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As good as it gets? maybe.
on August 25, 2014
first off...info any buyer would want to know (i had to research this on the net, and it turned out to be true: how does it fit?
answer is that the Justin seems to be 1/2 size to a full size larger than how other cowboy boot brands would fit (i compare to dan post and durango, both of which this comparison is true for). normally a square toe boot (even if the square toe is not a huge flipper style) will be 1/2 size smaller in a given brand than a snip toe or pointed toe, since that extra point is not there. anyway, i take an 11 in the dan post square toe Earp boot, and i needed to go down to a 10.5 in this.
back to this actual boot...this iS the boot that i think of as 'the' true Western boot. being that i'm from L.A., LaLa, i may be putting a hotel california spin on it, but i still feel this is the most classic boot i could find. true, the distressing verges on being obvious, but it doesn't become that 80s style leather jacket 'distressed' look, and these could pass for being true time-wear distressed...which i appreciate.
i actually went to a brick and mortar store to try these on before purchasing, and they really are nicer in person than even the pictures can convey. clean, functional, handsome classic design for those who want a conservative (meaning not oversized, flipper-style) square toe. also has a nice slant heel rather than that big block 'roper' style that is flat, low and looks like a rocket launching pad to me...just personal taste, but i think this has more the classic 'cowboy', on-horse look.
these come in a dark brown version, and several flat heel versions...this iS the SKU number BR 733, just so you don't make a mistake. i ONLY wanted this version, i wear these only with jeans, straight and boot cut, and i like the real, worn look...HOWEVER, when i got to the store i found the color of the leather to be pretty light tan. this almost kept me from purchase except i knew several coats of Obenauf's conditioner (or any conditioner that WILL darken leather) would darken...which several coats did, not some huge darkening, but enough.
Justin's reputation precedes them, and i will say it is accurate when you get this boot in your hand. they are solid, well-made with nary a flaw to be found, NO issue of having one boot almost a half size larger than the other (as i've found with other brands, even good ones!), and a boot that looks like it will last decades, which these just might.
since i went down a full half size over other brands, these fit right on the money, even snug, but i've worn them a day or two and they do loosen to fit just as a real Western boot should. they look super in faded boot or straight-legged jeans, and i couldn't be happier.
my recommendation is that if you like this style, you will love this boot in every respect and be surprised how good they look in person...and if the coloring is a bit light for you, don't worry as some boot conditioner will darken them up a bit (make SURE you get some that does not promise NOT to darken...Obenauf's is good for darkening). and ENJOY!