Sacrilege to some, I know, but while the Beckman and 1000 Mile boots share a lot of similarities, I'll take the Beckmans every time.
Good luck with the sale.
Yeah, the break-in period on Beckmans is reasonably painful. I use a light treatment of Obenaufs during the break-in, which softens the leather and makes the initial wears a little easier.
I do love the 1000 Mile in shell, I have to say. Tempted to get in on the next round of those.
Yeah man, that shell 1000 mile is a great looking boot. My birthday is coming up somewhat soon and I can't decide between some Alden Indys, or throwing in some of my own dough and getting those shell 1000 miles. It took me a while to like the Indy boot, and it's not that I love them now, but it would be a nice boot to add to the collection.
I ended up going to the Red Wing store to see how long ago I had purchased my 9014's, to see if it was possible to exchange em, and with my luck, I still had 4 days till I hit the 30 day mark.
So after trying on some 9011's, 875's, 8114's I decided to do a blind order of the 9016's (Beckman Round toes in Cigar). They're probably going to be super similar to my brown 1000 mile boots, but at least that'll give them a chance to take a break, cuz those are my favorite, and go-to boot. I used to think I preferred black boots, which is why I owned both black 1000 miles and black Beckmans, but I guess I ended up being more of a brown-boot guy.
Anyone know if Red Wing Carries those waxy laces that come with the Beckmans, but in brown? I've only ever seen them in black. And I know that the Round Toe Beckmans ship with black laces standard, regardless of the boot color, but I came across a picture of 9016's, with what looked to be brown waxy red wing laces, and I thought it looked awesome:
Oh! I thought I'd also mention that when looking through the catalog, I asked about the Brogue Ranger, which I would have ordered, but it won't be making it's way to stores until after June/July. It's a pretty cool looking boot. It's basically a wing-tipped Iron Ranger, with what looks to be featherstone leather. I also asked about the Munson boot, but apparently that's only an international release for September. I thought that was a pretty shit idea of Red Wing, but what can you do?
Here's pics of both for those who haven't seen em yet:
and the Munson Boot
I know man... Such a let down! I remember the first time I saw pics of the Munson I thought they weren't anything too special, but man, they've grown on me a lot since then. I would've exchanged for those if I could've. I wouldn't even mind the September wait.
The local Red Wing store is where I went. I didn't actually order them, but I could have if I didn't decide to go with the 9016's. I was being an impatient brat and didn't want to have to wait until June/July. I figured if I still want them that bad by then, hopefully I have had saved up.
I like the shape of the Munson, but I wouldn't buy it for the simple fact that it has a tweed lining. It will wear out quicker than leather, and not sure if Red Wing could even re-line it.