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Originally Posted by otc View Post

What treatments have you done? They look great.

I bought those used and they looked kinda beaten and blotchy. Revived with some no-name leather grease and darkened them considerably. For the next year I beat them to hell and back a couple times and treated with SnoSeal. At that point they had a nice layer of gunk and grease on them and looked like they were black.

Got tired of the lifeless dark leather and scraped most of the shit off with a dry rag and some cleaner/conditioner, might have been woly or some other Finnish bramd. They lightened considerably and I was happy for a while.


Last august I decided to wash them dish soap inspired by this video. Instead of Obenauf's I treated them with a light coat of Saphir Renovateur. For the first time they looked clean. The dish soap got almost all the crap off the leather but left the leather really dry. The Saphir revived the leather and left it nice and light. I had gotten used to sheen on cap toe so I brought out the old no-name grease and that with damp rag brought a nice contrast and sheen. Since that they've been my go to boots for when I go see some live bands. They've gone through litres of beer and imagineable shit during punk/metal shows but that has cleaned off quite well.


I do not recommend any of that haha. Ok, maybe the Saphir Renovateur. 

post #1337 of 1339

Hi guys,


Could anyone tell me if the Katahdin runs wider than the Chippewa utility 1901M29. I have a pair of Katahdin's in a 9.5EE and they're wide on me with enough space to move my foot side to side a little, toes are also flopping about in them.


Then I have a pair of the 1901M29 in a 9.5D and they're to narrow, though mostly its accross my instep. They'd be fine if i didn't have to wear authotics. I am wearing them and they have eased off a litle but its pretty brutal and i know they don't fit me, i'm just hoping they'll give as i really like them.


Also have a pair of Waterproof Katahdins in a 10D and they fit pretty well with a little tightness across the instep but with their lining i figured they could be a different fit and didn't want to use them as a guide.


I wanted to use the Katahdins for general wear and keep the 1901M29's for dress ups.so my question is do i get a Katahdin in a 10D or would the 9.5D work.. do katadins have more space than 1901M29's and other chippewa boots?


Ordering from the the other side of the world so returns and try outs are a non starter. 


Thanks guys hope that's follow-able for you.  

post #1338 of 1339

After a year of light wear.


post #1339 of 1339
Those look nice
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