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Any suggestions for conditioning, resisting scuffs, and water-resistifiying (new word) horween chromexcel WITHOUT darkening it?

I have some alden 403 boots on which I used saphir dubbin grassie. It worked well but they are quite a bit darker than they once were.

I ask because my original ones have ended up being too short and sloppy, so I went with a longer, narrower version.

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Sorry, mistaken post!

post #10233 of 10236
I posted this in the Carmina thread but I thought I'd check here as well. Have tried these on but not worn them out yet and trying to decide if this was something that could have happened during me trying the shoes on or if it's a manufacturing defect. I've never seen that stitch tear through before but just checking before I email Betty to exchange them.

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post #10234 of 10236
Hard to know. If it happened after you got the shoes, it could indicate that the vamp point is too high on your foot and you are not getting into the shoes easily. Or if the shoe had been previously tried on...in a showroom for instance....by someone who was working hard to get them on.

Equally possible, however is that this happened in the factory...perhaps as they were pulling the last. In fact, there is some indication that a finish coat of was was applied after the damage was done.

Thing is...if the top line had been reinforced with topline tape and if the tape had extended (as it should, in my opinion) to the bottom of the facings, the chances of it happening at all would have been reduced substantially. In fact, I generally run that stitch through the tongue as well, so it's even more secure/anchored and a lot less apt to rip out.
post #10235 of 10236

As a relative amateur on the shoe front, I am curious as to why the stitching at the bottom of the oxford lacing is so fragile. Would it not be possible to make this much more secure? Or would this make lacing or shape of the shoe more difficult? I often think that the pressure on this stitch is overwhelming and asking to be broken. 

post #10236 of 10236
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

As a relative amateur on the shoe front, I am curious as to why the stitching at the bottom of the oxford lacing is so fragile.[

It isn't...or shouldn't be. See my post above. Simple techniques originating from precaution.
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