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post #14821 of 19040
Yes there are some crazy boots down here. Most on the ft work side. However sad to say that most are neglected and not taken care. I had a pair a clients wife gave me and it took a lot of moisture just get them to a reasonable condition to accept dye.
post #14822 of 19040
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Originally Posted by traverscao View Post

Maybe people look into anything further than just color and patinas - durability of a pair of footwear that was expected to survive manures from equine and bovine animals, the sand, dust, heat, and even snakes, FWIW. Texan boot cultures are not much about patina, but unique combination of colors on one pair of boots.

Personally, when it comes to a pair of shoes, my criteria based primarily on durability of construction, materials (and this goes without saying, vegetable tanned leathers all the way), the ability to take abuse, and lastly, sensible coloring (black or blue). 

This is also very true. I would gladly take a well made shoe or boot over a sub par shoe that has different colors or looks unique. There is no substitute for craftsmanship. However I will say that Dallas is quite vain and most people wear the boots hear just because it looks cool.
post #14823 of 19040
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Originally Posted by Yellowevo84 View Post

Yes there are some crazy boots down here. Most on the ft work side. However sad to say that most are neglected and not taken care. I had a pair a clients wife gave me and it took a lot of moisture just get them to a reasonable condition to accept dye.

The only best thing to do with leather footwear in places like Texas and SoCal is to douse the leather with an emulsified conditioner, like that of Lexol or Bick4, intensively, and polish less. Brushing is also a lot more ideal. 

post #14824 of 19040

Wearing boots also traced back to horsemanship heritage and protection values.

post #14825 of 19040
The heat here does dry the shoes out quite a lot. Bick 4 is one of my best friends lol
post #14826 of 19040
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This is also very true. I would gladly take a well made shoe or boot over a sub par shoe that has different colors or looks unique. There is no substitute for craftsmanship. However I will say that Dallas is quite vain and most people wear the boots hear just because it looks cool.


yes that is true from what I have seen, but there are some people who care about some great quality boots! I had a pair custom made for me when I was in Dallas. Bruce from Wild Bill's Western store helped me out. He had a contact with Black Jack (group of guys who worked for the Lucchese classic hand made line) who spread out on their own. They made me a custom last and it worked out great. I designed everything just like I would for a bespoke shoe.

 

the price wasn't bad either, well at least not compared to what some of us pay for shoes. haha.

post #14827 of 19040
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Originally Posted by traverscao View Post
 

The only best thing to do with leather footwear in places like Texas and SoCal is to douse the leather with an emulsified conditioner, like that of Lexol or Bick4, intensively, and polish less. Brushing is also a lot more ideal. 


that is pretty much all that i do with my boots. I add some cream polish once in a while but mainly conditioner and brushing.

post #14828 of 19040
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yes that is true from what I have seen, but there are some people who care about some great quality boots! I had a pair custom made for me when I was in Dallas. Bruce from Wild Bill's Western store helped me out. He had a contact with Black Jack (group of guys who worked for the Lucchese classic hand made line) who spread out on their own. They made me a custom last and it worked out great. I designed everything just like I would for a bespoke shoe.

the price wasn't bad either, well at least not compared to what some of us pay for shoes. haha.

Interesting. Makers like Lisa Sorrell charges starting $5k.
post #14829 of 19040
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The only best thing to do with leather footwear in places like Texas and SoCal is to douse the leather with an emulsified conditioner, like that of Lexol or Bick4, intensively, and polish less. Brushing is also a lot more ideal. 

By that logic, there's no need of conditioning in places like Singapore due to the extreme humidity...

It just take a few days for natural material to settle into a environment. Don't need to do anything special or extra.
post #14830 of 19040
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By that logic, there's no need of conditioning in places like Singapore due to the extreme humidity...

It just take a few days for natural material to settle into an environment. Don't need to do anything special or extra.

By my logic, places with extreme humidity should limits, not completely ditching, the use of conditioners. One still needs to use a little bit of lubrication for the leather fibers, and the rest is up to a hard wax sealant to prevent excessive moisture. 

 

Natural material is one thing, the fact that it is dead, had lost its cognitive ability, and with its self-suffice nutrient system removed, means that it does not adapt anymore. Unless we are talking about heavily stuffed and curried leather, which would require less amount of care, or else, all adaptation is up to the owner(s), not the material itself. 


Edited by traverscao - 4/27/15 at 12:38pm
post #14831 of 19040
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Interesting. Makers like Lisa Sorrell charges starting $5k.

Most custom (bespoke) bootmakers charge half that to start...for very much the same material and techniques.
post #14832 of 19040
Good grief.

Leather isn't full of water and somehow drying out, or less in need of care when it's humid because the air is moist. Hot feet sweat, and salty residues and dirt are what harden the leather. So a clean once in a while is going to apply much the same way. And change your shoes and socks regularly - certainly more relevant than dragon bones or dodo oil or fucking unicorn mane daubers.
post #14833 of 19040

75% of what you said, mimo, is much likely the truth. 

post #14834 of 19040
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Most custom (bespoke) bootmakers charge half that to start...for very much the same material and techniques.

Before I knew of StyleForum, DW, I used to think that I may have to resort to English bespoke shoemakers.   

post #14835 of 19040
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Good grief.

Leather isn't full of water and somehow drying out, or less in need of care when it's humid because the air is moist. Hot feet sweat, and salty residues and dirt are what harden the leather. So a clean once in a while is going to apply much the same way. And change your shoes and socks regularly - certainly more relevant than dragon bones or dodo oil or fucking unicorn mane daubers.

 

I'm taking back the Centaur hoof cordovan conditioner I bought last weekend.

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