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post #3406 of 4558
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

^^ couple of things about leathers:

My natural CXL boots basically turned brown after the first treatment of CXL, and have darkened ever since. Now, it's a cool brown, but just keep in mind that that won't keep that natural look for long.

In my experience CXL is quite a bit softer than HH, and I think (though some will argue) less durable.

How did you treat the natural CXL that it turned brown after the first application?

 

I agree with your opinion of CXL vs HH though. CXL is very soft and not extremely tough, although it will take a lot of beating

post #3407 of 4558
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Originally Posted by johng70 View Post


Yep. It is a challenge - the more you see the more you think, that looks cool too.  Again, my advice is to stick to what's most versatile first.  I think burgandy is the least versatile for casual wear.  British Tan and Natural CXL appear to be very similar in color - so again, it comes down to TYPE of leather you want.  The british tan leather is going to be a bit thicker the CXL more supple  The tan will take a polish better but the CXL has that default deeper color due to the oils.

Now, both will get a bit darker with age.  What you have to ask yoruself is how YOU look with british tan shoes/belt.  Don't focus on the boots themselves.  You have to like how YOU look in those colors.  That's more high contrast with dark jeans than the darker browns.  Go to a shoe shoe or department store and grab a british tan style shoe/belt and see how you like the look on YOU.  Obviously the style will be differnet but it will give you an idea of how you like the way the color works.  Again, the more contrasting the color of the belt/shoe vs color of your jeans the more peoples' eyes will be drawn to those aspects of your wardrobe.  If that's what you want then I think British tan/natural CXL can look great - especially after they darken/patina a bit.  But, my personal feeling is burgundy is not a great first choice for a boot.  Brown or dark tan is a much better first choice.

I guess my thinking behind burgundy was that it would go well with both shirts that go well with brown and black as well. I viewed the burgundy as a nice middle ground. I'm not sure though.
post #3408 of 4558
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Originally Posted by anrobit View Post

How did you treat the natural CXL that it turned brown after the first application?

I agree with your opinion of CXL vs HH though. CXL is very soft and not extremely tough, although it will take a lot of beating

I used Venetian shoe cream, not a heavy oil at all and recommended by Horween etc for CXL. Looks to me like all natural CXL turns brown quickly with wear. Again it's a cool brown, but I didn't expect it to be so drastic .
post #3409 of 4558
Thanks guys. I really do not know that much about the different kinds of leathers White's uses but I'm looking for something that will age well and have some distressing after a while. I guess it is called Pull Up leather. I'm looking at both Brow and Natural Chromexcel and also Distressed Brown. Does anyone have any other suggestions or prefer one of the ones I named over the other ? I am looking to build a boot that looks similar to what I posted below. I just do not know the color yet............... Btw that Burgundy Cap Toe looks great.

http://store-motostyle.jp/?pid=54631732


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Originally Posted by hendjosh View Post

The available colors I know of are Black, Brown, Natural, Navy, and Burgundy #8 available in chromexcel.

Here are some links to my favorite burgundy examples,
 http://www.styleforum.net/t/219173/custom-whites-boots-thoughts/465#post_5398151
http://www.styleforum.net/t/219173/custom-whites-boots-thoughts/1875#post_6456723

Some natural chromexcel examples (there are many more examples on the forum),
http://www.styleforum.net/t/219173/custom-whites-boots-thoughts/2235#post_6590378
http://www.styleforum.net/t/219173/custom-whites-boots-thoughts/3030#post_6893142

There are examples of worn natural chromexcel on the site as well. I wish there were more worn pictures of the burgundy on the forum.

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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

^^ couple of things about leathers:

My natural CXL boots basically turned brown after the first treatment of CXL, and have darkened ever since. Now, it's a cool brown, but just keep in mind that that won't keep that natural look for long.

In my experience CXL is quite a bit softer than HH, and I think (though some will argue) less durable.
post #3410 of 4558
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Originally Posted by gfloridafan93 View Post


I guess my thinking behind burgundy was that it would go well with both shirts that go well with brown and black as well. I viewed the burgundy as a nice middle ground. I'm not sure though.

If you are minimal in your treatment, darker chromexcels will lighten with wear due to sun exposure.

 

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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post


I used Venetian shoe cream, not a heavy oil at all and recommended by Horween etc for CXL. Looks to me like all natural CXL turns brown quickly with wear. Again it's a cool brown, but I didn't expect it to be so drastic .

That's quite a quick change! I expect it to darken with time, but not so quickly and certainly not with a light product like VSC

post #3411 of 4558
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Originally Posted by CJ23 View Post

Thanks guys. I really do not know that much about the different kinds of leathers White's uses but I'm looking for something that will age well and have some distressing after a while. I guess it is called Pull Up leather. I'm looking at both Brow and Natural Chromexcel and also Distressed Brown. Does anyone have any other suggestions or prefer one of the ones I named over the other ? I am looking to build a boot that looks similar to what I posted below. I just do not know the color yet............... Btw that Burgundy Cap Toe looks great.

http://store-motostyle.jp/?pid=54631732

My natural CXLs actually look quite a bit like the brown ones in the link.

I am out of town, but will try to post pics next week.
post #3412 of 4558
Yeah, if I knew they would turn out like that then I would definitely go with Natural. Does yours clean up ok ? I have a belt made of natural leather and part of it just looks dirty. I have never really tried to clean it though . I just oil it every once in a while. ........... That would be great if you could post some pictures sometime. Thanks
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

My natural CXLs actually look quite a bit like the brown ones in the link.

I am out of town, but will try to post pics next week.
post #3413 of 4558
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Originally Posted by CJ23 View Post

Yeah, if I knew they would turn out like that then I would definitely go with Natural. Does yours clean up ok ? I have a belt made of natural leather and part of it just looks dirty. I have never really tried to clean it though . I just oil it every once in a while. ........... That would be great if you could post some pictures sometime. Thanks
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They definitely pick up all sorts of marks, and get dark spots. I'd you don't mind that they look great.
post #3414 of 4558
People generally use care products on boots WAY too often. Like 10x more often than necessary. Under normal conditions, chromexcel can go years with just a damp rag and regular brushing.

A well-worn pair of boots is a marathon, not a sprint.
post #3415 of 4558
+1 like good denim fades
post #3416 of 4558

@ YOSEMITE PARK, no treatments made on this boots.

post #3417 of 4558
Ben,

You always post great photos. Here and in the other threads. fing02[1].gif
post #3418 of 4558
I was at a party last night, and for the first time ever ran into someone wearing a pair of Whites. We had a great conversation. He had a pair of black oil tan SDs, With a couple of years of pretty hard wear, and the leather looked incredible. Made me more of a fan of the basic oil tan leather.
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what is the difference between black oil tan and black smooth? mine is black smooth.

post #3420 of 4558
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Originally Posted by ben2t View Post

what is the difference between black oil tan and black smooth? mine is black smooth.

Pretty sure it's the same thing
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