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Unpacking my first pair of Lofgren's. Early morning DHL delivery from Japan. No, I'm not going to wear them strictly with Old Navy pajamas...)

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28 minutes ago, Talan said:

No, I'm not going to wear them strictly with Old Navy pajamas...)

Why not? :D 

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3 hours ago, beautiful_FrEaK said:

Why not? :D 

It is not selvedge.... :ph34r2:

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Got them from Stumptown Japan

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Anybody here use TAPIR leather conditioners and cleaners like their Lederfett on boots and shoes?  I’m debating on buying this and using this on black Chromexcel.

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Anybody here worn footwear from Wheelrobe?  How’s their sizing?

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On 1/25/2022 at 8:35 PM, chicote said:

I’m curious whether you all who own multiple pairs of engineers can share some of your experience here. I’ve tried two different pairs of engineer boots, Lofgrens and Lone Wolfs, both of which were pretty close to fitting lengthwise but were pretty much impossible to walk in because of the height of the vamp relative to my pretty low instep. I’m still interested in looking for a pair that will fit me better but am not sure which direction to go in. Something with a slightly tapered toe box, ie. Attractions, seems like it might be a safer bet, although I don’t love that look personally, but if there are any other brands you all can recommend I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

sorry so late in reply...

only two engineers in this house to comment on [attractions / redwing]; attractions still have pretty big vamp even with smaller toe / tight ankle etc ... fitwise the redwing 2268 definitely have more grip in the vamp area, but bulbous toes [measured both, seem to have same vamp]... there are 80s/90s rw vintage teacore versions out there if you need them?

from my uneducated understanding lofgrens do seem pretty wide throughout? get in contact with bakers etc around custom fitting of a wesco or whites nomad? ol shanks / road champs and all those 40s fits have mini toes but retain pretty shapely vamps...

good luck with the search...

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hey @bartlebyyphonics thanks for lookin out!! I ended up sizing way down on a pair of flat head engineers that i got to try on at self edge last week when i was in LA - they’re a little tight at the moment but the toes seem to hold the rest of my foot well enough.

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incoming... :ph34r: fingers crossed they fit and I like them... update may follow... 

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@chicote Good for you for getting a pair of TFH engineer boots. They're gorgeous! I've tried on a pair, and they didn't fit me at all. Wear them well and enjoy. 

JL's suite my foot much better, even tho they are nearly impossible to get on. 

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My old Red Wing Iron Ranger 8113 rough outs are definitely getting better with age. With new soles and heels (thanks to the Red Wing repair department) they're better than ever.

 

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On 2/8/2022 at 3:32 PM, crownzip said:

My old Red Wing Iron Ranger 8113 rough outs are definitely getting better with age. With new soles and heels (thanks to the Red Wing repair department) they're better than ever.

 

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FYI, looks like Jack Reacher is wearing these in the new Amazon series. Though his appear to be brand new - a failure in the costuming dept.

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@crownzip very nice, I have a pair of those that are still going strong.   I see you resoled with the cork -- good choice, god damn are those hard wearing and honestly I never really noticed them to be that bad in wet conditions, as some have said.  My pair from 2015 have a lot of miles left.

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agreeing; their cork nitrile is great; hardwearing, light, decent grip on concrete; blows dainite out of the water in terms of 'leather-like' sole imo 

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5 hours ago, bartlebyyphonics said:

agreeing; their cork nitrile is great; hardwearing, light, decent grip on concrete; blows dainite out of the water in terms of 'leather-like' sole imo 

Couldn’t agree more

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Flamepandas appeared all of a sudden on my doorstep after 2 weeks of untraceable tracking. As usual, Peng’s work is impeccable. 
 

This is my first experience with shinki horsehide and I must say that is it a thing of beauty. The olive horsehide has a range of tones and colours depending on which angle you look at it. Under full sunlight it goes to a brownish tone. Swapped out the round laces peng provided with a flat one that he included for a more informal look. One of my best fitting shoes out of the box. Small pinch on my right foot pinkie as usual with most shoes i wear. Sized half down from my previous short engineers I had from him because these are laced. Overall, super impressed with his work. Probably not the last from him. 
 

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oh yes. He also included a super heavy duty natural leather belt with some heavy character on the under side.

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Those are lovely - nice balance to the design. His work always seems so clean.

I’d like to add something here though; when folk talk about the ‘leather’, I find they’re usually talking about the finish … and for the majority of us that’s the only obvious differentiator. 

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On 2/7/2022 at 4:29 PM, mpukas said:

incoming... :ph34r: fingers crossed they fit and I like them... update may follow... 

I ordered and received a pair of JL Black Cats M-43 from S&S. Unfortunately, they do not fit. Far too narrow. I thought they'd be a bit wider than they are, being made on the Munson last. I have JL Devil's Causeway engineer boots in 9 1/2, and they fit well. Just a little narrow in width and little long in length. 

As of February 01 2022, S&S changed their return policy. They no longer offer refunds, only exchanges and store credit. I'm working on an exchange with them. 

In the meantime, if anyone is interested in purchasing them, DM me. 

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I’m tempted to try a pair of Lofgren combat boots, but have never tried them on.  Can anyone compare sizing to RDT Coupen boots? Thanks.

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1 hour ago, tod said:

I’m tempted to try a pair of Lofgren combat boots, but have never tried them on.  Can anyone compare sizing to RDT Coupen boots? Thanks.

I have both in size 12, the Coupens are a little wider/longer by comparison.
I personally prefer the fit of the Combat Boots on my feet, my Coupens are a tad big.

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I’m a JP27 in RDT and 9.5 in Lofgren … I find the RDT to be a more narrow, but both are comfortable 

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3 hours ago, tod said:

I’m tempted to try a pair of Lofgren combat boots, but have never tried them on.  Can anyone compare sizing to RDT Coupen boots? Thanks.

I was just about to ask the same question re: Lofgren Combat Boots, LOL! 

As I mentioned in a post above, I have JL engineer's in 9.5 and they fit well. According to JL, these are a D width on his 110 last and the combat boots are an E width on his 120 last. JL M-43 on the D width Munson last are far too narrow for me. The Combat Boots and Donkey Punchers are both built on his 120 last, so they should fit similarly (I do not have DP's).  

I was able to secure a pair of the horsebutt combat boots in exchanging the black cats. I opted to a 9.0, hoping that the wider last would suite me better without being too long. 

FWIW, in my experience, S&S sizing recommendations for JL and Viberg does not work for me. I need to go TTS at a 9.0, or even size up to 9.5. 

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@Geeman and I exchanged views previously about Grenson … I’m not a fan of all they do (but Geeman isn’t wrong); however their G-One collection is a really high standard,  especially their Shoe <number> range bringing back genuine early to mid 20th century designs which is superlative:

 

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I can see you in that basket weave pair Duke.

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Used to have a similar pair in my twenties … or was that in the twenties? Can’t quite remember now …

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Anybody here familiar with Wheelrobe?  How’s their sizing?  Seen their offerings on Hinoya.

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14 hours ago, Duke Mantee said:

Used to have a similar pair in my twenties … or was that in the twenties? Can’t quite remember now …

In your twenties in the twenties maybe :laugh2:

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