Joe's PH II in Horween Peanut Chamois
True Moccasin construction
Plantation crepe sole
It's my third pair of Russell Moccasins and I definitely like the look of these PH II's. Kudos to Context for offering this make up. You can find tons of unique RM styles on Japanese websites and blogs, but relatively few in the U.S.
As for the fit -- you know how some boots fit stiff and firm, like you have heavy Frankenstein feet that cannot bend at the ankles or the ball of your foot? This boot is the total opposite: it's VERY soft leather (especially noticeable for me in the very pliable heel area, which provides no discernible support other than the wrapped chamois leather). The "relaxed" fit is accentuated by the very soft crepe sole - it grips with each step but gives (like jello) at the same time. It also feels wide for a "D" width.
It doesn't rub or anything like that (so I guess you could say "it's comfortable out of the box"), but I'm a bit concerned about having sufficient foot stability. Will it conform to my foot over time and fit like a glove? Or is it going to feel even more loose to the point of becoming sloppy? Also, given the width, the toe area isn't particularly forgiving. It's approximately the same length as my other RMs, yet it feels slightly shorter. I notice when I walk downstairs my feet tend to shift to the front of the toe box. Moving down a size definitely isn't an option - it's keep this one and hope for the best or return it.
I'll likely keep them although so far I've been wearing them only indoors.
Edited by CEE88 - 1/25/14 at 12:18pm