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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

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

  1. petercoleman

    petercoleman Active Member

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    The new Katahdin's in Cordovan after 2 weeks of wear:

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  2. crosswound

    crosswound Well-Known Member

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    damn i thought i wrinkled/crease my regular leather shoes/boots cray but this....
     
  3. petercoleman

    petercoleman Active Member

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    yeah they're probably a half-size too big for me. I'm normally a 13 and got a 13. They don't offer half-sizes past 11.
     
  4. crosswound

    crosswound Well-Known Member

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    that may not always be the case a couple of times i got leather shoes/boots so tight you could see the shape of my toes. still creased/wrinkled like cray.

    of course this was a few years ago i don't own them anymore
     
  5. SirKrimzon

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    Mate quick question before you leave...does the toebox look as sleek, long and flat as they do here or do they appear more clunky and shorter as it looks like here in the third picture of the profile on beans site?
     
  6. crosswound

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    If you were talking to pete i think chippewa is using the same last in both boots its just the angles in the photo. Toebox is probably not sleek at all.
     
  7. seer

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    My initial impression of my new LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots. First, I usually wear a 10E or 10.5D. - I ordered the 10.5D. The last (Munson last I believe) is quite full. They were a little big - I swapped out the insole with a thicker Red Wing insole - the fit is perfect. Now to the quality; I am 60 years old and have owned Tricker's, C&J, Alden, Viberg, Grenson, Allen Edmonds, Red Wing, etc... and these American made Chippewas are easily one of the best made, most rugged boots I have owned. No, they are not as "pretty" as the others, but at less than half the price they are the best deal going - by far. The leather is thick and well oiled, and the construction is nearly flawless. They will easily last the rest of my life. They are a little stiff at first but are already breaking in fine. Because they are an oiled leather they don't offer a high shine, but I did manage to get a nice luster with two coats of Saphir Renovateur, though I might just go forward with a good boot oil. All and all I could not recommend these boots more highly!
     
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  8. newbien

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    Would I be ok with wool socks and the katahdin work boots for the Russian winters?
     
  9. seer

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    I would say yes. I never use insulated boots here in New England, I use a heavy wool sock (actually Alpaca wool is the warmest for me) with a light nylon sock underneath. And I have gone through some pretty cold and harsh winters with no problems.
     
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  10. FENWAY

    FENWAY Well-Known Member

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    Seer- You picked up the newer Oxblood version? Saw them for the first time...impressive!
     
  11. seer

    seer Well-Known Member

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    No, I got the standard cap toe boot. And yes, I really like the new one too...
     
  12. FENWAY

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    Oh, was confused by the Saphir reference. I prefer the dusty look of the cap toes myself. I save the great smelling Saphir for the shell and chromexcel :nodding:
     
  13. seer

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    Sure, but I like a more even color. Which they have now - did use Obenauf's LP last night, then another coat of Saphir - I love Saphir, there is nothing better to bring out the deep color and luster in leather.
     
  14. mixProtocol

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    As the captoe limits creasing, I'd image it holds a nicer shine than the service boot or the normal Chippewas....
     
  15. tanapoom123

    tanapoom123 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone can explain different between chippewa service boots and this LL Bean model

    is it the same?
     
  16. seer

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    The LL Bean model (cap toe) is a heavily oiled leather (harder to get a shine). And the new service boots don't have the removable insole (which I needed). I had ordered the service boot from Zappos - that is why I sent them back. I'm not sure, but to me, the Bean boot seemed heavier, more solid - the leather also seemed thicker. The Bean boot is definitely my go to boot for the zombie apocalypse... ; )
     
  17. matthewh

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    I'm A Styleforum noob. I've recently been needing (wanting) to get a new pair of brown boots that I can wear for work and weekends. I've been curious about trying the Katahdin boots for while and am grateful to all the people who've posted on this thread. I've found the information helpful, so I thought I'd contribute my thoughts.

    A couple of weeks ago I went to the LLBean website to look at the Katahdins again only to find that they had added the new cordovan version. My first thought was that I really liked the look of this boot. However, there are things I preferred about the older boot also. I couldn't decide which to try and, since there was a 10% off thing going on that weekend, I ended up ordering both. My plan was to compare the two, decide which I wanted to keep, then send one back.

    The new cordovan (I'll call them NC) version came in first. My first thought was, these are really beautiful boots. I have experience with Chippewa boots going back over 30 years. I've owned several different styles, all very outdoor / work oriented. The shape and profile of these make me think "Chippewa" but the overall finish is the best I've seen from them. Here they are right out of the box.

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    My first impression putting on the NC is that the leather is really thick and the sole felt pretty stiff. There was a good amount of heel slip when walking and I wondered if I had ordered the wrong size. I typically wear a size 11 in boots and shoes and 11.5 is running shoes. So I ordered size 11. I have narrow feet so I always wear light merino wool socks with boots and I prefer to have plenty of room for my toes. Therefore, I seldom size down, even when others recommend it. I figure I can always change inserts or tighten laces to get a good fit but there's no way to add toe room. I brought the boots to my office so I could walk around on carpet. I wanted to keep them new. In about 15 minutes of walking they started to feel better.

    The next day the original cap-toe (OCT) version came in. My first thought with these was that there sure was a lot of unevenness to the finish of the leather but overall they really make me think "Chippewa". (My first pair 30 years ago had the same quick laces as these.) The fit of these was similar to the NC. These felt much stiffer but wrapped my ankle better, no heel slip.

    Next I started to compare the two.

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    They each have things I prefer.
    I like the round eyelets on the NC but really like the quick ties on the OCT.
    The leather on the NC is really nice but will probably require more upkeep.
    The NC is narrower, which is good for me, but the OCT looks really nice and better than I expected.

    Here's some comparison photos:
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    I switched back and forth wearing them on our rugs. (The floors in our house are all hard surface.) The next morning I still couldn't decide so I showed them to my wife and asked her to give me her thoughts, just from looking at them.

    Wife: Well, that one would be better for wearing to your office but that one would be good for getting messed up working around the yard.
    Me: (Thinking, well, I kind of knew that.)
    Wife: Why don't you just keep them both.
    Me: (Thinking, this hadn't occurred to me.) ... uh ... wouldn't that be a little extravagant.
    Wife: (losing interest) whatever ...

    So with the thought that I might just keep both, I decided that I really like the NC version. I can keep those and then make a decision about keeping the OCT as well. I've been wearing the NC all weekend. I really like these boots. Just in a couple of days they're already breaking in. There's very little heel slip now. They are really comfortable. I can already tell the leather will require some maintenance. I've scratched the toes a few times but they're boots (work boots at that) and its to be expected.

    My biggest reservations about keeping the OCT are this:
    - The cost.
    - They are a little wider and if they stretch out any, that could be an issue for me.
    - They really bite into my legs at the collar. (I've read about others have this issue and how it went away.)
    - They feel kind of clunky when I walk in them. I think this and the collar thing are both a function of not being broken-in and how well they wrap my ankle.

    What I do like about the OCT:
    - The lacing. Its much easier to get these on and off compared to the NC.
    - The leather. I like the low maintenance rugged finish.
    - The cap toe. I've never owned cap toe anything and wasn't sure about the looks but I rather like the looks of this boot. Its a different profile from the NC.

    So I'm still on the fence about the OCT. I plan to wear the NC to work tomorrow and bring the OCT so I can walk around on the carpet during my lunch break and see if I can decide.

    BTW, this tag is weird.
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    I guess the message is, "don't wear these boots in California"?
    I also didn't realize Chippewa was now owned by Justin.

    Sorry for the long post, hopefully someone will find it helpful.
     
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  18. DayTripper

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    Thank you for the awesome post! I've been going back and forth on which one to get and I think you sold me on the newer boot.
     
  19. seer

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    Great post, I really like the NC too though I think I'm going for the Homestead cap toe from Zappos. Also, did the NC have the removable insole like the cap toe? BTW - everything causes cancer in California!
     
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  20. matthewh

    matthewh Well-Known Member

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    Seer, The NC does come with the same insole as the OCT.

    Also, I just checked and what's under the insole is exactly the same in both boots.
     

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