Mt. Tabor 643 Bracken
Mt. Tabor was the largest park in Portland for nearly half a century, until Forest Park was finally created in 1947. This unlined oxford features a rich Bracken Horween leather that will break in beautifully. Built using our vintage 270 outsole construction, the Mt. Tabor 643 has a classic look and fits true-to-size.
This boot is built on a great-fitting, ergonomic new last, the 971. This last fits true to size with more of a gentleman's boot fit. It's easy to wear and comfortable for use in a variety of casual environments.
Tips for the Perfect Fit
- Measure both feet. If one foot is slightly larger than the other, select a size that fits the larger of the two.
- Consider the type of socks you’ll be wearing with your boot. For thicker socks, you may want to select a half size larger than you normally wear.
- When you do receive your boots, we recommend first wearing them indoors for a few hours to ensure they’re the right fit.
Free Return Shipping
Rest assured that if the boot you receive doesn’t fit correctly, we pay for return shipping back to us. You can order with confidence knowing return shipping is always on us.
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I purchased these shoes with the intent of using them for casual use, which includes daily and city wear. I wore them for two weeks, one in Portland and the next in Paris. I generally use a light sneaker, or trainer, for my day-to-day shoes, Adidas Stan Smiths or Nikes of some sort; but my relationship with Danner recently began with the Crater Rims for hiking boots, which I love, so I thought I would try a shoe from the Stumptown line as a robust daily shoe. I was wrong about the Mt. Tabor's, unfortunately, and I have to caution anyone considering wearing these shoes outside of the house or flat pavement.
My initial impression of this version of the Mt. Tabor's was skeptical, yet hopeful. The sole of the shoe was gummy, almost flip-flop soft, yet grippy. It proved to be too soft, a short walk on gravel chewed up the outsole and left chunks missing from the midsole. It was stiff, which I thought would do well for long days of walking in Paris; but they were too stiff, and began to hurt my heal midway through the second week. The leather looked nice, well crafted, and robust, while the lining at the toes looked especially function forward; but the leather developed holes. To summarize, in my ignorance I called Danner to ask them if these shoes could be resoled the first day I bought them, to which an associated replied (paraphrasing), "No, the leather upper is not stitched all the way around the shoe, which means it cannot be resoled; but it sure is a great looking shoe." This is the short version of my gripes. It was great looking, indeed, but so much for looks.
The longer version is as follows. I broke these shoes in for a week with the hope they would be great. I wanted them to work, they looked great, they appeared to be well made from a reputable brand, and they appeared to be versatile (could be dressed up with pants or worn outside by themselves). These were going to be my go to shoes. For a week in Portland everything appeared to be perfect, they were breaking in well, they were comfortable, and my feet never became tired; but there were hints and clues of that call to Danner, those too soft outsoles, the the heal that rubbed just a bit too much, all of where were individually not too concerning. Then after three days in Paris the shoes literally fell apart (not over exaggeration or hyperbole). I walked on one, count it, one gravel path and the outsole fell apart. I sat down on a bench, put my heals on the ground, and the midsole has chunks of gravel in it. The soles were chewed up by a Parisian pathway. So I though, ok, no problem, the shoes are still functional. They grip well, even though they've worn (thank you Vibram), but at least the aesthetics are still there; but no, no they weren't there for long. Remember that issue of being none resolable? Well, right where the leather from the heal begins to be stitched into sole, the hide ripped, not seriously, but it did rip. Further, by the end of five days of walking, these shoes hurt like hell. They lost their form, and my heals began to hurt. I'm not sure if its the cup of the heal, or the sole of the shoe, but it's several weeks later and my heel still hurts. It could have been the ill-placed leather lining, where the outer leather meets the inner (there is a small flap of leather that finishes the outside of the shoe just inside the heal. It rubs like hell.), or some other functional issue. The bottom line is Paris destroyed these shoes, and these shoes destroyed my feet. I considered lugging them around the last few days of my trip, bringing them home, and requesting a refund; but I hated them so much I left them at my hostel.
Don't buy them for anything but how they look.
- Great looking
- Do Not Expect Any
- None as of yet
- To Dinner With The Wife
- Walking in town
I bought the Mt. Tabor Bracken primarily for work.
They are extremely well built, far superior to other comparable priced shoes I have bought. They polish up nicely, and are very comfortable. The gumlite sole may tend to wear faster than a harder sole, but that is the trade off for the comfort. Initially they felt a little loose in the heal, but I have no slipping, so they fit just right. It is nice t be able to buy comfortable, good looking
USA made shoe. Keep it up Danner! BTW been wearing Mt. Lite boots for hiking since the early 80's!
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- casual around town
My expectations were already high but they were exceeded by the quality of this product. This is an absolutely beautiful shoe! The leather, the craftsmanship, the comfort, the design - perfect! Great job, Danner. I can't wait to see what you come up with for 2015.
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- CASUAL WEAR
- DRESS WEAR
I bought these shoes for work and everyday use a few months ago and all I can say is that these are outstanding shoes. The shoes are comfortable out of the box and only get better with use. I have found that the shoe is very supportive and the sole design works on multiple surfaces and provides good traction in wet conditions and/or polished floor surfaces. These shoes are very attractive and work well for both business and causal dress. I've had many people make comment on my shoes, many asking who makes them, and where can they get them. I am always happy to tell them they feel as good as they look. If you are looking for a classically designed and comfortable casual/dress shoe, look no further. Over the years I have been handed down and acquired many old and new pairs of Danner boots. I have always loved them for their comfort and rugged durability. I am very happy to say that it carries over into their shoe line. Many thanks to Danner for making such quality American made product!
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