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post #3421 of 6762

Although it's not strictly Wolverine 1K related, I posted progress pics of my Iron Rangers with treatments of Obenauf's boot oil and LP.

 

Can be found here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/79930/red-wing-iron-ranger-boots-whats-the-dilly-yo/540 - post #552.

 

I really gave them a good coating of oil and LP using the Crane method and it darkened them substantially (too much for my personal preference, but at least they keep the water out!)

post #3422 of 6762

I haven't read this whole monster thread yet, but it seems to be the compendium of all things related to the 1000 mile boots.  My question is sizing related, but really specifically about whether they fit a high instep.  I didn't find anything readily apparent in the forums with a few searches... so here goes.

 

My question is specifically about the 1000 mile oxford shoes as well as the RW Beckmans.  No stores carry either of them so I am limited to buying online and returning for different sizes, etc.  My issue is not limited to these shoes.  I have a hard time finding comfortable dress shoes and boots due to my high instep.

 

Fresh from the mail I have a pair of the Beckmans, size 10M, and I love the look... and want to love them so much as the style is right on for what I want.  But I can barely tie the laces, and there is enough pressure on the top of my foot that I just don't see them "breaking in" or stretching enough to truly become a wonderful shoe.  And for the money they should be.

 

I am going to try wearing them around the house a day or two see if things get better, but as of now they look like a return.

 

Incidentally my feet measure up at 9.5M, and I typically wear that in a sneaker, but 10 or even 10.5 for dress shoes have been the norm.

 

I would love to hear peoples feedback on this, or anyone with a similar foot shape what you have found to work for you.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #3423 of 6762
mystlawer, have you ever tried E width (rather than D or M) shoes? That may help but certainly not the perfect solution since you may end up with a toe box that's too wide. Both Red Wing and Wolverine make shoes in E width, but definitely try them out in some brick and mortar stores before buying.
post #3424 of 6762

tsekh,  I have not tried E width shoes or boots.  I eventually find a pair that fits well, and they last me a few years and by the time I am looking again that model is gone so the hunt begins anew.

 

There is local a RW, but they only carry the work boots and shoes.  I guess I could try to find a shoe they do stock with the same last (#8 believe).  I have made a note of their other last #8 offerings and will see if the local RW has any of these in stock.

 

As to the 1000 mile, no local stores that I am aware of stock the higher end Wolverine boots or shoes.  I will keep calling around though.

 

Online the only offerings I have found are M width only, so the whole try them and exchange/return them is not really an option with that route other than purely sizing up.
 

post #3425 of 6762
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Originally Posted by mystlawer View Post

tsekh,  I have not tried E width shoes or boots.  I eventually find a pair that fits well, and they last me a few years and by the time I am looking again that model is gone so the hunt begins anew.

There is local a RW, but they only carry the work boots and shoes.  I guess I could try to find a shoe they do stock with the same last (#8 believe).  I have made a note of their other last #8 offerings and will see if the local RW has any of these in stock.

As to the 1000 mile, no local stores that I am aware of stock the higher end Wolverine boots or shoes.  I will keep calling around though.

Online the only offerings I have found are M width only, so the whole try them and exchange/return them is not really an option with that route other than purely sizing up. 

All the Nordstrom's I have been store have the 1000 mile boot on display. I'm not sure if they stock non-D width though.
post #3426 of 6762
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Originally Posted by striker View Post

I dun have any boot oil, only Obenauf LP. I am thinking the extra virgin coconut oil in my kitchen pantry will do the same job. Once i get my wolverine, i will get down to it.

Ummm.... no. 

post #3427 of 6762
Anyone gotten their STP seconds yet? I won't see mine till Friday but would be interested to hear folks impressions so far.
post #3428 of 6762
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Originally Posted by mg2380 View Post

Ummm.... no. 

I am just gonna be using Obenauf LP but in case anyone else is wondering, coconut oil works great as a leather softener and boot conditioner. I've tried it on other leather products and a google search will back this up. 

post #3429 of 6762
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Originally Posted by striker View Post

I am just gonna be using Obenauf LP but in case anyone else is wondering, coconut oil works great as a leather softener and boot conditioner. I've tried it on other leather products and a google search will back this up. 

I can find info on Google to back up anything I say but that's neither here nor there. If I listened to all the "experts" out there about the care of shell cordovan I wouldn't have a solid pair of 721s today. Coconut oil is used as a component in some leather conditioners. It might do in a pinch in the short term but saying it can replace a product specifically formulated for conditioning leather is fiction.
post #3430 of 6762

From what I have gathered from in this thread. 

 

Basically apply oil (i.e filson boot oil) before initial wear, then treat this boot like crap and restore it with another oil application when appropriate. This is correct?

 

This is so different from leather care... 

post #3431 of 6762
Received my factory second tan 1000 mile boot from Sierra today. Since it is a pair of second, it doesn't come with Wolverine shoe box (I own Red Wing's, Allen Edmonds', and Alden's, Wolverine's boxes are the best!). The color is more orange than I remember when I saw them in store. I was choosing between the tan 1000 mile boot and the Red Wing Beckman in chestnut color, and I was going to get the Beckman because I thought the tan 1000 mile boot that I saw were too yellow. Perhaps that pair that I saw had seen too much sunlight and dried out. Anyway, here are the pics (it comes with laces, I removed them as I don't like the thick dark laces on the tan boots)



Flaws? I can't really find any... perhaps the toe boxes aren't stitched 100% perfect.




For $148.15 (shipping was $12.95), I can't complain. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #3432 of 6762
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Originally Posted by tsekh View Post
(I own Red Wing's, Allen Edmonds', and Alden's, Wolverine's boxes are the best!).

 

Agreed. I like the Alden green/gold, but Wolverines are the sturdiest plus grab-hole, and I use shoe boxes as my furniture lol.

post #3433 of 6762
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Originally Posted by hooker4186 View Post

Anyone gotten their STP seconds yet? I won't see mine till Friday but would be interested to hear folks impressions so far.
My black plain toe 1ks came today. It was unexpected I never received an order update so I was worried they weren't going to have the stock to fulfill my order.

Anyways, I am pretty happy. Everything is in order except a small ~3/4" superficial slash near the heel. I am sure once I polish it up it will be far from noticible. I was most surprised by how soft the leather is compared to my Alden indys which are finally acceptably soft after two f/w. That being said I perfer the laces on the 1ks to the unwaxed thinner cotton ones which I have replaced twice on my indys. So when those laces need replacing for the third time will be looking to wolverine.

Over all < $150 shipped = steal couldn't even get some decent glued non-welted boots for this price.
post #3434 of 6762
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Originally Posted by jadough View Post

My black plain toe 1ks came today. It was unexpected I never received an order update so I was worried they weren't going to have the stock to fulfill my order.

Anyways, I am pretty happy. Everything is in order except a small ~3/4" superficial slash near the heel. I am sure once I polish it up it will be far from noticible. I was most surprised by how soft the leather is compared to my Alden indys which are finally acceptably soft after two f/w. That being said I perfer the laces on the 1ks to the unwaxed thinner cotton ones which I have replaced twice on my indys. So when those laces need replacing for the third time will be looking to wolverine.

Over all < $150 shipped = steal couldn't even get some decent glued non-welted boots for this price.

How'd you size compared to you Indies?
post #3435 of 6762
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Originally Posted by docka View Post

From what I have gathered from in this thread. 

Basically apply oil (i.e filson boot oil) before initial wear, then treat this boot like crap and restore it with another oil application when appropriate. This is correct?

This is so different from leather care... 

Incorrect. I don't treat my boots like crap. I wear them according to my lifestyle, not the other way around. They are an important piece of my gear and like all my other gear they get used hard and taken care of well. They are made of materials that can easily withstand what I put them through as long as I correctly maintain them. You obviously didn't read this thread because if you did you would know in detail what I do, how and when. Other people have done likewise with products and routines that work for the way they wear their boots. So what's your version of leather care? Baby them and worry about every little nick and scuff?
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