here they are. comments and feedback welcome.
33 weeks from order to delivery. i almost chalked it up to drinking out of the wrong bottle, and told myself it was all an hallucination.
wanted these boots to be insulated, was informed after 7.5 months that it was not available for this style of boot.
wanted composite toes, and was also informed after 7.5 months , that it was not available for this style of boot.
originally ordered red stingray lowers and black uppers. was informed early in the process that they were not comfortable with the stitching on the finished product, and offered black instead. the tan teton uppers were also chosen because the original black uppers(i forget which kind of leather) were not available. this issue can also fall into the Good column. i appreciated the initial honesty of that statement, as i did not want a pair of boots that the maker was not willing to put their name on it, and stand behind their product
It's not all bad.
quite a unique and interesting boot design. looked a bit (insert same sex expletive here). this was resolved after the first oiling.
The fit. wore these around the house the first day. the second day i wore these at work for the first time during my standard 12 hour shift. I had a broken in pair of Whites in the car, in anticipation of break in pain. this never materialized and was able to wear these for the whole time with no detrimental effects. before you order a pair of Nicks, understand your experience may not be the same. while i was waiting for these boots, i brutalized my feet, ankles, and calf's breaking in 3 pairs of whites boots while i waited for the nicks. it could be that my feet and ankles were already scarred, and the usual break in issues were already resolved. the other difference is my 14" whites smoke jumpers were self measured, and the Nicks were custom measured in the store. if you are able to go to the store for a custom fit, i encourage you to do so. i prefer the fit of the nicks over the self measured Whites, the custom fitting is worth the extra money.
will it be 8 months to resole these boots when the time comes?
same applies to the rebuild of the lowers? if i live long enough to get there,
Nicks claims stingray hide is 25% stronger than leather. seeing how i abuse my boots we'll see about that. i look forward to testing that theory.
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