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post #1246 of 7035
Oh wow, those must be the ultimate SF hiking boots.
post #1247 of 7035
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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Purchased a pair of brown 1000 mile boots from Revolve with the first time customer discount. First pair went back due to a number of deep scratches that were never going to brush out. Received replacements today. While these have a number of scrapes, scratches and imperfections that I might be able to live with, there are also these more substantial imperfections pictured below. Pictures are poor quality but I think show what I am seeing. Is this common? Should I accept this as the nature of the chromexcel? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Yes and yes. What you're seeing is natural variations in the leather used for the boots. Each pair will have slightly different coloring. It's reasonable to expect that every pair will have slightly different markings. They will get banged up on the first few wears anyways.

Think of it like this: the cow started to break your boots in for you.
post #1248 of 7035
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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Purchased a pair of brown 1000 mile boots from Revolve with the first time customer discount. First pair went back due to a number of deep scratches that were never going to brush out. Received replacements today. While these have a number of scrapes, scratches and imperfections that I might be able to live with, there are also these more substantial imperfections pictured below. Pictures are poor quality but I think show what I am seeing. Is this common? Should I accept this as the nature of the chromexcel? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Yes and yes. What you're seeing is natural variations in the leather used for the boots. Each pair will have slightly different coloring. It's reasonable to expect that every pair will have slightly different markings. They will get banged up on the first few wears anyways.

Think of it like this: the cow started to break your boots in for you.

I'm no expert, but the leather on dbc's boots does NOT look normal to me.

Chromexcel definitely does have some minor variation in color and grain, but those repeated parallel lines/scratches/wrinkles should not be there.

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post #1249 of 7035
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Originally Posted by cthip View Post

I'm no expert, but the leather on dbc's boots does NOT look normal to me.
Chromexcel definitely does have some minor variation in color and grain, but those repeated parallel lines/scratches/wrinkles should not be there.
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Welcome to full grain leather. What you're seeing is scars, strechmarks or whatever that the animal picked up while alive. In some circles this is highly regarded and sought after and can bring a premium price. Some call it flaws, I call it character marks and makes whatever is made from it unique.
post #1250 of 7035
^I was going to say the same thing but Crane beat me to it.

I have a pair of vintage red wings from the 70's that have several vertical striations on one of the boots. I think it looks amazing. The effect is really stunning and I'd never trade it for a more even or consistent leather. This is not a perfect comparison, but it's a similar idea to the way some people really covet mill flaws in loomed denim. It just looks great and adds to the story.

Whether you like the scars or not will be a matter of opinion, but in no way would I consider those marks on the brown wolves a flaw (in the manufacturing or leather selection sense) in the boot. More like beauty marks.
post #1251 of 7035
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Originally Posted by cthip View Post

I'm no expert, but the leather on dbc's boots does NOT look normal to me.
Chromexcel definitely does have some minor variation in color and grain, but those repeated parallel lines/scratches/wrinkles should not be there.
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Welcome to full grain leather. What you're seeing is scars, strechmarks or whatever that the animal picked up while alive. In some circles this is highly regarded and sought after and can bring a premium price. Some call it flaws, I call it character marks and makes whatever is made from it unique.

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Originally Posted by Trapp View Post

^I was going to say the same thing but Crane beat me to it.

I have a pair of vintage red wings from the 70's that have several vertical striations on one of the boots. I think it looks amazing. The effect is really stunning and I'd never trade it for a more even or consistent leather. This is not a perfect comparison, but it's a similar idea to the way some people really covet mill flaws in loomed denim. It just looks great and adds to the story.

Whether you like the scars or not will be a matter of opinion, but in no way would I consider those marks on the brown wolves a flaw (in the manufacturing or leather selection sense) in the boot. More like beauty marks.

Thank you all for the information and education. Unfortunately, the looks just not for me. I guess I prefer my chomexcel like my women. . . . sans stretch marks.
post #1252 of 7035
I wouldn't say stretch mark, I would more compare it to Marilyn Monroe's beauty mark.
post #1253 of 7035
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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Thank you all for the information and education. Unfortunately, the looks just not for me. I guess I prefer my chomexcel like my women. . . . sans stretch marks.

You're taste in both may evolve and you get older nod[1].gif
post #1254 of 7035

I recently ordered the wolverine 1000 mile boot from Sherman Brothers.  After receiving my shipment today from the wolverine I inspected the boot and found what I think are some imperfections. I wanted to see if these "imperfections" are normal and acceptable or should I send back the boots for a different pair.  Just to let you know I love the look and feel of the boots.  They are super comfortable and look great.  I would appreciate any advice you have.  Also should I contact Sherman Brothers or Wolverine directly.  Thanks.

 

Rear boot scuff - (sorry I don't know why the pic is rotated.)

 

Rear boot imperfection

 

Excess sole material flap - looks like it just trimmed properly

 

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It's tough to see from this picture but where the welt ends right above the 

heel there excess splinter of wood (sole material).  This is on both sides 

of both shoes but particular worse looking on this side.

 

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Finally just a little scuff on one of the toe boxes.

 

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post #1255 of 7035

Hey guys, first I use my 1000 mile boots and shoes mostly for dress, with light hiking - so I like keeping them looking good - any hints or tricks for keeping the sole edging looking new? Thanks.

post #1256 of 7035
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Originally Posted by SullyDC View Post

I recently ordered the wolverine 1000 mile boot from Sherman Brothers.  After receiving my shipment today from the wolverine I inspected the boot and found what I think are some imperfections. I wanted to see if these "imperfections" are normal and acceptable or should I send back the boots for a different pair.  Just to let you know I love the look and feel of the boots.  They are super comfortable and look great.  I would appreciate any advice you have.  Also should I contact Sherman Brothers or Wolverine directly.  Thanks.

There shouldn't be a scuff like that on the heel. It almost looks like the pair you have were a display model.

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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Hey guys, first I use my 1000 mile boots and shoes mostly for dress, with light hiking - so I like keeping them looking good - any hints or tricks for keeping the sole edging looking new? Thanks.

Good luck on that. Conditioning the edge helps but short of painting it it'll be what it will be.
post #1257 of 7035
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Originally Posted by SullyDC View Post

I recently ordered the wolverine 1000 mile boot from Sherman Brothers.  After receiving my shipment today from the wolverine I inspected the boot and found what I think are some imperfections. I wanted to see if these "imperfections" are normal and acceptable or should I send back the boots for a different pair.  Just to let you know I love the look and feel of the boots.  They are super comfortable and look great.  I would appreciate any advice you have.  Also should I contact Sherman Brothers or Wolverine directly.  Thanks.

 

Rear boot scuff - (sorry I don't know why the pic is rotated.)

 

The rough edges I could see happening, but that scuff on the back is not normal. I would contact Sherman Brother before Wolverine first if you don't like the heel. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Hey guys, first I use my 1000 mile boots and shoes mostly for dress, with light hiking - so I like keeping them looking good - any hints or tricks for keeping the sole edging looking new? Thanks.

I use Fiebing's leather sole & heel edge dressing - Brown. Its not like a lot of edge dressings that are like a paint almost. Its like a stain, so it runs easy if not careful, but it works great and theres nothing to peal off i just sets in.

post #1258 of 7035
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Originally Posted by Dayman View Post

I use Fiebing's leather sole & heel edge dressing - Brown. Its not like a lot of edge dressings that are like a paint almost. Its like a stain, so it runs easy if not careful, but it works great and theres nothing to peal off i just sets in.

Great, thanks - I have been using a light wood stain, it has been working but I want to try something else - it takes days to dry.

post #1259 of 7035

Thanks for the advice...I contacted Sherman Brothers about the scuff on the boot and they are going to send me out a new pair.  I could have easily lived with the other minor imperfections but the scuff did not look normal.  

post #1260 of 7035
My sole edges are nearly black and the heels are dark shades of brown. It's got to be due to the differences in how and where they're worn. I remember when mine were new the sole edge coloring wore off extremely fast. A little boot oil and they darkened back up and then just got darker from there.
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