Jeff, owner and writer of 100Wears, knows a thing or two about footwear. He also knows that “out of the box only tells one story”. We were so excited when he was interested in reviewing The Zind, because if there’s one thing we know about our footwear, it’s that it looks good today and even better years down the road. Read on to see how The Zind Teak stacks up for a footwear reviewer.
When It Comes To Our Leathers
“When it comes to the upper of The Zind, I have to say that the leather is the star of the show. Particularly in this teak colorway. Out of the box it’s basically your standard light-brown, but the teak has some of the most dramatic pull up that I’ve seen on any leather. It comes alive with a bit of wear.”
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Fit and Comfort
"The Helm Zind, built on their 415 last, reminds a lot of the Viberg 2030 in shape. Just without the wonky sizing. In other words, it’s fairly generous through the ball, but narrows quite a bit in at the toe box. I found going with my typical “go-to” size fit me best. A half size down worked on most of my foot, but resulted in some uncomfortable toe pinch.
If you have slightly wide feet (or even just slightly wide toes), I’d go true to size. If you’re on the narrow side and prefer a closer fit, I’d consider going down half a size. Helm also offers an EE width, but I think the folks who typically go for an “E” width will be better off in the D over the EE."