Does anyone have the embossed moc toe beckmans? I'm thinking of getting a new pair of boots and they look a bit like poor man's Indys.
Edit: that's the 9030 style, by the way.
Edited by Teapot418 - 2/19/13 at 10:16am
I tried a pair on from brooks brothers in my trubalance size, and they were seriously tight in the toes. Not a fan of the 224 last. A decent alternative to the Indy though, fully lined and the finishing seemed better than other heritage line boots I've had.
4 1/2 years old. 2 reheels and a dremel job on the sole to get it looking nice again. I gave them to a friend about 6 months ago, and picked up another pair in cigar. He loves them, gets comments on them all the time. The leather sole on the inseam came apart a tiny bit while I was breaking them in, but nothing crazy. They are boots, wear them... they look way better broken in. They won't fall apart.
I've got a pair in brown for just under a year now. They're the Red Wing x JCREW ones - I've treated them pretty harshly though (albeit with snoseal) so they're holding up really well. The only thing is that original unique look is gone and replaced by a dull dark brown. I'm thinking of buying another pair and keeping them the right way. So... assuming I do a good job of it, would I actually ruin the leather by taking my current pair and dyeing them black so I could polish them up?
Patrick, your boots look INCREDIBLE. I love the laces (much more than the black RW ones) and also, the color looks so rich, almost like oak, what did you put on them?
RE: Arch support (or lack of arch) and insoles:
The lack of arch support was a bit of an adjustment for me as well. I use green superfeet insoles in other boots and love them. Unfortunately, I found that adding the green superfeet to my RW's changed the size too much for me to wear comfortably. I still wanted to add a bit of arch support, so I found some inexpensive (compared to superfeet) Spenco insoles. They are green and not rigid like superfeet. The model that worked for me was a half insole with a pronounced arch. It provides a bit more arch support without significantly changing the internal volume of the boot.
If I could find one nit to pick about the Beckman, it would be the lack of arch support. With that said, I haven't found the lack of support to hinder comfort even on days with lots of walking. I suppose only time will tell. For now, the Spenco insoles are working well for me.
Lastly, RE: the leather Latigo Lace from Tandy (I promise not to bore you for another second about leather laces...after this post). You can see in the images below how quickly the leather darkens from a light tan to dark brown in very little time. I applied Obenauf once which darkens them a bit right away. However, in a few short weeks they take on a very dark brown.
These were taken just after applying Obenauf but without much wear:
And the following images were taken today, just a few weeks later. Note they've only see a day or two of wear per week so far.
I recognize this post is pretty old, but I imagine there's someone else out there looking for this info. I was myself as late as two days ago.
I was looking for a lower-cost alternative to the Indy and went to stores all over Manhattan. I ended up looking at these, the moc-toe version of the Wolverine 1000 Mile (Courtland) and the Frye Walter.
IMO, these look a LOT more rugged than any of the other alternatives. They're about three parts Red Wing to one part Indy. That may or may not work with your style, but they came out as my least favorite of the three.
apply another coat to even it out?