Size: 8.5 D
Black Chromexcel Leather
Handsewn Stitchdown Construction
Cork Filled Insole
Leather Shank (Arch Ease)
Fully Gusseted Tongue
Commando Half Sole
Made in the USA
For the longest time, I was pining for a pair of Pacific Northwest (PNW) Boots. There are so many great brands: Nick's, Frank's, Drew's, Wesco's, White's... All well made, all seemingly named after some guy, and pretty pricey compared to your Midwestern Red Wing's and Thorogood's.
Hours upon upon hours of searching led me to the difficult decision between the White's x Division Road Loggers in Black Chromexcel and the Wesco's x Standard and Strange Hendrik Boots in Brown Horsehide Chromexcel.
Which would you choose? *Photos from Division Road and Standard & Strange
After a phone conversation with the guys at Division Road regarding sizing, they suggested that I go a half-size down from my typical Red Wing size (9). I was skeptical at first, but their recommendation was spot on! The boots fit perfectly. My first time wearing them was crazy, I simply had never worn boots like these.
Overall, the leather quality is amazing. You can read a bunch of horror stories about people who buy boots made of Chromexcel only to experience grain break and unsightly creasing. My pair has no issues with either and have creased normally. However, I am not one to really care about creasing in my footwear because it is natural. If creasing is not your cup of tea, well, don't buy leather boots!
The Black, tea-core, Chromexcel is so beautiful when it ages. The brown underneath the black overdye is starting to come through and helps tell the stories of my many adventures in life while wearing these Loggers.
I highly suggest giving White's, or any PNW Boot company, a try. I do love my Red Wing's but these boots are on a different stratosphere. Thicker leather, better support, handsewn construction... Like wearing tanks on your feet!