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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

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

  1. axela06

    axela06 New Member

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    Mine were stiff for the first 4-5 days, but have been super comfortable ever since. For reference, I wear a 9 in Chucks and bought the Katahdins in a 9.5. They fit perfectly.
     
  2. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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    These boots are the fucking best..They broke in rather quickly and I agree they match my Purcell size. I'm an 11. And here is a Fit PIC. What do you guys use to coat/protect the boots ? Sno Seal ? Obenauf's ? Something else ? Let me know. [​IMG]
     
  3. chronoaug

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    I know people like that they're built like tanks and all but they don't look all that great and just look like random work boots. Not sure i see why people are clamouring over these so much.
     
  4. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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    Understood. Personally, it's the confluence of: workmanship, components used and how they are made, toe profile, overall silouette, value and price. These are sub $200..I'd be happy to hear what work boot you could recommend in the same price range that looks as good and is as functional...and i mean that truthfully, not sarcastically.
     
  5. Rosenberg

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    I know people like that they're built like tanks and all but they don't look all that great and just look like random work boots. Not sure i see why people are clamouring over these so much.

    +1
     
  6. Threak

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    What do you guys use to coat/protect the boots ? Sno Seal ? Obenauf's ? Something else ? Let me know.[/IMG]
    When I first got them I put some Bickmore Bick 4 leather conditioner on them. I put that stuff on just about every leather item I buy. I've had a bottle of that stuff for years, I initially bought it to restore some hand-me-down vintage lizard skin cowboy boots, since it's safe for exotic leathers. It uses lanolin (sheep's wool fat) to moisturize the leather (unlike cheaper conditioners that use artificial chemicals). Anyway, that left then really nice, evening out the nap and everything, but I wanted to put some weather protectant on them. I had read all the good things about Obenauf's on here, but was to eager to wear the boots so I picked up some Sno-Seal at REI. It also has a beeswax base. To apply, I left the boots and the Sno-Seal on the car dashboard for a few hours, so the leather warmed up and the Sno-Seal melted. Then I used a craft sponge brush to soak them in the melted wax, and buffed it when it dried. It darkened the leather, which I knew to expect, but I didn't like the turn out at first because it was too evenly dark. As I wore them the first time, though, some creases & scuffs began to show in the wax and they look awesome. It stormed here yesterday (first rain of the season) and it took me a while to realize that, had I been wearing sneakers, I would have had to watch out for puddles and mud. I had been walking through them without noticing.
     
  7. rapefruit

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    These boots are the fucking best..They broke in rather quickly and I agree they match my Purcell size. I'm an 11. And here is a Fit PIC.

    What do you guys use to coat/protect the boots ? Sno Seal ? Obenauf's ? Something else ? Let me know.

    [​IMG]

    I used obenauf's on mine and I think it looks much better with it. The brown is darker and the leather doesn't scuff as easily as before. Might post pics later.
     
  8. blynch

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    please do, I was thinking about getting a pair, but they look terrible in that picture
     
  9. AntiHero84

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    please do, I was thinking about getting a pair, but they look terrible in that picture

    +1
     
  10. rapefruit

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    Here are some pictures. The color in the first pic is the most accurate. I threw in a quick fit pic too. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. Curious_George

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    I agree with those saying they run TTS. I recently ordered some in 11.5D and 11.5EE (I'm a 11.5D/E in dress shoes) and found the 11.5D was too narrow/small for me. The 11.5EE fit but I ended up returning them because I didn't really like the shape of the shoe in EE. For 160 they seemed like a well constructed boot but imo unless one is strapped for cash I feel like saving a little more for some Red Wings or Aldens (or similar higher quality boots) is the best option. I guess I wasn't that impressed with them coming from owning some of those boots already.
     
  12. itsjustadrian

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    I know people like that they're built like tanks and all but they don't look all that great and just look like random work boots. Not sure i see why people are clamouring over these so much.
    +1 they're like "i couldn't afford x-brand so i settled with these" boots.
     
  13. hboogz

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    please do, I was thinking about getting a pair, but they look terrible in that picture


    lol.. The flash can be a bit unforgiving; especially on an older canon point+shoot. I need to treat them, but i think they look great regardless.
     
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    +1 they're like "i couldn't afford x-brand so i settled with these" boots.
    That's biased and is a pretty fucking ignorant way of thinking..but, so be it..
     
  15. hboogz

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    Here are some pictures. The color in the first pic is the most accurate. I threw in a quick fit pic too.
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    They look great. Thanks for the pics.
     
  16. Jack2000

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    Had mine for a couple of years and they are soft, really soft in the ankle. They break in well.
     
  17. AntiHero84

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    That's biased and is a pretty fucking ignorant way of thinking..but, so be it..

    But it's so true. I mean can anyone say that they would rather purchase the Katahdin Iron Works over a pair of Redwings or Alden Indy's if money were not an option?
     
  18. hboogz

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    But it's so true. I mean can anyone say that they would rather purchase the Katahdin Iron Works over a pair of Redwings or Alden Indy's if money were not an option?
    I understand where you may be coming from, slightly. FWIW -- Take a look at this post, which shows a Katahdin un-massacred by an over-zealous flash: http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...2&postcount=39 I've had GT's and i just could not deal with that infamous bulbous toe. I just couldn't. Obviously, others can and their colorway's draw a different appeal. I'm going to get either an Alden Indy 405 in Black or a Wolverine 1K in Black (In a separate thread a fit pic actually impressed me). The argument alone about choosing the Katahdin based on price alone or affordability alone is pretty asinine, especially on SF, where there are $300 denim shirts being sold, $1000 Brioni sportscoats, copious amounts of Purple Label everything. The Katahdin is a great value and, personally, a great looking boot. I'd buy it if it were $300+. But it's not for everyone and there does appear to be an underlying brand-conscious sentiment (read:snobbery) when it comes to certain pieces of clothing, accesories,footwear, etc. And to that i say: To each their rightful own. I'mma do me Gov'na..
     
  19. beowolf

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    That's biased and is a pretty fucking ignorant way of thinking..but, so be it..
    I agree, the boots look great and appear to be well made. If a person would rather buy these instead of the more expensive Alden's I don't see that as a bad thing. I like Alden's and all but I would buy these over paying $500+ for a name.
     
  20. BrooklynHighpost

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    Katahdins has great quality, looks exactly like the RW IR, and cost 100 less. Why wouldn't people be excited over this?
     

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