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Foreign made, but balance of quality and price
on September 5, 2014
I have purchased three pairs of these boots. Two pairs are still in the box in my closet. I bought two extra pairs after buying them because I was afraid I would not find them again.
These boots should come with care and conditioning instruction. That is my one gripe. I can see how someone might buy these boots and give them a negative review because they come very stiff and unforgiving on the feet. With proper conditioning however, they afford the wearer an amazing and affordable option.
If you wear them out of the box, and your feet do not have the callous of an elephant your will shred the hèll out of your feet. However, if you want them to wear like personal armor for your feet for lasting comfort, follow these steps.
1). Get a five gallon bucket or something else that will fit your boots that you can dump hot water in. A five gallon bucket works for me.
2). Purchase a can of saddle soap. These are REAL leather. That's why I bought them. You need saddle soap to condition the leather. It's cheap and you can buy it almost anywhere that sells shoe polish.
3). Put hot water in the bucket, as hot as you can get it from your tub faucet. Dissolve entire can of aforementioned saddle soap in this bucket of hot water. You technically do not NEED to add the saddle soap, but it will condition the leather with lanolins and other things that get you extended longevity from the leathers, it also gives that nice leather smell to the boots.
4). Submerge your boots in the container. I put two heavy rocks in my boots to keep them from floating up. Leave them in the solution for about an hour or so. The leather will become pliable and soft.
5). Get yourself a nice pair of boot socks. These boots are made for boot socks. Shake the water out of them and squeeze the sole at the bottom to get as much water out as possible. Put on your boot socks and slip the boots on while they are wet and hot. Lace them up as tightly as you can without making your foot uncomfortable.
6). Take them off and keep replacing socks as they absorb the water from inside. The boots will slowly dry as you wear them. By the end of the day, they will still be a little moist when you take them off, but they will be molded to the shape of your foot and wear like they were custom fit to your foot. I've been wearing mine for over a year, and they are snug, fit well, and the leather has showed few signs of cracking. Just basic wear and scuffs which I don't care about.
One thing I will say, which doesn't decrease the value for me, is that the soles have worn down considerably, but I believe it is due to how hard I am on them. For the price I can't really call it a complaint. I've hiked, worked, chopped wood, kicked burning coals back into the firepit, and went through all kinds of muck in them. They wear sturdy.