Damn Yak “Gift” – Gorilla Shoe – Made in Canada:
I was a bit jealous when Eric posted the images from his parcel he got from Japan today, but when I came home from work there was one for me as well.
Some weeks ago Chris from Damn Yak asked me if I´m interested in a deadstock pair of boots, made in Canada. Before that mail I promised not to buy any more shoes/boots for a while. But his offer was more like a generous gift so I had to have them. Even they were labeled half a size too small I took them.
If they will be abused for work or have an easy life will be decided within the next weeks by wearing them in.
Chris, thanks a lot for the boots and the nice postcard. Even that we never met in person I know we would have a great time. Let´s see it might happen either in Canada or in Europe.
He made me this pouch a while a ago and brought my attention to the great swiss army backpacks.
Check his website – he is definitely one of the good ones!
So happy they fit, Hope they are comfortable! I love how the sole is stitched right through. Must have been some powerful sewing machine!
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nice boots. i was lucky enough to score 2 pairs still in the box! i actually tried to sell them for a while as they were size 8.5 and i am a 10. but then they did not sell and i tried them on and they fit like a glove. they are super comfortable! and i have a backup pair. mine have a kind of synthetic fabric around the shaft which is crappy too, but it shouldn’t crack. i love them though and super happy to have a backup pair! also, i have a bunch of older gorilla boots. From speaking to someone who used to carry them, they said gorilla was originally made in Quebec, in prisons! some kind of prison labour! i think the brand maybe was bought by brown’s and it also maybe has something to do with Tiger brand boots. becuase i got a bunch of old stock ones that were essentially the same boot, but some had gorilla branding and others, that were older had tiger branding. they are super tough boots. selling them on ebay if you want to check them out. just google vintag gorilla boots!
Hello Noah, thanks for your long comment on this boot. Actually the leather of the boot was ok but sadly as you say they used artificial leather for the rim which cracked. A fine example how saving a couple of cents in manufacturing can ruin a product in the long term – but some don’t care. best, Alex