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Golden Fox 5" Arizona II Chukka

516K6 Brun

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Great looking and quality casual wear Review by brdavis9
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The initial five star rating is based upon the out-of-the-box examination and impression, and the initial fit and comfort, which met (and exceeded, as the leather color is much nicer than I was expecting from the photo) my expectations (based upon previous boots purchases from Golden Fox & King Rocks ...some pairs direct through the Golden Fox website), and of course - since they just arrived - not based upon any long-term use or wear-in.

As such, I will certainly update this review and rating as conditions warrant.

WARNING: I usually don't give short reviews lol. If I like something, I'm pretty voluble about it. What I'm saying is if you're averse to novel length reviews, you might want to skip mine LOL.

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Recommendation
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First, let me get my recommendation out of the way: do yourself and your feet a huge favor and - even if you might think you don't care for Chuckka style boots - just buy a pair of these. You'll be glad you did. Oh, and order them a half size *smaller* (US sizing) than your usual size.

...the rest of the review is just about the "why" you'll be glad you bought them.

NOTE: These are of Chinese mfr ...take that for what it's worth. I can remember when Made in Japan was universally disparaged too. That changed. So will this.

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Previous and current experience with GF
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I bought a pair of the Golden Fox plain toe work boots (from Everboots) in Nov 2014 and have been extremely satisfied with them since they arrived (I wear them several times a week, and they're my go-to work boots). Several months ago I purchased a pair of the King Rock 7" loggers (I needed hikers, and I prefer unlined loggers for hiking) from the Golden Fox USA website, and was equally impressed with the obvious quality of the King Rock workmanship and materials (I would have gladly worn them when I was a young buck working in the woods setting choker 45+ years ago).

I also would like to give a shout-out to Golden Fox customer support, whom I had occasion to use to fix a personal screw up on an ordering mistake I made, and which they quickly and courteously responded to. So: good company.

This is my second purchase from Everboots here on Amazon. Delivery on both occasions was very fast, and the boots well packaged. Kudos.

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Fit
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My usual shoe size is a *tad* longer than USA size 9D. Which that "tad" means that occasionally a size 9D is too short, and the same shoe in a 9½D will be too long. And oddly and very occasionally a size 8½D will fit surprisingly well (sometime in the last 20 years or so either my foot size or the size of the lasts being used - or both - changed, as I never had this problem in my younger years). So, my feet are a "tweener" size (which usually sucks for buying online lol).

Both the Golden Fox and the King Rock 8½D boots I've bought (and with this purchase, I now own 5 pairs of GF and KR btw ...I bought another pair of King Rock loggers in black when I saw them at reduced price at their Outlet store: yeah, I'll probably never need another pair of hikers lol) - including these - have been *perfect* fits with medium-ish and heavy weight wool socks (heavy wool in the case of the loggers) for my foot. It's almost magical to find such a perfect fit again.

Height wise, the Chukkas also fit perfect at right below the bottom ankle height, and don't "dig in" to that critical area (so noticeable in new Chukkas, with their still stiff-leather).

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Workmanship
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There's _nothing_ not to like. The sewing is superb. The leather panels are cut square. The leather has been cut from nice hides, that were superbly tanned and polished (no idea whether chrome or vegetable process, but they have the smooth rich appearance of a tan latigo process). The finish is precisely done with a high degree of workmanship evident both inside and out. There's not been a loose or hanging thread in any of the GF/KR boots I've purchased, including these.

The pigskin liners (which extend to the front panel seams, so "halfway to the toe" at which point the lining becomes cloth) are equal to the exterior. There's also a thin-ish layer of some soft padding between the liner and the outer leather ...it's barely noticeable when you give it a pinch (it's at most 1/16 inch or so thickness).

Unlike the plain toe work boot, the tongue is solid leather and of perfect length (i.e., about 1/2-to-3/4 inch above the final shoe lace tie line. It is lined (pig leather), but appears un-padded when pinched.

(The KR logger has a good tongue too: long and thick enough, and unlined. However, the tongue is my _one_ criticism of the GF plan toe work boot ...it's this rough-out leather which is both padded - and I'm *not* fond of padded tongues - and too short by far. I'd buy another pair of GF plain toe workboots immediately if they'd change the tongue to this same spec'; it borders that much on truly annoying.)

The full length insole is replaceable ($8 or so on the GF website), is of high quality "pieced together" (i.e., from separate parts) design, with a very nice arch design that is both soft & supportive (nice touch, that).

The shoe string is the round style (in a glossy brown thread), and is a bit long. It wouldn't hurt to run them through a chunk of beeswax to make them last longer

If I have any criticism at all, it's that the edges of the leather aren't waxed (though they're the typical finely finished edge of much higher quality boots). Since no one does that anymore (at least, at the prices I can afford, i.e., under $250), it's hardly a valid criticism though.

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I purchased a pair in the "Brun" color, which resembles what we used to call a light tan ...and like I mentioned, they are wonderfully finished (resembling a smooth latigo finish) in a light tan with rich hues in places giving the leather an "already worn" and "natural" appearance out of the box which I find pleasing. (I used to buy belts with this finish ...haven't seen it in years.)

Absolutely perfect style and color when worn with new or faded denims. Pretty good to great complement with various colors of chinos (cuffed or not). Perfectly appropriate for non-formal evenings out. Nothing better for mens day wear and work wear.

Note: On my monitor, at least, the ad photo color is too light and too uniform to display the richness of the out-of-the-box color and texture. What you get will be much nicer than the photo.

(I have the "Redwood" color in the plain toe work boots, and that's pretty nice too. They have darkened a lot after treating with neatsfoot oil.)

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Best bargain in a boot I've found (ditto for the plain toe work boot and the King Rock loggers) ...they're worth the retail price, they're usually on sale for much less, and the sub-$50 "Prime Day" price was more like a gift lol.

They're already the proverbial "good deal" and the quality is comparable to boots costing more than twice as much at the GF "suggested retail" (and much more than twice as much at their usual sales price).

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Wear
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No idea. Yet. They're brand spankin' new lol. I will revisit this review in about six and 12 months and let you know.

If they're anything like the 2-yr-old GF work boots, I speculate they'll last for years with regular-but-casual use. I'll certainly let you know (unless they outlast me, which is a distinct possibility lol).

...the workmanship and materials quality is so high, that when you do finally wear down the soles, they'll be worth having re-soled (if that isn't a lost art by then).

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Suggestion to mfr
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Hey Golden Fox: please change the tongue on the plain toe work boot per this review. That tongue isn't up to snuff.

And. If you guys are looking for a new style to produce, how about loafers, especially in kilties, penny, and tassels. If they were this quality and design and lined, I'd buy a dozen plus pair of various. Seriously. Do this.

...I will update this post, and the rating as warrants at some point in the future.

Reference: http://amzn.to/2GiS2ME (Posted on 1/25/2018)
These shoes are great. A bit narrow at first Review by nicholas ginther
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These shoes are great. A bit narrow at first, and as others have said they run a little big. Well worth the money and even better than I was expecting.

Ref. http://amzn.to/1PwLifE (Posted on 11/13/2015) (Posted on 11/13/2015)
Nicer than I thought. Yellower leather than I thought too. Review by Okiwen
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Better than I anticipated. The leather scars easily, but I look forward to the character. Was hoping for a more durable sole. I will see how these wear.

Ref. http://amzn.to/1MRXb97 (Posted on 10/23/2015)
(Posted on 10/23/2015)
I LOVE the quality and looks next time I will buy ... Review by Roy Michael Smarr
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Reviews that I read said to buy a 1/2 size smaller. I did. The toe of the boot is more narrow that a rounded toe so they are some what restricting. I think if I had bought my regular size I would not have noticed it as much. I LOVE the quality and looks next time I will buy my regular size

Ref. http://amzn.to/1j47Y8F (Posted on 10/19/2015) (Posted on 10/19/2015)
Genuine leather chukka boots like I had in the 60's! Review by Baby Boomer
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I haven't seen such quality in shoes at this price since the 1970's. The outside is quality leather, the inside is quality leather lined, the outsole is high quality and the Goodyear welt speaks for itself. When I opened the box, I could smell the tanned leather and I knew that these were built to last a long time. Most of the reviews say this Chukka Boot runs 1/2 size large -- I wear a size 10, ordered a 9.5 and they fit perfectly. They will require some "breaking in" because they are genuine high quality leather and this is a good thing. The inside label says they are made in China but they feel like the American made shoes from the 60's and 70's. They are actually worth at least twice the price I paid.
Although the removable insole is high quality with an arch support, I replaced them with my Spenco neoprene cross-training insoles with polyurethane arch and heel support which is what I do with all of my shoes. I want to be able to walk for miles in all of my shoes and these insoles make a good shoe or boot even better.
These will be my casual cool weather shoe for jeans and khakis. The somewhat smooth sole means that I can actually wear them indoors instead of leaving them in the "mud room" with my other cleated boots. My wife says the soles are "too white" but I figure time will take care of that and I didn't buy them for dress shoes, anyway. These shoes will last for many, many years and I figure the only thing I will need to do is treat them leather conditioner about once a year, like I do my work boots. I highly recommend them.

Ref. http://amzn.to/1l0AYPQ (Posted on 10/14/2015) (Posted on 10/14/2015)
nice boots Review by Leglicker
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arived on time and in good condition. Fit is good as expected.

Ref. http://amzn.to/1QrcX1q (Posted 10/4/2015) (Posted on 4/10/2015)
Glad I bought them Review by Joe Mashunkashey
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First time buyer, love them. Stylish and comfortable.

Ref. http://amzn.to/1HUruuI (Posted on 10/4/2015) (Posted on 4/10/2015)
So far so good! It's only been a couple weeks Review by Tom
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So far so good! It's only been a couple weeks, but I can tell they are well made and they are very comfortable. You can't beat the price, about 2/3rd's of what I've paid in the past

Ref. http://amzn.to/1ONEha6 (Posted on 11/2/2015) (Posted on 2/11/2015)

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