Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

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

  1. Ahriman4891

    Ahriman4891 Senior member

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    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.
    Aren't both those options about 2x the price of the LLBean boots? As far as quality -- the captoes on my pair are cut a bit roughly / unevenly. It is a workhorse boot, so I figured not a big deal. I have not examined any of the competitors, cannot say how they stack up.
     


  2. hboogz

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    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.
    While I understand you're entitled to your opinion, I respectfully disagree based on simple fact that you're technically not comparing apples to apples. I've owned all three pairs and can attest to the construction and durabilty of the katadhin boots, but leather vs leather the 1000 mile and featherstone GT are much better. IMO.
     


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    While I understand you're entitled to your opinion, I respectfully disagree based on simple fact that you're technically not comparing apples to apples. I've owned all three pairs and can attest to the construction and durabilty of the katadhin boots, but leather vs leather the 1000 mile and featherstone GT are much better. IMO.

    With my Kahtadins and the Alden Ultimate Indys I picked up I have the bases covered. Good luck to those who opt for the thin leather RWs
     


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    mike868y Senior member

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    Does anyone boot tuck their katahdins? I wear pretty slim jeans and it looks a little silly trying to fit them over the boots.
     


  5. phaseshift

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    Does anyone boot tuck their katahdins? I wear pretty slim jeans and it looks a little silly trying to fit them over the boots.

    try them cuffed [​IMG]
     


  6. triumphman

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    With my Kahtadins and the Alden Ultimate Indys I picked up I have the bases covered. Good luck to those who opt for the thin leather RWs

    Fenway how did you size on the boots...

    I'm an 7.5 in Alden trubalance last.

    How should i size in these boots?
     


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    phaseshift Senior member

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    Fenway how did you size on the boots...

    I'm an 7.5 in Alden trubalance last.

    How should i size in these boots?


    true to size I'm an 8 in Katahdins and a 8 1/2 in sneakers lol
     


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    FENWAY Senior member

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    I'm 11.5, went down to 11 on both.
     


  9. Jekyll

    Jekyll Senior member

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    Does anyone boot tuck their katahdins? I wear pretty slim jeans and it looks a little silly trying to fit them over the boots.

    Wear bigger jeans then. These are work boots. If you want tuckable boots, buy something else.
     


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    fpr4 Well-Known Member

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    I am about to order my Katahdin's. Just want to get one more clarification on sizing. I wear a 13 in most trainers (Ascics, for example) but a 12 in most dress shoes (Kenneth Cole, Bostonian [I know]) and a 12 in Purcells.

    What size would you recommend?
     


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    Ordered them. Should be here sometime in April...
     


  13. Harrington

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    Just received my new pair - Air Canada lost my luggage carrying the first set [​IMG].

    Ordered on Sunday, arrived today, as cheap and perfect as ever. Time to get to the breaking-in.
     


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    Ordered them. Should be here sometime in April...
    Just in tme for the Spring..in the US!!
     


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    FWIW, I'd start trubalance + 1/2 for Katahdin. Katahdin is on the ancient Munson last. LL Bean is great with returns so no worries if you are not happy with the first attempt.
     


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