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@shredwin_206 Not sure if it's appropriate for construction, but I recommend Vibram's 1276 Sierra sole. I've had many boots resoled with it. It's a flat sole with no heel, which is what I want for hiking/everyday use. It can be used with a wedge if preferred. It's a hard wearing sole. The lugs aren't as deep as a traditional lug/logger tread so it doesn't get clogged up as much. It has really good traction in everything from dry dirt to snow & ice. 

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My wedge soles on my Wesco Romeos are breaking down too.  Probably will need a resolve next year. :sad:

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How do folks size Yuketen mocs? Been interested in a pair for a while & found a slew on sale @ https://www.mytheresa.com/en-us/men/sale/shoes.html?designer=8118

I think I’m pretty close to an 11 on a Brannock device, but I’ve never had anything bigger than a 10.5 that feels like it fits me well, so there’s that. I normally wear pretty thick socks, but prob. wouldn’t want to with moccasins. Not sure between a 10 and an 11—leaning towards 10

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@julian-wolf I’m a UK9 in trickers, a 9.5 in Whites and Lofgren, a 27 in RDT and I found the UK9 in both moc and maine guide a good fit when I owned them

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Okay, good info. Seems you’re 1 size down from me in everything besides Lofgren (I’m also a 9.5 there—go figure), so sounds like a 10 is probably the move.

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20 hours ago, julian-wolf said:

Okay, good info. Seems you’re 1 size down from me in everything besides Lofgren (I’m also a 9.5 there—go figure), so sounds like a 10 is probably the move.

@julian-wolf - You're almost 11 on Brannock and wear JL 9.5? Do you have JL Engineer boots?

Asking because I put down a deposit on a pair of Devil's Causeway. I'm a 9EE on Brannock and have high arch & instep, very high volume. I usually wear 9.5EE or Wide. At first S&S recommended a 9.0. But I bought a pair of Viberg 2055 in 8.5, and they were way to small. So S&S recommended I size up the JL's to 9.5. I've heard stories about people finding the JL/s difficult to get on. I'm really stressing about the size... I hope they work out for me... like I said previously, I'd rather err on the side of too big than too small for pull-on boots, but I'm nervous about them being too big. 

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@mpukas I’ve never tried their engineers, but I’ve been a consistent 9.5 in all the lace-ups I’ve tried (M-43, combat boots, moc toes)

That said, I don’t know of anyone else that’s sized down as much as me—I think something about their lasts just works weird with my feet

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On 6/9/2021 at 2:52 AM, julian-wolf said:

How do folks size Yuketen mocs? Been interested in a pair for a while & found a slew on sale @ https://www.mytheresa.com/en-us/men/sale/shoes.html?designer=8118

I think I’m pretty close to an 11 on a Brannock device, but I’ve never had anything bigger than a 10.5 that feels like it fits me well, so there’s that. I normally wear pretty thick socks, but prob. wouldn’t want to with moccasins. Not sure between a 10 and an 11—leaning towards 10

I bought a pair of boating moc from eBay ( new never worn ) I’m an 9 and bought 9 and l should have sized up one .

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orders the new whites 8” moc toe for work. Now I can get the others re soled

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@Duke Mantee talking with them about different soles 

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@shredwin_206They should hopefully be coming in the new Box design Whites has been posting on their Instagram.

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Whites is introducing the 4QxNomad engineer boot in July.

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23 hours ago, mlwdp said:

Whites is introducing the 4QxNomad engineer boot in July.

Might finally get me back into a pair of engineers…..

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Sent my Wesco Boss back to get silver buckles and widened to D width.  Took some inspiration from Zerrow boots.

 

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54 minutes ago, julian-wolf said:

 

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Must be the Flame Panda Shinki horsebutt? Those are sweeeeeeeeet....

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13 hours ago, julian-wolf said:

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DAYUM!!! Love them. Congrats! Fit pics and impressions when you get a chance, pls. 

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 + Red Wing 2268 +
Been wearing the Boots since Aug 2018 for office work, Rig Site and Port

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What’s the deal with some shoes being built such that the outsole bulges outwards towards the center? What’s the reasoning for shoemakers doing this? Does the outsole flatten out with time & wear, or does it remain curved? To be clear, I’m not talking about toe spring, but about the center of the outsole bulging out beyond the edges (see photos).

I’ve noticed this on my boots from Fracap and Flame Panda, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. It’s also evident on most (new) boots that I’ve seen from Brass Tokyo, so I doubt that it’s an accident or a mark of poor quality—but I’ve never had the opportunity to see, in person, what effects it has after extended wear.

Do folks know what I’m talking about? Any insight?

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Is it to accommodate the different bend radii of the sole components?

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While I’m at it, some initial shots of the Flame Panda #206

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Breaking these in is gonna be rough. The leather is thick and very stiff. It has a great sheen to it, though, & I’m really looking forward to seeing how it ages.

Peng shipped them with two pairs of waxed cotton laces (one flat & one round), but given how chunky the boots turned out I think they’ll be a good fit for these black raw hide laces from White’s.

The construction is very clean. All of the stitching is at very consistent intervals, and coincident seems line up with corner perfectly. The edges at the bottoms of the quarters aren’t burnished super straight, but that’s the only plausible imperfection I can come up with. Overall, they really are immaculate.

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8 minutes ago, Duke Mantee said:

Is it to accommodate the different bend radii of the sole components?

Maybe, but seems like probably not. Framing it in terms of bend radii is tricky, since mounting the soles like this actually requires deflecting them along two axes / actually stretching out the center of the outsole onto a curved manifold. (Sorry if I’m not making much sense; I’m not used to talking about this sort of thing without using physics / math words.)

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