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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots

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  • Full grain oiled leather
  • 3 alloy replaceable buckles
  • Waterproof
  • Gaerne Drytech membrane liner
  • Gum rubber sole for feel and control
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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots 4.4 5 30 30
Great boots! These are awesome boots. A bit more than I wanted to pay, but ultimately worth the price. Highly recommended! April 14, 2014
So far , so good These boots look and feel fantastic. Very comfortable right out of the box. I usually wear a size 46 but these are 47 (us12). If you have wide feet, wear thin socks. I wore them around the house a bit to help break them in. Very nice to walk in which is important for me. We are just coming out of winter here in the mitten so I have only had one chance to ride with them. The feel on the controls (shifter , brake) is solid and not numb or stiff. They are stiffer than my previous touring boots which took a little getting used to but after a few hours in the saddle, I felt right at home in them. Reading the other reviews that say they leak does cause some concern but I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I really dig these boots. I imagine they will be quite hot come summer but that is to be expected with any waterproof boot. Shifter pads, ankle armor and heel reflectors would make these just about perfect. April 5, 2014
Not Waterproof! I've read nothing but rave reviews of these boots, with the occasional negative review based on the boot not being waterproof, which I wrote off as an exception rather than the rule. So I went with the majority of reviewers, and picked up a pair less than a month ago. Super comfortable, lightening quick break in, great features, and they look pretty sweet. Low and behold, my first ride in a steady rain resulted in the left boot leaking like a sieve! Maybe a manufacturing defect, however, this is unacceptable for a $300+ pair of boots advertised as waterproof. I've got emails to both Revzilla and Gaerne, and hopefully one of the two will either swap out for a new pair, or take them back for credit. This is extremely discouraging and unfortunate, however, fingers crossed this will be made right by the folks in Philly, or Italy! March 30, 2014
They leak The boots are comfortable, they are flexible, they are warm, but they leak which defeats their purpose entirely. February 27, 2014
Yes These boots are awesome. If you're looking for a mid-height boot that looks GREAT. These are the ones. They're on the pricey side but, I don't regret the cost at all. On warmer days in the woods, I opt for these over my Tech 3s. Tested them in November riding LA Barstow to Vegas. 520 miles and my feet were the only parts of my body that weren't sore. January 13, 2014
Stylish! I was a little worried when I first put them on because they felt a bit tight at the ball of my feet but being leather they stretched out. I've only had them a few weeks but already they feel pretty comfortable. And they look great. January 13, 2014
Ran small for me Like previous reviews, I really like these boots ... comfy, quick break-in, look good, good pro without looking crazy. But here's my beef - I wear size 10 regular in EVERYTHING, but these boots are too tight for me in the toe box (even with a thin sock), and the large bone before the big toe. I've seen some posts saying these boots run big, so maybe it's me, but I need a 10 wide if they make it. Otherwise great boot, but if you can try it on first. December 22, 2013
Most Comfortable riding boots I have ever worn! I have been searching for a riding boot that I could both wear to the office and then on the ride home take off into the woods! I did some research and came up with the GAERNE Balance Oiled boots and I must say that they fit the bill! One of my biggest complaints about Motorcycle Enduro boots is that I can not typically feel anything! And it is a huge adjustment to get used to the shifting and braking without feeling the pedals! These boots make it easy - I can feel both the gear shifter as well as the brake pedal under these boots and shift with ease and brake to a gentle stop without locking up the rear tire (when not intending to do so....) My Second beef with MOST boots is that they are too large in exterior size and I physically cannot fit them underneath my gear shifter without making adjustments to the shifter which makes them more difficult to use with a softer street riding boot. This boot accomplishes both. While giving you the protection you need on an off road trail the balance boot is light enough to give you both the feel and fit on virtually any bike! I can personally use this boot with comfort on both my offroad Adventure bike as well as my powerful street muscle bike! And can shift smoothly on any bike without the dreaded 'learning curve'. My Third requirement in finding a boot was the comfort - I have found that many boots do one or the other work well or fit well these boots sacrifice none! Lastly my requirement for finding a competitive boot was appearance - I work in an office and my motorcycles are mi dirty secret - sort of... Most of my off road boots are not appropriate to wear in the office - so I keep a second pair of office shoes to wear at the office... Even still trapsing around in the morning with my big clunky off road boots is generally frowned upon - even though I hide them under my desk! These GAERNE Balance boots are both comfortable enough and stylish enough that I can wear them virtually anywhere I go. If I forget my 'office shoes' no longer a big deal!! If I plan to go for dinner while on the bike I no longer look like Mad Max or Robo Cop Sitting down at the restaurant! Though sometimes the look is beneficial ;) Bottom line is these boots look great and feel even better! I have not yet had a chance to test the torrential water proof-ness of these boots. However on a few 100km rides in and out of wet weather and mud and rain and snow even these boots have held up beautifully! I have been gently wiping these down after a good muddy ride in order to keep up their appearance and they do not look any different than the day when they first arrived. I almost want a second pair so I can wear them in the house! November 19, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
RICK M: These are supposed to be a pretty wide cut and that in itself is why I ordered these. Apr 20, 2014
scott s: Saw on web Apr 5, 2014
Cornelius T: Awesome boots, very comfortable to wear all day especially for Friday casual at the office. Mar 11, 2014
James L: Because they price match. Thank you. Feb 11, 2014
Brady M: Great looks and good reviews...They happen to be extremely comfortable! Jan 19, 2014
Adam C: Reputation, features, and fit. Not as protective as a full MX, but infinitely more walk-able Jan 14, 2014
roberto m: Cool look, good quality all around boot Nov 1, 2013
Wilhelm H: Of all the boots I've tried on, I've found Gaerne to be the most comfortable. So, when I found these beautiful brown leather bad boys I knew I had to have them. Oct 19, 2013
D M: Looks, positiver reviews and hoping they fit. We shall see.
After 1500 miles of riding: Outstanding, fit, comfort and plenty of protection. Looks good too. Top buckles are a little out of alignment with straps but over all the boot is exactly what I wanted. Great waterproof adventure riding boot affording good ankle and foot protection while very comfortable when not on the bike.
Sep 22, 2013
Joseph M asked: I'm looking for higher boot for cool weather riding. I ride a BMW r75 and the position is very upright, controls pretty much under/slightly forward of the seat. I have trouble getting the toe under the shifter easily with some of the higher boots with large toe boxes. Anyone have thoughts on how these might work (flex of shaft, sole, etc)? Feb 21, 2014
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Adam C: Joseph -

I'm on a Yamaha WR250R at the moment, which also has me in an upright position with the pegs almost direction under when I'm seated. The boots work fine and some of the most comfortable I've ever worn. The toe box is not as big (tall) as some MX boots I've tried. Does the toe fit under the shifter as well as a street shoe or a casual boot? No, but its pretty close.

There was virtually no break-in required - they were comfortable right out the box. Walking isn't difficult or uncomfortable. I spend a lot of time standing on the pegs and find that the sole provides a perfect balance (pun!) between rigidity for standing, and flexibility for walking/maneuvering off the bike.

My only real complaint, is that they tend to get warm in the heat. Thats just a reality though when looking for waterproof bike boots. For your cold/cool weather riding I'd say they are perfect.

One other thing that you'll notice from the images is that there is no shifter pad, so you can expect the right boot to get scuffed up a bit. Cleans fairly easily though.
Feb 21, 2014
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Steve B: I bought these boots about 6 months ago and have tortured them on my 990 Adventure and Honda XR650 in the desert, snow, sand and mud. I've come home or back to camp with these looking like they were destroyed! Then, I wash them off, rub a little leather conditioner in them and they look amazing again.

As far as riding comfort, I've never liked riding boots because of the tow box and general stiffness. I do a lot of ride and hike type exploring. These boot have a much lower tow box, are flexible enough to hike in yet protective enough to feel solidly secure. Far and away the best boot I've ever worn. Knew it the minute I took them out of the box and slipped them on. Super comfortable, no pressure points and easy to buckle. I wear a size 12, bought a 12 and a 12 fit, like it was supposed to.

When/IF these wear out, I'm buying another pair right away! I don't think you can go wrong with these boots. Cheers, Steve
Feb 21, 2014
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Craig M: The toe box and sole are not bulky and stiff on these boots, they aren't as structured as a motocross boot and are comfortable to walk in once broken in.
I have used these on all my bikes without problems, here are some example, R100GSPD (uprright) ZRX1200R (slightly forward) GS1100S (racer crouch)

However if you are having trouble shifting you may need to adjust your shifter lever to suit, different boots have different sole thickness and that can raise or lower your toe height & angle, so you need to set the controls for the boots you intend to use every time you ride.
Feb 21, 2014
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Joseph M: So after riding these for several months I can confirm that they are as good as described. They broke in quickly and are very comfortable. No issues with my feet feeling cold or wet (have not ridden in rain, just wet roads, etc). They fit under jeans just fine, and i have also tucked in sometimes. Still tricky getting the toe under the shifter quickly, but you don't do anything quickly on an R75 and I suspect that's more to do with my creaky old ankles. I have ridden someones Honda Rebel in them and could barely shift with the forward controls, but on my BMW R75 they are fine. Apr 8, 2014
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Houck c/o M: A very good all rounder. I ride a r1200gs. I am currently in Peru on a trip that started in Guadalajara Mexico and after having travelled over 10,000 kms these boots have performed flawlessly. Good feedback from the controls and pegs, freedom of movement, comfortable all day whether hot, cold or raining. I have walked across a shallow river I needed to cross with no leaks. I should add they are comfortable to walk in as well. Good flex.....guess that's all you really wanted know, but I had to tell you the boots are awesome! Feb 21, 2014
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Joseph M: How about size? I am a 10.5-90% of the time. I see these only come in whole sizes. should I go 10 or 11? Feb 21, 2014
Tsuyoshi K: The Gaerne Balance Oiled boots are flexible and very comfortable to wear. Toe box is wide, but not tall. For what you are looking for, I suspect that they will meet your requirements. Note though - these boots will not afford the same protection as other with more rigid constructs around the ankle area. Ie, flexibility equals less protection.

I loved the boots, but I did return it as mine had started to leak around the stitching at the front.
Feb 21, 2014
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jeremy s: Joesph M,

I believe these boots are the answer! I am a huge fan of them. I have been using them to commute with due to the cold protection, and then when I travel off the beaten path they are great! I can have them on, get off the bike to rest or scout out the path in front. And can do it all day long! No more sore feet! The soles are soft and grip on anything. I am actually surprised more adventures don't wear them.
Feb 21, 2014
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Ralph B: These are more flexible than a typical MX or SM style boot, but I still had to move the shifter up on my DRZ400SM a spline or two to be comfortable with the shifting. The issue wasn't getting the boot under the shifter, it was getting remembering to push my toe down hard enough to allow the shifter to return to center. Feb 21, 2014
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matthew k: these boots are tremendously flexible. I rode in them for 7 days from south to north Utah backcountry discovery route and didn't have an urge to take them off even when walking. I sore them out to dinner multiple nights. excellent purchase for your purpose IMO. they can even be tucked under your jeans Feb 21, 2014
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David A: The boots are awesome I ride a r1200rt and a ktm990

Very comfortable very soft not recommended for off-road.

Comfy right out of the box the sole
Is great super flexible.

Best boots I've ever owned
Feb 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: Would these boots fit under jeans/pants? Jul 16, 2012
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Murderface: Yes , but like work jeans, not skin tight low rise boot cut stretch pants. I wear dickie work pants over them, also bilt iron workers. Both fit in the boot. Well, adjustment of cam locks needed. Jul 30, 2012
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Larell: I wore them today under the "standard" Bannana-R chinos and they fit just fine. They are actually less bulky than my SMX Plus boots. Nov 20, 2012
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mzeatwzad: These boots fit well under jeans with a large enough opening. Might be a struggle to fit them under straight leg 501s or similar. Feb 20, 2013
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RideNM: They fit under my baggy riding pants. Jeans are a tighter fit. Loose cargo pants should work fine. Oct 18, 2012
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Ralph B: They fit under my low rise boot cut jeans. no issue. Feb 21, 2014
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Jerdog: Yes they do. From straight leg, to slight boot cut. Oct 22, 2012
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Ray666: Yes, If you are wearing boot cut or straigt jeans. Jul 23, 2012
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A shopper asked: Are these true to US sizes? I wear Euro 45 in Alpinestars and would like to know how they compare.

Thanks
Apr 9, 2014
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Daniel M: These boots fit me true to size. I'm a size 11 and ordered size 11. They are INCREDIBLY comfortable. I've used them for adventure riding and then hiked up to a mile in them at the end of the day. I love them. Apr 15, 2014
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jonathan h: Yes. True to size. I wear 44/45 in euro. Size 11 athletic shoe. I ordered the 11 and the fit is perfect! Comfotable boot. No break in needed like in a MOTO-X type boot. Apr 15, 2014
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Scott P: They are pretty spot on with regard to US sizing. I'd get what you are typically in american size shoes/boots. Apr 15, 2014
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Vishwas S: Yes, they are. Apr 15, 2014
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A shopper asked: I am planning to order the "Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots" for my husband. I am not sure which size to order. He wears a US 11 running shoe, US 10.5 boot (i.e Timberland), and a 10 in cowboy type boots. What size would you recommend? Mar 3, 2014
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Ken I: I wear size 10 to 10 1/2 depends on shoe. I bought Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots in size 11 and wear a heavier sock and the fit is perfect. Boots are GREAT Mar 11, 2014
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jonathan h: I wear a 10.5 shoe. The size 11 gaernes fit very comfortably. They do fit like athletic shoes, not like cowboy boots. Hope that helps! Mar 6, 2014
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Craig M: purchase the 12, I wear an 11 and they were too small and I needed to exchange them Mar 6, 2014
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Tim S: 11 Mar 25, 2014
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Brock I asked: These look great but I also came across Gaerne's Balance Classic boots in my search elsewhere. Anyone know much about the Classic version? They're microfiber instead of leather, but construction looks the same otherwise. I had the G-Adventures for awhile and was generally pleased with them, but I like the idea of stitched soles instead of glued. Not much info about hte Classics out there yet and would love to find more. Feb 12, 2014
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James M: I have had these since Aug 12 and could not be happier with them. I ride about 80/20 on road/0ff road and these have served me well for both environments. The sole are still in great shape despite walking in them a great deal, and can be replace when they wear out. I ride all year, except when icy and these have kept me warm and dry everytime, even in pouring rain and at ambient temperatures of 9 degress Farenheit. They provide adequate protection from limb slaps, stones and other debris that gets thrown during rides. I have only treated the leather once since my purchase and they still almost look new despite more than 25K miles riding. Hope this helps. Feb 18, 2014
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Ed W: They are a nice boot with little break in time. The lower ankle buckle if cinched to tight will be a pain. Good boot for walking about in at your destination. I have a wide foot and the width was adequate even with heavy socks. I ride into the late fall and warmth wasn?t an issue. Construction is robust and it would take some time to wear this boot down. R1150RT Mar 3, 2014
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Adam C: I believe the Classic version of these boots are just water resistant, not water-proof. That fact and the color choices seem to be the difference. And the price of course. Feb 21, 2014
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Douglas K: Great boot for riding trials because of its flexibility and comfort. I wouldn't use it for anything else involving motorcycling because of its lack of overall protection. Feb 19, 2014
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Jonathan C asked: I am usually a size 10.5 in just about every piece of footwear. There are no half sizes for this boot - should I go with a 10 or an 11? Jan 8, 2014
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Douglas K: Jonathan, my suggestion would be request the EU size 45. That equates to a 10.5 US size. If they cannot help you that way, I would go with the size 11. A little larger and more comfortable boot is better for a trials than having it too tight. Hope this helps.

Douglas
Jan 9, 2014
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Daniel M: I'm a size 11 and the boots fit me amazingly good. Like a glove! It's tough to say. I've worn them for a while and they still fit the same. I might recommend size 11 and add some insoles of they don't quite fit. Hope it helps. Jan 9, 2014
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Tim S: I wear 10.5 -11 in most boots also, these feel like a true 11 medium width to me. I would go with the 11's, if you think they are too loose you can always go with thicker socks. Jan 9, 2014
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Oliver H: I use a 10.5 and a euro 45, buy the 11 since you might need warmer socks in cold weather Feb 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: Where are these boots made? Oct 8, 2013
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Andrew P: They are made in Italy, according to the label in mine. Oct 8, 2013
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Paul P: I don't know where in Italy they are manufactured
I'm sure Google will tell you that answer
Oct 8, 2013
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dan r: Italy , where all great boots are made Oct 8, 2013
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Ellis C: Gaerne Boots are made in Italy Oct 8, 2013
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Jeffrey K asked: For those who've experienced this boot leaking when wet, how much rain/water would you say it can withstand before leaking?
For example, if I'm riding in a light rain, how long until my feet are wet?
Apr 19, 2014
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Craig M: Only time I've had wet feet was when I drowned my bike crossing a river in Mexico, as far as rain I would say the liner will keep you dry after leather is soaked, then your feet will feel wet because of the cold and eventually my guess the liner will allow some moisture to pass through, however I haven't been in enough rain to experience it yet.

You could also re-treat the leather with a product like Sno-Seal or Nikwax to help repel water
Apr 19, 2014
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Oliver H: If keep mine waterproofed and they have not yet leaked
No torrential rain riding as it yet
Apr 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the recommened maintenance for Gaerne Oiled leather with Drytec trials boots? Mar 25, 2013
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james l: Clean with soap and water maybe a very soft bristle brush brush for ground in dirt and mud. I recondition with Huberts Shoe Grease (make sure fully dry first). First i let boots warm in the sun or warm room to open up the pores, then i apply the Shoe Grease with an old sock and let sit for a couple of hours. Then I come back with a clean cloth and wipe off excess. Huberts is made of pine tar and beeswax, there are no acids to eat away at stitching (most commercial leather conditioners have acidic ingredients) which is awesome since these boots are can have the soles replaced and should last a lifetime if cared for. The Huberts Shoe Grease will darken the leather a little (i like the dark mohagany color myself) and will make a lot of scuffs and scratches vanish. These boots are pre-oiled so you don't want to over do it but the Shoe Grease definitely keeps the leather in nice shape and keeps it waterproof, plus it smells good if that counts for anything. Sep 6, 2013
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RevZilla: Gaerne recommends cleaning with soap and water. Mar 27, 2013
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A shopper asked: Let's say compared to Sidi Discovery boots. I'm considering using these as winter boots in New England. Dec 14, 2012
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RevZilla: We'd say both boots are comparable in terms of warmth.

Remember - during the winter, wind is the enemy. Lucky for you, anything that is waterproof (both boots) will also be windproof. The only thing that you will need is an insulative layer (warm winter socks). Check out the REV'IT Tour Winter Socks.
Dec 17, 2012
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Krauss: I sweat a lot, at the end of my ride the inside of the boots are really wet, but they are not that warm and I ride in hot tropical wheather!!! Mar 13, 2013
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Russell B asked: Gaerne's website shows this available in a size 14, but Revzilla lists only up to 13. Any chance of getting the 14 through Revzilla? Jan 18, 2014
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Ian C: Your best bet would be to call RevZilla and ask. Their customer support has been very helpful every time I've called. Jan 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: Are there any ladies out there who have bought these boots? Im wondering about sizing issues. Looks like the smallest available here is a mens 8; which is about 2 mens sizes too big for me! Any input? Oct 24, 2013
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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Brown / 8 746441 2522-013-08 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Brown / 9 746442 2522-013-09 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Brown / 10 746443 2522-013-10 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brown / 11 746444 2522-013-11 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brown / 12 746445 2522-013-12 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Brown / 13 746446 2522-013-13 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days