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Yes and there are many reasons to do so - examples : frees up both hands, keeps bag off the ground where it could get dirty and wet, carry more weight spread over larger area via shoulder pad, more secure when worn across the body - but ultimately it will be a personal choice.
Water damage and salt staining can occur just where the leather is creased or abraded. Does the white stuff appear only after the boots get wet ? I'd hope that conditioners and polishes do not break down in this way, but does beg the question as to what conditioner and polishes you are using ? If it is salt/water damage, then you need to make sure that the leather is protected against water incursion and well as conditioned. If your current conditioner does not help with...
Of the 256 or 257 I would go with the larger 257 to have more room so as to help avoid creasing the jacket too much. Having said that a stock 256/257 may not be a good choice as they will tend to move around on the strap a lot even when worn across the body, which seems a safer thing to do when cycling. Taking off the leather pad or using a wider strap may help reduce this..
Of course. If you want to preserve the 'this is how they have aged and worn' look then a neutral polish will help do that. Obviously, there will be no colour pigments to hide blemishes and promote a deep shine, but a neutral polish will work for protection and shine.
This ?I'd be interested too
Another aspect is that the GTs are long and narrow in their fit. So, if you have a slightly wide foot, then you normal (brannock measured) size may be required to prevent toe jamb at the side of the boot - your little toe hitting the side of the boot can be a painful thing. As has been mentioned thicker socks and insoles can help take up any slack as well as being a comfort thing.
Some people refer to the hard kiwi polish as a paste to avoid confusion. The exact ingredients for a cream vs a paste are going to differ, but generally speaking a paste will have more waxes than a cream. The creams can be buffed to a dull shine, whereas the pastes can generally be buffed to a high sheen. For the needs of covering a light patch, then a cream is going to be fine. Matching colours is something of an art, but using lots of light layers will generally be...
I'm with dukerules, they will soon be discoloured as they gather dirt and dust from regular wear as well as polish from cleaning.
You sure that is red wing ? There looks to be a green label on the outer tongue of the right boot, which doesn't look right for a RW. Maybe a semi-circle Irish setter label from the 1990's, but where these on the outer side of the tongue ?
Obviously, you know your feet best, but I would have thought that if you have really flat feet you likely will need some form of an insert or insole. Inserts and inoles come in various lengths - full, half-length, heel pad, arch support pad, etc.
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