St Paul, MN
Wow is all I can say. Crack open the box to a wonderful earthy leather smell and a beautiful pair of boots wrapped in an embroidered 1000 mile towel. First fit? Like a glove. Make sure to size down, the boots I ordered are size 11, even though I generally wear size 12. First impressions - comfortable right out of the box. Leather is soft and supple, not stiff at all. They were well oiled and ready to wear out of the box. Waxed laces are perfect, as is the speed lacing for the top three lace rows. I threw them right into the mix by walking a mile or so through snowy slippery city sidewalks. Initially they slipped pretty badly, but as soon as the waxy coating wore off of the sole they weren't bad at all. No worse than my Red Wing Beckman's, and the Beckman's have a lug sole. What more can I say about these boots other than that they're amazing? Comfortable and well oiled right out of the box, no break in or special waxes/oils required before wearing. Highly recommended.