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post #4741 of 6041
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Originally Posted by jrosenthal View Post


This is my issue with Chromexcel on a work shoe/boot. These shoes were perfect when I left the house this morning, this was from holding a door open with my foot as I rolled a cart in. My old redwings never would have even shown it, and even my AE Leeds would barely show a blip. I was a big fan of Chromexcel when I got my 1k's as it's so soft and yummy feeling but wears like shit if you actually try to keep your boots presentable. If you want that aged fast weekend warrior look, then it's great, but this kind of scuff by 8am with a whole day to go is unacceptable.

James

 

Again, and i'm not advocating CXL one way or the other, but I LIKE that it shows scuffing because as the boots wear and they are treated from time to time, the leather scuffs blend in with the boot and u never knew it was there. Most of my big scuffs I can rub out with my finger and some light brushing. I think CXL is fine for a "light-moderate" work boot environment, but ymmv. And I work and wear them 5 days a week for 4-6 hours a day. I think CXL gets a bad rap for this and its just preference when building a boot. 

post #4742 of 6041
CXL is awesome. Thirty seconds with a damp cloth and brush will buff that right out
post #4743 of 6041
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CXL is awesome. Thirty seconds with a damp cloth and brush will buff that right out

 

 

I agree, most superficial scratches buff right out.

 

However, my other boots that are NOT cxl don't get these superficial scratches at all.

 

So how does that make cxl "awesome?"

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Maybe its awesome to people who don't own boots with leather other than CXL? :hide:

 

I don't...and I love it...for what it is.

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I own one or two boots without it and still love it
post #4746 of 6041
I didn't mean to whack the hornets nest here, but CXL is new to me as I have been out of "work" boots for 15 years for work (and would rather wear my Chucks on the weekend), and bought two pairs of 1k's (black oxfords and brown Addison boots) a few months ago thinking they would serve my needs, and they have not. Apparently White's does use a thicker grade of CXL than Wokverine does according to Baker's, and Kyle spoke highly of it. That said, when I mentioned the work that I do and my desire to keep them polished and tidy, he recommended the dress leathers for durability.
I can appreciate patina and the moddling of tones from well worn oiled leathers, but I guess I am of an older camp (and I'm not that old) that always kept a shine on my work boots (albeit Kiwi) , even with deep gouges and chunks missing from the toes, they were always presentable from eye level. To each their own I guess.

James
post #4747 of 6041
CXL is a great leather, and is especially popular for "lifestyle" footwear for a reason. It has great pull up qualities, beautifully (and expeditiously) patinas, and is analine finished rather than pigment dyed which provides for a nice edge detail and mellowing "tea core" effect to the leather overtime that is highly coveted by collectors (among other reasons).

There's also a good reason why it ain't standard on their (and every other makers') work boots: because it requires more care and attention than most forest firefighters and ranchers would ever be willing to deal with.
Edited by b-ewing - 8/18/14 at 8:18pm
post #4748 of 6041
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post

 



Hey Mogili222, what's the lace on the left boot? Where'd ya get it?
post #4749 of 6041
The way CXL wears is a result of being a pull-up leather. You can get nicer pieces but it will still have the same effect.
If you don't like it just get a leather like red dog or White's standard dark brown that they use on the semi-dress model.
Those leathers are also full grain but much harder wearing.
Personally I like the way CXL scuffs, especially the natural, which darkens and takes on a unique character.
I picked up a pair of horween nut brown Vibergs and am curious to see how they age vs. CXL...
post #4750 of 6041
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It has great pull up qualities, beautifully (and expeditiously) patinas, and is analine finished rather than pigment dyed which provides for a nice edge detail and mellowing "tea core" effect to the leather overtime that is highly coveted by collectors

 

That is all true.

 

I just think that the uninitiated should realize it is also very much a matter of perspective.

post #4751 of 6041
I can totally I understand, I'm just disappointed with how it has worn on my Wolverine's as they were very sharp when new. The first few weeks/months they looked very nice and the brown Addison's have taken on a patina (I brush both pairs after each wear), but the leather is losing its shape and looking a little blobby and the patina on the Addison's (brown) is making the boot much more casual looking and not appropriate for trousers and jacket (unless you go for that look). Perhaps the thicker grade White's uses holds up better.

James
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

CXL is a great leather, and is especially popular for "lifestyle" footwear for a reason. It has great pull up qualities, beautifully (and expeditiously) patinas, and is analine finished rather than pigment dyed which provides for a nice edge detail and mellowing "tea core" effect to the leather overtime that is highly coveted by collectors (among other reasons).

There's also a good reason why it ain't standard on their (and every other makers') work boots: because it requires more care and attention than most forest firefighters and ranchers would ever be willing to deal with.

great post

post #4753 of 6041
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Originally Posted by jrosenthal View Post

I can totally I understand, I'm just disappointed with how it has worn on my Wolverine's as they were very sharp when new. The first few weeks/months they looked very nice and the brown Addison's have taken on a patina (I brush both pairs after each wear), but the leather is losing its shape and looking a little blobby and the patina on the Addison's (brown) is making the boot much more casual looking and not appropriate for trousers and jacket (unless you go for that look). Perhaps the thicker grade White's uses holds up better.

The CXL Wolverine uses is notoriously bad.
I assume to keep the low price point they can't be too selective...
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

The CXL Wolverine uses is notoriously bad.
I assume to keep the low price point they can't be too selective...
I
That makes sense, I guess I got a 914 and based my Porsche experience on that having never driven the 911sc....to keep the exotic car analogy :-)

James
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Originally Posted by gregornz View Post


Hey Mogili222, what's the lace on the left boot? Where'd ya get it?

The lace on the left boot are leather and on the right boot are Brown nylon.. Both came with my pair when I got them from Bakers..

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