I am not impressed with the hatch grain leather. I had a bad experience with shoes in hatch grain leather from different makers. The finish was peeling off even before I wore shoes. I know G&G refinishes their hatch grain leather but I would rather not risk it.
I am interested in other grain leathers such as pin grain, alpine grain or highland grain.
My experience as well with the AS Radwell chukka. The color came off the first time I polished them. Talk about $500 wasted.
Mine are not the really tall equestrian boots but a little taller than regular boot height. The tree price is comparable to JLSJ. The JLSJ long boot trees, presumably for the equestrian boot, is 1700+ GBP.
^ why do reputable shoe makers continue to offer hatch grain if there are known problems? Are these problems in the minority?
Can anyone chime in who has had a positive experience over the long term with hatch grain?
I like the look a lot.
I have the aforementioned Alfred Sargent Radwell and I have not observed any issues with discoloration. I've owned them for about 10 months and have polished them maybe 3~4 times. I've only polished them using some Allen Edmonds wax/cream polish in their "chilli" color, since the color looked pretty close and they have worked fine for me. Maybe I got lucky or something, but I have not had an issue with this leather and am quite happy with it.