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post #1066 of 2986
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Got back my trench boots back from OSB. As originally thought (before they offered to take them in) it's just aesthetic, not structural. I think it's just dry, and next time I LP these, I'll make sure to hit the welt a little bit to give it some more moisture. Really should be getting the welt water-proofed anyway, for the amount I walk through the water.

Also, had a chance to look at/try on some Alden Natty CXL Sloat boots (basically plain toe indy boots with neocork soles). OSB wins by a lot if you want an actual boot (maybe Alden wins for a fashionable boot, though). OSB is just meatier, uses thicker CXL, and has twice as wide of a tongue (Alden's tongue is maybe an inch wide! wtf?). Alden does have speedhooks, but they look delicate, and can probably be pulled right out of the thin CXL.

Btw, OSB, I'm jealous of those Women's trench boots you teased on your twitter, with speedhooks. smile.gif If they're properly durable, those would be excellent on the men's as well.

Anyway, got these back on my feet, and back in my boot rotation. Coming up on the end of boot weather, c'est la vie I guess.

 

Just curious, where did you get to try on the Alden Sloat boots?  I was thinking of those at the same time I was looking at the Trench boots, but seems like they are only available at Unionmade...  The pics on this site of a worn pair almost convinced me:

 

http://www.weftyandmash.com/2013/01/12-months-in-alden-sloat-plain-toe-boot.html#!/2013/01/12-months-in-alden-sloat-plain-toe-boot.html

 

So, glad to hear that you prefer the Trench boots after trying both on.

post #1067 of 2986
^ I ordered/returned them, honestly. The way Alden works is that every shoe/boot is a custom order for a boutique, so these are only at Unionmade. I had asked for notification of them being back in stock and when I got the in-stock notification I decided to order them, just so I could see, even though I had my trench boots. If they weren't what I wanted, I'd eat the shipping, and at least I'd know. If they were as amazing as I'd dreamt, well, it would be worth it. According to the guy there, last time they were in stock, they blew through it within 2-3 weeks, so I pulled the trigger.

*I* prefer the trench boot by a long shot. The Aldens were beautiful, and the stitching was just on another planet (on both the upper and the welting, it's a work of fucking art). But, they felt like dress boots trying to be work boots. The CXL felt delicate to the touch, like fine calf leather, and the tongue was just... weird. Just because both boots are plain toe, natty CXL... they aren't really the same category of boot. The Alden's are delicate, and felt like dress boots in the guise of work boots (I know they are actually rather tough, but they don't exude toughness). The OSBs feel like I'm carrying the world's supply of CXL around on my feet. But, honestly, while I prefer the trench boots, I really can see why other people would prefer the Alden's. And if the trench boot didn't exist, I might very well have gone for those Aldens instead.

On another note... is it weird that I sometimes just look at/hold the tongue on the trench boots? It's just this fucking slab of CXL that is molding to my foot. There's something about it that really is especially awesome.
post #1068 of 2986
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

^ I ordered/returned them, honestly. The way Alden works is that every shoe/boot is a custom order for a boutique, so these are only at Unionmade. I had asked for notification of them being back in stock and when I got the in-stock notification I decided to order them, just so I could see, even though I had my trench boots. If they weren't what I wanted, I'd eat the shipping, and at least I'd know. If they were as amazing as I'd dreamt, well, it would be worth it. According to the guy there, last time they were in stock, they blew through it within 2-3 weeks, so I pulled the trigger.

*I* prefer the trench boot by a long shot. The Aldens were beautiful, and the stitching was just on another planet (on both the upper and the welting, it's a work of fucking art). But, they felt like dress boots trying to be work boots. The CXL felt delicate to the touch, like fine calf leather, and the tongue was just... weird. Just because both boots are plain toe, natty CXL... they aren't really the same category of boot. The Alden's are delicate, and felt like dress boots in the guise of work boots (I know they are actually rather tough, but they don't exude toughness). The OSBs feel like I'm carrying the world's supply of CXL around on my feet. But, honestly, while I prefer the trench boots, I really can see why other people would prefer the Alden's. And if the trench boot didn't exist, I might very well have gone for those Aldens instead.

On another note... is it weird that I sometimes just look at/hold the tongue on the trench boots? It's just this fucking slab of CXL that is molding to my foot. There's something about it that really is especially awesome.

 

Thanks for the info.  Seems like we have the same taste in boots... I came very close to ordering a pair of sloat boots as well to try out but ended up going for the Trench boots.  So I am glad to hear your opinion of them.  But man, that aged pair does look pretty good on that link above...

post #1069 of 2986
Omg. I hold and look at the tongue too, as well as the side top of the uppers. Just unreal leather. Smell and bend it alot too
post #1070 of 2986

I'm getting a par of the Cap-Toe Trench in natural. http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/footwear/natural-captoe-trench-boot

Can't wait. 


Edited by BobbyBagstein - 4/26/13 at 8:41am
post #1071 of 2986
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On another note... is it weird that I sometimes just look at/hold the tongue on the trench boots? It's just this fucking slab of CXL that is molding to my foot. There's something about it that really is especially awesome.

smile.gif

That's just plain odd behavior for 99% of the population. Fortunately those of us reading this don't fall into that 99%.

I am drawn to the pattern that the laces create on the tongue. It looks amazing in a very short time.
post #1072 of 2986

Haha, this is one instance where I can say I belong to the 1%

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I visited Independence recently and actually checked out the trench boot's tongue because of wdahab's comment, haha. 

 

 

 

Does a wide-width trench boot cost any extra? I actually kind of like the christy sole on it. It looks much better in person and I can only imagine it looking better as the leather darkens. 

post #1074 of 2986
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smile.gif

That's just plain odd behavior for 99% of the population. Fortunately those of us reading this don't fall into that 99%.

I am drawn to the pattern that the laces create on the tongue. It looks amazing in a very short time.

I do this too frown.gif I thought I was crazy but at least I'm in good company.
post #1075 of 2986

these are still probably my all around favorite pair of shoes.  and although they have almost a year of constant wear they magically still look brand new.  so good.

 

 

 

 

would like to get the peanut suede version, but i've never seen the leather in person -- can anyone comment on how similar/different it is compared to snuff suede?

post #1076 of 2986
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I visited Independence recently and actually checked out the trench boot's tongue because of wdahab's comment, haha. 

 

 

 

Does a wide-width trench boot cost any extra? I actually kind of like the christy sole on it. It looks much better in person and I can only imagine it looking better as the leather darkens. 

 

Wide width is the same price, you just have to wait six weeks for the special order.

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Originally Posted by Distorbiant View Post

I visited Independence recently and actually checked out the trench boot's tongue because of wdahab's comment, haha. 



Does a wide-width trench boot cost any extra? I actually kind of like the christy sole on it. It looks much better in person and I can only imagine it looking better as the leather darkens. 
I can't imagine the foot that requires a wide width in the Elston last. I comfortably wear EEE shoes and I find the trench boot a hair too wide. I imagining you tried on some trenches at Independence if you feel you need a special order (though I don't think they do them because they haven't made the lasts for it). I still can't fathom anyone wearing these with a normal width foot. Wore mine all day today with them cinched tight as I could.
post #1078 of 2986
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I can't imagine the foot that requires a wide width in the Elston last. I comfortably wear EEE shoes and I find the trench boot a hair too wide. I imagining you tried on some trenches at Independence if you feel you need a special order (though I don't think they do them because they haven't made the lasts for it). I still can't fathom anyone wearing these with a normal width foot. Wore mine all day today with them cinched tight as I could.


Thanks for the reply. I have incredibly flat, large, wide feet which is more of the problem. I actually didn't try any boots on yet since I'm not exactly in the market. I was just curious.

post #1079 of 2986
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post


I can't imagine the foot that requires a wide width in the Elston last. I comfortably wear EEE shoes and I find the trench boot a hair too wide. I imagining you tried on some trenches at Independence if you feel you need a special order (though I don't think they do them because they haven't made the lasts for it). I still can't fathom anyone wearing these with a normal width foot. Wore mine all day today with them cinched tight as I could.

 

This is interesting, and shows how tricky fit can be.  I measure at a 10D, but usually like a wider toebox.  And though apparently I don't actually have wide feet, I do have high arches, which I think contributes to a wide feeler better.  Anyway, I had a pair of 1000 Mile Krause boots in 10D that fit just right, but my 10.5 Trench boots were a little tight in the toebox, partially due to the low profile I think and the slightly pointy toe.

 

Anyway, talking with the Oak Street guys and hearing testimony here, I decided to wear them and see if they stretch to fit my feet, which it looks like are indeed doing.  I have just gotten them back from the cobbler with Vibram half soles added and have given them a couple of hours of wear.  The verdict:  VERY comfortable boots.  Look forward to breaking them in.  I will post a few pics here of the boots with the new Vibrams, and next to my Vibergs for comparison.

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