Wanted to Like Them (Harness Leather)
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Occasional Reviewer from Eastern USA on Saturday, July 30, 2016
As soon as I took these from the box, I fell in love with the harness leather. Looked great, felt great – broken in and "vintage-y," like an old baseball glove. But as soon as I put them on, I realized the love affair was going to be short-lived. They're very tight across the vamp – so much so that no loosening of the laces would help. (I think the stitching at the sides of the vamp might also have been a problem, rubbing against my foot, but I didn't own them long enough to find out.) I think the issue here has to do with this new "derby" style, featuring a "squashed" looking forepart and upturned toe. Inspired by some 1930s style it may be (although I'm betting 1930s shoemakers were better able to design around a real human foot); comfortable it is not. So back they went, with regrets for the beautiful leather. If you have a very low volume foot, you might have better luck.