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What's going on with this thread? Used to be very entertaining. Been very slow recently.

Forest kudu boots for today. Still working on breaking these in, even though I bought them a year ago.

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What's going on with this thread? Used to be very entertaining. Been very slow recently.

Forest kudu boots for today. Still working on breaking these in, even though I bought them a year ago.

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Its summer.. People are outside I guess.

also some are taking a break to cool off a lil as this is addictive here!
 

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Guys, reading old posts about GS lasts, some say Alex last ist or feels wider in the ball and toe box than Leo.

Can someone confirm?

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Just curious, do you notice a difference in breathability, flexibility, or comfort with those rubber soles added? I'll probably do the same thing to my saddle tan diesels when it comes time for a resole.
No adverse effects. Positive effect is that it gives me grip and negates the slippery leather surface and protects the leather sole from wearing out fast. Use this on all my four GS leather soles, and very happy with the set-up. Recommended.

Also gives an nice beefy look to the boot which I personally like.

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@basu13 How's the break-in going with that minerva? ;)
Actually, it's not that bad, though it took me a few wears for the boot to be comfortable. I personally prefer the more hefty and substantial feel of the veg tan leather compared to the CXL on some of my other boots. But if one is looking for a soft and yielding leather like CXL, Minerva certainly ain't it ! Love the leather overall though, especially the gradual way in which the colour is developing into a rich apricot with just the initial 12-15 wears.
 

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Actually, it's not that bad, though it took me a few wears for the boot to be comfortable. I personally prefer the more hefty and substantial feel of the veg tan leather compared to the CXL on some of my other boots. But if one is looking for a soft and yielding leather like CXL, Minerva certainly ain't it ! Love the leather overall though, especially the gradual way in which the colour is developing into a rich apricot with just the initial 12-15 wears.

Appreciate your info here. With your experience, will natural minerva eventually feel like cxl if you wear them long enough?
 

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Appreciate your info here. With your experience, will natural minerva eventually feel like cxl if you wear them long enough?
I doubt that would be the case. CXL on my older GS boots have really softened up and become super pliable, and I do not think the Minerva leather can become that soft. Having said that , they are already way more comfortable than they were out of the box and so I am sure with adequate wear they will become super comfortable (still less soft than CXL though). My Minerva pair is still very new , so I'll have to wait and see how they age, but I expect them to retain a firm temper and mould well to the feet - which they are already doing.

PS - I do follow Chalkboard Shoes and watched your vids re your Minerva pair. I'd say, keep breaking them in. The patina is too lovely to not wear these boots, lol.
 

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Definitely wider in the Alexander for me. I'm probably an E in the Leo, but firmly a D in the Travelers.

Another wide boy here :) and same experience.

I'm a 9E in the Leo, 9D Alexander.

However, same advice as always, if in doubt email Grant Stone, they give fantastic sizing advice, has never failed me.
 

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