Length: Slightly Long
Width: Slightly Narrow
I’ve got two pairs of comfort craftsmen. One in brown oily fern and another in black yearling. The black yearling boot is 5 years old and really soft and supple. I wear it most days in the office and condition every 6 months or so with the rm Williams conditioned. I’ve worn through the lining at both the heels and the pinky toe l on the left foot. My foot does slide forward a bit in thin socks. But in medium socks all good. The oily fern are 2023 made and they are much tighter across the foot. Haven’t stretched much yet but only occasional wear.
8111 Amber harness
Length: Slightly Short
Initially some rubbing and pain on the outside of my middle and pinky toes. After a couple of weeks wear this has gone away and the boots are now very comfortable. I’m a 10D on the brannock and the 9.5D iron rangers fit me spot on.
Horsemen Natural Dublin with Dr Sole outsole
Length: Moderately Short
Width: Slightly Wide
Little wide in ball, comfortable in heel, short on length. Used inside, on concrete. Everyday office wear. Minimal break in effort. Will attempt to add a little more toe bump with some stretching and application of a weakened alcohol to open up the leather in this section
360° Storm welt, cap toe, 79 last, black waxed flesh, Gunmetal eyelets
Length: Moderately Long
The toebox is surprisingly generous, and I believe a 12 might be too short. Break in saw shorter than expected and a little more comfort out of the box. Use is around office with some labor, mostly on concrete. Care is mostly on the natural welt, have treated it with Bick 4 to maintain natural color. Have done nothing to the upper and have no intention. Update...after wearing for a week they are too long and will be replacing with a size 12D
C.F.Stead Antique Phoenix
Fit is nearly perfect with medium thick socks. Feels very good.
Copper Rough and Tough
These fit me well almost perfect in my opinion. Lots of toe box room in the #8 last. Break in, like most Red Wing boots was down right painful...but once broken in they are a dream to wear...almost a right of passage. These are worn with jeans and khakis around home, office and farm and on concrete. Concrete does cause issues if on my feet all day, but outside they are great. Sole may be considered a little on the thin side as you can easily feel rocks beneath your feet. Out of the box I treated the upper with Obanaufs and will allow a patina to develop on this beautiful leather. Will treat with Bick 4 as needed to keep patina and avoid darkening of leather from here out. This is the boot to get for a blue jean boot but is more on the casual side due to toe bump.
Natural Chromexcel, commando sole, 360° Welt, black kilties, black leather laces, antiqued brass hardware
Length: Slightly Long
The fit well, plenty of toe box room, maybe a hair long but not enough to go down a half size. Didn't take long to fully break in, seems the insole is softer, maybe not oak tanned (color appears white) but plenty of thickness, but not in a bad way. This boot has been comfortable out of the box, break in Didn't hurt for weeks like others and the generous toe box helps. The sole does add considerable weight. Not sure if the kiltie helped or hurt with break in as they were worn from the start. I use them around the office and house as a light duty work boot on concrete. They will be used and not babies, and I expect to hold up fine from what I have seen. Out of the box the natural Chromexcel was treated with a light coat of Obanaufs as an initial treatment, from here on it will get Bick 4 to keep the color lighter. As others have said, the construction is top notch...I cannot find a single stitch out of place, or a piece of leather minutely miscut...they are literally perfect and I would not hesitate to recommend Grant Stone because of this experience. These are the best value in well made boots.
Fits pretty good right from the beginning with medium socks. It felt slight clunky when new but as the sole breaks in more, the clunkiness is disappearing. The heel has a little slippage but less so as the boot continues to break in (I only wear them about once every two weeks so the breakin process is extended). I have to say it is a nice looking boot, this is one of my favorite boots and I look forward to wearing them.
1964 Brown on a Vibram 700 sole. HNW last.
This is my first pair of Nicks, and I was a bit worried about sizing. So the 9 month wait was a bit nerve wracking. Almost like when we were having our first kid. Being a wide boy, I went a half size down, and one width up from my Brannock, and it turned out to be a great fit on me. Super sturdy and by far the thickest leather I have had on my feet ever! Break in went a bit smoother than I first feared, and the worst tension on my ankles went away after a few days. They are not even close to fully broken in, but we are getting there!
Color 8 Cordovan from J Crew
Barrie last is such a good last but roomy. I’ve had multiple Alden’s in Barrie last in 10D and all felt slightly too large (I have a narrow foot). 9.5D in Barrie a full size down is perfect. Note I like a slightly snug fit.
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