Love the boots!! My 2nd pair after the Capistranos. Great!!
Every time I get a new pair of boots, i can tell in about 20 minuted wearing them if they are going to be spectacular. The way you know, is aside from visible quality, which the Linesman's have to spare, is how they just beat up your feet first time you wear them. The best boots ive ever had, Redwing Iron Rangers, 1000 mile Wolverines and now these linesman all have the same quirk. They KILL you at first. but thats because the leather is strong, and it takes time for the leather to mould to your foot. Man i hated the Rangers, and the 1000 miles for the first week, but at this point, 8 years in on the Rangers and 6 years in on the 1000 miles, they are more comfortable than my sneakers. I strongly suspect the Linesmen will be the same.
If a boot is comfortable first time you put it on, its either custom made for your foot and costs a fortune, or is made from soft materials that will stretch and fit poorly over time.
I used to have a paid of boots by "Gorilla Brand" that were nearly identical engineer boots and they were my favorite boots of all time. No matter how long i looked, i could not find replacement boots that were the same. Most boots that have a tall ankle, and look like the Linesman have a zipper, and i don't like zippers. I was thrilled to find a paid made this way. Toughly made, but my feet will win in the end, and l think these will be me go to pair for a couple decades to come.