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Ive landed myself a full time job on a local logging crew. Ive grown up most of my life wearing hunting boots that were mostly made up of Goretex with small amounts of leather. Long story short, break in was quick and easy but so far they just havent held up. Im mostly choking logs for the skidder and dozer for now, but apparently hunting boots dont hold up too constant abrasions and bumps with logs and branches.
A few months ago I picked up a pair of Danner FlashPoint II's at an awesome price. I usually wear a 10-10/1/2 in boots but I had to jump up too an 11EE with the Danners because they felt too small in my normal size. So far they have been nothing but a Pain to break in, I havent been able to wear them as much as i would like but they are feeling a bit big. Standing the end of my longest toe sits about even with the last eyelet. With the boots unlaced I can slide my foot forward about 1/2" comfortably, 3/4" cramps my toes in the end of the boot, and 1" my longest toe is touching the end of the boot. They feel comfortable but when Im walking my dad keeps mentioning the boots look big, and for some reason they bend and flex up a bit higher than where my toes bend. Hopefully this makes sense its just the way they bend makes them look big.
Anyone have experience with these boots? Is this normal for full leather boots? I think it might be the combination of thick leather and rubber toe/heel section, but my dad keeps insisting that they are too big and that I need to get a pair that fits before I hurt myself.
Also quick off topic question, the false tounge on the one boot likes to slip downwards and go out towards the toe of the boot. Nothing bad but its annoying and looks real Goofy. Years ago I saw a guy in a boot shop do something with the laces by wrapping them around the false tounge or something, I dont fully remember but does anyone have a remedy to stop it from slipping down that extra 3/4"? (Yes I have run the laces through the two holes in the tounge.