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I just tried my 1st coconut oil conditioning about 6 days ago. It took about 3 days to fully penetrate & although the pictures don't tell the story the leather feels fuller & more supple. The horsehides (black) especially felt dry, thin, & cracked before but now feel practically resurrected. I would recommend this, and am curious if anyone on this forum has done this & what their results were.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by GJbass - 8/25/15 at 2:16pm
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@GJbass

I use coconut oil to cook with and as a skin lotion and sometimes when watching redtu...nevermind.

My concern with it would be it becoming tacky and it solidifies at room Tempeture...I mean hdlp is solid too at room temp but i...dont know. Curious as too how they turn out...I feel they would gunk up in the creaeses.
post #16473 of 19038

@Kahuna75

 

Luckily in central Florida it's on the warm side so it pretty much is always in liquid form. I actually put it in the freezer because I wanted to see it solidify, but it was in liquid form while I was applying it.

 

Anyway, I use my hands when polishing my boots & as minimal amount of product as I can, then I brush the crap out of them. Anyway, it's been 6 days since I applied it and there's no build up yet. Did you mean prolonged use will cause build up?

 

What do you use?

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Update: Bick4 is an amazing product, conditions well and leaves a nice shine. Good thing I have Amazon Prime...worked out to about $15 shipped! 

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Please help. What can I do to stop this from happening? I have had these for a while, but they don't get much use. Maybe they have 5 wears total. 

post #16476 of 19038
Do you lace them all of the way up when you wear them? The lace going through the hole might serve as a barrier between the eyelet and the tongue. You could also glue a piece of suede or fabric on the inside over the eyelets if you don't lace them all of the way up to keep them from rubbing.
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I don't use the top two eyes... Maybe that is the problem.

post #16478 of 19038
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Originally Posted by shoelover View Post
 


Please help. What can I do to stop this from happening? I have had these for a while, but they don't get much use. Maybe they have 5 wears total. 

 

Well its not speed hook, so you could place a piece of cloth over the eyelets from the inside, take a small hammer and flatten the eyelet clamps.

 

It's just faulty installed eyelets.  My Trickers had it worse, but nothing much I could do to remedy the badly installed speed hooks by a local cobbler.

post #16479 of 19038

That moment when your shell LHS penny loafers finally go from blister factories to the most comfortable things you own.

 

:D

post #16480 of 19038

You are such an old softy, Boston!  :)

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Can you tell me if this is a normal sign of wear?

 

 

I had these shoes for more than a year (in a rotation with 1 other pair and not in the summer) and I saw the sole came undone on the right shoe. I sent them to the manufacturer and their reply was:

 

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 It has been examined by the production manager, who found no fault in manufacturing or materials.  You have simply worn through the stitching and, in fact, you have completely worn through the sole at the toe. 

 

I was expecting this to happen after 4 years, but not that soon. What do you think?

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I think it's time for a resole. There does not appear to be anything defective. You have almost worn holes through the middle of sole.

If you want the soles to last longer, add another pair of shoes or two into your current two pair rotation. Otherwise, you'll likely be resoling on an annual basis, or otherwise regular basis. How do the soles of the other shoes look? I'm not sure where your four year figure comes from, but that mark probably will not be reached if you wear the shoes multiple times every week, walking outside and in various weather conditions.

You could also consider installing Dainite (double will last longer) or double leather soles to increase longevity. If you choose leather soles--of any thickness--again, opt for Redenbach which are hard wearing and better than factory soles some manufacturers use on new shoes.
post #16483 of 19038
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Originally Posted by andreionut View Post

Can you tell me if this is a normal sign of wear?




I had these shoes for more than a year (in a rotation with 1 other pair and not in the summer) and I saw the sole came undone on the right shoe. I sent them to the manufacturer and their reply was:


I was expecting this to happen after 4 years, but not that soon. What do you think?

Resoling shoes about once a year is standard, ime.
post #16484 of 19038
I wanted to wear these Red Wings Postman oxfords to work, but the dark brown made them look "too nice" for where I work. It looked like they were a lighter brown underneath a bunch of brown polish. I stripped that off as best as I could, then conditioned them and evened things out with some Cognac Meltonian cream.
There are still some remnants of the brown down in the grain of the leather in places, and some scuffs on the toe. Overall though, I think that I achieved my goal -- they look nice, but not too nice.
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What did you strip them with?

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