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I figured it wasn't a smart move on his part -- even if it was through email.  If it tells you anything, it was the same guy that posted the 744LTD pictures in this thread a little while back.  I'm kind of surprised nothing happened to him when he posted the pictures here originally.  

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Thats probably why he disappeared so quickly from the forum. Everyone knew his name on ebay and he posted a pic on his profile, then all of his posts were gone.

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Yeah, I know he was banned from this forum after that.  I'm assuming he was banned because he posted the pictures.

All of this makes sense to me. Sometimes I just don't get why people do dumbe things. Then again greed does make you do stupid shit.

Well my 721LTDs are really dusty. I knew relegating them to a life of luxury wouldn't last long. LOL. At least I stayed out of the mud and water. I went out for a bit yesterday and combed a couple of farm fields for rocks. I didn't find much of anything except a really nice trade blank. If nothing else it was a beautiful day outside.
post #332 of 617
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No no no. Wolverine please bring out the original in Whiskey or Walnut shell. Please?

I was trying to keep one foot grounded in reality, but I certainly wouldn't complain if the original appeared in whiskey or (especially) walnut shell. That would be a whole other level.

Dreaming aside, I'm looking forward to seeing whatever they come up with. A simple shell captoe (without wings or brogueing) might also be nice.
post #333 of 617
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So after nearly a month of daily wear the trees are back in the 721s. I'm going to bring them to my leather guy today and have them resoled commando style my way. Lugged heel plate and a raptor half sole upfront. While he has them I'll have him work his magic on the uppers as well. If he does as good a job on them as my original 1Ks I won't recognize them.

I think it's time to drag out the ol' brown pair for a while.....
post #334 of 617
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So after nearly a month of daily wear the trees are back in the 721s. I'm going to bring them to my leather guy today and have them resoled commando style my way. Lugged heel plate and a raptor half sole upfront. While he has them I'll have him work his magic on the uppers as well. If he does as good a job on them as my original 1Ks I won't recognize them.
I think it's time to drag out the ol' brown pair for a while.....


Can't wait for pictures!

post #335 of 617
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I talked with Chris awhile on what to do to the 721s. We're going to go with a complete recraft on 'em along with my world famous lugged/raptor half soles. He's also going to try to work out the toebox damage on the left boot. It's kind of interesting, he's a Wolverine dealer as well and he mentioned something about having lasts to rebuild Wolverine boots. When I pick them up I'm going to question him at length about this.
post #336 of 617
He probably means that when he resoles the boots, they will be put on the same last that they were built on, ensuring there is no chance for slight size or shaping issues which can occur when a shoe is resoled on a standard/common/un-original last.
post #337 of 617
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He probably means that when he resoles the boots, they will be put on the same last that they were built on, ensuring there is no chance for slight size or shaping issues which can occur when a shoe is resoled on a standard/common/un-original last.

That's what I'm thinking Moo. If so he would be a go to guy for sure.
post #338 of 617
It's definitely a bit of a luxury these days. No local cobbler, unless one has a situation like yours, will resole on an original last.
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I talked with Chris awhile on what to do to the 721s. We're going to go with a complete recraft on 'em along with my world famous lugged/raptor half soles. He's also going to try to work out the toebox damage on the left boot. It's kind of interesting, he's a Wolverine dealer as well and he mentioned something about having lasts to rebuild Wolverine boots. When I pick them up I'm going to question him at length about this.

Who is this cobbler? Does he take mail in orders?

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Who is this cobbler? Does he take mail in orders?

I'll find out when he's done with my boots. I want to make sure I have all the details right before I post his CI.
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Alright, I have been lurking on this thread for a long time, and only just now joined this forum, so I'm able to comment.  Here's my story with the 721s...

 

I first saw the 721s while visiting Chicago last July.  I stopped by Allen Edmonds with my girlfriend (now fiance), and there they were.  We both agreed they were bar-none the nicest boot we'd ever seen, but I couldn't bring myself to buy them on account of the price tag.  I ended up buying a pair of the original 1000 miles in Rust instead, and absolutely love them.  I've worn the hell out of them and they're still going strong.  But all the while, I couldn't stop thinking about the 721s.  I found this thread through a Google search, and checked in regularly just to look at the pics.  The discussion here made me want them even more.  In the end, I decided to buy them.  So last December, I got my 721s (497/1000).  They are truly the best shoes I've ever owned.  It's my first pair of shell cordovan - my first pair of really nice shoes at all actually.  The amount of compliments I've gotten on them has been insane; almost every time I wear them someone says something. But here's the most amazing part: I've had them for nearly six months now; I've worn them regularly, and honestly they don't just look good... they look better than they did the day I got them.  The leather looks pretty much unworn; the color has evolved some and the boots just look incredible.  Because I invested so much in them, I've been very diligent about caring for them.  I always put trees in them; I try not to wear them two days in a row, and very occasionally, I'll apply products.  I don't know whether my care regimen has helped or not, but they look unbelievable.  Maybe I'll see if I can post some pics here soon.

 

Anyway, huge thanks to everyone here for all you've posted.  I wouldn't have bought the boots without this thread, and the amount of help I've gotten just reading through this has been awesome!  I'll post questions and tips about mine as they come up.  In fact, I'll start by asking how you go about getting your boots re-soled.  Mine aren't near that point yet, but when they do reach the re-soling stage I want to be sure I know what I'm doing.  Do you just bring them to any shoe repair store?  Someone told me that you only get about 4 re-soles before your shoes are effectively done.  Does that sound about right?  

 

Lastly, I'll add that I too would love a pair of Wolverine 1000 miles in whiskey shell.  That would be unreal!

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Alright, I have been lurking on this thread for a long time, and only just now joined this forum, so I'm able to comment.  Here's my story with the 721s...

 

I first saw the 721s while visiting Chicago last July.  I stopped by Allen Edmonds with my girlfriend (now fiance), and there they were.  We both agreed they were bar-none the nicest boot we'd ever seen, but I couldn't bring myself to buy them on account of the price tag.  I ended up buying a pair of the original 1000 miles in Rust instead, and absolutely love them.  I've worn the hell out of them and they're still going strong.  But all the while, I couldn't stop thinking about the 721s.  I found this thread through a Google search, and checked in regularly just to look at the pics.  The discussion here made me want them even more.  In the end, I decided to buy them.  So last December, I got my 721s (497/1000).  They are truly the best shoes I've ever owned.  It's my first pair of shell cordovan - my first pair of really nice shoes at all actually.  The amount of compliments I've gotten on them has been insane; almost every time I wear them someone says something. But here's the most amazing part: I've had them for nearly six months now; I've worn them regularly, and honestly they don't just look good... they look better than they did the day I got them.  The leather looks pretty much unworn; the color has evolved some and the boots just look incredible.  Because I invested so much in them, I've been very diligent about caring for them.  I always put trees in them; I try not to wear them two days in a row, and very occasionally, I'll apply products.  I don't know whether my care regimen has helped or not, but they look unbelievable.  Maybe I'll see if I can post some pics here soon.

 

Anyway, huge thanks to everyone here for all you've posted.  I wouldn't have bought the boots without this thread, and the amount of help I've gotten just reading through this has been awesome!  I'll post questions and tips about mine as they come up.  In fact, I'll start by asking how you go about getting your boots re-soled.  Mine aren't near that point yet, but when they do reach the re-soling stage I want to be sure I know what I'm doing.  Do you just bring them to any shoe repair store?  Someone told me that you only get about 4 re-soles before your shoes are effectively done.  Does that sound about right?  

 

Lastly, I'll add that I too would love a pair of Wolverine 1000 miles in whiskey shell.  That would be unreal!

 

Great to hear from you, I would love to see pictures. BTW - what have you used/done to care for them?

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Great to hear from you, I would love to see pictures. BTW - what have you used/done to care for them?

Thanks a lot!  I'll see if I can get pics up soon.  As far as care goes, I do my best to brush them after each use.  Occasionally I'll forget or I'm just too lazy, but they definitely get a good amount of brushing.  I always put shoe trees in them.  If they aren't on my feet, they have trees in them.  I try not to wear them 2 days in a row, but I have broken that rule a few times.  I've only used products on them 2 or 3 times, which amounts to once every 2-3 months.  When I do use products, I use them sparingly.  I start by taking the laces off and wiping the boots down with a damp towel to remove dirt.  Then I use Saphir Renovateur to condition and remove dirt/wax buildup.  Following that, I use a very small amount of Alden color no. 8 wax polish.  I basically have been following advice I've found on this forum and elsewhere on the internet.

 

Anyway, I've never really done the whole shoe care thing before, so I'm definitely no expert.  But what I'm doing seems to be working really well.  My only concern right now is that the Alden no. 8 polish might be very slightly too dark for them.  I've noticed that Alden's no. 8 shoes are a little darker looking than most others, and I think the same might be true of their wax.  There's a part of me that wants to get a slightly lighter polish, but then there's another part of me that thinks, if it isn't broke don't fix it.  The boots look amazing right now, so I don't know if it's worth changing anything I'm doing.  If anyone has any thoughts on this, I'd love to hear them.

 

Probably also worth mentioning that unlike a lot of the people on this thread, I'm not taking these boots out hunting, fishing, hiking or anything.  I wear them to the office (carpet) and around town (sidewalks and asphalt).  I also live in Southern California, so there's no snow or otherwise damaging weather to deal with.  They really don't get beat up much, and that probably has more to do with why they look so great than my shoe care regimen.

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Thanks a lot!  I'll see if I can get pics up soon.  As far as care goes, I do my best to brush them after each use.  Occasionally I'll forget or I'm just too lazy, but they definitely get a good amount of brushing.  I always put shoe trees in them.  If they aren't on my feet, they have trees in them.  I try not to wear them 2 days in a row, but I have broken that rule a few times.  I've only used products on them 2 or 3 times, which amounts to once every 2-3 months.  When I do use products, I use them sparingly.  I start by taking the laces off and wiping the boots down with a damp towel to remove dirt.  Then I use Saphir Renovateur to condition and remove dirt/wax buildup.  Following that, I use a very small amount of Alden color no. 8 wax polish.  I basically have been following advice I've found on this forum and elsewhere on the internet.

 

Anyway, I've never really done the whole shoe care thing before, so I'm definitely no expert.  But what I'm doing seems to be working really well.  My only concern right now is that the Alden no. 8 polish might be very slightly too dark for them.  I've noticed that Alden's no. 8 shoes are a little darker looking than most others, and I think the same might be true of their wax.  There's a part of me that wants to get a slightly lighter polish, but then there's another part of me that thinks, if it isn't broke don't fix it.  The boots look amazing right now, so I don't know if it's worth changing anything I'm doing.  If anyone has any thoughts on this, I'd love to hear them.

 

Probably also worth mentioning that unlike a lot of the people on this thread, I'm not taking these boots out hunting, fishing, hiking or anything.  I wear them to the office (carpet) and around town (sidewalks and asphalt).  I also live in Southern California, so there's no snow or otherwise damaging weather to deal with.  They really don't get beat up much, and that probably has more to do with why they look so great than my shoe care regimen.

 Thanks, good info. I had a pair of color 8 Aldens a while back and I only used Venetian Shoe Cream (of course with tons of brushing) - it worked real good, and did not darken the leather. To bad just about every pair of Aldens I owned killed my feet. Besides that I pretty much followd the Mac Method - which you seem to be doing.

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Anyway, huge thanks to everyone here for all you've posted.  I wouldn't have bought the boots without this thread, and the amount of help I've gotten just reading through this has been awesome!  I'll post questions and tips about mine as they come up.  In fact, I'll start by asking how you go about getting your boots re-soled.  Mine aren't near that point yet, but when they do reach the re-soling stage I want to be sure I know what I'm doing.  Do you just bring them to any shoe repair store?  Someone told me that you only get about 4 re-soles before your shoes are effectively done.  Does that sound about right?

 

I've heard that you can only get about 4 recraftings out of a shoe since the leather is re-stretched over the last to remove the wrinkles.  I think you can have a shoe resoled as many times as you like (within reason) without too much consequence to the shoe.  I could be wrong though since I've never had a shoe resoled more than a couple of times.

 

I've also heard good things about B.Nelson's resoling.  There are some examples of his work here on the forum.  I'll probably be sending them to his shop for work on both of my 1000 Mile boots.  Some say his rates are a little high, but I'd rather pay out a little more for peace of mind that my boots will come back looking and feeling good.

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