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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jmillz15, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. dave333

    dave333 Senior member

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    Very nice, I'll probably either get these or chippewas
     
  2. otc

    otc Senior member

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    They look best with slim jeans actually.

    +1

    I wore them once with some old beat up bootcut jeans (to do some actual work mind you...these are very functional boots) and while I didn't really care at the time...I thought it looked horrible.

    Better to mess up the crappy gap jeans than to worry about how my lower leg works while I am doing manual labor [​IMG]
     
  3. Threak

    Threak Senior member

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    I took my pair with me earlier this summer on a backpacking trip through Mexico. I wore the hi-top chucks I took on most days, but I'd wear the boots on rainy days.

    To end the trip, I stayed a week with family, and wore them almost daily there. Hiking, spelunking, horseback riding, tending to livestock, etc. My cousins and uncles commented on how much they liked them, too.

    I've been meaning to clean them and reapply Sno Seal, but I've been leaving them at my parents' house and the last time I went home I got them muddy.
     
  4. indy116

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    I wore mine today for the first time. My feet felt great but my ankles were killing me! It doesn't help that I'm not used to wearing boots really. Sure hope they break in quickly!
     
  5. Froosh

    Froosh Senior member

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    Don't worry, the ankles break in pretty quickly. As for what kind of pants/denim to wear with them, anything works really. They looked good back then and nobody wore skinny jeans.
     
  6. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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    Keep wearing them and apply some Obenauf's and you'll be straight. I'm finding hard to wear anything else right now.
     
  7. Seel1138

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    First post. Just got mine Monday and yes, the ankles are a bit snug out of the box. These boots are amazing though with a very solid construction...basically what everyone's been saying. If your on the fence about these...just do it. As far as sizing goes...I'm a 10 in Sperrys, Chucks, and Nike Frees, I'm a 9.5 in these and they fit perfect (true to width, too).
     
  8. otc

    otc Senior member

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    y'alls must have fat ankles.

    my ankles are by no means small and with normal socks, tightening the laces almost fully closes the ankle over the tongue...if they stretched any more, they wouldn't be able to tie tight.
     
  9. MichaelPemulis

    MichaelPemulis Senior member

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  10. Seel1138

    Seel1138 Member

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    cankles!

    Chicken Legs!
     
  11. MichaelPemulis

    MichaelPemulis Senior member

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    like a barrel on two toothpicks.
     
  12. JCHolmes

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    It takes a good 2 weeks to break them in. A better boot in my opinion is the Wolverine Addison 1000 Mile Boot. Easy break in.
     
  13. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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    It takes a good 2 weeks to break them in. A better boot in my opinion is the Wolverine Addison 1000 Mile Boot. Easy break in.

    Personally, I think the 2 boots serve different purposes. I use the LL Bean boot for every possible work activity from the occasional boiler room visits to the garden to going out to bars. It's versatile enough for me. I wouldn't even think about putting the Addison through all that shit, it's just way to pretty.

    If you're talking purely wearing the boots for vanity purposes, yeah i suppose the addison is "better" in term of looks and leather quality.
     
  14. JackTheRipper

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    No one has anything to say about them being tucked?
     
  15. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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    I can't see them being tucked but i think you can pull it off if you have skinny legs. I'm thinking someone who wears a waist 28-30 could pull it off. I can't see any boot that comes equipped with speed hooks being worn tucked and looking good, but i could be proven wrong.
     
  16. JackTheRipper

    JackTheRipper Senior member

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    Yea I understand what you mean. I've been wanting a pair of Katahdins but recently wanted to buy a pair of tuckable boots.
     
  17. Seel1138

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    I never understood the tucking obsession, but there is a photo on page 2 of this thread that shows them tucked.
     
  18. BlueHorseShoe

    BlueHorseShoe Senior member

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    I got them before last winter and only got them into moderate use. I went with a size 11, which is typical for me with regards to dress shoes. [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG]

    Damn, now I'm rethinking Obenauf'ing them every month.
     
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    How is the ruggedness of this compared to Blundstone or Timberland? (the only others I have experience with)

    When my first pair of Timberlands were worn out I got Blundstone and until present those have been almost perfect: hard-wearing, supple, waterproof, tuck-able, easy to remove. Downside is that they're not pretty in any way and the sole is not replaceable. I use those for travel, hiking, rainy days, dirty work. Unfortunately on a hike not long ago I've had to go in them for several rainy days where they were soaked through, and now have dried very stiff and is starting to crack (don't know what I could have done to have prevented this).

    I came here because of having read many times how good the katahdin is,
    I am a bit torn between buying katahdin or new blundstones (I especially like the more elegant 62 & 63 models, with a more natural toeline, but with much less profile in the sole).

    Is the goodyear-welting functionally as good as the injected rubber soles?
     

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