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post #4186 of 7022
Anybody experience problems with the leather sole stitching without a topy? What happens if the stitching frays or breaks? Does it affect the stitching on the top welt? I have some stitching on the bottom sole that wasnt stitched properly in the groove so it is stitched over the leather and exposed. It will probably cause quite a bit of fraying when walking on concrete. Any inputs?
post #4187 of 7022
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Originally Posted by ihatesundays View Post

Anybody experience problems with the leather sole stitching without a topy? What happens if the stitching frays or breaks? Does it affect the stitching on the top welt? I have some stitching on the bottom sole that wasnt stitched properly in the groove so it is stitched over the leather and exposed. It will probably cause quite a bit of fraying when walking on concrete. Any inputs?

Non issue.
post #4188 of 7022

Just ordered my first pair of 1k's in Rust, and I'm pretty excited.  Almost went with the Cordovan, but since this is my first pair of workboots, I figured a shade of brown is the better choice.  I'm one of those guys who buy these for form not function (I know, the worst) and I'll be living in the San Fran area for a couple years, then DC.  So the only thing I need to worry about is rain and a little snow later.  I will definitely be wearing the hell out of these though.

 

I've read most of this monster thread, and clearly there's decades of combined experience with 1k's on here, so since I have zero and have yet to see a pair in person (military overseas in Japan), hopefully you fine gentlemen can help me out.  

 

This is really my first experience with quality leather goods and I obviously want to take great care of these and keep them looking beautiful, but I do NOT want to darken the leather into chocolate.  I know Obenauf's LP and Sno Seal are favorites around here, and I would love to never worry about moisture again, but I've read/seen terrifying examples where it's turned medium brown boots dark brown permanently.  I hear that these will darken over time anyway, so I'm not in a hurry to get there.

 

I recognize it's leather and every boot is unique, but here are a couple pics of the color that sold me on these and how I'd love for mine to end up near:

 

So what I'm seeing is not really a high shine, but I'd like to achieve that depth to the color to bring out that reddish hue in the brown.  For the uppers, my research has yielded Venetian, Saphir Renovateur, and Lexol as good lightweight conditioners that won't darken the leather much but will still provide protection against rain.

What do you all recommend?  Maybe in your experience Obenauf's + Rust 1k's ends up looking just like these.

 

Oh one last question, if the verdict is Obenauf's will darken the upper considerably, is it a good idea to use it on the sole for maximum protection?

 

Thanks!

post #4189 of 7022
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post


I actually love the look of the Iron Ranger to be honest, but if you've never tried them on they are VERY narrow, even the so-called EE width (only available in brown, not black) is about medkum width.  And virtually no arch support.  But LOOKS great.

 



thanks for the feedback. decided to get the regular 1k mile in black instead . maybe in the future I will get the captoe but for now I will play it safe.
post #4190 of 7022
Well, I would like to say one thing: after a year of wearing them, it's time to admit that Crane's (it hurts to say this) is right when it comes to fit. It's time to bid adieu to my 721s and 744s, which were basically grails for me, because I bought them too small. My takeaway from this (expensive) lesson is that the most important part is to get the joint of my toe in the right place, the width right, and ensure my heel doesn't have lateral slippage and not worry about space in front of my toes any more.

That said, I found a pair of boots that fits me perfectly, modified last Alden Indy's, and its amazing the world of difference my feet feel right now. They have the same tank-like feel to them, though I haven't decided whether I'm going to water-proof them.
post #4191 of 7022
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Originally Posted by Meezus View Post
 

Just ordered my first pair of 1k's in Rust,

 

 

 *SNIP*

 

 

Honestly I did not find the obenaufs darkened the leather at all. They look a little different in the "after" pic but I honestly think it's just as much the lighting.

 

Alot of the pics you see of the boots darker may be literally just waxed. When applying the wax the boots will get VERY dark. They lighten almost immediately and continue to over the course of the next few mins with a blow drier.

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Originally Posted by nevereast View Post


Out of the box:
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A few months later with 2 coats of obenaufs LP the crane's method. Darkened a lot during application but this is probably within 25 mins. I wouldn't day the color changes much. Lack of natural light makes a bigger difference in these pics
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post #4192 of 7022
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Well, I would like to say one thing: after a year of wearing them, it's time to admit that Crane's (it hurts to say this) is right when it comes to fit. It's time to bid adieu to my 721s and 744s, which were basically grails for me, because I bought them too small. My takeaway from this (expensive) lesson is that the most important part is to get the joint of my toe in the right place, the width right, and ensure my heel doesn't have lateral slippage and not worry about space in front of my toes any more.

That said, I found a pair of boots that fits me perfectly, modified last Alden Indy's, and its amazing the world of difference my feet feel right now. They have the same tank-like feel to them, though I haven't decided whether I'm going to water-proof them.

That just sucks W. I made a few sizing mistakes in my time with some expensive footwear before so I feel your pain.
post #4193 of 7022
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

That said, I found a pair of boots that fits me perfectly, modified last Alden Indy's, and its amazing the world of difference my feet feel right now. They have the same tank-like feel to them, though I haven't decided whether I'm going to water-proof them.

 

What size Modified do you take?

post #4194 of 7022

Next Wolvie 1K I'm getting will be TTS. The half size down after a long day walking and standing get less toes wiggling space.

post #4195 of 7022
I have been tempted by Wolverine 1000 mile, but the leather appears to crap up after wear - i.e. go an oily black colour.
post #4196 of 7022
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Originally Posted by rabiesinfrance View Post

I have been tempted by Wolverine 1000 mile, but the leather appears to crap up after wear - i.e. go an oily black colour.

I have no idea where you get that from. Then again all my computer monitors are calibrated too. At best I see underexposed photos and the wrong white balance in some pics but nothing that looks like an "oily black".

edit: Unless they're black to begin with that is. Then I expect them to be black with an oily sheen.
post #4197 of 7022
I've had my rust coloured 1000k for four years with minimal care and they look like the same colour just with four years of wear.

I have noticed thre is a propensity to use a lot of product on them though and that may contribute to discolouring.
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post #4199 of 7022
^That's the coloration that my rust 1k's have with about 3 years of seasonal wear. Except my left toe has a giant 1.5 inch gash on it caused by me opening a back door and the corner rammed into the tip of my boot. *shakesfistatsky*
post #4200 of 7022
bought a pair of 1ks used off craigslist a little over a week ago. they were in pretty decent condition, though the guy never treated them (and I havent had an opportunity to yet). at $115 the price was right anyway.

I did some walking on rocks though, and a hole is forming in the left sole! not sure if it was already there. I really need to get some rubber soles put in.
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