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post #4801 of 6719
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Originally Posted by loug View Post


Haven't polish or added any oil/treatment to any of these boots since they arrived.  Really don't see a need to treat them or polish them.  The Chippewas came insulated and waterproof, used for days like we're having.  Wearing the RW round toe now, they came oiled and won't be getting another treatment.  I've found the more a boot is treated the less it breaths.

That didn't answer my question. How many days is a year do you wear the 1Ks and in what conditions.
post #4802 of 6719

Ah, the 1k's are definitely fair weather boots compared to the RW and have been worn maybe 30 days at the most.  The walk to the office is about all.  They really aren't as comfortable as the other boots for some reason.  Put some thin insoles in them and as soon as the weather improves they'll get another try.  Sized down on size as recommended and probably should have went with my normal size of 13 D.  These can be worn with some thin socks but still aren't as comfortable as the RW.

 

The main use for any of my shoes or boots is walking.  So far the Chippewa boots are the most comfortable.  Tried all kinds of walking shoes (Clarks etc.) and none were comfortable.  Footwear made in the US is getting close to what I like and need.  IMO the sole compound being used in foreign made shoes is getting harder.  Maybe to make it more durable but at the expense of loss in comfort (Bates and Danner boots tried).  Vibram soles are the shizz.

post #4803 of 6719
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Originally Posted by Psalmanazar View Post

What are signs of oversaturated leather? I liberally oiled my new Alden 401s today  as they felt a bit dry with Obenauf's Leather Oil outside and inside and parts of the leather lined insole where it dripped down have severe dark spots. How often should I oil them if I wear them heavily? Once very couple of months?

Also, How long should I wait for them to dry before wearing them and how long until I put on the Obenauf's LP? Just overnight before wearing and then put the LP on them in a few days?

Depending on your planned use, I wouldn't have applied any product to the Alden 401 at all before wearing

I am looking into getting some black Wolverine 1000 Mile boots. I gave my brother a pair of the brown version a two years ago, and they look great with light wear (wear during fall and winter, some rain). That's how I would wear any Wolverines I buy, so I don't think I would put anything on them before wearing. Occasional applications of Venetian or Saphir should do after.
post #4804 of 6719
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Originally Posted by loug View Post

Ah, the 1k's are definitely fair weather boots compared to the RW and have been worn maybe 30 days at the most.  The walk to the office is about all.  They really aren't as comfortable as the other boots for some reason.  Put some thin insoles in them and as soon as the weather improves they'll get another try.  Sized down on size as recommended and probably should have went with my normal size of 13 D.  These can be worn with some thin socks but still aren't as comfortable as the RW.

The main use for any of my shoes or boots is walking.  So far the Chippewa boots are the most comfortable.  Tried all kinds of walking shoes (Clarks etc.) and none were comfortable.  Footwear made in the US is getting close to what I like and need.  IMO the sole compound being used in foreign made shoes is getting harder.  Maybe to make it more durable but at the expense of loss in comfort (Bates and Danner boots tried).  Vibram soles are the shizz.

So my typical "year" is equivalent to about 7 of yours. The conditions I wear mine in are much harsher than yours too. By what factor? Are you going to tell me that you think your 1Ks are going to last 7 years without any kind of treatment? Just for fun let's do a little more comparison math shall we? I've had my boots for a bit over four years now. So if we do the math my boots are at least 28 or 30 years old using your "year". Without factoring anything else in do you believe your untreated 1Ks are going to last 30 years? I don't think any untreated leather is going to hold up to much of anything let alone a boot.
post #4805 of 6719
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Originally Posted by Crane's View Post


So my typical "year" is equivalent to about 7 of yours. The conditions I wear mine in are much harsher than yours too. By what factor? Are you going to tell me that you think your 1Ks are going to last 7 years without any kind of treatment? Just for fun let's do a little more comparison math shall we? I've had my boots for a bit over four years now. So if we do the math my boots are at least 28 or 30 years old using your "year". Without factoring anything else in do you believe your untreated 1Ks are going to last 30 years? I don't think any untreated leather is going to hold up to much of anything let alone a boot.


Longevity is not a concern here, if these boots would look 10 years old tomorrow it would make me happy.  Pushing 60 here and don't see any of the boots giving up the ghost before I do.  If the 1K's were comfortable they'd be worn every day no matter what the weather is but they don't have much traction or are they insulated (same goes for the RW round toe).  For the winter months these are the ticket: http://www.chippewaboots.com/footwear/outdoor/logger/25405/  steel toed and insulated.  Don't need the steel toe everyday but the days its needed, its needed.  These came yesterday and used them to go to the grocery store and back.  About 3 to 4 miles on concrete sidewalks.  Other then the new boot stiffness there wasn't much foot pain.  These will definitely be the last boot of this type I will ever have to purchase.   There is no way I'm going to wear them out lol.

post #4806 of 6719

Some pictures of my brown Addisons after two weeks of almost daily wear in rough weather. I got a half-sole and LP'd the boots. I don't mind the scuff marks on the tongue but the tongue of the right boot is off center. I imagine I'd have to go to a cobbler to get it fixed?

 

 

 

 

post #4807 of 6719

The tongue on my right boot is also off center. It was straight when I newly bought it but because I drive my car with these maybe that's why the tongue shifted.

 

post #4808 of 6719
The tongues have sifted on my boots too.
post #4809 of 6719

The tongue on the right boot of both my pairs of Wolverines does exactly the same thing. I figured it has something to do with my feet (my right foot is bigger). Who knows?

post #4810 of 6719

same problem here. thought about cutting two slits in the tongues and putting the laces through like on some other boots and athletic shoes have installed.  this will keep the tongue centered and in place. 

post #4811 of 6719
It's finding it's spot based on your leg shape and gait. Perfectly normal.
post #4812 of 6719

For the scuff marks on the tongue, I understand they're unavoidable if you lace up the boots all the way as they're caused by the metal lace clips. The scuffs are covered when I wear them. But to get rid of them I would just need a shoe polish? Currently I have LP and Meltonian stain & water protector, which I haven't applied yet, and a horseshoe brush I use every so often. Do I need anything else or not for a while?


Edited by accordion - 1/1/14 at 4:38pm
post #4813 of 6719
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Originally Posted by Mr M View Post

The tongue on my right boot is also off center. It was straight when I newly bought it but because I drive my car with these maybe that's why the tongue shifted.

If it annoys or becomes painful you (or a cobbler) can simply tack stitch the tongue to the side of the boot.
post #4814 of 6719
Shout out to Crane's for doing a free size exchange. Really cool of you guys to do that.

Also, what do you guys recommend for putting on the bottom of the shoes? Would heavy duty LP be too much? I wouldn't dare put it on the uppers but since the soles see so much water I feel like it might be a good idea.
post #4815 of 6719
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Originally Posted by loug View Post
 

same problem here. thought about cutting two slits in the tongues and putting the laces through like on some other boots and athletic shoes have installed.  this will keep the tongue centered and in place. 

 

If it continues to concern you, you could take them to a cobbler and have him stitch one side of the tongue to the inside of the upper. It shouldn't be hard for them to line it up with stitching already present.

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