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I have a question about a pair of 744 I recently bought on ebay. I noticed a section of one toe cap was a darker shade than the rest. When I rubbed the area I ended up with a red spot with a slight scratch in the middle. The scratch does not concern me, but I'm wondering what's going on here, and how to rectify it.

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I have a question about a pair of 744 I recently bought on ebay. I noticed a section of one toe cap was a darker shade than the rest. When I rubbed the area I ended up with a red spot with a slight scratch in the middle. The scratch does not concern me, but I'm wondering what's going on here, and how to rectify it.

If you bought them on ebay, they are almost certainly of seconds quality, especially if they don't have a number out of 1000 written on the insides of the tongue (though I suppose that could be forged). I've seen on SF this happen with seconds that come out of Allen Edmonds, where the issue that makes them seconds is inconsistent coloring of the leather. When that happens, they will usually polish just that spot, and sell them anyway.

There is no way to "rectify" it, if it's a discoloring of the leather, as it would have occurred in the dyeing. There are two options I'd recommend to cover it up, depending on whether you want to use these as dress boots or as boot boots. For the first, get some brown shell polish, and just keep your shoes polished. For the second, oil and sno-seal/LP them. They'll darken up, which will cover up the blemish. My 744s look gorgeous darker, but they did lose the beautiful Cigar color. They are, though, excellent boot boots.
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Seller thought they were over runs, but I think seconds. I got a very good deal and intent to wear them as boot boots, though I do plan on taking good care of them. Have a thing for good leather, my only other boots are Wolverine original 100 miles in color8, love the chromexcel.

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Grails showed up today. Only worn 2-3 times or so. Gonna give them a bit of oil. They must have been in a warehouse for nearly 2 years.
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^ Interested to see how they appear after an oiling. Mine are the lighter shade of 8 like yours...debating darkening them
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721 Horween next to it's cousin #8 Alden

What model are the Alden's and where did you source them from?

 

Thanks!

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^ They're the Alden AF53 from Alden of Carmel
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^ They're the Alden AF53 from Alden of Carmel

Awesome, thanks!!!

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So, I've worn my 1000 mile Krause boots for about 4 months, and now I'm looking for a pair of 721's hiding out there some where...

What I'm wondering is, does anyone use insoles with these boots? If so, what do you recommend?

Thanks smile.gif
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Ashland Leather's color 2 shell wallet matches up nicely with the LTD 721
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It's nice and cold up here in the Northeast. Been wearing my 721s and my 744s almost every day. Mostly my 721s, since the weather hasn't been too foul, and they aren't sno-sealed or half-soled.

The 744s are like tanks, really a nice espresso color from the treatments. I probably over treated them, honestly, and they haven't patina's as nicely. But the leather feels super-healthy, so I'm looking forward to another winter with them once it starts getting nasty out.
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Did anyone try to successfully apply a rubber outsole (Topy, Vibram, etc.) to the shell Wolverines? Since they have butyl soles and I was told that the rubber outsole won't permanently adhere. Since I remember seeing pictures of Vibram Raptor being attached to the soles anyways, I am curious whether this was a long-term success.

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Did anyone try to successfully apply a rubber outsole (Topy, Vibram, etc.) to the shell Wolverines? Since they have butyl soles and I was told that the rubber outsole won't permanently adhere. Since I remember seeing pictures of Vibram Raptor being attached to the soles anyways, I am curious whether this was a long-term success.

You were told wrong. More information can be found in the monster Wolverine 1K review thread.
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You were told wrong. More information can be found in the monster Wolverine 1K review thread.

Thanks for the follow-up. I will check the 1K thread. It was actually Nick V. from the B.Nelson Shoes who told me that the other (and advised against putting it on my boots), and who is considered highly authoritative in this matter. I got an impression that the Vibram will stick but it may separate from the sole down the road. 

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Thanks for the follow-up. I will check the 1K thread. It was actually Nick V. from the B.Nelson Shoes who told me that the other (and advised against putting it on my boots), and who is considered highly authoritative in this matter. I got an impression that the Vibram will stick but it may separate from the sole down the road. 

I've had the Raptor half sole on my brown 1Ks for about 3 years and they're still going strong despite my shenanigans with these boots. Over the years more than a few of us have done some type of half sole on these boots with great success. There are a few cases where it didn't work well but it seems that issue revolves more around the cobbler than anything else. In general someone who resoles or repairs work boots is where you want to go.
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