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Gently used all leather (one piece!) non-goretex Banffs, size 10.5, narrow (B) width. These are in great shape with a few hundred miles on them, but lots of tread left in the Vibram soles. These are completely waterproof (do-a-jig-in-a-stream waterproof), and have been regularly treated with Nikwax grease to keep them that way. Who needs Gore-tex?? Full leather liners+no goretex=no sweaty feet!! I have a narrow heel, a high arch, and an overall low-volume foot, and these fit me very well with a SOLE insole and 1/8" shims. The shims are included; the insoles aren’t.
These can be resoled, and will last you decades with proper care and maintenance. They are built for extended off-trail trekking, and work well in all but the absolute coldest and hottest conditions. I've trekked through 8" of snow in these boots in perfect comfort, and they are equally at home in 90+degree summer heat. I hate to part with them because it took me quite a long time to find this kind of fit, but my hiking style and pack weights have changed since I bought them, and they are simply overkill for my current needs.
They were used mostly for work duties during a summer spent marking trees in Pine blowdown for the Forest Service in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is why they look as they do. As the pictures show, there is some blue paint splatter on them; this will come off fully if you want to scrub hard enough. Otherwise, I just figured regular use would wear it off.
After scuffing up the toes a bit walking through the heavy slash, I decided to perform a couple of upgrades. The toe area has been reinforced with a thick layer of “Shoe Goo” to prevent further degradation of the front leather when walking through heavy brush or talus. Also, I’ve replaced the shoe laces with military-spec, 5-strand, 550 cord, fusing the ends.
These modifications, while not the most pretty to look at, will be noticed by the experienced user as effectively increasing the longevity, durability, and utility of the boots. Wear on the toe area has all but stopped, with no decrease in the flexibility of the boot while walking. These Urethane toe caps, combined with the full rands, provide a great deal of abrasion resistance.
These boots excel in any type of field work. I have used them with great success in winter conditions. They have a rear welt, and thus, are compatible with semi-automatic crampons. They work quite well with snowshoes also. They are very well-made, sturdy boots. They would make a perfect hunting boot, farm boot, or fire boot. I wouldn’t wear them to Sunday Church.
I think, given their use and condition, $100 shipped is fair. Let me know if you think otherwise. I only accept paypal, for your security and mine, and I can have the boot boxed up and shipped within a day or two of your payment clearing.