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post #1006 of 2986

If you break in the soles before you start pounding concrete, you might be able to reduce the wear at the front of the sole a bit.  Either way, once everything is more flexible, you should be fine.

post #1007 of 2986

this post has got my hyped on OSB for sure! i join SF so i could post this (and still get a deal on shipping??)

 

I just got bit by the boot bug and Im thinking bout taking the plunge on some hunt boots.  I wanna use them for kicking around, goin to the office, and hiking.  just a couple q's tho...

 

How are these for hiking?  Im assuming good, but anyone got first hand experience?

 

Does the leather upper offer good ankle support?  I recently had some older quoddy grizzlys that leather was nice, but was REALLY stretchy and not at all supportive.

 

I have a wide foot and am not sure what size to get (10 or 10.5), so plan on trying something on.  What models would be a good proxy if the place doesnt carry the hunts?

 

any help would be sweet!  thanks

post #1008 of 2986
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Originally Posted by Zorba View Post

Everyone walks differently and so naturally sole wear will be unique to different folk. I must say though that the picture George posted of the year-old Trench boots shows very little to no wear on the front of the sole. They still look new.

I noticed that in the picture too. But so far, it seems everyone (other than the ones in George's pic) who has posted pictures has had their sole act like this, where it's sort of flaring at the edges, and especially at the toe. Could just be a difference in the batch of leather, or it could be that after another few months of wear the flaring will wear down and it'll look neater around the edges.
post #1009 of 2986
Thread Starter 
Yeah - my soles have the most wear in the toe - as do almost every pair. The pair in the photo had his wear in the ball of the foot - meaning his walking gait is a bit different than most.
post #1010 of 2986
Thread Starter 
Another old pair...looking fucking incredible...these were venetianed several times, and put through 'the trenches' of a Chicago winter - intentionally stepping in huge puddles of melted snow with city street salt in 'em, pounding the pavement, etc. Really developed - but pushed harder than normal use
post #1011 of 2986
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

Another old pair...looking fucking incredible...these were venetianed several times, and put through 'the trenches' of a Chicago winter - intentionally stepping in huge puddles of melted snow with city street salt in 'em, pounding the pavement, etc. Really developed - but pushed harder than normal use
Wow. Look at the color on those.
post #1012 of 2986
for those of you that visit the Alden thread, you'll see mention of the "mac break in method." this boils down to walking on carpet for a while before taking the leather soles outside. this not only helps to ensure proper fit, but it starts to break in the sole thereby minimizing wear on the toe when you eventually hit the pavement. of course this requires some patience.

i usually wind up getting my leather soles topy'd at the local cobbler because the ground is often wet where i live, both to protect the leather and for stability.

i wish my 1k miles would go ahead and die so i could justify some of these trench boots as a replacement.
post #1013 of 2986

While we're on evo pics, here's my natural trail oxfords.  I've beat them up pretty good the past 8 months, wear them almost everyday

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post #1014 of 2986
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Originally Posted by CPaul View Post

While we're on evo pics, here's my natural trail oxfords.  I've beat them up pretty good the past 8 months, wear them almost everyday

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Those look superb pal but then again I'm a huge fan of the trail Oxfords, having two pairs myself.  As good as a shoe gets IMO. How come you changed the laces and may I also ask what the replacement laces are? They look great actually.

 

George - those Trench boots look fantastic  nod[1].gif

post #1015 of 2986
Thanks. Unfortunately my leather laces broke after a few months so I got these. I got them from a user here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/288706/shoe-laces-47-colors-and-styles#post_5983437. They're doing their job but I'm still looking for something better.
post #1016 of 2986

My pair of boots (cap toe, leather sole) arrived yesterday.  I only was able to spend a little time with them last night, but here are some first impressions:

 

-- Clearly a good-looking pair of boots.  A nice design.

 

-- Leather was darker than I expected, which I am glad for.  Most pics and descriptions have indicated a much lighter leather than the pics on the Oak Street website.  Mine (and I know another recent poster's) are a darker almost chocolate brown.  Perhaps a newer batch of leather. Anyway, I like it more brown than the sort of tan I expected.

 

-- The toe is thinner and more pointy than I expected, which I am less glad about. Guess I've mostly seen side shots or angled shots, rather than top-down.  Aesthetically it makes it look less workboot-like and a little more dressy. Fit-wise it feels tighter than a wider and taller toebox would.

 

-- With regard to sizing, I measure at a 10D, but I guess I like a little extra toe room because I often find that 10E's work better for me.  Given that, I went ahead and ordered a 10.5, since an E width is not offered.  The fit is very slightly loose throughout most of the boot, as I expected, figuring I would use an insole, but is still slightly tight in the toebox.  I tried it on only for a few minutes, so not entirely sure just how tight it is, but this is what I will have to figure out in deciding whether to keep the boot.

 

-- The CXL strikes me as a very soft leather.  I know that all CXL is softer and stretchier than oil tanned cowhide, or horse hide, but there seems to be a range of textures out there in various CXLs.  For example, Alden's 403 boot has a pretty tough and stiff brown CXL, whereas their Roy boot (which I've held and tried on though I don't own a pair) is clearly softer and more prone to wear.  These Trench boots really seem to be on the softer and stretchier side.  Nothing intrinsically wrong with that, but it's something to know and consider.  It means they are no doubt very very comfortable.  But I also have no doubt they will look beat up pretty quickly, and I wonder about possible stretching (esp since they are not lined with another leather, as Aldens are and White's offers as an option).  They came out of the box with a few dark spots and marks on them, but I am not worried about that, since I know they will have many more very quickly once they get worn.

 

Anyway, I like the boots a lot -- and my wife and daughter love them!  I wish they were more of a workboot than a dress boot, but that's okay.  If I decide the fit is right I will keep them and wear them in and see how it goes.

post #1017 of 2986
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

Context has an exclusive on the black Trench Boot, although not with a Dainite or commando sole but the same waterlock leather sole as the Nat CXL boot.  Looks pretty nice.  My Nat CXL boots should arrive tomorrow!


I think these look great, but will they only go up to size 10.5? Is it possible to order a larger size?

edit: I'm talking about the sizes available here: http://www.contextclothing.com/item.php?id=3785
Edited by Aardark - 4/11/13 at 2:20pm
post #1018 of 2986
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Originally Posted by CPaul View Post

Thanks. Unfortunately my leather laces broke after a few months so I got these. I got them from a user here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/288706/shoe-laces-47-colors-and-styles#post_5983437. They're doing their job but I'm still looking for something better.

Thanks man.

post #1019 of 2986
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Aardark View Post

I think these look great, but will they only go up to size 10.5? Is it possible to order a larger size?

edit: I'm talking about the sizes available here: http://www.contextclothing.com/item.php?id=3785

shoot them an email and see if they can add you to the pre-order or special order your size for you since your size isn't on the list
post #1020 of 2986
Yeah, I e-mailed them. They said preorders in larger sizes were already sold out, but they would probably order more this summer.
Edited by Aardark - 4/13/13 at 10:52pm
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