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Boots / shoes to wear with your flight jacket s...

Greg Gale

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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? :eek:
 

tjoenn

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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? :eek:
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.
 

tjoenn

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Greg, I am just wearing them a bit at a time............They will break in.
Yup, my paratrooper boots, also from ATF, I wore around the house a little at a time until they were broken in and I could wear them a whole day (at the office of all places....).
 

EmergencyIan

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Same here. I just wear new boots around the home for days or weeks until they’re broken in before walking around block after block in NYC with them. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way.

- Ian
 

Marv

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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? :eek:
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 tried this on my SoF Service shoes and it seemed to help with the break in process, just thought I'd mention it.
 

B-Man2

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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? :eek:
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 .
Hope that helps !
Cheers
B-Man2
 
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Cocker

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I concur, it's the best way to break them in. Soak them, either in the shower or by leaving them a couple hours in a water bucket, then put them on and go for a walk.
 

zoomer

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Online prices are often determined via algorithms, which can in certain instances produce anomalous results like the above.

I suppose an algorithm might price a pair of Iron Rangers at $1.98 every once in a while, too. But presumably it will also let the vendor know before it actually goes live and someone can press add to cart. At $2,000, that problem hopefully takes care of itself.
 

zoomer

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Weeel, I may regret this but the lure of a low priced good was irresistible. These are Lane captoes by Gordon Rush, with a stitched welt and rubber lug soles. Color is browner than photo. $110 at nordstromrack.com, where I went to look for Red Wings.

I admit to being a desk jockey/keyboard gunner but I do a mess of walking. I’ll start out on the treadmill here in the bldg before I decide if these are street comfy or just for dress.
 
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zoomer

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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...)
 

tjoenn

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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...)
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!
 

Steve27752

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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.
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.
 
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