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post #196 of 204
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For casual everyday use walking on all different surfaces what model would you recommend?

I've been wearing my Art Carter Traveling Sportsmen Chukka's like crazy recently. Wore them all around the UK in 90+° weather, and have been wearing them in NYC in similar (but mugger) conditions. Very versatile, incredibly comfortable, and good for hot & cold. Highly recommended.
post #197 of 204

Re Art Carters how is the sizing on those run big small TTS?

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Re Art Carters how is the sizing on those run big small TTS?

I typically wear a US13D. Alden Barrie 12.5D, C&J UK12, and went for a US12.5D in these. Very comfortable.
post #199 of 204
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I typically wear a US13D. Alden Barrie 12.5D, C&J UK12, and went for a US12.5D in these. Very comfortable.

My experience is close to the same.  I wear a 13 in Allen Edmunds and Alden and take a 13 in Russell Moccasin's as well, but I have to back down one width narrower - I currently have the Art Carter's (lined) and the Sporting Clay chukka (unlined) and both fit about the same.  Russell insists that their shoes tend to fit 1/2 size long, and for most people that is probably correct.

post #200 of 204

I discovered Russell a little late into my fascination with footwear, but these have been wonderful companions for hiking and full days on the job-site.  Here's some info on the boots...

 

Signature South 40

Triple vamp chocolate Weather Tuff

Vibram Airbob

Size 9D/E

Purchased new from Russell's list of in-stock boots (no waiting!!)  :slayer:

 

Mountain PH

Triple vamp green Weather Tuff and green canvas

Poron slip sole

Vibram Multi-purpose sole

Size 8.5D

Purchased used from eBay.

 

In all honesty, I haven't worn them enough to test their durability.  Russell has a reputation for making durable and long-lasting footwear, so I'm not really worried about that.  Overall, I'm a Russell convert, and I'm sure I'll be a customer for life (or as long as I can afford them!).  I've owned several pairs of handsewns by Rancourt, Quoddy, Yuketen and Town View Leather, and my Russells feel like they're in a different league, in terms of heft and being overbuilt.  That is, Russells feel purpose-built, wheareas other makers focus on aesthetics.

 

Fit & Sizing

On the brannock I measure 9.5D (left), 9E (right).  With medium-weight socks, my left foot measures 10.4", and my right foot measures 10.25" long.  Both feet have a fairly high instep, narrow-ish heels, and both feet have a prominent navicular bone.

 

I prefer the fit of the Mountain PH boots, even though the toes on my left foot are nearly at the end.  There's enough room they don't feel crowded, and I prefer a snug fit with moccasin boots.  The SS-40s are very comfortable with thick wool socks, too, although I get just a little heel-slip in my right boot.  If I had to choose a boot for walking, I'd opt for the Mountain PH.  If I was slogging around in mud, snow, wet grass, etc, I'd reach for the SS-40s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #201 of 204
Anyone want to get rid of a pair of these? smile.gif

post #202 of 204

I have a high instep, how would I do in these?

 

Has anybody had their customs made with insoles in mind for this problem?

post #203 of 204

This would be simple for Russell.  Most of their styles will easily adjust to a high instep with just the lacing, but if you do the made-to-measure program your instep will be just one of the measurements.  For specific instructions on how to deal with your insoles you should just call them - they do this pretty often.

post #204 of 204

Once again back before Memorial Day I made the trip up to Berlin, Wisc. to see about another pair.  The results arrived yesterday - a pair of kangaroo South 40 Bird Shooters, with significant modifications for me and a pair of 3 Eyed Tie Cushioned Casuals for my wife.  They are amazing.  Really amazing.

 

 

First, Mr. Frabricius, owner, manager, octogenarian, allowed us to take up a ridiculous amount of his time working through our objectives and wants.  He had this Kangaroo Leather which I wanted to try, so starting with the South 40 Bird Shooter, I had him alter the eyelets, convert it to a 6" boot, and leave off the pull strap.  It was actually much more difficult that that, as I did not know which style it was I was trying to describe with the laundry list of features I wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The comfort is astonishing, even by Russell Moccasin standards.  I think they look terrific.

 

My wife also created a shoe that I include here as an example of the kind of thing Russell will do for you.  She wanted the 3 Eyed Tie Cushioned Casual, but needed black - not offered in the catalog.  Mr. Fabricius suggested the black French Veal, and my wife thought of using cognac ostrich for the collar and trim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The result is, to my eye, stunning.  The photos do not begin to show the quality of the leathers, the balanced proportions, or the quality of the workmanship.

 

Mr. Fabricus scurried here and there to find samples of leathers and soles for us to look at in putting all this together as if he had all the time in the world and did not have a factory to run.  But if you want to do something special, Russell will work with you.

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