Thank you for the answer!
Oiling my black IRs has caused the white contrast stitching to become stained with black in several places, despite my being very careful about it. These things rubbed off black on everything the first couple of weeks. Anyone have any experience or suggestion getting the black off the white contrast stitching?
I own both: the details and materials are better on the IR, no question. Both are well-made, and I can see both lasting for many, many years.
The leather on the katahdin gets roughed up pretty easily, and is certainly an exclusively "casual" boot. The IR's can be dressed up to a certain extent, but they do lean towards the casual side of the spectrum.
Both are solid, if money is an issue the Katahdin's are an excellent value for the money. The IR's are the better boot, though, IMO.
I posted before about sizing down one full size in IRs. I have narrow feet, so with wider I'd say a half. I have since broken them in, and they're awesome. Wearing them with some APC petit standards, which in my opinion are the perfect cut for them. Slim/straight.
Good luck with yours, this thread helped out a lot.
Anyone looking for a pair of amber Iron Rangers in 7.5EE? I just bought a very lightly used pair from a member on here, but the fit isn't 100%.
I thought the 7.5 would fit me as I wear an 8 in both other boots (Katahdin) and dress shoes, but I get a fair amount of heel slippage. Everything else fits nicely (the width, and the toebox area).
I've been considering using a Superfeet insole to possibly "reduce" the size a bit, but I'm not sure how effective that is. I read a post online saying the slippage is normal and the boots will conform to my feet.
I'm a huge fan of Iron Rangers (see avatar...). I've gone through different chukkas but wanted a more classic, high quality leather boot that was a little more casual than the Gentleman Traveller or a Wolverine 1000 mile boot. I've treated them with mink oil a couple of times, and they are probably the most comfortable shoes or boots I own.