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The resoling was 90 euros and I think that's quite usual price. The welt modification and the cork filler added more price but I guess they aren't mandatory.

Your leather looks almost suede like. I haven't brought out my katahdin's yet, only in the dead of winter which will be most likely mid to end december. But you're giving me some ideas good man
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Your leather looks almost suede like. 

Yeah the leather has a cool "nappy" surface. Out of the box they were heavily (and as they were seconds a bit uneavenly) waxed but I gave em a good brushing with a stiff brush and that's the outcome. I quess that didn't help with water/snow/slush resistance but i'm gonna try some nano sprays and such leather protectors on these.

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Todays condition of my older pair. I SnoSealed em a year ago and cleaned them few monts ago. Treated with Saphir Renovateur and a bit of Kiwi on the cap toe. No sign of the suede like features after conditioning.

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Sorry for flooding the thread but got the boots back from the cobbler.

 

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Is the sizing for these the same as Chippewa boots? I have a pair of these in size 8

 

And I normally wear a size 9 in Nikes/sneakers.

 

I'm planning on getting a pair of the plain-toe cordovan Katahdins but I'm not sure how to size it.

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They're just Chipps with an LL Bean tag on the inside of the tongue. I wear a 10 in sneakers and both my Katahdins and RW's are 9D.


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What do you guys use to polish?  I got a pair of the plain toe cordovan color recently and have been wearing them regularly. Figure the toe box could use a little shine, I like the fade of the cordovan from the factory.  A little neutral kiwi paste?  I've only really used parade gloss on my jump boots and leather conditioner on everything else I own for the most part so kind of a noob at this.  Will the kiwi neutral paste hold up? Or do I need to use melatonian cream?

 

 

I understand the cream doesn't get any gloss at all and these boots aren't made for a dress shoe style shine but I am seeing some real good looking pictures in this thread.  At the same time, I know I don't want that parade gloss type look with all that silicone and cracking that comes with that.

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What do you guys use to polish?  I got a pair of the plain toe cordovan color recently and have been wearing them regularly. Figure the toe box could use a little shine, I like the fade of the cordovan from the factory.  A little neutral kiwi paste?  I've only really used parade gloss on my jump boots and leather conditioner on everything else I own for the most part so kind of a noob at this.  Will the kiwi neutral paste hold up? Or do I need to use melatonian cream?

 

 

I understand the cream doesn't get any gloss at all and these boots aren't made for a dress shoe style shine but I am seeing some real good looking pictures in this thread.  At the same time, I know I don't want that parade gloss type look with all that silicone and cracking that comes with that.


If you don't mind spending a few bucks I suggest Saphir Renovateur, there is nothing better for luster and to bring out the character of the leather. https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html

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If you don't mind spending a few bucks I suggest Saphir Renovateur, there is nothing better for luster and to bring out the character of the leather. https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html

Everybody mentions that on here and other places.  Didn't realize it brought out a luster as well.  I have a pair of scuffed up ae long branch boots that I've literally done nothing to besides a little leather conditioner here and there.  I don't care much about adding actual polish, it seems the saphir will both act as a light gloss and conditioner as well?

 

Any tips on application?  Rub it on with a soft cotton rag, then wait to dry before buffing?  Need to use any moisture when buffing?

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Is the sizing for these the same as Chippewa boots? I have a pair of these in size 8

 

And I normally wear a size 9 in Nikes/sneakers.

 

I'm planning on getting a pair of the plain-toe cordovan Katahdins but I'm not sure how to size it.

 

I take 8 or 8.5 in running shoes in wide width. Wear 7.5E in Asolo hiking boots.  7E in the cordovan katahdins fit perfect.

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Everybody mentions that on here and other places.  Didn't realize it brought out a luster as well.  I have a pair of scuffed up ae long branch boots that I've literally done nothing to besides a little leather conditioner here and there.  I don't care much about adding actual polish, it seems the saphir will both act as a light gloss and conditioner as well?

 

Any tips on application?  Rub it on with a soft cotton rag, then wait to dry before buffing?  Need to use any moisture when buffing?


Yes Saphir will do the trick on your Long Branch - light gloss and conditioning. Personally I just use my fingers to rub it in, then let it dry, usually an hour or so, then buff. No extra moisture needed.

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What a great thread dating back so far. I've never bought "expensive" boots but I cam across these and immersed myself in research. I narrowed my choice to the red wing iron ranger, llbean and Thursday boots indy rip off. I found that the iron ranger is clunky and has a smooth leather sole (I have a local annapolis store) The thursday boot gets very mixed reviews and the llbean boot is very much a work boot...but I can pull it off working sales for a construction company. My vote is this boot for cost and the famous llbean warranty. The vibram sole provides better non slip grip. The boot took a couple weeks to break in and is actually a 1/2 size off than my sneakers. Go with this boot and wear the hell out of it. Spend 340 bucks on something you will keep fancy. Not a boot.
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Mine are still going strong and getting more comfortable with age.
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