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post #6451 of 6888

use this - http://www.footwearetc.com/Accessories/Shoe-Care/_/Cadillac-All-Weather-Shield-Water-Repellent-Spray-105oz-Assorted/

 

didn't change the color of desert suede at all

post #6452 of 6888
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Originally Posted by Flyinglion View Post

 

The scratch on the side is probably from the laces scratching it while it was shipping or something. You can either just rub it out with your finger, or put some oil on it to fix it if that doesn't work.

I was recommended Red Wing Boot Oil, which darkened my Beeswax boots to a nice dark chocolate color and removed any scuffs or scratches on them. But they will return, because that seems to be the nature of Clarks DBs. Which, in my opinion, adds to the boots' character.

 

It looks like color on yours is a lot darker than my Beeswax DBs were. What color did you order?

 

 

I ordered beeswax. Strangely Amazon offers two different options, Beeswax (the lighter honey-brown color) and Beeswax Leather, which is dark brown like mine. I made sure to order the lighter Beeswax option.

 

I just got back from the store to compare the two, it was quite the surprise for me. Both pics taken with the same camera- http://i.imgur.com/V6nRoFh.jpg

 

OK, that is NOT just the lighting. WTF did I receive from Amazon, some kind of knockoffs? Or do they only have this "Beeswax Leather" option if you buy them on sale or something?

 

And now there another weird thing going on here. My new pair have been sitting on a chair, all alone by themselves, nothing touching them or bumping into them or anything... and there's now a new discolored area on them - http://i.imgur.com/GJslB1U.jpg   What the heck is up with these boots? Rubbing it with my finger does nothing. It looks like the color just evaporated off of this area or something, I don't get it at all.

 

I think it's time for a return/exchange, this is just weird.

post #6453 of 6888

I'm responding to Flyinglion's post #6441, for some reason it won't let me quote and reply. He asked what color I ordered, because mine look darker than his beeswax DBs.

 

I ordered beeswax. Strangely Amazon offers two different options, Beeswax (the lighter honey-brown color) and Beeswax Leather, which is dark brown like mine. I made sure to order the lighter Beeswax option.

 

I just got back from the store to compare the two, it was quite the surprise for me. Both pics taken with the same camera- http://i.imgur.com/L9gP7qC.jpg

 

OK, that is NOT just the lighting. WTF did I receive from Amazon, some kind of knockoffs? Or do they only have this "Beeswax Leather" option if you buy them on sale or something?

 

And now there another weird thing going on here. My new pair have been sitting on a chair, all alone by themselves, nothing touching them or bumping into them or anything... and there's now a new discolored area on them - http://i.imgur.com/GJslB1U.jpg   What the heck is up with these boots? Rubbing it with my finger does nothing. It looks like the color just evaporated off of this area or something, I don't get it at all.

 

I think it's time for a return/exchange, this is just weird.


Edited by chocobo - 3/11/13 at 3:07pm
post #6454 of 6888

I would just email Amazon. That looks awful. I can't even imagine what they would look like after a couple months of use.

post #6455 of 6888
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I think it's time for a return/exchange, this is just weird.

good luck with that.
post #6456 of 6888

Just out of curiosity - what do you all think about the darker colored boots I received? I'm fairly new to the idea of making an effort to dress decently... the lighter brown beeswax DBs are generally considered to be a "can't go wrong" item that's really versatile, and that's why I chose it.

 

 

So what do you think about the darker ones? I'm curious to know if they'd be considered to be as nice looking and as versatile as the lighter ones. I was disappointed about the color earlier, but now I'm not sure if I dislike it enough to return it to Amazon and pay $30 more for the "right" color at a store.
 
The lighter color is more appealing to me, personally. But this thread contains people of posts about where people applied mink oil or Obenauf's LP to their boots, making them darker, and being very happy with the results. Any opinions would be appreciated.
post #6457 of 6888
I like the darker color, but its personal preference really.
post #6458 of 6888

Hi guys,

 

I'm looking for replacements laces for my beeswaxs, I want a good quallity round ones. Any recommendations that I can order online?


Edited by baizb - 3/15/13 at 6:13am
post #6459 of 6888
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Originally Posted by chocobo View Post

Just out of curiosity - what do you all think about the darker colored boots I received? I'm fairly new to the idea of making an effort to dress decently... the lighter brown beeswax DBs are generally considered to be a "can't go wrong" item that's really versatile, and that's why I chose it.

 

 

So what do you think about the darker ones? I'm curious to know if they'd be considered to be as nice looking and as versatile as the lighter ones. I was disappointed about the color earlier, but now I'm not sure if I dislike it enough to return it to Amazon and pay $30 more for the "right" color at a store.
 
The lighter color is more appealing to me, personally. But this thread contains people of posts about where people applied mink oil or Obenauf's LP to their boots, making them darker, and being very happy with the results. Any opinions would be appreciated.

 

Its not a bad color. Some people even apply the various mink oils and such trying to obtain a darker color like that, and the color is just as versatile if not a little more. You'd still look sharp in them, and I've never seen clarks of that color so its certainly unique. They look almost black in the pictures you posted, and the lighter scratches and scuffs contrast well with it and gives them a very rugged look in my opinion.

 

But if you prefer the lighter color, then you should try to exchange them with the lighter color because an important part of style is feeling good about what you're wearing. If you tell Amazon that you were sent the wrong color I think they'll exchange them for the right color or at least give you a refund.


Apart from the color, do they feel okay? The leather or soles doesn't feel old, worn, or are cracking or anything?

post #6460 of 6888

I'm about to buy a pair of DBs in beeswax. I've seen various pics of beeswax with and without mink oil and I think I want to go a little darker. My question is are you suppose to break in the boots before applying the mink oil or could you put it on right away? Also do they get darker with time or just more distressed? 

post #6461 of 6888
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Originally Posted by chrispy650 View Post

I'm about to buy a pair of DBs in beeswax. I've seen various pics of beeswax with and without mink oil and I think I want to go a little darker. My question is are you suppose to break in the boots before applying the mink oil or could you put it on right away? Also do they get darker with time or just more distressed? 

 

Applying it right away is fine, and usually preferred. Otherwise you'll need to clean the leather before applying it to get the best effect.

post #6462 of 6888

Flyinglion: I ended up returning those dark ones. I agree that they didn't look bad... it just wasn't the color I wanted.

 

I got some new ones (these showed up in the correct color). The leather on these is softer. The darker ones were stiffer... not old and cracked or worn, just stiffer and drier.

 

chrispy: I don't know about breaking them in, but I've seen old ones and they don't get darker by themselves.

post #6463 of 6888

BTW I have one other minor issue I'd like to ask about. With my first pair, I went down half a size like people advise (bought a 10 instead of my usual 10.5), and it was definitely still too loose, my heel was coming way up when I walked..

 

I went to a store to try some on to find the right size.  9.5 seemed about right... still not quite as snug around the heel as my other shoes but pretty good. 9 was very difficult to get on, it was pretty tight around my toes, definitely a "too small" feeling.

 

So I ended up getting getting the 9.5. After wearing them for a day... the bit of looseness in the heel is bothering me. My heel still comes up before the rest of the boot does. Is it supposed to fit like this? Would an insole or something help with this?

 

I'm wondering if I made a mistake not getting the 9... it was tight, but some people in this thread said that the leather can stretch to fit you better. Obviously with the crepe sole a return isn't possible after you've worn them, just after one day walking around in my house they've picked up that darker coloring on the sole. I'm hoping that the fit improves with wear, or that an insole or some other product might help.

post #6464 of 6888
@Chocobo, I have that same issue, well I haven't bought a pair yet. I sized half down to a 7.5 and it fits sort of snug on the sides but not tight. However I have a slight heel slip. Never owned a pair of DBs before but from what I read I think there's always a slight heel slip due to the 2 eyelets? Unfortunately no stores around me have a 7. Not sure if I should go with a 7 and hope they stretch out lol.
post #6465 of 6888

I read on another forum that you shouldn't buy them if they're tight in the toe area, because they don't stretch out that much.

 

I found out that I definitely made the right choice going with a 9.5. With the thick leather and somewhat flimsy/thin shoelaces, I hadn't been pulling them hard enough and tying it tight enough. Once I did that, the heel slippage was almost gone.

 

chrispy: I read some more stuff about putting mink oil on them, and I didn't see any warnings about breaking in the boots first. The only thing it was clear about is to make sure that the boots are clean before you apply it.

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