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Firstly, beautiful. Secondly, how small are your feet ooms? Maybe the photography is playing tricks, but they look tiny!

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ta, aries. they're 8.5/26.5 and fit a bit big. i probably need an insole but can't be bothered getting one at the moment. fine with thicker socks. my feet are the typical azn feet i guess, wide, but not much volume. the width and length are great on these, but the "vertical" (?) room makes it a bit, well, roomy. :D

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Would love to hear what you think of those, Aries. Lofgren's the only engineers that has ever tempted me but me thinks it would look a bit chunky/clunky for my style. Though I am having more and more straight-ish fits going on now...

 

Agreed with darn tough socks. Would also suggest wigwam as they have lasted me for some years now.

 

I used to think the same exact thing, thinking they'd be too heavy/chunky for my style, but i was wrong.  The short shifts are just perfect, they are less bulky and more comfortable due to the thinner mid-sole.  I never saw myself getting a pair of engineer boots but i'm hooked now, i may get a burgundy pair too.

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Ah I see Ooms!

Another vote for Wigwam over here, got lots of pairs, last ages, especially the merino and silk ones.

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Also to actually contribute, I flattened out the toe box of my Real McCoys N-1s yesterday (dip the front in hot water for 10 mins, then smooth down with your thumb).

 

Worked a treat, much lower profile now.

 

edit: about 1.5 years owned, probably 6 solid months of wear.

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Had my Moc toes Resoled for this winter, wanted something with more grip and would last longer than the silly standard sole.

 

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Yes all request is possible!

Te top roll i dont recommend a small roll but possible no issues

All my engineers fuck up on the roll leather starts to crack and yoi know what wesco told me?

It cant be repaired. And thats how it is so i did a longer overlap like old chippewas. Without actually having a lip ok the top edge which is where all the fuck up starts

Whoever at Wesco told you the rolled top can't be repaired if damaged is a dumbass. I've had that fixed on a half dozen pairs of vintage boots. It's a quick and cheap fix. You take another thin strip of leather, roll it, sew it and move on.

 

Plus, if the boot is well made and cut well, if that top gets damaged and is removed you should be left with a nice clean cut, like on this pair:

 

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These are Sears Wearmasters that would have had the "Western Made" language on the tag and were likely made by Santa Rosa in the late 40s to early 50s. They have a lot of interesting features you don't see on run of the mill boots. I sold them off about two years ago.

 

A lot of the rarer vintage pairs have cut tops. Keeping the top cut with a sharp clean edge shows the quality workmanship involved in making the boot. A rolled top looks nice too, but it can sometimes be used to cover sloppy cutting.

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Here is my pair...

 

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The crease does not bother me. 

So far so good.

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@redragon I think your creasing is different and better than mine. Could be fit and gait, etc, or perhaps the luck of the draw in leather batches.  Actually the shoe I included in my pic is a bit better than the other one even.  Oh well.

 

@oomslokop Yours look fabulous, no weird creasing at all.  Perhaps because of the cap toe..?  Or again, just luck of the draw.

 

Anyway I'd be happier with either of these than my own, though i am mostly happy with my own too.

 

As far as fit and feel, the fit to me is at least a half size more than TTS, which is okay cause i anticipated that and wear them with insoles.  My only complaint with feel is that the heel is just a bit too tall for me. I know some guys like that, but I am a real heel-striker and ideally would want it about 1/4" lower. Ah well, perfection is always elusive..

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In other news, if anyone is interested in lightening their wallet a bit by getting in on a GMTO for a pair of Viberg 310s, there is one going on now at Styleforum:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/224463/viberg-boots/18600_20

 

A couple of builds being considered at this point, but the most germane to this board I think is the "Millwright Boot."  It will look like this pic, but with lighter "Crust" CXL leather (tanned, but not dyed or finished, so fairly matte in appearance):

 

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More Coupens for the thread!

Coupens all day, all the time!

 

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Ed, I know i will be bomb by u...anyway where could I see the engineers you going to make? I planning to get a pair of engineers but I do only know road champ and wesco boss. I will be happy to hear the recommendation by you all. Thanks

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Posted some pics! -a fee pages back

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Good to see you stuck with the blue laces Mikkech! They look so nice with those RDTs

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Hey Niro, the flat brown waxed laces just arrived yesterday... Can't decide which to use~! The indigo lace do look more special.

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Indigo laces go well with indigo jeans...if you wore those dubs with black jeans or very dark indigo then the brown laces would go better. That's my opinion :)

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In other news, if anyone is interested in lightening their wallet a bit by getting in on a GMTO for a pair of Viberg 310s, there is one going on now at Styleforum:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/224463/viberg-boots/18600_20

Fok @Styleforum is currently running a SFxViberg GMTO in 3 style categories__ City, Street, & Work boots. I'm trying to see if I can round up [a minimum of] 6 bootheads to participate in coming up with a style concept for the street-style version.

Any suggestions to tweak/improve the configuration are mosdef welcome :)

#8) BlackStallion: 6" SCOUT in Black HorseHide X Reversed [RO] heel counter & backstay & eyeletstay[???]

• 1035 last

• Flat GYW

• 6" shaft :: NO pull loops [plain/flat backstay]

• 8 Gunmetal eyelets

• Partially structured toe

• Black Stitch all around, including on welt

• *IndigoDip-dyed [stacked] midsole X **DrSole Strider... or black Gloxisole

* midsoles dip-dyed in INDIGO before sewn to the uppers

** I've seen & held the full ripples currently being used by Viberg, IRL & I personally find the ridges too severe__ DrSole Striders are much rockable, IMO.

FrankenChopped: don't have PS on hand... but u get the idea ;)

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Cared for my vibergs.

 

Max, how do you like the 310 last?

There's another Styleforum GMTO on the 310 last and I'm not sure if I really like the shape or not.

Do you find that they look really clunky? I've seen some photos of them that look weird, but your boots look very nice with some wear.

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What's the sizing like for Rolling Dub Trio? Is it true to size or a size bigger/smaller? I'm interested in the engineers and boots but I'm concerned with the sizing. I typically wear a size 7-8 in Red Wings.

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^ TTS if you want to wear thick boot socks. Size half down from Brannock's otherwise.

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wish i could keep my mid sole as clean as you guys. i use mine at work every day and it seems like the front half has been permanently darkened from getting dirty all the time. maybe i just need to be more thorough with the saddle soap?

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Max, what is your care regimen for waxed flesh? I have a pair of Natural WF Service boots that seem to be needing some TLC soon.

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wish i could keep my mid sole as clean as you guys. i use mine at work every day and it seems like the front half has been permanently darkened from getting dirty all the time. maybe i just need to be more thorough with the saddle soap?

 

Embrace the wabi-sabi, IMO.

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^^Hear hear.

 

First ever engineer boots just arrived. Fit is great through the mid and vamp, but heel is slipping all over the place, hopefully settles down soon!

 

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^^Hear hear.

 

First ever engineer boots just arrived. Fit is great through the mid and vamp, but heel is slipping all over the place, hopefully settles down soon!

 

 

Tighten the instep strap and once the sole breaks in the heel slip will be reduced.

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