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post #16 of 29
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The point being made is that the construction hasn't been improved. If you put high-grade components together in a poor fashion then the outcome won't be great - the Horween swing tag might guarantee the quality of the leather, but it doesn't guarantee the quality of the overall product because the upper material is only one factor.
In terms of durability they're the same as run-of-the-mill DBs IMO.

 

The crepe sole wears fast but the high quality leather allows the boots to be resoled at an economical price. That's not worth doing with run-of-the-mill DB. I guess people have to factor that in and decide if its worth keeping as opposed to throwing it away.

post #17 of 29

Are these goodyear welted?

post #18 of 29
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Are these goodyear welted?

 

The crepe soles are hand-stitched. I'll have to check the box when I get it.

post #19 of 29
I highly doubt I'd bother paying even $50 for a resole when my crepe sole wears out. At $120 they're completely consumable to me. I'll just donate them when they wear out. Which should be a couple of years from now judging by my older pair I just donated and still had a ton of life in the sole. Upper was dirty as hell.

Either case, I don't see the point of having a different thread. They're just a better version of the Clark's DB. Economical and good looking beater shoe.
post #20 of 29
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Maybe you have the throw away mentality but of most us don't.

 

If we can extend the life of our expensive purchases by giving added value to them its a plus.

 

On the other hand, extremely cheap items are disposable and replacing them comes with the territory.

 

I intend to keep my Clarks Horween DB around for a long time.

post #21 of 29
1 recrafting - $100
1 brand new Horween Clarks - $120

Math does not compute. If a crepe resole was $25, I'd probably do it. Anything more and I would have to decide whether the uppers are worth another couple of years or not.

But it's your money, you can do whatever you want. I just said what I'm going to do. It's really not up to you to decide for me or anyone else.

I don't think the majority of SFers buy Clark's for long term durability.
post #22 of 29
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1 recrafting - $100
1 brand new Horween Clarks - $120

Math does not compute. If a crepe resole was $25, I'd probably do it. Anything more and I would have to decide whether the uppers are worth another couple of years or not.

But it's your money, you can do whatever you want. I just said what I'm going to do. It's really not up to you to decide for me or anyone else.

I don't think the majority of SFers buy Clark's for long term durability.

 

At $50 to $60 for a new Vibram sole, I agree on the cheaper DB, it doesn't make much sense to upgrade them unless its standard leather, in which case you could get more life out of them.

 

But with the Horween at $120-$140, I think it makes more sense. You're not spending as much as you could on a new pair of boots and the high quality leather may make it a definite keeper!

 

Of course it all depends on whether you have a sentimental attachment to your DBs enough to warrant resoling them.

post #23 of 29
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I finally got the boots today - they are in UK size 8 and and are a rich taupe tan leather.

 

According to the Horween tag - the leather is latigo - a kind of rich and velvety leather that improves with age.

 

The only drawback of the boots at the price is I was expecting them to be made in the UK! No such luck.

 

I'm not complaining they fit very nicely and I have no problem with the sizing. There is no insole but there is room for a ultra-thin third party insole that would take up some room and provide support for the feet.

 

Truth be told, I find myself liking them a lot!

post #24 of 29
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at the price is I was expecting them to be made in the UK!

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post #25 of 29
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I was let down when it said "Made In Vietnam."

 

American leather made in Asia! Hah Hah Hah

post #26 of 29

Just stop, man.

post #27 of 29
I have a pair of these I got today as well. I got the burgundy ones. They are fine, but all of the standard desert boots are fine too. They are actually Chromexcel. happy.gif
post #28 of 29
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I have a pair of these I got today as well. I got the burgundy ones. They are fine, but all of the standard desert boots are fine too. They are actually Chromexcel. happy.gif

 

Hmm... it doesn't say that on the Horween tag! I find myself liking the leather. It'll age well but I'm not thrilled with the crepe soles. They are already turning soot black! I guess that's adding "character". For me, the tan taupe color is close enough to the sand desert classic color. Only thing now left is to replace a frayed lace and enjoy them.

post #29 of 29
it's possible that different colors used different types of leather.
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