Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

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

  1. nemo

    nemo Senior member

    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    RW Naturseal?
     


  2. phazeonon

    phazeonon Senior member

    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2010
    I was deliberating between the Katahdins vs Chippewa GQ boots for a week or so until i finally pulled a trigger on the Chippewa version online..

    got mine yesterday over the mail, and boy it is one ugly clunky boots. the tacky orange hue on the side does not make it any better.. tried it on with raw denim, and felt like a construction worker.

    I am gonna return it later this week. [​IMG]

    would I be expecting something similar if i order LL Bean Katahdins as well?
     


  3. illumin8em

    illumin8em Senior member

    Messages:
    280
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    May 10, 2008
    .
    you should post photos of proof, this would help others who may be on the fence as well.
    .

    I was deliberating between the Katahdins vs Chippewa GQ boots for a week or so until i finally pulled a trigger on the Chippewa version online..

    got mine yesterday over the mail, and boy it is one ugly clunky boots. the tacky orange hue on the side does not make it any better.. tried it on with raw denim, and felt like a construction worker.

    I am gonna return it later this week. [​IMG]

    would I be expecting something similar if i order LL Bean Katahdins as well?
     


  4. phaseshift

    phaseshift Senior member

    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2009
    .
    you should post photos of proof, this would help others who may be on the fence as well.
    .


    The LL Beans out of the box are brown not orange looking, IMO LL beans look way better once you put either Obenaufs LP or Oil I'll Post pics of mine that I recently bought and has one coat of Obenauf Oil
     


  5. phaseshift

    phaseshift Senior member

    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2009
    I was deliberating between the Katahdins vs Chippewa GQ boots for a week or so until i finally pulled a trigger on the Chippewa version online..

    got mine yesterday over the mail, and boy it is one ugly clunky boots. the tacky orange hue on the side does not make it any better.. tried it on with raw denim, and felt like a construction worker.

    I am gonna return it later this week. [​IMG]

    would I be expecting something similar if i order LL Bean Katahdins as well?


    [​IMG]
     


  6. BlueWord

    BlueWord Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    I was deliberating between the Katahdins vs Chippewa GQ boots for a week or so until i finally pulled a trigger on the Chippewa version online..

    got mine yesterday over the mail, and boy it is one ugly clunky boots. the tacky orange hue on the side does not make it any better.. tried it on with raw denim, and felt like a construction worker.

    I am gonna return it later this week. [​IMG]

    would I be expecting something similar if i order LL Bean Katahdins as well?


    Orange fades to brown after a few weeks of wear. I can post a pic of mine, if you want to see what it looks like.
     


  7. Revelator

    Revelator Member

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2010
    I was deliberating between the Katahdins vs Chippewa GQ boots for a week or so until i finally pulled a trigger on the Chippewa version online..

    got mine yesterday over the mail, and boy it is one ugly clunky boots. the tacky orange hue on the side does not make it any better.. tried it on with raw denim, and felt like a construction worker.

    I am gonna return it later this week. [​IMG]


    Have been enjoying my Chippewas for 15 years now. Mine look like Phaseshift's, except with round grommets.
     


  8. Peter1

    Peter1 Senior member

    Messages:
    609
    Likes Received:
    134
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2010
    Location:
    Paris
    Have been enjoying my Chippewas for 15 years now. Mine look like Phaseshift's, except with round grommets.
    A decade for my Chippewas. They are nearly indestructible, and super comfortable because of the pronounced inward curve where the Achilles tendon meets the heel. However, they are really clunky and I only wear them for messy work, manual labor and bad weather. They really darkened up after a few applications of leather conditioner or waterproofing. BUT, I will say the the GQ doesn't look as nice as the Iron Works for a casual-wear boot. I assume the GQ is made on the same last as Chippewa's "regular" 6" boot.
     


  9. phaseshift

    phaseshift Senior member

    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2009
    A decade for my Chippewas. They are nearly indestructible, and super comfortable because of the pronounced inward curve where the Achilles tendon meets the heel.

    However, they are really clunky and I only wear them for messy work, manual labor and bad weather. They really darkened up after a few applications of leather conditioner or waterproofing.

    BUT, I will say the the GQ doesn't look as nice as the Iron Works for a casual-wear boot. I assume the GQ is made on the same last as Chippewa's "regular" 6" boot.



    I'd like to see both you and revlator's LL beans POST PICS!! MEOW!!
     


  10. kojnglsmith

    kojnglsmith Active Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    I just applied some Obenauf's LP to my pair of Katahdins but I'm still wondering how I should treat the boots considering I want them to last a really long time. If I really beat them up, go through snow, slush, water, etc. on a regular basis, will the Obenauf's be enough to give them a long life if I reapply occasionally and dry the boots once I'm inside?
     


  11. bl@ster

    [email protected] Senior member

    Messages:
    2,062
    Likes Received:
    408
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle, WA


  12. bl@ster

    [email protected] Senior member

    Messages:
    2,062
    Likes Received:
    408
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle, WA


  13. Ahriman4891

    Ahriman4891 Senior member

    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Location:
    New York City
    This is a slightly different model -- 360-degree welt (is it reverse welt? I am not educated in shoemaking enough to be certain) and commando outsoles being the primary differences. Damn, I wish I saw them before I bought the Katahdins -- these look like they are suited to shitkicker duty better, even though they don't look quite as good.
     


  14. FENWAY

    FENWAY Senior member

    Messages:
    867
    Likes Received:
    1,932
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    CT
    Had the opportunity to see the comparable Red Wing (Beckman) and Wolverine (1000 mile) boots in person and must say the Bean Engineer blows them away in terms of quality / construction. Unless you're wearing boots to sit in an office all day, the Bean options are the way to go.
     


  15. asdf

    asdf Senior member

    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Oh, here's the upload.

    Nice looking boots.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by