Anyone know where to find the brown oxford wedge? I have only seen the black version.
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The GQ doesn't have a "toe cap", which is the term for the extra layer of leather sewn onto the toe of a boot (as seen on this Katahdin). If you're instead asking about the profile of the toe box of the boot, there seems to be some consensus that Chip's Heritage line of boots (service, homestead) are based on the same last as the GQ Lacer (and thus the Katahdin); the toe box should be of similar size and shape on all of those boots.
For those of you looking the Oxford Wedge, Wheat and Co has all 3 colors in stock.
Just ordered a cordovan pair for myself
Long time lurker and first time poster here, but I figured I'd chime in...
I recently bought the Service Boot in Crazy Horse, and they showed up as they look on the Zappos website. I wear a 13 and that's what I ordered, and they fit great! I did make the mistake of spraying them with a silicon-based waterproofing spray (I know, I know...) which ended up creating some "splotching" on them, but after two different leather conditioners, they have darkened up enough that you can't notice it. Besides that, they are definitely not meant to look polished and brand new. They mark up A LOT and look really worn in after just one wearing (creasing, marking, etc.). I was fine with that, because I wasn't looking for a specific dress boot, but it's just something to be aware of.
All in all, they are really comfortable and they look really good. I especially like the flat waxed laces. To me they just look so much better than the round laces, but that's just an opinion. The laces were really long though, so I've been keeping an eye out for a shorter option.
I like them so much that I just ordered them in black as well. Actually, I ordered the Service Boot in black and a pair of RW Beckman Round Toes in black to compare and keep the pair I like better. Not to get too off topic, but I had initially gotten a pair of RW boots in Black Cherry, but they looked like clown shoes on my huge feet. The Chippewas were great. I'm interested to see how the black versions of each pan out.
Has anyone bought a pair of the J.Crew x Chippewa service boots in black? I was wondering if the only differences between those and the regular are the speed lacing rivets, pull-up tab, all black eyelets (versus nickel eyelets on the regular ones) on the J.Crew version. The J.Crew description does say "this service boot is recreated in exclusive-to-J.Crew burnished leather" and does look somewhat more muted than any pictures I've seen of the normal Chippewa service boot in black (but I've only been able to go off of the stock photos on websites :P)
I don't have any experience with the Heritage line or J.Crew offerings but I recently came across these on Zappos:
They are called '6" Black Odessa Plain Toe". They are very similar to the black Service Boot and the boot offered by J.Crew.
Except these are only $189 vs $259 or $268. Just looking at the pictures they seem to be made the same and have the same sole. The leather and finishing look to be a little rougher than the Service Boot and they have the black eyelets with no quick-ties. If you're looking for something a little more dressed-down, then these may be a good option. The best I can tell these must be some kind of Zappos exclusive. I couldn't find them on the Chippewa website or anywhere else.