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post #151 of 160
Just picked these up from Context:









Joe's PH II in Horween Peanut Chamois
Handsewn toe
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
post #152 of 160
Couple more pics of my new PH IIs:



Comparison with RM chukka:






They fit much better after several weeks of wear.
post #153 of 160
I'm about to order a pair of chukkas - either the Art Carter or the Country chukka - but I'm not sure which leather I should go with. I know everyone seems to love chromexcel. I have a pair of Indy boots in chromexcel and my only gripe is how easily it scuffs although most of them will rub out if they're not too deep.
I want a rugged leather for these chukkas as I'll be wearing them as an everyday shoe and they'll likely take a beating even though I'm generally pretty careful of how I treat my boots.
How does the French veal compare to chromexcel in terms of durability? Is there another leather that Russell offers that would be a better choice?
I'm going to order before the end of the week so any input will be appreciated.
post #154 of 160
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Originally Posted by Bill S View Post

I'm about to order a pair of chukkas - either the Art Carter or the Country chukka - but I'm not sure which leather I should go with. I know everyone seems to love chromexcel. I have a pair of Indy boots in chromexcel and my only gripe is how easily it scuffs although most of them will rub out if they're not too deep.
I want a rugged leather for these chukkas as I'll be wearing them as an everyday shoe and they'll likely take a beating even though I'm generally pretty careful of how I treat my boots.
How does the French veal compare to chromexcel in terms of durability? Is there another leather that Russell offers that would be a better choice?
I'm going to order before the end of the week so any input will be appreciated.

 

I don't know how easy it is to get the folks at Russel on the phone, but I would really consider contacting them. They offer a range of leathers and are super knowledgeable. 

post #155 of 160
I spoke with someone at RM about the virtues of the various leathers. He said the French veal was very durable. More so than most of their other leathers according to him. Lots of art Carters out there that are 15 years old and still going strong. He said there are some landscapers in Texas who wear the art carter chukkas every day and even with all the dirt and repeated soakings they still last for many years.
So, I'm sending off my order tomorrow. Supposedly "only" a 14 week wait right now.
post #156 of 160

Please post pics.  The Art Carter in French Veal are a short list item for me.

 

I was lucky to find a pair of their chukka's in Kangaroo, and that is a fantastic suede as well.

post #157 of 160
has anyone received reply by email from Russell recently ? I sent 3 emails already since the beginning of June and still no reply....
post #158 of 160

Try calling them on the phone. I've gotten through to them every time that way.

post #159 of 160
Anyone got a working email?
post #160 of 160
I'm selling a pair of new Art Carter chukkas at half price if anyone is interested.
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