If this is a 2nd, what are the 1sts like?

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Drew from Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I've spent decades and hundreds of dollars trying to avoid spending $300 on a good set of boots. When I saw these for under $200 at Sierra Trading Post, I took the leap.

Am I glad I did. What a high quality set of boots. I'm a 9.5 D in leather boots or a 10 D in modern material boots. These were exactly 9.5 D for me.

I also ordered the Red Wing Natural Boot Conditioner, and applied that prior to wearing for the first time.

Now, I am going through the break in process, which is necessarily painful. It's important to remember that you just don't put a pair of full grain leather boots on and wear them without breaking them in. You can wear modern material boots right away in comfort, but those will never break in to be like a second skin, which ONLY happens with old fashioned full grain leather boots. I've been through a pair of modern boots per year; sometimes two per year.

These boots should last me awhile. I fully expect to wear these for 10 years, and be able to replace the soles as they wear out.
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