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post #2941 of 7010
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No and I doubt that's ever going to be an issue. What I see going first would be the top of the toe box from constant flexing and then along the welt at the front half or 2/3rds of the boot.
Thanks, we try to do it right. The Wolverine 1Ks are basically my project and I want things done right. Hmmm Wolverine should pay me for my concierge services. LOL!

Now I'm going to end something that's been coming up lately. Boot oil (or equivalent product) is your prime conditioner that has some capacity to waterproof. Snoseal and LP are primarily waterproofers with some ability to condition the leather. You can forgo LP or snoseal and as long as you keep them well conditioned/oiled they'll last for years. The same cannot be said for just using snoseal or LP. I'm not sure how the confusion got started but it needs to be put to bed.

Do you still use the hairdryer method when applying boot oil? Or is that just for Snoseal, LP, MPB, etc...? 

post #2942 of 7010

Lots of residual surface wax makes me think the boots weren't heated enough, as the leather will drink up everything you slather on, for the most part.

 

Again, still have yet to read anyone using the oven like I did; it works, and it's recommended on the SnoSeal instructions. I would throw them in the oven and see if they drink up the remaining surface wax.

 

Otherwise, just keep brushing until the surface is no longer sticky.

post #2943 of 7010
I'll agree with Mario. There is no mistaking when the pores in the leather open up. Once you see it happen you'll understand.

So the weather was pretty nice today. Sunny and about 55 so I went for a little hike in the vineyard and along a bluff line looking for rocks. I found a nice scraper and a bunch of broken points. Oh and I was not sipping wine this time. LOL!
post #2944 of 7010
I know what you mean regarding the pores opening up and it slurping in the wax. Definitely had that happen. Still had the tackiness afterward. I'll try taking a hairdryer to them a bit wile wiping them, maybe try to get whatever thin veneer there may be to suck in. Probably caused by the generous welt waxing. No matter what I do, never could get that to quite slurp all the way in right at the welt, the way I can on the rest of the boot, and the hair dryer spreads it a bit over the rest of the boot. Anyway, I'm not in a rush, I just wanted to confirm that I was correct in holding steady.

Also, re: oven method, I never got that to work. Oven at about 160, and the wax just sat on the boots getting mildly soft. Either my beeswax is bust or the oven thermometer is busted/too localized. The latter is probably most likely. Hair dryer works fine, just takes a while.
post #2945 of 7010
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Also, re: oven method, I never got that to work. Oven at about 160, and the wax just sat on the boots getting mildly soft. Either my beeswax is bust or the oven thermometer is busted/too localized. The latter is probably most likely. Hair dryer works fine, just takes a while.

 

Oven thermometers are wildly inaccurate, which can make oven-baking a risky proposition lol.

post #2946 of 7010
Leather has its own absorbing capabilities.
Maybe you just reach the point where it cannot absorb any more conditioner. That's what happen to me after the second application of LP.
The first application has been completely absorbed by the leather with the hair dryer method and I decided to go for a second round. This time the leather only absorb maybe half of the amount of LP I put and the product left on the surface give the tackiness. I just melt the excess product with a hair drier and remove it with an old tee-shirt. After a lot of brushing it was perfect.
post #2947 of 7010

Anyone have any suggestions on socks to wear with my W1K's? I live in Louisiana so our winters are not terribly cold or long. Mostly warm weather. However, I would like a thicker sock so my boot fits better but that can be worn in the summer time? Suggestions?

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Anyone have any suggestions on socks to wear with my W1K's? I live in Louisiana so our winters are not terribly cold or long. Mostly warm weather. However, I would like a thicker sock so my boot fits better but that can be worn in the summer time? Suggestions?

Smartwool hikers.
post #2949 of 7010
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Smartwool hikers.


Medium or Lightweight? I'm thinking Medium would give my boots a better fit. I just don't want my feet terribly hot!

post #2950 of 7010
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Medium or Lightweight? I'm thinking Medium would give my boots a better fit. I just don't want my feet terribly hot!

Light would be better but the medium weight isn't terrible when it's warm. Wool socks are all I wear year round. Cool in the Summer, warm in the Winter.
post #2951 of 7010
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Light would be better but the medium weight isn't terrible when it's warm. Wool socks are all I wear year round. Cool in the Summer, warm in the Winter.

You are a scholar and a gentleman sir! Thanks for all the help!
post #2952 of 7010
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You are a scholar and a gentleman sir! Thanks for all the help!

No problem.

I just came back from the store and I have 13 or 14 pairs of boots taking up space on my back shelf. This is a terrible state of affairs, I want them gone. You know the drill and here's the number. 573-254-3311
post #2953 of 7010

The following three pictures were taken straight out of the box without any wear.

 

 

 

 

 

And the following two photos were after about 3 days of intermittent wear in heavy snow. I then decided to add some Vibram half soles to them. $35 at Shoe Therapy in Toronto. The workmanship looks alright -- not bad. Nothing to complain about. I believe they may be the Vibram Stresa's. They are probably designed for dress shoes but I may actually prefer it to be thin like this.

 

 

 

I am going to add some Obenauf's LP as soon as they arrive in the mail as the leather looks a bit dry to me. Maybe its been sitting a while since production or, most likely, its my lack of care coupled with the damaging salt. 

post #2954 of 7010

Recently picked up a pair of these. Beautiful boots. Quick question though...do these stretch at all in regards to width? There's plenty of length for me in the toe box, but my little toe on my right foot is kind of squished up against the wall of the boot. Left foot is perfect - I'm pretty sure sizing up or going a wide size would leave me swimming in them. So will they stretch out a bit with wear in regards to that or should I consider my options?

post #2955 of 7010
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No problem.

I just came back from the store and I have 13 or 14 pairs of boots taking up space on my back shelf. This is a terrible state of affairs, I want them gone. You know the drill and here's the number. 573-254-3311

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