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    #31
    Originally posted by gaseousclay View Post
    armedferret

    I have a Gustin waxed trucker and used to have the Rogue Territory Ridgeline. Sold the RgT but kept the Gustin. The Gustin trucker is my knock around jacket. I re-waxed it with Otter Wax which was a mistake. That stuff stinks to high heaven.

    I’m pretty much done with budget brands and buy Iron Heart or 3sixteen exclusively. Nothing wrong with budget brands like Gustin but I kinda lost my taste for a 2 month turnaround time and mistakes. I haven’t purchased from them in 6 yrs. likewise, when Taylor Stitch moved a lot of their production to China it left a poor taste in my mouth. Some of their stuff is US made but a lot of it isn’t
    With you on Gustin. I got lucky on all my orders and am quite happy with what i've received, but after my L3 came in my interest in their products has just sort of naturally waned.

    Again, quite happy with what i've gotten to date just nothing there for me anymore.
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      #32
      Originally posted by gaseousclay View Post
      armedferret

      I’m pretty much done with budget brands and buy Iron Heart or 3sixteen exclusively. Nothing wrong with budget brands like Gustin but I kinda lost my taste for a 2 month turnaround time and mistakes. I haven’t purchased from them in 6 yrs. likewise, when Taylor Stitch moved a lot of their production to China it left a poor taste in my mouth. Some of their stuff is US made but a lot of it isn’t
      With you there. I've moved on (mostly) into the "buy once, cry once" territory, except for new styles or cuts that I want to try out. My day to day stuff is still J.Crew heavy though.

      Today: Patagonia fleece, UA Polo, Momotaro jeans, Alden boots.

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        #33
        I see a lot of the bases have been covered - e.g. Wrangler, Pendleton, Carhartt. Check your local western wear store (brands like Plains, Ely Cattleman can often be had on sale, just look for 100% cotton). Another reason to check your local western store is to get a good idea of your boot size in different brands. I have a lot of boots (probably too many depending on who you ask), but all but 1 were purchased used via Ebay and flea markets. The one boot I purchased new was custom from a local maker to commemorate my graduation. I live near the Texas Mexico border and custom boots are a lot cheaper than the big names in Austin, Forth Worth and San Angelo, but just as well made if you ask me. Ebay is also a treasure trove of really inexpensive used Pendlelton and snap shirts if that's your thing. Older, well made boots can last forever if they were, and continue to be taken care of (conditioned, resoled and reheeled as necessary) . I wear a hat daily, often a Stetson, but in Texas it's not so rare to see. It's either a fedora (not so often) or an Open Road (more often), which straddles the line between dress/casual really nicely and is not aggressively "Cowboy".

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          #34
          Originally posted by armedferret View Post
          Still saving up for a pair of Lee Miller boots. Being a B width on the Brannock means even sizing down still provides way too much heel slip (above the hard counter) in everything I've tried so far.

          The nice part about going full custom is that it can be virtually ANYTHING you want. It's just crazy expensive so I'm likely to only have one pair.

          If you're a D width Tecovas make some absolutely amazing bots for the price (Trenton & Heath did a deconstruction and were duly impressed), and Lucchese are the other big go-to. Justin and a few others are decent but at the price point you're better off going with Tecovas or Lucchese.

          Be aware Lucchese has a VERY wide variety and some are 3x the cost of full customs from a lastmaker/fitter like Lee Miller.
          You can definiteyl find some B width Lucchese Classics on Ebay for good prices (also check out Rios of Mercedes and Black Jack). The wait time for Lee Miller is 762 years last time I checked (but of course he's a legend, and there's no doubt the boots are worth it). If you ever make it down to the Rio Grande Valley, I can recommend some custom boot makers for substantially less and a much shorter wait list. But if Lee Miller is the grail, don't let me steer you off course.

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