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Just processed a few more images to compare three well known, US Made work boots.

 

Wolverine 1K Mile in brown CXL, sz 10.5D (2 yrs old)
Red Wing 9011 GT/Beckman in Black Cherry, sz 10.5D (6 months old)
Oak Street Trench Boot in Natural CXL, sz 11D (1 week old)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited to add comments about fit, finish, workmanship, etc.

 

Notes:

The 1K's are missing something in terms of aesthetics to me, no shape to speak of (to me, this became much more evident when you compare them to the other two). CXL was comfy out of the box and they are relatively light weight. Fit & finish was fine with mine but I've read about others that had a number of issues, ranging from minor/cosmetic all the way to structural. Again, mine were fine. Build quality, durability and materials have all been very good.


RW 9011 with the half lugged sole are more practical here in New England in the winter. They took a solid 10-12 hrs of light wear to break in. Before they were broken in they were a bear, however, once broken in, they are extremely comfortable and feel more substantial on the foot compared to the 1K. This is due not only because of the sole. They appear to be about an inch taller than the 1K and the leather feels beefier (this could be due to the differences in tanning as they are virtually the same in terms of thickness). With that said, I don't think I'd want a boot that is much heavier than the 9011. While I like the appearance or the idea of heavier boots, I'd likely wear them less. For instance, I coveted the Whites SD for a long time but after handling them in person, I realize that they'd be too heavy for 4 season wear (for me). Durability, workmanship and materials of the GT are all excellent.

Trench Boot took a bit of break in, not much more than a few hrs and they became very comfortable (CXL). I much prefer the last of the Oak Street boot, both in terms of fit and aesthetics. The slightly upturned toe combined with the height of the toebox make a very appealing boot. I wouldn't call them sleek but they are less blobby than the 1K and RW while maintaining its workboot roots and function. The natural CXL is the perfect canvas to showcase patina. Fit and finish are a clear step up in this class and pricepoint. The finishing really shines, especially compared to the other two. IMHO, they really got it right with the Trench Boot.They wear lighter than the RW but feel more substantial than the 1K. Oak St. Bootmakers captured all the right properties with the Trench Boot from appearance to function. I'd liken them to a fine, German sports sedan. They've married agility and lightness with the heavy, substantial clunk you get when shutting the door of a Mercedes.

 

Goldilocks would refer to the Trench boot as "just right" and I wouldn't disagree.


Edited by patrick_b - 1/19/13 at 6:17am
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Just processed a few more to compare three popular work boots.

 

Wolverine 1K Mile in brown CXL

Red Wing 9011 GT/Beckman in Black Cherry

Oak Street Trench Boot in Natural CXL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which ones are your favorite?

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Which ones are your favorite?

 

Trench boot...by far. I edited the original post with some comments. Just my opinions of course.

post #739 of 3017

that's the exact post i needed to read!  Thanks patrick_b.

i guess i'll be purchasing some trench boots down the line.  

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Damn. When do the Trench Boots go on sale...
 

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Damn you patrick_b just cost me $426!

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Damn you patrick_b just cost me $426!

 

 

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Originally Posted by jmaudi0 View Post

that's the exact post i needed to read!  Thanks patrick_b.

i guess i'll be purchasing some trench boots down the line.  

 

Glad I could help push you both over the edge smile.gif. They are certainly worth it IMO. When I first saw the Trench Boot I immediately knew that they may be the one I'd been searching for. After more research, I realized they checked off all the boxes on my "wants" list.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Just processed a few more to compare three popular work boots.

 

Wolverine 1K Mile in brown CXL

Red Wing 9011 GT/Beckman in Black Cherry

Oak Street Trench Boot in Natural CXL

 

 

Looks like 1000 mile is the widest, trech boot in the middle and Beckman is the most narrow shoes. How do they fit? I want to know because I can't wear any Red Wing heritage with their 8 last to save my life, they are too snug for me.

post #744 of 3017
Is there a reason why Context carries the Trench boots in Black and the actual Oak Street website doesn't?
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now i just need to decide leather or vibram sole.....  i know the white vibram is "in" right now and i do like it, but the leather sole is classic.

 

if i'm going to be occasionally wearing these onto construction sites do you think the leather sole will be an issue?

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Originally Posted by jmaudi0 View Post

now i just need to decide leather or vibram sole.....  i know the white vibram is "in" right now and i do like it, but the leather sole is classic.

 

if i'm going to be occasionally wearing these onto construction sites do you think the leather sole will be an issue?

Absolutely go with the leather sole. I really dislike the white Vibram fad on boots like this. I think boots like these are perfect with something like leather, neoprene/cork or dainite.


Edited by misterjuiceman - 1/19/13 at 3:12pm
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Don't go with Vibram. I have a pair of Yuketen Maine Guide Boots with Vibram Christy soles, which I think they are perfect on. But, for a work boot like this trench boot, with a slim profile, the Christy is no good. Go with leather. I'm waiting on them to do a commando version or black Vibram lug sole and I'm all over the cap toe trench boots.

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Originally Posted by MSSneaker View Post

Don't go with Vibram. I have a pair of Yuketen Maine Guide Boots with Vibram Christy soles, which I think they are perfect on. But, for a work boot like this trench boot, with a slim profile, the Christy is no good. Go with leather. I'm waiting on them to do a commando version or black Vibram lug sole and I'm all over the cap toe trench boots.

 

Couldn't agree more. The shape of the last and profile of the boot as a whole seem to match up very well with the leather sole. But it's all subjective...if you like the Vibram it's still a gorgeous boot.

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Originally Posted by ashura View Post

Looks like 1000 mile is the widest, trech boot in the middle and Beckman is the most narrow shoes. How do they fit? I want to know because I can't wear any Red Wing heritage with their 8 last to save my life, they are too snug for me.

 

That sounds about right. The Trench boot definitely has more room in the toebox than the 9011 but my heel isn't swimming at all. My RW's were painfully snug out of the box but broke in to become comfortably snug and well fitting. The OSB felt like it fit right away, even though it needed some break-in.

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thinking about getting the natural beefroll loafers, anyone have them? reviews?

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