I haven't seen them show up much here but I'll give a nod of approval for the Michigan Boot (maybe I am biased living in the Detroit area?).
I think the shape of the Van last is a bit more versatile, and an infinitely nicer looking shape, than the TruBalance, and thankfully the Van has always fit me perfectly. If I could get the Michigan Boot in #8 or whiskey shell, I'd be replacing the Indy Boots in my collection. All that said, maybe I just like these for the same reasons I love my Ranger Mocs since these are basically the same thing in boot-form.
(Please excuse the sloppily rolled denim - I'm breaking in my first new pair of jeans in a few years and have yet to get them hemmed)
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Got the calgary boots in and they are sick. The leather is so nice and I can already see them breaking in beautifully.
These are my first pair of boots so I was wondering what you guys do for daily maintenance and care? I want these to be on my feet forever.
I'm in the "less is more" camp of shoe and boot maintenance. Get a horsehair brush and buff them out thoroughly after each wear. If you notice the leather starting to dry out, maybe get something like the neutral Venetian Shoe Cream, apply it very sparingly with a soft cloth, and then buff them out. That type of leather should be pretty resilient against water all on its own so I don't think I would bother with any sort of water protector.