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post #2071 of 2736
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Originally Posted by RRL CLOTHING View Post


I tried warning you guys.

It is defective, that's why they put the holes there.

They don't want sneaky people going to Nordstroms or Zappos and buying a pair of First Quality boots and then returning their defective boots and the return department will be none the wiser.

That's why they blatantly make holes in visible places so not to mix them up with their irregular factory seconds...

Just received my 9105 from STP. Ordered two sizes since I wasn't sure what to go with. IMO the defects weren't bad at all. The left boot of each pair had some minor scuffing or scoring.
Pair 1


Pair 2


For $96 these don't really bother me because I'm going to beat the boots to shit anyway.
post #2072 of 2736
Show us the holes, that would bother me way more than some stretch marks.

Funny thing is they could mark the hole in the sole the way Frye does, or stamp them IRR on the inside, but they blatently destroy otherwise fine boots with holes.
post #2073 of 2736
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Originally Posted by RRL CLOTHING View Post

Show us the holes, that would bother me way more than some stretch marks.

Funny thing is they could mark the hole in the sole the way Frye does, or stamp them IRR on the inside, but they blatently destroy otherwise fine boots with holes.

I guess these are the holes you're referring to. It's about the size of penpoint and it's actually tucked behind the eyelets so they're not even visible. If this is blatant destruction of a boot then...well, I guess we can't all live in perfect world.

post #2074 of 2736
Its not about living in a perfect world. Its about not wanting to wear boots with holes or stretch marks on them. You,must be one of the lucky ones from the pics I have seen the holes are sometimes in VERY visible places
post #2075 of 2736
The hole and stretch marks are no big deal. Wear in good health, as the creepsters in the Alden thread would say.
post #2076 of 2736
I thought I was picky about boots. These are small scuffs.
post #2077 of 2736
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Edited by masshi - 12/15/13 at 3:19pm
post #2078 of 2736

you all know a certain store in boston is having a 40% off all item for over $250 rite?

 

 

by the way, I really start to hate my Iron Ranger due to its being so uncomfortable. Any suggestions to counter the cork sole? my Moc toes with christy sole are all comfy as marshmallow.

post #2079 of 2736
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Originally Posted by bbaquiran View Post

They look nice and I think will get better with age. Get them.

i second that!

post #2080 of 2736
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post


Well, I decided to take one for the team and got myself a pair of the 2947.

Below is what it looks like outdoor under overcast sky after a coat of Renovateur and a coat of SnoSeal + baked in 170F oven for 20 minutes.

I also replace the original laces.

I'm curious what your thoughts are on these now that you probably have some wear on them. How is the fit/sole? The grip of the lug sole looks appealing but I think it just looks a bit clunky. I was thinking of picking up a pair just as my Canadian winter boots. 

 

I would also love to see a picture with the new laces.

post #2081 of 2736
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Originally Posted by DanDan77 View Post

I'm curious what your thoughts are on these now that you probably have some wear on them. How is the fit/sole? The grip of the lug sole looks appealing but I think it just looks a bit clunky. I was thinking of picking up a pair just as my Canadian winter boots. 

I would also love to see a picture with the new laces.

Just snapped this pic next to the Beckman with the laces replaced.

Overall, I am pleased with the purchase. They fit slightly wider than the Beckman of the same size (I have them both in size 9.5.) I probably could have gone down to a size 9.

The 'chunky' sole is not noticeable and I think it is better for Canadian Winter than the Beckman.

The Beckman took a few wears to break in whereas this one is fine right out of the box with no breaking in period.

post #2082 of 2736
Anyone else notice creasing marks from the laces on the tongue of their shoes? Is that natural with the iron ranger? Or is that caused from the mink oil?
post #2083 of 2736
Diesel, that will be normal for any shoe with a leather tongue. Yes the oils will make them more prominent.
post #2084 of 2736
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post


Just snapped this pic next to the Beckman with the laces replaced.

Overall, I am pleased with the purchase. They fit slightly wider than the Beckman of the same size (I have them both in size 9.5.) I probably could have gone down to a size 9.

The 'chunky' sole is not noticeable and I think it is better for Canadian Winter than the Beckman.

The Beckman took a few wears to break in whereas this one is fine right out of the box with no breaking in period.

 

Thanks! They look really good in this second picture. I think I'll pick these up as my winter/hiker boots. I'm going to replace the laces too but I don't like leather laces on my boots. I'm probably just going to go brown hiker laces or a flat styled lace like the Beckman.

 

edit: Sizing resolved. I'm going 9.5 I'm also thinking about picking up some vintage/beat up chukkas. I'm not sure if its a good or bad idea but for some reason I really want a pair. 


Edited by DanDan77 - 12/15/13 at 11:10am
post #2085 of 2736
Sorry for remaking this post, but I figured embedding the actual pics would help:


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
My Zappos order came in and I was wondering:

1. Will the area below the toes stretch? They're a little tight, but nothing unbearable:







First picture has me pointing to where the boot is a bit tight.

My three fingers are pointing to the length of area that has a bit of resistance on my foot, but like I said it's nothing major.



2. The leather isn't supposed to be a uniform shade, is it? Small scuffs, discoloration here and there, etc. are normal, right? In my first picture is an example of some darkening (next to my finger) for instance. Here's another example, a scuff (?):




Sorry if a dumb question but my only experience with "quality" leather is my Tanner belt and bifold in natural (but those are treated differently anyway, right, in addition to being a different type of leather to begin with?).





Also for what it's worth I'm able to fit into a 7 pretty easily (minus the minor tightness mentioned above) despite being an 8.5 in Nike. And I swear that I wouldn't be able to comfortably wear any smaller, or, at least, not in Nike's running shoes.
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