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Anyone try these Obi boots?
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Hendu (Ben Henderson)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:11 am    Post subject: Anyone try these Obi boots? Reply with quote

Anyone try out these Obi boots? Are they quality? It looks like there's a seam in the center of the spat. But they seem reasonably priced.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/560138875/obi-wan-kenobi-old-ben-leather-boots?ref=shop_home_active_15
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a seam, but afaik there shouldnt be one. Anyone judges care to chime in?
This is the part Im dreading for my Obi-wan too Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, there isn’t a seam down the middle.

Arrgggg.

I just typed a whole page response that was accidentally deleted.

Ok here we go again...

I had a pair arrive 2 weeks ago.

I don’t want to push this company under the bus because there are some things to really like about the boots . I’ll just tell you about mine and you can make your own call.

The first thing I noticed about the box when it arrived was how light it was.
Compared to other boots I’ve had made, the leather is VERY thin. Some people will love the fact that the boots are light though.

The colour of the leather is perfect ! It’s as good as it gets and doesn’t have that brand new look. They really have nailed the leather.

The method of construction is exactly that of the movie boots. Lace up the length of the boot and then those are concealed with the spat held in place with Velcro strips down either side of the shin.

Many will love that this is exactly what Ewan went through every day on the set but for some, like me, it will do your head in.

The long laces need to be individually threaded through each hole to put on and remove. The laces get snagged on the Velcro with every hole adding to the frustration. It will take 15 minutes to get in or out of these boots.

The sizing is done by sending a comprehensive set of measurements in with the order. To their credit, they did a pretty good job of the shoe size itself and they fit well and were quite comfortable. The neck of the boot however was very tight with the top of the boot smaller then it should have been.

It didn’t bother me at first because I thought the laces would allow a bit of give for the larger requirement. Unfortunately, the boot had to expand so far to accommodate my leg that the spat no longer completely covered the Velcro strips. When I pulled the laces tighter to bring the two sides closer, three of the holes simultaneously ripped. The leather tore because it is very thin and the holes don’t have any ‘eyelets’ for support, they are just raw holes.

So at the moment, I have a pair of boots that cant be worn without the two strips of black Velcro visible down each side of the spat.

I’ll try to have a local bootmaker come up with a few options but at this stage I probably have a pair of throw aways.

The first thing I would definitely ask him is if the laces can be replaced with a single vertical zipper ( like all of the other OWK boot variations that I have had made in the past )

I don’t want to discourage anyone from purchasing a pair of these because as I mentioned, there is a lot still to like but knowledge is power so I hope that helps someone.

All the best Jedi.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting story. Im not so sure why they would make it so thin without any kind of lace reinforcement. Ive had some talking with WeAreGladiator and there similarly priced and most of their boot reviews seem to be outstanding. Plus theyre based in the US, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend you find an experienced local shoemaker/bootmaker.

I used one and I have one of the nicest pairs of boots I have ever owned. However, any shoemaker worth their salt will be quite pricey.

Mine came in at about 1200 AUD and I got off easy, some will charge much more. You can check mine out on the Obi wan forum.

Also use a zipper. Laces are a hassle rhat you do not need.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well apparently the forum didnt feel the need to tell me there were replies.. I'm wondering if adding eyelets or using a zipper would make these boots more usable.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zippers are more user/time friendly, and they don't get caught on spat velco.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess you can't just pull these on? My Museum Replicas boots have laces, too, but I never have to touch them since I can pull them on just like Officer/Solo boots.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No way I'd ever be able to pull on boots this tall at all, I have size 13 feet.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hendu wrote:
No way I'd ever be able to pull on boots this tall at all, I have size 13 feet.


In the words of Yoda, "Size matters not!" Wink

It's not the length of your feet, it's the widest distance from heel to the top of your foot, as you point them to insert into the boot, that determines whether you can squeeze past the ankle portion or not.

If these boots are extremely tight and form-fitting at the ankles, though, that would prevent them from slipping on in the manner.

The Museum Replicas boots are on the thicker side, at the ankles, which definitely contributes to being able to just pull them on.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Etsy boots, they're great.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shodanmark wrote:
I have the Etsy boots, they're great.




I too have these boots, and they are a lighter weight. I find them extremely comfortable especially during a parade. I did swap out the woven shoelaces for a leather lace because the laces did get caught in the Velcro a lot.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shodanmark wrote:
I have the Etsy boots, they're great.




Would you happen to have the link to the Etsy seller?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Here's the link. Reply with quote

XWingKC wrote:
shodanmark wrote:
I have the Etsy boots, they're great.




Would you happen to have the link to the Etsy seller?


Here's the Etsy link:

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1349395057
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Here's the link. Reply with quote

I think that is the receipt for your purchase I cannot open that link. Very Happy
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