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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #765 on: February 06, 2019, 01:27:19 pm »
I too had to add an insole but they feel unbelievable with them in place.
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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #766 on: February 13, 2019, 04:50:34 pm »
@mclaincausey what kind of insoles did you put in yours?

I was at REI the other day and tested out a pair of Oboz insoles in my Blundstones—they felt pretty incredible, was thinking about spending the $30 and picking up a pair. Wonder if they might be good for the Lofgrens.

That said, if they end up fitting after a stretching from the cobbler. Picking em up today—thinking positive!

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #767 on: February 13, 2019, 06:10:43 pm »
Mine are Dr. Scholl's gel insoles, but I have some Oboz boots and their insoles are outstanding, especially for arched feet.

They are great boots, but the sizing is wacky--I think a 9 instead of a 9.5 (I am 9.5D on a Brannock) would be a better fit for me, but I bet I wouldn't be able to get my foot in there in that size. Maybe Japanese feet are different, but at least for me it seems they should have a half size smaller footbed and should add at least a half in of diameter to the ankle.
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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #768 on: February 13, 2019, 07:34:27 pm »
Yeah it's crazy—I just went to check em out at the shoe doc but they're still too tight, not really much change that I could see. They're gonna put em on the stretcher for a bit more... fingers crossed, as I'd like to keep these things.

The sizing is indeed weird. I normally wear a 13, but Standard & Strange recommended taking what size you normally wear in an Iron Ranger, which for me is a 12. Seems to be the same with a lot of boot makers (eg Viberg). Once I get my feet in the Lofgrens I have plenty of room, almost like it's a bit too loose—it's just the ankle and heel where I get hung up.

No idea.  :'(

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #769 on: February 16, 2019, 08:51:00 pm »
FWIW: I have the Badalassi and nattys in 11" and 10.5" respectively. They're exactly the same length and wide AF. As much as I love these boots (and make no mistake I do), the advertised JL sizing info and subsequent lackadaisical sizing advice from vendors on a 1K pair of boots is interesting to say the least. These boots are E width at MINIMUM and should be advertised as such. It would save a lot of folks some grief. You really need to pay attention to your foot's volume. Simply equating the JL engineer to say RW IR can be very misleading (yes it's an apples to oranges comp with the Engineer however the point remains). I wear Alden (barrie last in 11.5-12), AE (11-12 depending on last), RW (10.5 in IR, etc.), Attractions engineer (10.5-268), etc. These fuckers are wide AF compared to anything I have ever worn, notably in the heel/instep area. The early 268 Attractions have their own issues (I never really noticed), however, the instep is far less voluminous. I'm a 11-11.5 (Left vs Right) with a D width via Brannock. This is coming from someone quite comfortable with the engineer boot's characteristic/infamous heel slip. I went round and round with different insoles ending up with half-soles with the low volume in the toe box. This massive volume in the heel/instep area is why you see the inevitable adjustments such as boot socks (aka my 1k boots fit like shite), etc. Hope this helps.  ;)

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #770 on: February 18, 2019, 07:40:16 pm »
Welp, I just picked them up today after a second round of stretching, and I think they're going to be ok. In addition to the stretch, my shoe guy put a little slippy (silicone?) spray along the inside back of the boot where my heel slides in—that was the biggest problem area.

You're right about the fit being wide, though. My heel definitely moves around a bit once my feet are in, but it's nothing too bad, and I think I might indeed opt for some insoles after hearing y'all talk about having helpful results with them.

I guess the thing I still find so bewildering is that I'm a pretty skinny guy and have found these boots to be downright impossible at times to get on—I've given up on several occasions and just put on another pair. Why were they especially tough those particular days—maybe too much salt the night before? Haha I don't know. All I know is that my feet are pretty normal if not narrow width, average volume (this was a new term to me until I bought some hiking boots recently), and it's been a mega struggle. For anyone who had slightly heftier feet and/or ankles: forget about it. And that's just kinda nuts for a pair of boots that cost so much... would someone even be able to return them? I guess there'd have to be a way?

Regardless, psyched mine have finally been at least somewhat tamed. Thanks a ton for everyone's help!

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #771 on: February 27, 2019, 11:44:16 pm »
Here's a look at your future, @PV/ATX

Picts before and after a routine cleaning to show how the pull-up leather is so resilient.

Before maintenance:

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After brushing, scrubbing the sole with water and canvas, and scrubbing the uppers with a greasy Terry cloth rag:

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Think it, be it.

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #772 on: February 28, 2019, 05:37:11 am »
Those looks so killer, man! I'll aspire to get that level of wear ;D

Ever since I got mine to fit properly, I've been wearing em pretty much every day. They start to show character pretty quickly... I'll make sure to post some pics.

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #773 on: February 28, 2019, 05:38:03 am »
They're great boots. Wear in good health!
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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #774 on: March 01, 2019, 01:15:25 pm »
Wabi in Progress 8)

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #775 on: March 01, 2019, 01:51:43 pm »
Wabi in Progress 8)

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Those are awesome
The devil is in the detail..

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #776 on: March 01, 2019, 03:49:59 pm »
@AdamJ cheers! I wonder how long they'll last. I hope forever ;D

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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #777 on: March 02, 2019, 03:55:28 am »
@AdamJ cheers! I wonder how long they'll last. I hope forever ;D

I've put a ton of abuse on mine for years and only needed a re-heel aside from routine maintenance.
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Re: John Lofgren (Speedway)
« Reply #778 on: April 21, 2019, 02:58:55 pm »
Reassuring to know that I'm not alone in experiencing difficulties putting my JL Engineers on. I've had 2 pairs for 3 years (approx.) and they're still a nightmare to put on! However, I'm so used to the plastic bag technique that this idiosyncrasy has stopped bothering me. The Mister Freedom Road Champs, however, were a breeze from the word go.

Pic is a couple of years old. After conditioning and cleaning, the Lofgren boots are as good as new.

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