Originally Posted by ErPupone
Thanks for your reply mikecch, i'm considering to cover the full sole indeed.
Regarding insulation are your refering to this Sno Seal beeswax ? would it be enough to protect boots from snow ?
As per the leather out-sole i'd go for the esthetic choice. Better looking than rubber or neoprene. I'm not sur with leather you can reach 1000miles though.
Last, regarding the size, should i size down whole size ? (i'm 9.5 so should go to 8.5 ?)
By insulation I mean any type of foam or other insulating material between the outer leather and the lining material, to prevent cold feet.
I have no idea how cold it gets in your area though, maybe insulation is not necessary.
You could use sno seal or some other wax sealant, but Chromexcel cattlehide is pretty water-proof from the get go due to it's high oil content and re-tannage (chrome then vegetable).
But not a bad idea to give it a coat once in a little while
Just make sure you gently heat up the leather and the wax mixture a little bit during application.
I find the standard 1000 Mile fits me true to size, but I do like my boots a little looser.
With regards to the sole, I guess it's whatever floats your boat...could consider something like a commando half-sole for your next re-sole?
The 1000 Mile boots from the 40s onwards were mainly rubber/neoprene of one description or another though...but I guess historical accuracy isn't the game we're playing here :P