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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

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

  1. Curious_George

    Curious_George Senior member

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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.
     


  2. itsjustadrian

    itsjustadrian Senior member

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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.
     


  3. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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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.
     


  4. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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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..
     


  5. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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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.
     


  6. Jack2000

    Jack2000 Senior member

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


  7. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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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?
     


  8. hboogz

    hboogz Senior member

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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..
     


  9. beowolf

    beowolf Senior member

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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.
     


  10. 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?
     


  11. pokey07

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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 just sold my pair of Red Wings and bought the Katahdin's because I like the look more...

    And the Indy's look too mature for me. But when I'm not getting drunk at bars and vomitting everywhere I'd looooove a pair of them.
     


  12. givemefive

    givemefive Senior member

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    I've had them bookmarked for 1.5 years. Now that winter is approaching I am finally going to buy.

    I've looked at pretty much everything out there and I think the llbeans are exactly what I want.

    You can use code 3012422 for free shipping... saves $14
     


  13. Jack2000

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    I can certainly afford Redwings or Aldens and choose the Katahdin. I needed a functional boot and it fits the bill nicely.
     


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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?

    Redwings are fug, but Indys... you got me there.
     


  15. nocoolonesleft

    nocoolonesleft Senior member

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    Here's a pic of mine with about 2 years wear. I oil them every few months to prevent cracking. By far the most comfortable footwear I've owned and I think they aged nicely. They got a few compliments in the last thread about boots:

    [​IMG]
     


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