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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Love the shoes, size a tad large but not big issue.
on December 5, 2013
I wear a size 9 with Allen Edmonds and other leather dress shoes. So I ordered a 9 for this as well. It fits a little large, about half a size but since it's a boot, it doesn't matter too much after thicker socks are worn.
The boots will need some breaking-in to get the ankle parts comfortable enough but all in all, they look fantastic, fits very comfortably, the sole is solid but pliable. Love it!
*UPDATE AFTER BREAK-IN PERIOD*
I brought these to a trip, fresh out of the box, to Hong Kong, and if you've been there, you know there's A LOT of walking involved.
The boots do need to be broken-into, not for the sole part, but the ankle area.
Unlike other desert/chukkas that have no edge lining, the James' rounded edge do cause some pressure/pain around the ankle bones if you're not used to having something stiff hitting that area or aren't wearing thick socks.
The edge softens up and the the discomfort disappeared after 2-3 days or so, that's around 8 hours of walking.
After which, the ankle lip area feels just like any edge-less boot.
I applied a couple of coats of suede protector before wearing these as I knew it'll rain and odds of having someone step on me is very, very high in HK, worked well and I only had one tiny smudge to clean up after a 10-day trip.