I just received my pair of service shoes from Epic Militaria. They are really nice and I nailed the fit too. BUT: These things are stiff and sturdy! How does one break them in?
Mine from ATF I left overnight in the bathtub, let them dry a bit and then put them on and wore as much as I could. Took a couple of days to dry completely, so wore them the next day as well. The glued on inside sole came loose a bit, but it adhered right back when they dried. Not telling you to do the same thing as I've read somewhere online that they ruined their shoes soaking them in water.
You can try the same technique on your boots as we do with our A2s, if you have a water spray bottle then fill it with very hot tap water, spray the leather giving it a good soaking and then wear as best you can until pretty much dry and then leave to naturally dry.
I have the DVD collection from The Band of Brothers. Interviews with the cast members addressed breaking in their jump boots in preparation for filming. The cast was told to wear their boots in the shower a few times and to wear them everywhere they went for the first couple of weeks . Once the boots were broken in they were taught how to give them a spit shine and then to leave them alone .
First picture, top right. Are they Aero Leather boots?
That explains it - my wife sold a pair of Blundstone's she'd barely used and we received an email from the buyer saying that the soles started crumbling after wearing them a couple of times. We just couldn't believe that was possible and offered a refund of course. Nice to get an explanation! Thanks!Chelsea or gusset boots are definitely trending more to dress than knock-around wear amongst aficionados these days. I suspect one reason was Blundstone's outsourcing production to Thailand several years back, and changing the composition of their soles at the same time. (IYDK, the new composition retained moisture and began to split and crumble after a few years - long before the uppers showed any wear - and Blundstone was slow to acknowledge the fault...)
Ah, yes indeed. I have my RM's I also have two pairs of Blunnies which are about 18 months old. Apparently the fault with the soles has been rectified.They sure are, A-15, prototype which never went into production. I believe you commented on another post of mine where I took a close-up picture of them.