- Mar 1, 2011
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Nothing new, nothing fancy....Crimson diesels and a dog
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I can't give you any thoughts on Floyd sizing, but damn those things look great!!View attachment 1859569
Brass boot tan Essex 9e, going on 1 year of regular wear and work. Mostly landscape and lawn service. Finally used some cheap kiwi saddle soap a month or so back. Brannock 9.5e or so. Wider toes than ball. Duck footish. Still a little snug on toes, feels a tad long past big toes. Maybe tts would allow toes to fall into wider portion of the boot or the 8.5 or 8 eee may feel best. Anyone with a foot roughly 4-3/8 wide and what size are you wearing. View attachment 1859572 View attachment 1859571 View attachment 1859570
I think the heel being very stabilized is a key to why they're so comfortable, especially when you've got some miles on them. I had a pair of shell Aldens chafe a bit at the top of the boot. I made a habit of bending them outward before and after every wear until it went away (which was probably six or so wears)The sole is the stiffest I've tried so far, but I have not experienced any pain in the heel or insole. I have had some mild irritation at the shins, but this happens with Alden and AE sometimes as well. I changed the laces to an olive color. I wish these laces were offered in 5 mm, but 8 mm is the only option.
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Looking great! For my GS boots, I’ll flex each boot about 50 times to help break them in. I also remember being concerned with the heel. What I have come to understand is that although they’re more stiff than my AE boots, they are more supportive and comfortable. I can wear my GS boots all day and my feet feel great.
Quick question on comparison between the saddle tan Badalassi leather and the natural CXL. I am considering a diesel boot and while I am familiar with the GS CXL and how it ages (have a CXL Ottawa), I have no experience with the Badalassi leather. Which one ages better and stretches more? Does CXL crease more than the saddle tan leather ?
CXL may crease badly, but may also roll beautifully. The saddle veg-tan from Badalassi will crease a lot every time, but it's part of the leather's character, and they're usually small creases.