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post #6556 of 6889

I've had a pair of sued desert boots for a while and just got the beeswax CDB last week. I can already tell the beeswax will be used 80% more than the suede shoes. I like the way the smooth leather will age and show different tones in it. The smooth leather is also way more durable and you can treat/condition it with beeswax or mink oil. No more concerns about rain or stepping in things; the most you will need for cleaning is a damp cloth or a brush.

post #6557 of 6889

I was bored last night and decided to take some before/after pictures from applying mink oil. I worked in layer on each boot, then popped them in a warm oven as it cooled down to speed up absorbing the oil. 

This is a new pair of CDBs in beeswax that I got from amazon. Wore them once before using the mink oil.

 

Left shoe has mink oil, right shoe is clean

 

 

 

Both shoes have mink oil, the leather was nice and soft at this point

 

 

Out of the oven

 

 

The leather got a few shades darker after the oven but I'm hoping it will brighten with some more wear.

post #6558 of 6889
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Originally Posted by acinod View Post

I have been looking at a casual shoe to purchase and have come to the conclusion that Clarks Desert Boots are the most versatile choice. Just not sure what colour to get and it basically came down to these two


Sand Suede or Beeswax Leather?






I can get Sand Suede in Australia now for $75 but I will have to wait until the end of the year to get the Beeswax for a reasonable price. 
Regardless, if I only had one desert boot which one should I start with? (or should I get both, i.e. get the Sand now and the Beeswax later?)


You got those images off of Amazon, right?

I recently ordered a pair and they're not that shade of brown anymore:



(left is new pair ordered in june 2013; right is old pair from august 2012)



I'm not sure about Australian stock, but I'd be sure to check them out in person or something.
post #6559 of 6889
This thread convinced me to buy CDBs a few months ago, and today I'm very happy with my purchase. Really good quality and very comfortable. So much nicer to wear in warm weather, my old shoes were trapping in so much heat compared to these.

In response to masshi: I ordered beeswax CDBs from Amazon and they were very dark, even darker than your "new pair" photo. I needed another half size down anyway so I exchanged them and specifically asked for a lighter color one that matches the product picture since I don't like the super dark ones... and they sent me a pair that looks like your old pair, in the lighter color they are supposed to be when new.

I'm still not used to the crepe soles though, they just look so dirty to me. When I wear these out I'll probably go for Bushacres next time. Too bad the beeswax coloring on the Bushacres is a less appealing color, instead of being identical to the desert boots.
post #6560 of 6889

Has anybody had their Clarks re-soled with leather? I did a search, but all I could find was one pic with no info:

 

 

Thinking about getting a pair of black Mali boots and doing this to them.

post #6561 of 6889
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Originally Posted by J BAILEY View Post

Has anybody had their Clarks re-soled with leather? I did a search, but all I could find was one pic with no info:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Thinking about getting a pair of black Mali boots and doing this to them.

I recall seeing that pic quite a while ago in this thread. As amazing as those look, I have mixed feelings about putting a leather sole on CDBs, or Malis either. I just don't think they're nice enough to warrant a leather sole, and the casual and rugged nature of a desert boot just doesn't jive with the dressiness of a leather sole in my mind. There are plenty of nice boots out there that come with a leather sole if that's what you want.
post #6562 of 6889

Hi Guys,

 

I'm looking for Clarks Mens Desert Boots Coral Red in UK 8,5 or 9 size.
Please, if you know a shop which sells them in Europe, you would be nice to tell me.

 

FF.

post #6563 of 6889

Hi all, I am planning to buy a pair of Clarks Bushacre, but I'm not sure which size should I buy, I normally wear US 9.5 for my shoes, but after digging up a bit around the Internet I found out that some people say they need to downsize it for half a size. What do you guys think?

 

Thanks heaps! :)

post #6564 of 6889

^ Yes, size down.

post #6565 of 6889
If you order from Zappos, with their free shipping policy, just order the sizes you think might fit and return the size(s) that do not fit. I do this a lot with shirts if I am unsure with sizing.
post #6566 of 6889
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Originally Posted by rcgeoffrey View Post

Hi all, I am planning to buy a pair of Clarks Bushacre, but I'm not sure which size should I buy, I normally wear US 9.5 for my shoes, but after digging up a bit around the Internet I found out that some people say they need to downsize it for half a size. What do you guys think?


Thanks heaps! smile.gif
half a size down is the way to go
post #6567 of 6889

Hey,

this is my first post on style forum so...
anyway I own a pair of beeswax clarks bushacre 2s and recently I applied the kiwi brown instant wax polish on them because I wanted to darken them and I have a couple questions, any help is great

 

a) was kiwi brown instant wax polish okay for the boots? will it harm them in any way? 

b) i think its cracking a little bit, is that normal? should i dampening a cloth and wiping it over the boots?

c) my friend just gave me a can of obernaufs heavy duty LP the day after I wax polished, can i apply it over the wax polish?

d) how can I remove the wax polish if needed?

 

thanks so much!

post #6568 of 6889
I like DB's. Only thing I hate about them is that I turn static each time I walk on them. When I touch the kitchensink or something like that it hurts like hell, haha.
post #6569 of 6889

Need help after buying my first desert boot

 

the length is fine but the shoe is tight as hell in the heel and instep. So tight that it takes tons of effort to even put them on.

 

Are my feet just not fit for desert boots? or should I just wait for them to stretch out? I'm scared to return for size up because there is a lot of room in the toe.

 

Thanks

post #6570 of 6889
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Originally Posted by PeachBrah View Post

Need help after buying my first desert boot

the length is fine but the shoe is tight as hell in the heel and instep. So tight that it takes tons of effort to even put them on.

Are my feet just not fit for desert boots? or should I just wait for them to stretch out? I'm scared to return for size up because there is a lot of room in the toe.

Thanks

When I got my desert boots they were very tight in the instep as well, but not in the heel. Anyway the leather streched quite alot in the first few weeks and now they are quite comfortable. Depending on how tight your's are in comparison I suspect the same will happen to yours. Oh and mine were in the beeswax leather btw, but any of the suede ones should stretch as much if not more.
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