Originally Posted by kealani
Bob, how are the 1000 miles holding up? I got a pair last month, and I love them. As a professional shoeshiner with years of experience, I just want to share that any shoe should be polished and protected when they are brand new, before you ever wear them. The first shine is the most important one, for many reasons that I may blog about soon. There is a huge difference between styling the "distressed" look and actually ruining your shoes. It's entirely possible to look "manly" while maintaining your investment.
I recently did a blog post about my 1,000 mile boots, and how I care for them, in my new blog wherein I am trying to include all of my shoeshine knowledge. I would say one of the best things you could do for your boots is give them a treatment now and then with a mink oil based product. The chromexcel is indeed oil treated, the only instance in which I would use mink oil. In other applications it can leave a terrible buildup and leave a leather surface sticky and destroyed, but it is just the right thing for any oil treated leathers and particularly on the chromexcel. I have found Saphir Renovateur to be perfect for my boots.
I'm sure you have found by now that the boots take on a nice patina and distressed character even with regular care.
Well, thanks for asking and your blog looks great.
In another post last month I mentioned about my 1000 k's - after treating with 2 different products - Montana Pitch Blend and finally Obenauf's LP, getting soaked after taking a walking in the rain. I was very surprised - especially after reading about how successful were others who had taken similar action. Long story short - Wolverine agreed to exchange them for a new pair that I am expecting next week. I will give what you recommend a try.
However, in the meantime I have decided to get hiking boots for hiking - especially in wet weather or rocky surfaces, my older, USA made Timberland for snow and use the 1000 k's for more leasurely activities - even goin' out to dinner. Nope, won't baby them, but they are way too nice for heavy rain, snow and scuffing the hell out of them on rocky surfaces.