Thirty years in a closet, and the leather didn't fall apart.
Which speaks to the silliness of the compulsory Obeneauf treatment of boots before you ever wear them because "you don't know how long they have sat in a warehouse or on a store shelf."
Beautiful pair.. Did I just read on the IR forum that this pair is a couple of years old and you just applied only the 2nd coat of Obenaufs.. That is amazing.. How did you get that shine? Also did not know that Brown Smooth gets that rich with use..
I thought I'd share a few pictures and my experience with White's. Growing up in the Southwest and working as a firefighter I have known about White's for a long time but have been too cheap to go out on a limb and get a pair. Wasting time on ebay I noticed that there are a handful of old/used up boots that can be picked up for a good deal. I scored a pair of lineman/SJ boots. $80 included shipping. I shipped the boots to White's along with a sketch and measurements of my feet and we decided to go with an 11.5 E and down grade it the the original SJ (less leather and less weight than the lineman). I asked to leave the midsole and stacked heel natural, but other than that it is the plain old smoke jumper, ready for some wildland firefighting. I'm a 12 in Adidas/Nike. 11.5 EE in Danner, 10.5D in Red Wing IR/1907 and a 11D in Wolverine 1000 Mile.
hey mogili222, yeah they are around 2yrs old. true that you get the richness in brown smooth leather with more LP than use as LP really does darkens them quite a bit...and the shine, you'll need elbow grease and horsehair brush. :)