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post #151 of 197
Nerkg,

Those look excellent!
post #152 of 197
Hollows, Nope, and I was gonna return them, but a two part decision. 1. I didn't want to wait,
I was super aggravated at the 20
Week wait Even after Kyle called them twice to say hey this guy wants his boots for THIS WINTER not next. And 2. The strap really holds my foot down well.
I've had a few road champs tried 9.5 and 10 and I'm somewhere in between and could never get my heel to stay down. It seems most engineers squeeze the ankle to get a good fit, while the nicks lock it down in place. 100% not true to history but I don't care about that part.

I can say to anyone interested in nicks, the wait sucks BUT. I've handled and owned nicks, whites, mister freedom, viberg, Santa Rosa, chausser, oakstreet, alden x3, among others, and the nicks top most all of those. I won't name which ones because I don't wanna step on toes but you get the point. The construction, solidness of the boot, the mexcel looks amazing, on par if not better then cxl. and smell is really really top notch. (Yea I said smell) The trim of the midsole is so clean it's rediculius. Most underrated brand going. I predict viberg like prices within 5 years if they step up their "fashion" game and japan continues to buy them.
I know you didn't ask for all that but I just found this thread and nicks is my new grail. God I wish the wait was short
post #153 of 197
Viberg's pricing isn't the way it is because of quality, though the quality is very good; the prices are the way they are because of their goals. They're actively trying to be a fashion boot brand, and exclusivity is critical—it serves only to build them.

Nick's is just starting to get their feet wet in terms of offering leathers that aren't completely inappropriate for the fashion communities (their stock leathers were, in my opinion). White's has been doing that for a while, and while their fit and finish doesn't seem to be quite at Nick's level, I think stylistically they're a step up. Nick's has a long way to go in that regard, and I think @hollowsleather demonstrated that.

I don't really view Viberg as a competitor for Nick's and White's—Viberg, at least through Viberg.com and the boutiques that carry their boots, is a fashion boot company at this point, while Nick's and White's are still work boot companies. The Japanese love that, and that's why it's popular there, but if you look at the Viberg makeups going over there, I'd bet you'll find things more similar to their older work boot offerings. I'm optimistic about Nick's—it looks like they do some really great quality work, but I think there's a long way to go before they're really in the same market, and like White's, I'm not sure that they really have any intention to be in it.
post #154 of 197

I'd largely agree with that assessment. Personally, were I in the market, Nick's over Viberg any day of the week.

 

As mentioned, Nick's, as with most traditional outdoors / work wear heritage footwear, has a popular following in Japan and presumably too, as also with the other brands, Japanese market make-ups. Google ニックスブーツ to see.

 

There's a small range of ready models and sizes available from this Japanese retailer http://www.footmonkey.net/

 

I've communicated with and purchased from them in the past.

post #155 of 197
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Hey @cathpah, shouldn't you be getting your boots from @VermilyeaPelle soon?

I just heard back from Dustin (@VermilyeaPelle) about my boots, and apparently they have yet to hit the sole-stitching process...but he's going to get an updated ETA for me soon.  Fingers are crossed that they're nearing the end, as next Wednesday will be 14 weeks (my original estimate) from payment.

 

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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

Heard the wait time on Nick's is currently at 20wks

I'm hoping that mine will still be relatively accurate, as all of this is seasonally-dependent.  My White's shipped in 3 weeks, but now they're back up to an 8 week turnaround...so I think the upcoming fire season may have something to do with that.  Hopefully I got in before the surge in orders.

post #156 of 197
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Originally Posted by cathpah View Post

I just heard back from Dustin (@VermilyeaPelle
) about my boots, and apparently they have yet to hit the sole-stitching process...but he's going to get an updated ETA for me soon.  Fingers are crossed that they're nearing the end, as next Wednesday will be 14 weeks (my original estimate) from payment.

I'm hoping that mine will still be relatively accurate, as all of this is seasonally-dependent.  My White's shipped in 3 weeks, but now they're back up to an 8 week turnaround...so I think the upcoming fire season may have something to do with that.  Hopefully I got in before the surge in orders.

Don't know how fire season goes. I ordered mine October 8th 2013 and got them in march 2014

I called multiple times. And I was put on "rush" according to them. When I called back after a month of rush thy didn't sound like it was rush at all. They sounded like they could really care less. The estimate means nothing to them , believe me. I was pissed at the time. I would t be mad if you just say how long it could take up front. Not only that but after 14 weeks the new "ETA" was 2 weeks, took 6 weeks. So disorganized
post #157 of 197
Great boots Nerkg! Worth the wait imo. Do those have a 4 toe box? Also, why did you not go with celastic? Thanks in advance.
post #158 of 197
Thx pat. #3 toe, no celastic because i want the toe to flatten a bit over time, as a side effect it's also more comfortable. I don't wear these for work or anything so no need really for toe saftey , I have other boots for that
post #159 of 197
Does anyone know when nicks new web site is going up
post #160 of 197

Anyone have a pair of Nick's from Zuriick? (http://zuriickusa.com/#product)

 

Seems like a great way to get a pair without the wait times, if you like the specs they offer. The black 8in Cristy sole and the burgundy 6in look sexy as hell

post #161 of 197
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Originally Posted by Exdeath View Post
 

Anyone have a pair of Nick's from Zuriick? (http://zuriickusa.com/#product)

 

Seems like a great way to get a pair without the wait times, if you like the specs they offer. The black 8in Cristy sole and the burgundy 6in look sexy as hell

I have a pair of the 6" Burgundy from Zuriick x Nick's. The Zuriick designers and the craftsman at Nick's did a fabulous job, the burgundy looks great. 

 

The black 8" is their most popular (it has the cherry colored pull loop) according to the manager. It's a gorgeous boot. They also have a black 8" on a lug sole with the vibram sole screwed into the leather sole - yes, screwed, not nailed. The non-mexcel leathers were a tad lackluster on the display models, but the Moon Bull-hide on the Jasper model looked incredible. 

 

The 6" William in Burgundy has a non-celastic toe that is just so extremely comfortable. They take about 3 weeks to fully break in, and can fit up to a half size bigger foot in them at that point. 

 

If anyone has sizing question I'd be happy to answer them. I wear a 9.5 in dress, AE Strand 5-Last, 9 in Wolverine 1K. I Could have gone with an 8.5 or a 9, but with these boots, as I read somewhere else a while back, you should go for the arch fit first, then the length. That's how I sized and the toebox is roomy but the arch is perfect. 

post #162 of 197
Nice! Do you know if they're the Contender or welted models?
post #163 of 197
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Originally Posted by ZenSilk View Post

I have a pair of the 6" Burgundy from Zuriick x Nick's. The Zuriick designers and the craftsman at Nick's did a fabulous job, the burgundy looks great. 

The black 8" is their most popular (it has the cherry colored pull loop) according to the manager. It's a gorgeous boot. They also have a black 8" on a lug sole with the vibram sole screwed into the leather sole - yes, screwed, not nailed. The non-mexcel leathers were a tad lackluster on the display models, but the Moon Bull-hide on the Jasper model looked incredible. 

The 6" William in Burgundy has a non-celastic toe that is just so extremely comfortable. They take about 3 weeks to fully break in, and can fit up to a half size bigger foot in them at that point. 

If anyone has sizing question I'd be happy to answer them. I wear a 9.5 in dress, AE Strand 5-Last, 9 in Wolverine 1K. I Could have gone with an 8.5 or a 9, but with these boots, as I read somewhere else a while back, you should go for the arch fit first, then the length. That's how I sized and the toebox is roomy but the arch is perfect. 
Piiiiiiiics please!
post #164 of 197
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Originally Posted by Exdeath View Post

Nice! Do you know if they're the Contender or welted models?

It is Contender from the looks, double stitching on the Vamp and stitching through the insole. 

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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post


Piiiiiiiics please!

I'll have some tomorrow! I can snap some right before sunset hopefully.

post #165 of 197
Dammit, I was seriously hoping they'd be the normal stitchdown welt kind.

How do you think they compare to the fully welted stitchdown models from White's? I mean, they're about the same price, so the advantage for Nick's would ultimately boil down to craftsmanship and how much better Mexcel is than CXL.
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