Can't remember which Guidi calf the derbies have --- is it the matte black or the olive? --- Olive: use VSC or Reno every so often. I haven't tried Bick 4 on these but they've worked well on similar leathers.--- matte black: I had good success with Lexol. It did NOT make them shiny (what I was afraid of), but almost returned them to a newer matte black look. Anyway, congrats on your purchase.
I forgot to comment in your post about keeping a spreadsheet. I don't consider myself too OCD (or CDO, correctly arranged alphabetically) but I've kept a spreadsheet for my boots since 2012 when my collection grew to the point where I was quite curious as to how much wear each pair was getting. So I guess I'm willing to be slapped. But I'd imagine there're quite a few here that would need to be slapped.
Incredible post!! I have never thought I could pull off a two-tone Galway, and so my MTO Galway is a one-tone chestnut Utah on the 64 last. But your two-tones have definitely converted me. I honestly don't have as much use for the dressier Galways but I kind of know I'm going to need one in my collection. Those are incredible boots!
okay, I'm fairly new to EG and I haven't seen this type of size reference for C&J, Carmina or other UK sized footwear. What does it mean when something is referred to as 7/7.5? Is it a UK 7 or a UK 7.5? Or what?
Hey saz, you're absolutely correct about versatility of that boot but I don't think the purpose of the Ryden shitkicker boot included versatility as any of its goals. In my opinion, it was to make a very certain statement --- I kick sh$t!!