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post #3316 of 6658

Hey guys, I purchased the black 1K's on amazon and am keenly awaiting them. 
Wondering on a bit of clarification on the caring for the leather:
 
A lot of people have posted about using sno sheild and obenauf's LP. The thing is, I live in the driest state in Australia, it is about to be winter but it doesn't rain too often (or snow at all).

 

The wolverine video on youtube says to only apply leather conditioner to the outsole of the shoe when it's new. So should I follow wolverine's instructions of only conditioning the outsole, should I condition the whole shoe, or even use a more heavy duty product on the whole shoe? The reason I'm hesitant about getting something like obenauf's LP is that one of the main uses it lists is to restore dry leather, and I'm concerned the boots could become too soft prematurely by applying too many heavy products to them. 
But at the same time I don't want them getting water damage for when it does rain. From the video I assume that just using leather conditioner prevents this, and whatever left over chemicals from the factory protected the upper itself (when its just out of the box)


Here's the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dKav9_7X6U


Cheers

post #3317 of 6658

There's another video that shows how they care for used 1000 mile boots. They apply conditioner to the outsole.

post #3318 of 6658
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Originally Posted by TheAussie00 View Post

Hey guys, I purchased the black 1K's on amazon and am keenly awaiting them. 
Wondering on a bit of clarification on the caring for the leather:
 
A lot of people have posted about using sno sheild and obenauf's LP. The thing is, I live in the driest state in Australia, it is about to be winter but it doesn't rain too often (or snow at all).

 

The wolverine video on youtube says to only apply leather conditioner to the outsole of the shoe when it's new. So should I follow wolverine's instructions of only conditioning the outsole, should I condition the whole shoe, or even use a more heavy duty product on the whole shoe? The reason I'm hesitant about getting something like obenauf's LP is that one of the main uses it lists is to restore dry leather, and I'm concerned the boots could become too soft prematurely by applying too many heavy products to them. 
But at the same time I don't want them getting water damage for when it does rain. From the video I assume that just using leather conditioner prevents this, and whatever left over chemicals from the factory protected the upper itself (when its just out of the box)


Here's the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dKav9_7X6U


Cheers

 

I wouldn’t put anything on the sole (besides a Vibram half sole)… It seems to soften them up quite a bit. If you search this thread you’ll see some people that did that (and the outcome). As far as protecting/conditioning them is concerned. You can always just stick with something light, like Filson Boot Oil, or Lexol Neatsfoot Leather Dressing. Last night I hit my boots with Lexol & Montana Pitch Blend (the stuff used in the video you posted). After buffing them with a horsehair brush they weren’t tacky at all. It did darken them some... which is fine with me (I'd rather have them protected).   

post #3319 of 6658

mg2380, if you're talking about the post on pg 153, it should be noted that the guy conditioned the sole FOUR times in a week (lexol conditioner twice; filson boot oil, and obenouf's LP once each.) The only other person who I can see that posted pics of their leather soles seemed to have problems due to them drying out more than anything else. 

I'm thinking if wolverine suggests it, I'll still condition the sole. But only once, not four times haha

post #3320 of 6658
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Originally Posted by TheAussie00 View Post

mg2380, if you're talking about the post on pg 153, it should be noted that the guy conditioned the sole FOUR times in a week (lexol conditioner twice; filson boot oil, and obenouf's LP once each.) The only other person who I can see that posted pics of their leather soles seemed to have problems due to them drying out more than anything else. 

I'm thinking if wolverine suggests it, I'll still condition the sole. But only once, not four times haha

Ahhh... I didn't realize they conditioned the soles so much. 

post #3321 of 6658
Just a short flyby. So my brown 1Ks are still going wherever I end up and are doing just fine. I've pretty much worn them everyday since oh about October now. Through hell and high water they're just a good pair of boots. Just can't seem to kill these things. So what does a rock hunter do when the whole area is pretty much a muck pit or under water? I head out and chase storms of course. A pic from the weekend below. Once I get a bit caught up with work and image processing I'll take some pics of the golden oldies. They're lookin' pretty good.


Out of Gas by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
post #3322 of 6658

Hey, so I bought a pair of brown 1,000 Miles this last Christmas at Nordstrom, and the stitching on one boot has started to come undone along with very slight sole separation.

 

I've worn them maybe once or twice a week since I got them.  Should I just return them to Nordstrom and get another pair?  They've been great outside this stitching issue...

post #3323 of 6658
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Originally Posted by JackL2 View Post

Hey, so I bought a pair of brown 1,000 Miles this last Christmas at Nordstrom, and the stitching on one boot has started to come undone along with very slight sole separation.

 

I've worn them maybe once or twice a week since I got them.  Should I just return them to Nordstrom and get another pair?  They've been great outside this stitching issue...

nordstrom has a pretty good customer service department. It would be worth it to bring it to them and see if they'll replace for you. 

post #3324 of 6658
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Originally Posted by JackL2 View Post

Hey, so I bought a pair of brown 1,000 Miles this last Christmas at Nordstrom, and the stitching on one boot has started to come undone along with very slight sole separation.

 

I've worn them maybe once or twice a week since I got them.  Should I just return them to Nordstrom and get another pair?  They've been great outside this stitching issue...

 

If you post pics, someone can probably tell you if it is normal or not.

post #3325 of 6658
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Originally Posted by JackL2 View Post

.  Should I just return them to Nordstrom and get another pair?  They've been great outside this stitching issue...

Sure, why not or maybe get them repaired.
post #3326 of 6658
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Out of Gas by DYSong Photography, on Flickr

Very nice. B&W can be very atmospheric. How much post processing was done ?
post #3327 of 6658
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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post

Very nice. B&W can be very atmospheric. How much post processing was done ?

A minor histogram tweak and that's it. Here's another one, straight off the camera. It seems storms have been a regular thing around here so I've been all over hell's half acre chasing them.


Stormy Sky by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
post #3328 of 6658

Got my 1000 mile boots, they're great. Definitely a different style than what I'm used to (picked up a sweet vintage denim jacket from a thrift store today to go with them).

 

The only problem/question I have with them is with the insole/footbed. The leather insole only goes about half way, and the rest (from middle of foot to the toes) feels like some sort of hard plastic. The problem is my feet tend to be sweaty by the end of the day, and combined with damp socks they rub against the plasticy part of the insole and sometimes make an audible squeak (and feel somewhat uncomfortable)

 

The question part was, are all 1000 mile boots the same, having only a half leather insole? I would have thought the whole of the footbed would be leather for comfort sake. And I can't seem to find any photos looking that far inside the boot itself to clarify.

If I didn't already have orthotics for flat feet I'm sure I could put in some kind of less abrasive insole, but with my half-sole orthotics (like http://i00.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/787/951/456/456951787_352.jpg) I can't add anything more to the boot without making it too cramped. I imagine thicker socks might help with the friction but they'd be too hot for my feet. (our average winter's day is about 15'C max so its not really cold enough for them)

 

Cheers

post #3329 of 6658
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Originally Posted by TheAussie00 View Post

Got my 1000 mile boots, they're great. Definitely a different style than what I'm used to (picked up a sweet vintage denim jacket from a thrift store today to go with them).

 

The only problem/question I have with them is with the insole/footbed. The leather insole only goes about half way, and the rest (from middle of foot to the toes) feels like some sort of hard plastic. The problem is my feet tend to be sweaty by the end of the day, and combined with damp socks they rub against the plasticy part of the insole and sometimes make an audible squeak (and feel somewhat uncomfortable)

 

The question part was, are all 1000 mile boots the same, having only a half leather insole? I would have thought the whole of the footbed would be leather for comfort sake. And I can't seem to find any photos looking that far inside the boot itself to clarify.

If I didn't already have orthotics for flat feet I'm sure I could put in some kind of less abrasive insole, but with my half-sole orthotics (like http://i00.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/787/951/456/456951787_352.jpg) I can't add anything more to the boot without making it too cramped. I imagine thicker socks might help with the friction but they'd be too hot for my feet. (our average winter's day is about 15'C max so its not really cold enough for them)

 

Cheers

Mine have a full leather insole... 

post #3330 of 6658
I ordered a pair of Brown 1000 miles and per recommendation here have decided to oil them before I wear them. I live in California and don't experience much rain and won't be using the boots for much (if any) outdoorsy things (hiking, etc). Is there an oil recommendation that will protect the boots with my kind of use that will change the color only minimally? Also, should I oil the soles before having a vibram half sole on?

Thanks a lot!
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