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 That was advice specifically from the makers of the zug leather used widely in those days, and even so I doubt very much that using any kind of dubbin (and I'm including LP etc in the same bracket) would have caused any harm at all. Unless this is deadstock leather from the long-bust Martin's then it may not even have the same hand to it - and judging by Farhad's post it might be a less rigid leather than that used back in the day. Most of you will have seen the old boots...
 Meh, I think the pronunciation of some French words might have changed a bit since Anglo-Norman times, too! 1066 and all that...
 Wear them without reservation and give them just basic care and they will look amazing in a few years' time. The actual product used for polishing doesn't really make that much of a difference, to be honest. This is why so many opinions come from so many people whose shoes and boots look decent.
 My local shop has the equipment to be able to do it in-house. It came up in conversation a few months ago. It's more than cream and polish, because that could just be lifted off the shoe or boot by using renovateur. Some kind of dye option, from the sounds of it..
I find their lasts to be more traditional than some of the more recent, sleeker lasts that have found fame since English boot makers have won more international renown.They're decent boots though, just perfect for a walk down to a nice pub on a snowy night just before Christmas
 Shearing is looking a little bit thin after two years' wear but in good condition and they barely got worn last winter due to most of Britain just having a six-month wet autumn instead! Seasonal wear will be relative to your local conditions, of course, but I could wear these between October and February or March if I wanted too, and that's in the mild UK climate. If you're after a proper, shearling-lined winter boot though then Cheaney have some decent models which, to...
Get it on the Medway sole (same difference, to all intents and purposes) and it's a stock model...
^ Funnily enough, I was just getting ready to list these on eBay: the Argyll longwing model that C&J made for Fife back in the day. Never seen another pair of these, although a leather-soled single shoe sample of this is held at the Birmingham C&J shop.   On either the 240 or 248 last, so one of the earlier ones. Leather is the same as the Islay, with a slightly flatter last and with an EE width:          
Some of the comments under the article are a little close to the knuckle...
 Wouldn't be so sure, C&J themselves have produced some hideous shoes over the years...
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