Are those the J. Crew "homestead" boots? How do you like them so far? Can you post some more pics? I am considering these as a Katahdin alternative as I already have a few dark brown boots.
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Here's an excellent product:
Very gentle to the leather - doesn't turn them black like Obenauf's or other boots oil products.
Has anyone else tried this Dasco Leather Conditioner? Is there any other conditioner/treatment I can apply to my Katahdins that will won't darken them like Obenhauf's?
What's the advantage of Obenhauf's Oil to their LP?
The Oil is intended for shoes, whereas the LP is intended for boots. I don't think the oil will last as long or protect as well, but it is easier to apply. As the name implies, the Heavy Duty LP is for more heavy duty applications.
I got an email for a 15% off coupon this morning. Gonna order a 13, 13 wide, and 14 to see which one fits the best and return the other ones. I'l post with some pics when I open them up.
link for the 15% off I think (copied the link from the email)? Good til the 30th:
I bought some leather caterpillar brand boots and they killed the top of my foot for weeks. They feel so good now. I think that may be part of the break in period.
I went ahead and ordered a 9D and 9.5D. They showed to be both on backorder until Feb 26th but the 9D is apparently shipping now.
UPS delivered my Katahdin's yesterday. I wear a 9.5 in athletic and dress shoes. The only exception so far is that I wear a 9 in Danner boots. 9's fit me perfectly in the Katahdin. I get a little heel slippage in the 9's and they fit snug everywhere else. The 9.5 would be way too big. Your mileage may vary but it does seem like the "buy 1/2 size down" advice is sound.
I'm trying to decide how to best keep the look that they have now. They come from L.L. Bean with an oiled finish. I do not want them to get darker, I do not want them significantly softer, and I do not need them to be waterproof/snow proof. I asked Chippewa on their facebook page and was told they recommend Chippewa brand conditioners and oils. Well of course they do. Problem is I cant seem to find it anywhere and that doesn't tell me if that stuff will mimic the finish that son them now. So...my question is which product will most copy the finish that comes on them? A light coat of Obenauf oil? Something else?
I sized down 1/2 as well. I wear a 9 in athletic and dress shoes, and I had to go down to an 8.5. 9 was comfortable but there was too much heel shifting in one foot. Also, it's my understanding that work boots should be snug out of the box. 8.5 had just the right amount of toe room and compression. Obenauf's LP and merino hiking socks are very useful to have on hand with these boots. The leather becomes a rich chocolate brown with a few applications of the LP, and breaking in the boots was a lot more pleasant with thick hiking socks, especially after folding down the calf to double pad the ankles.
There are a few niggling issues with the stitching, but otherwise, this boot is a 'best buy,' and can go toe to toe with similar boots costing significantly more. The L.L. Bean guarantee puts it on another level, as well.
Edit: One more observation. How you lace the boots makes a big difference when the fit is snug. Regular criss-cross lacing had a tendency to dig in the foot, but over-under lacing resulted in even, consistent compression on the foot.
Edited by Pennypacker - 2/4/12 at 12:27pm
Could you elaborate on this? I've found the collar hurt on one side, but has eventually worn to comfort on one foot after 3 weeks.
It will be a few weeks more before it is fully broken in and if I could make it easier that's be great.
If you mean the topline of the boot when you say the collar hurts, then I don't think switching the lacing style will make much of a difference, just don't lace the top hooks or tighten too much, or break in the boots wearing hiking socks. If you're talking about the tongue of the boot, then lacing might make the difference:
Try that out and see if there's any change.
I emailed Chippewa and asked about their recommendation for care of these boots. They asked for the style number of the boot. I gave it to them and got this response:
For oil treated leathers, we recommend the use of a cream based conditioner, such as Apache Cream, to maintain the moisture in the leather. To water resist these boots, the use of Aqua Seal or Snow Seal as well as Welt Seal is recommended, depending on the conditions the boots are being subjected to.
We appreciate your continued support of our brand.
Chippewa Boot Company
A Division of Justin Brands, Inc.
Edited by shootist16 - 2/7/12 at 12:30pm