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I always thought Truman ran TTS. I just ordered my first pair, fingers crossed.
Man this thread died off. The 79 last was very TTS. Unless they modified it significantly, I would go with your Brannock size. As far as I know, they just modified the last to fix the instep (it used to be really low).
 

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The thread died off because Truman stopped doing what was innovative and desirable and just started offering standard GYW fare. As @almostvintagestyle says:

"Truman has much more egregious quality issues, has changed their last for the worse, and are also starting to make Goodyear welted boots instead of sticking with stitchdown means that I do not consider them to be equal to Viberg at all. In fact, I almost forgot to mention them entirely because between the two, I believe Viberg to be the clear choice."

I personally have no loyalty to them given the sheer stress and disappointment I have had after ordering four pairs of boots from them, only one pair of which I actually wear. Never again.
 

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The thread died off because Truman stopped doing what was innovative and desirable and just started offering standard GYW fare. As @almostvintagestyle says:

"Truman has much more egregious quality issues, has changed their last for the worse, and are also starting to make Goodyear welted boots instead of sticking with stitchdown means that I do not consider them to be equal to Viberg at all. In fact, I almost forgot to mention them entirely because between the two, I believe Viberg to be the clear choice."

I personally have no loyalty to them given the sheer stress and disappointment I have had after ordering four pairs of boots from them, only one pair of which I actually wear. Never again.
Care to share your experience? They've received a great deal of negative press, but my experience has been overwhelmingly positive (7 pairs and counting). Had an issue here/there and they took care of it quickly and professionally.

I'm in for the Beech horse MTO ...
 

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I ordered these as my first foray. I’ve always been interested but I can’t get them to do a half sole and all eyelets on any leather I’m interested in. Everything about these work for me except the sole, so I shipped them directly to my cobbler for a mini-ripple resole. I’ll post updates when I get them back.

 

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The eagle has landed.

I've been really irritated at Truman's offerings. So many cool leathers but I could never get them to do all eyelets, a contrast tongue and a half-sole with a leather I wanted, even on the ones they offered as MTO.

When I saw these from butterscotch, I figured it was close enough to my ideal that I could work with it. Here's the final result.

 

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@smartbrother Those look great. Have you tried a gloxi, though? Super comfortable. I just recently got a Viberg with that sole & now want more. Super comfortable.

I having a hard time picturing how he married a mini ripple with that heel...
 

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@smartbrother Those look great. Have you tried a gloxi, though? Super comfortable. I just recently got a Viberg with that sole & now want more. Super comfortable.

I having a hard time picturing how he married a mini ripple with that heel...
I bet it's as comfortable as Christy, if not more. I just don’t like the look of gloxicut 🤷🏽‍♂️
 

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I was really wanting the Rio Latigo's in the C-55 last but don't like the dark brown tongue. I asked if they could do a matching tongue since most of the boots are actually MTO and they told me that was impossible.
 

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I was really wanting the Rio Latigo's in the C-55 last but don't like the dark brown tongue. I asked if they could do a matching tongue since most of the boots are actually MTO and they told me that was impossible.
“IMPOSSIBLE” lol. I heard pretty much the same thing every time.
 

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“IMPOSSIBLE” lol. I heard pretty much the same thing every time.
I don't think that's an outlandish request especially if the boot isn't even made yet. I offered to pay $10 extra or whatever if the Latigo leather was more expensive or whatever the case. Nope, impossible.
 

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After visiting their Boulder factory, my understanding is they cut all the incoming leather except for a few hides kept aside for warranty/remakes/etc. Then, they pre-sew all the uppers in one batch with their selected thread color/tongue/heel tab/etc. The boots are then lasted as orders are placed. I doubt such a request is "impossible" but it would require cutting an entirely new upper from their reserve hides with a new tongue, which is essentially a full MTO. Like you, I've asked a few times for customizations on their stock runs and received a similar response.

EDIT- just my observations/understanding from my brief tour
 
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After visiting their Boulder factory, my understanding is they cut all the incoming leather except for a few hides kept aside for warranty/remakes/etc. Then, they pre-sew all the uppers in one batch with their selected thread color/tongue/heel tab/etc. The boots are then lasted as orders are placed. I doubt such a request is "impossible" but it would require cutting an entirely new upper from their reserve hides with a new tongue, which is essentially a MTO. Like you, I've asked a few times for customizations on their stock runs and received a similar response.
Get out of here with your facts!

JK. I'd happily wait longer and pay more for the ability to do a 1-off here and there. But since it's impossible I just spend my $$$ elsewhere.
 

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