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post #751 of 3022

I think these boots look great, with the leather sole that is. The vibram is absolutely hideous. But I live in Norway, on the west coast. We get a lot of rain and snow. Won't the leather sole of the boot be ruined by this? I have a pair of Barker Wallaces' and their sole is pretty messed up from using them 4-5 times in rainy weather. Sorry if this is a stupid question. 

post #752 of 3022
Should've released with a commando half sole and stacked leather heel.
post #753 of 3022
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Originally Posted by Fredrick View Post

I think these boots look great, with the leather sole that is. The vibram is absolutely hideous. But I live in Norway, on the west coast. We get a lot of rain and snow. Won't the leather sole of the boot be ruined by this? I have a pair of Barker Wallaces' and their sole is pretty messed up from using them 4-5 times in rainy weather. Sorry if this is a stupid question. 

Technically the sole is saturated with oil, so it shouldn't absorb water. I don't know how much traction you'll get, though, in the rain.

post #754 of 3022

Am I the only one who really likes the look of the Vibram sole with these?

post #755 of 3022
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

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.

Fantastic write-up and pictures.

For sizing, did you go with conventional wisdom on all three (TTS for the OSB and half-size down for the RW and 1K)?
post #756 of 3022
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Originally Posted by Fredrick View Post

I think these boots look great, with the leather sole that is. The vibram is absolutely hideous. But I live in Norway, on the west coast. We get a lot of rain and snow. Won't the leather sole of the boot be ruined by this? I have a pair of Barker Wallaces' and their sole is pretty messed up from using them 4-5 times in rainy weather. Sorry if this is a stupid question. 

you can always get a topy, which is a thin piece of rubber, applied by a cobbler to help preserve the leather soles. I live in Seattle where we enjoy frequently wet sidewalks, and this is what I did on my wolverine 1k. Although misterjuicer is right, these are oiled soles which should hold up a little better than standard leather soles in the rain. If they do get saturated you should let them dry out before wearing again and of course get yourself a pair of shoe trees.
post #757 of 3022
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Originally Posted by raphaelargus View Post


For sizing, did you go with conventional wisdom on all three (TTS for the OSB and half-size down for the RW and 1K)?

Yes, I'm an 11D measured and went TTS on Trench and 10.5D for the other two.
post #758 of 3022

I'm supposed to receive my trench boots in about 1.5 weeks. I was thinking about buying the shoe care kit Oak Street has available on their website. Does anyone have any other suggestions for leather shoe care products?

post #759 of 3022
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Originally Posted by aspasp View Post

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

 I have a pair. They are very comfortable and will stretch out quite a bit (depending on your socks and width of your feet). Took a few days of normal wear to break them in. Sized down half a size and went EEE. Personally wouldn't recommend the loafers for anyone with crazy wide feet like me, but to everyone else I would do so in a heartbeat. The color makes them wearable for casual and semi-businessy.

post #760 of 3022
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Originally Posted by sleu View Post

 I have a pair. They are very comfortable and will stretch out quite a bit (depending on your socks and width of your feet). Took a few days of normal wear to break them in. Sized down half a size and went EEE. Personally wouldn't recommend the loafers for anyone with crazy wide feet like me, but to everyone else I would do so in a heartbeat. The color makes them wearable for casual and semi-businessy.

I'll add to this. I love mine as well and they definitely do stretch. For reference, my true size is an 8E (slightly wide but can usually get away with 8D). I got size 7D, and they were a little tight at first and now they perfectly fit. I had a feeling the 7.5D would give me heel slippage, and I think I made the right choice. Keep in mind that if you are going to wear them sockless, you might want to always wear them sockless as if you wear them with socks for awhile and then go without, you'll get slippage as well.

They are really beautiful shoes though. I get compliments on them all the time.
post #761 of 3022
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Originally Posted by sleu View Post

 Sized down half a size and went EEE.

So you can order wider sizes than are listed on the site?
post #762 of 3022
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Yes, I'm an 11D measured and went TTS on Trench and 10.5D for the other two.

Thanks!
post #763 of 3022
cap toe trench fit pix

in the wild, they are actually not too dangerous on ice




required office shot


heel wear


These have 8+ hours of hard (as you can tell by the scuffs) walking on pavement, and another 40 or so hours of general wear
over about 4 days. TTS 11D. They're comfortable on the foot, but are killing my right knee. Maybe because
my first full day of wear was travelling to DC as RGIII was getting knee surgery? wink.gif I think I'll cut the laces as wrapping them around pulls on my ankle bones a bit.
post #764 of 3022
TRENCH VS ALDEN NATURAL INDY?
post #765 of 3022
I cut my laces as well, OSB certainly didn't skimp on the leather laces. Great pics of the cap toe boots in the wild!
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