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post #1276 of 2976
I'm heading to Europe in a few months, and I need to get some new shoes that will be comfortable enough for lots of walking around various cities. I really like the look of the trail oxfords, but would you guys say that they fit the bill? Thanks for any input.
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Yup they should be perfect. I've logged countless walking hour in mine. The vibram sole helps.
 

post #1278 of 2976
I took mine to Rome for a week and they were ok. Definitely not better than walking shoes, but good enough.
post #1279 of 2976
1. Make sure you break them in first. They stretch a lot and (for me anyway) ramped up my haglunds for the first couple weeks.

2. Plan to wear socks at least some of the time. It's not just about smell, but in my case at least the combination of a skewed stride and foot sweat dislodged the foot bed.

3. The vibram is great for walking about, but it does wear significantly quicker than what the name vibram might suggest.

So I guess this my unique experience. I wouldn't plan to walk on these for ten days straight, but that's true of any shoe. They'd be great to have and could be a primary shoe. I love mine (though my complaints above may suggest otherwise). They're great.
post #1280 of 2976
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Comus

We need more pics of the black trenches in here.

Sure - when I get home from work I'll take a couple. Boots by themselves + a fit pic. They are starting to wear in now, and of course they get more and more comfortable. I am seriously considering getting that half-sole though, cause I need these to last me a long time, (~5 years ideally) and I don't think the welt could take too many resoles... The material is ok, but the stitching is closely spaced enough that there's probably only room for 2 more sets of holes at most.
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Sure - when I get home from work I'll take a couple. Boots by themselves + a fit pic. They are starting to wear in now, and of course they get more and more comfortable. I am seriously considering getting that half-sole though, cause I need these to last me a long time, (~5 years ideally) and I don't think the welt could take too many resoles... The material is ok, but the stitching is closely spaced enough that there's probably only room for 2 more sets of holes at most.

 

They will replace the welt as needed, so it isn't an issue.  The issue with Goodyear-welted footwear is the inseam (where the welt is stitched to the upper).  You can't see the inseam from the outside of the shoe.  Most Goodyear-welted shoes/boots can take around 4-6 welt replacements before the inseam area is structurally weakened to the point of no return.  If a company will resole a shoe, and re-use the welt during the process (as it is intended),  then a shoe can be resoled dozens of times during it's lifetime.  Unfortunately, it is standard operating procedure for many Goodyear-welted shoe companies to replace the welt every time the shoe is sent in.  Perhaps George could tell us what Oak Street's SOP is here.  

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They will replace the welt as needed, so it isn't an issue.  The issue with Goodyear-welted footwear is the inseam (where the welt is stitched to the upper).  You can't see the inseam from the outside of the shoe.  Most Goodyear-welted shoes/boots can take around 4-6 welt replacements before the inseam area is structurally weakened to the point of no return.  If a company will resole a shoe, and re-use the welt during the process (as it is intended),  then a shoe can be resoled dozens of times during it's lifetime.  Unfortunately, it is standard operating procedure for many Goodyear-welted shoe companies to replace the welt every time the shoe is sent in.  Perhaps George could tell us what Oak Street's SOP is here.  

Hey thanks, that is good stuff to know! That makes more sense since the welt can get pretty beat up during regular wear.

One other thing I did with my boots was to go around the edges of the welt/sole with a small piece of sandpaper and round/smooth the edges and sides. Then I rubbed the edges and welt with mink oil to seal and waterproof them. I'm sure OSB put some sort of waterproofer on them, but the edges come with small irregularities that I wanted to smooth out. Overall I think it made the boots look even nicer if possible, and it takes care of that "spongy" effect that people have noticed with the welts.
post #1283 of 2976
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You guys should post pictures of your boots. I have a pair of trench's in natural cxl and would love to see what it looks like aged

 

I will try to get some recent pics of mine and put them up soon...

 

This is my first pair of CXLs, and for me the jury is still out on the virtues of CXL vs other leathers.  It has that nice rich look and is very comfortable, but as others have said it REALLY picks up every little nick and scrape.  You can rub out the minor ones, but not all.  And I am waiting to see how it will deal with the larger hits that boots eventually take; there will no doubt be much that can't just be rubbed out.  Also, it's a soft leather overall, and I can see a few places where I imagine the seams might pull out of the leather. 

 

I should say that at the same time that I got these trenches I also got a pair of horsehide boots from another maker.  Have worn both pairs about the same number of times, and the horsehides essentially look brand new, while the CXLs are well worn already.  Wore both in a bit of rain, and the CXL soaked through quickly, while the horsehides beaded up and shed the water.

 

Anyway, only time will tell.  I hope for the best and wouldn't mind be pleasantly surprised, but it doesn't seem to me like CXL is a good basis for the sort of "lifetime boot" that one hopes for with top of the line boots.

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Thread Starter 
Rain? No problem
Torrential Rain? No problem
Torrential Rain + Mud? Trench Boots handle it with ease - you can even see the water beading off!

Here's a photo of my wife wearing the first prototype for a Women's Trench Boot (only pair in existence). After a few hours in this, her feet were 100% dry. For reference, this is at an Avett Brothers concert a few weeks back...we're big fans, and they're big Oak Street fans - Joe Kwon was wearing his Hunt Boots on stage that day

post #1285 of 2976
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Rain? No problem
Torrential Rain? No problem
Torrential Rain + Mud? Trench Boots handle it with ease - you can even see the water beading off!

Here's a photo of my wife wearing the first prototype for a Women's Trench Boot (only pair in existence). After a few hours in this, her feet were 100% dry. For reference, this is at an Avett Brothers concert a few weeks back...we're big fans, and they're big Oak Street fans - Joe Kwon was wearing his Hunt Boots on stage that day

 

That's a great pic.... I can only say that my experience was different.  About 10 minutes walking through the rain (not too heavy, not too light) and my socks got a little damp.  There was some beading of the water, but also some definitely soaked through.

 

I will post some pics after this of the boots, now mostly (a nice) brown...

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post #1287 of 2976
It's hard to compare horse hide with cxl. CXL is great for comfort and everyday shoes whereas horse hide is a tough mother of a leather. They are completely different and for different purposes.
When I wear my viberg horse hides I feel like I'm wearing tanks on my feet. I don't have any oak streets yet but from what I they are great. And that picture only proves it.

With that said I appreciate George watching over this thread and listening to what we all suggest. I'm getting excited for the upcoming shell and pretty much have budgeted them in. But since we are on topic, any opposition to a horse hide trench...
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George did your wife waterproof at all? Or has she only done the Venetian lotion treatment? I have some obenaufs I would like to try on my natty oxfords but I'm afraid it will darken too much.
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@Gnu, count me among the horse fans. remember, shell is from a horse wink.gif
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Just as I start to veer off course in my hunt, you pull me back in line with these great photos. Thx, linafelt!

(Also, gotta say, I'm sold on flat cotton laces vs leather- think it just looks that much sharper)
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