and they're available now from Topman and Tower Boots in the UK. Topman carries it in classic sand suede and Tower Boots offers it in brown and black suede.

 

Good if you like a more aggressive desert boots style. Clarks dug into its archives, found it wasn't made for a long time and now brought it back on the market.

post #5607 of 6890

I tried some Clarks DBs today in a size 10 and 9.5. The 10 felt comfortable, but the ankle is loose and slips when walking. The 9.5 didn't slip, but felt painfully tight in the front. Should I go with the 10, or are DBs simply not for me?

post #5608 of 6890
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Originally Posted by tobiasfunke View Post

I tried some Clarks DBs today in a size 10 and 9.5. The 10 felt comfortable, but the ankle is loose and slips when walking. The 9.5 didn't slip, but felt painfully tight in the front. Should I go with the 10, or are DBs simply not for me?



Get the 10 and wear thick socks. That's should stop the slipping. You can put in cork and foam insoles like Birkenstock Footprints Trekking insoles for a more secure fit. You desert boots will need some adjustment to make you feel at home in them.

post #5609 of 6890
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Originally Posted by tobiasfunke View Post

I tried some Clarks DBs today in a size 10 and 9.5. The 10 felt comfortable, but the ankle is loose and slips when walking. The 9.5 didn't slip, but felt painfully tight in the front. Should I go with the 10, or are DBs simply not for me?


They do stretch a bit...
post #5610 of 6890
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Originally Posted by throwbookatface View Post

^ this got me thinking - how do you guys care for your Beeswax Bushacres? The leather seems more porous than the Beeswax DBs, but definitely not suede, and I don't want it to dry out or crack. I'm ok with mink oil and darkening them but if there's some other cleaner (a nubuck cleaner?) I'd rather keep the sandy brown color instead of darkening it.

The color change with oiling is not intense. There is a change, but I actually think they look great when oiled. They glow and look healthy. And it's fairly temporary--once they get beaten/rained on/scraped up again, they get lighter. I just oiled mine a second time in their life--last oiling was in July and they were starting to look dry again. The beach will do that to them, I guess.
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