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Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot Review - Page 324post #4846 of 76311/6/14 at 8:08pmpost #4847 of 76311/7/14 at 10:11amQuote:Originally Posted by michaeljohnr
What would be the recommended method to re-secure a part of a half sole that is coming slightly unglued?
It's not major (yet) but I would like to secure the portion that is beginning to come unglued.
The part of the half sole I am referring to are the square ends on each side toward the heel portion. The corners are just starting to peel off the sole. There are also slight gaps on places around the area where the half sole is attached to the leather sole.
Like I wrote, it's not a major issue, but I would like to prevent it from becoming one.
Try some barge or gorilla glue. Be sure to apply pressure - clamp - as the glue dries. Gorilla expands a little as it dries, so you may have some cleanup to do if you use that.
Edited by milw50717 - 1/7/14 at 10:21ampost #4848 of 76311/7/14 at 12:21pmpost #4849 of 76311/7/14 at 2:55pmpost #4850 of 76311/7/14 at 4:27pmpost #4851 of 76311/7/14 at 4:38pmpost #4852 of 76311/7/14 at 4:44pmQuote:Originally Posted by tmchow
Oddly, you can't edit old posts after a period of time. No idea why... so here it is again with some edits and the start of a section on polishes. Remember, I'm not claiming to be an expert here, just read this thread a ton and tried my hand at summarizing the information shared by others. Corrections always welcomed.
Jan 4, 2014 edition:
Cleaning, conditioning and polishes
- Cleaning: Lexol cleaner (spray, 1L jug) or kiwi saddle soap. Lots of debate on saddle soap, and less debate seems to be around lexol. Lexol is reported to be easier to use since it's a spray -- take a wet cloth, spray it on, and wipe it on to a lather, then wipe off with another damp cloth.
- Conditioning: Boot oil is highly recommended and keeps the leather hydrated and supple, and will ensure your boots will last a long, long time. Varying opinions but general consensus from all the threads is Obenauf's and Filson's boot oil are winners. Both will darken the leather. Lots of debate about Neatsfoot oil and whether it will eventually rot the boot stitching. Seems to be no consensus on the matter, but lots of people still swear by it. If you go with Neatsfoot oil, make sure it's "pure" and not a compound. Whatever boot oil you use, you can get away with 1 coat but many people do 2-3 coats. As mentioned, this will darken the leather so if you want to avoid that, then skip any of these products and the waterproofing ones. (Note, it will initially look darker at first, and after a few days, it will lighten up a bit but still be darker than before the oil application).
These are 2 alternatives to boot oil that seem to get mentioned:
Meltonian shoe cream -- comes in various colors so get the closest one to match you're actual boot color. Added advantage is that the coloring will help clean/fill in scuffs.
Venetian Shoe Cream (aka "VSC") -- I've read so many glowing recommendations of this and people universally seem to say that it won't darken your boots.
Others: Lexol Conditioner, Leather honey and Montana Pitch Blend get periodically mentioned but much less so than everything else. Doesn't mean these aren't good choices, it's just that they doesn't get as much love on the forums as the other options listed.
- Waterproofing: Further protection with intense waterproofing can be had through use of Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP (aka Obenauf's LP) or Sno-seal. Depending who you ask, you'll get different recommendations, but they all converge around these 2. There is debate on whether you need this at all if you aren't exposing your boots to the outdoors a lot (or water/snow). These will also darken the boots.
Montana Pitch Blend, mentioned earlier as a "conditioner" provides water repellency (vs. waterproofing) which may be enough if you're just in the city and not thrashing your boots outdoors a lot.
- Brush: Get yourself one or more horsehair brushes. If you're just using it to clean and buff non-colored washes, one brush should be OK. If you're using colors waxes/polishes, get one for each color to avoid any transfer.
- Polishes: Depending on how much of a shine you're going for, you may or may not want to use a polish like Saphir. However, keep in mind that if you use a waterproofer like Sno-seal or Obenauf's LP, your boots won't be able to shine up well. If you want to waterproof and still try to polish your boots up, water about a week or two after the waterproof has set in and then try your hand at polishing.
Just got a pair of the boots and appreciate your taking the time to compile this list. I live in Boston and though I won't wear them in snow or when its raining, having wet weather and salts on the roads is par for the course in winter. I'm planning to go with Obenauf's Boot Oil and then Obenauf's LP. Does that seem to be the correct choice for my conditions? Crane's- any thoughts? Thanks!post #4853 of 76311/7/14 at 4:51pmQuote:What color? I would do one or the otherOriginally Posted by marmot8
Just got a pair of the boots and appreciate your taking the time to compile this list. I live in Boston and though I won't wear them in snow or when its raining, having wet weather and salts on the roads is par for the course in winter. I'm planning to go with Obenauf's Boot Oil and then Obenauf's LP. Does that seem to be the correct choice for my conditions? Crane's- any thoughts? Thanks!post #4854 of 76311/7/14 at 5:21pmQuote:Originally Posted by marmot8
Just got a pair of the boots and appreciate your taking the time to compile this list. I live in Boston and though I won't wear them in snow or when its raining, having wet weather and salts on the roads is par for the course in winter. I'm planning to go with Obenauf's Boot Oil and then Obenauf's LP. Does that seem to be the correct choice for my conditions? Crane's- any thoughts? Thanks!
Oil to condition. LP to protect the leather from the crud, salt and water.post #4855 of 76311/7/14 at 5:50pmpost #4856 of 76311/7/14 at 5:52pmpost #4857 of 76311/7/14 at 6:48pmpost #4858 of 76311/7/14 at 11:32pmpost #4859 of 76311/8/14 at 7:05ampost #4860 of 76311/8/14 at 9:10amQuote:Originally Posted by loug
Gorilla glue might be a problem, maybe try Shoe Goo, sold in black and clear: http://www.amazon.com/Eclectic-Shoe-Goo-black/dp/B003F6ZHU4
Thank you everyone for the suggestions.
The Shoe Goo appears to be what I am looking for.
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