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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

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

  1. Ironist

    Ironist Senior member

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    Congrats on your purchase! I have both the wolverine 1000s and the katadhins (regular version) and I reach for the katadhins more often in bad weather. It's a little narrower and like you said, the sole is better for its purpose. I took a look at my katadhins and I actually never noticed it but it does have a little separation like yours even when I don't pull on it. I've worn it for a couple years and it never came off though. It's probably just cosmetic. I'm not sure how you even found that out, I never pull on the heels of any of my shoes. However, even if it isn't, I would keep wearing it until it breaks down and then have LL Bean fix / replace it for you. They are pretty good about those things. Enjoy your boots!
     
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  2. matthewh

    matthewh Well-Known Member

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    I have both versions of the Katahdin Iron Works boots and both have exactly the same thing with the heel. I noticed it when I first bought them and was a little concerned but since these are from LL Bean I decided not to do anything about it. LL Beans' customer service is great and they'll stand behind their products, no questions asked. I'm actually wearing the cordovan version at work today and just noticed that the small crack is even visible on one boot without pulling but I haven't had any problems so far. I've also got a similar boot made by Thorogood with a cork sole. I remember checking them when I noticed this on the Katahdin's and they have the same thing.

    On the plain toe boot I replaced the insole with a Superfeet insole and really like them. I'm using the orange version. Superfeet has lots of different styles for different needs. They have a couple of merino wool versions that are supposed to be very comfortable and breathable but I haven't tried them.
     
  3. ekallevig

    ekallevig New Member

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    @Ironist @matthewh I had my co-worker look at his brand new wolverine 1k and a similar hairline crack shows up if you pull down a bit. Maybe this is just how heel blocks are attached in general? ie. they only use nails/tacks and dont put glue between the sole and heel block? Seems odd but I don't know much about shoemaking.

    Thanks for your information -- good to know it's not an isolated thing.
     
  4. gfloridafan93

    gfloridafan93 Senior member

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    So just how good is ok beans warranty on these? I am intrigued by the cordovan color boots but I am concerned with how they are going to crease. Could I wear them indoors for a little while, see how the toes crease and then possibly return them? Or would that be a jerk move?
     
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    Don't be an asshole and abuse their return policy.
     
  6. rabiesinfrance

    rabiesinfrance Senior member

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    I have read lots of posts about what products to use on them. Speaking from experience, I have used Montana Pitch Blend and Obenaufs. Recently tried this. Excellent product. Better than the latter two products, which can leave black residue on the leather. I can now see the fine grain of the boots. Importantly, if you use this product you'll keep the original waxed leather finish, which is matted down by Montana and Obenaufs.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dasco-Leather-Suitable-Smooth-Leathers/dp/B00CLQHAHW
     
  7. bronco302

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    Hello every one!
    As of next Friday I will become a member of the katahdin iron works family, yes!
    I'm so exited !.
    After gone through a few pages here I've seen that a lot of guys use the obenauf's conditioner to treat their boots.
    Has anyone used Dr Martens wonder balsam?
    I don't plan on working my boots, they're more for daily and styling purpose.
     
  8. shade

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    Almost time to break out the Katahdins for another season.
     
  9. seer

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    Happy, happy, joy, joy! I just oiled mine last week!
     
  10. bronco302

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    [​IMG]
    Got my katahdins last Saturday an wore them for about 8 hours,went to the mall and they felt awesome.
    The back collar did hurt but it was worth the pain cause the more I put them on, the softer they feel.
    I plan on using this boots for formal and styling wear, they go great with slim pants,kakhis or pretty much everything since the oiled brown leather mixes with most colors.
    These boots are bad ass, they got a lot of looks from guys that were wearing boots when I wore them, little did they know the back collar was killing me ha ha .
     
  11. seer

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bronco302 [​IMG]


    Got my katahdins last Saturday an wore them for about 8 hours,went to the mall and they felt awesome.
    The back collar did hurt but it was worth the pain cause the more I put them on, the softer they feel.
    I plan on using this boots for formal and styling wear, they go great with slim pants,kakhis or pretty much everything since the oiled brown leather mixes with most colors.
    These boots are bad ass, they got a lot of looks from guys that were wearing boots when I wore them, little did they know the back collar was killing me ha ha .

    Looking good! Yes, that back collar gave me problems too. Give it time, and don't tighten the upper lace so much at first.
     
  12. scrwl

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    Hi, I bought my used Katahdins in november and the seller didn't specify how long they have been used or when they were made. Does this "0507" mean 05/2007?
    [​IMG]
    edit: Might as well post a couple of shitty cell pics too. Sno-Sealed them 2 days ago.

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  13. seer

    seer Senior member

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    Hi, I bought my used Katahdins in november and the seller didn't specify how long they have been used or when they were made. Does this "0507" mean 05/2007?
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    Mine are older than yours, I think this is a date mark, mine are 9 94. The really important thing, to my mind, is were they made in the US? And second, are they in decent condition.
     
  14. bronco302

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    Anybody knows where I can get insoles same as the ones on the katahdin boot?
    I looked on eBay, Amazon and the web but nothing.
     
  15. DayTripper

    DayTripper Senior member

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    How do you guys pronounce katahdin, by the way?
     
  16. FENWAY

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    Not sure why you'd want the original insole. First thing I do is swap out the flimsy Chippewa insole that they come with.

    Kah tah din
     
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  17. bronco302

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    They feel good to me, although the boots have approx 100 hours of use, In a month period.
    I have taken them 4 times to my 3 mile dogwalk .
    I just got another pair of the homestead collection, those didn't come with an insole and want to keep them stock' .
     
  18. seer

    seer Senior member

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    Have you tried calling LL Bean? I bet they can find them for you.
     
  19. bronco302

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    I went through the website didn't find anything. But it don't hurt to call [​IMG]
     
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