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Have some questions in regards to the venetian oil; how much and how often?

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Originally Posted by titsmcgee852 View Post

Have some questions in regards to the venetian oil; how much and how often?


+1.  Tim at Independence recommended venetian only and that only after a month or so of wearing the boots raw.  OSB, is that your recommendation (BTW, I live in salty snowy Chicago)?  If so, as titsmchee852 inquired, how much and how often?

 

Please also advise if you have special recommendations for individuals living in an area with as wet, salty, and generally shitty, conditions as Chicago to make the boots last the longest while looking their best.

 

Thanks!


Edited by Ponyboy312 - 4/16/13 at 9:42am
post #1038 of 3007
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

Lol - the 1 pair of Freeman's Japan aren't your size?

1/2 size too small.
post #1039 of 3007

any new styleforum collabs in the works? loving my cavalier oxfords from last yr, looking to get something else for the summer...

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by titsmcgee852 View Post

Have some questions in regards to the venetian oil; how much and how often?
First and foremost, venetian cream is the only thing we, and Horween Leather recommend to put on your shoes. There are other products out there that so many can attest to, but venetian cream is the old cobblers secret that we seem to have unleashed several years ago =)

I personally use the cream when I feel like my shoes are needing a cleaning. To do this I remove the laces, wet a cloth, and wipe down the shoes to remove surface dirt. Don't soak the shoes, but rather, your simply cleaning them with a wet cloth. Let the shoes dry - should take 10 min or so.

Next use a small amount of venetian cream and rub into the leather lightly. Use more as needed, but only a few dabs of venetian are needed per shoe - approx 3 penny sized 'dabs'. Let the venetian cream settle into the shoes for about 10 minutes.

Use a CLEAN horsehair shoe brush (one that has not been used with brown or black paste waxes - those are embedded in the brush and will darken your shoes). Spend some time brushing at the shoes until you are happy with the shine.

The venetian cream hydrates the leather, and helps bring out the leather's natural shine
post #1041 of 3007
Thread Starter 
Lyonstate has 2 exclusive OSB collabs - they went up today, and some sizes are already gone in the first hours...check em out!


The natural CXL boat loafer is sick - perfect summer shoe (makes me feel like I should be wearing those and on vacation...)
http://www.lyonstate.com/collections/oak-street-bootmakers
post #1042 of 3007
Thread Starter 
Chicago Magazine wrote about Oak Street Bootmakers and Independence...

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2013/The-Foot-Doctor/

and

Independence
post #1043 of 3007
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post


First and foremost, venetian cream is the only thing we, and Horween Leather recommend to put on your shoes. There are other products out there that so many can attest to, but venetian cream is the old cobblers secret that we seem to have unleashed several years ago =)

I personally use the cream when I feel like my shoes are needing a cleaning. To do this I remove the laces, wet a cloth, and wipe down the shoes to remove surface dirt. Don't soak the shoes, but rather, your simply cleaning them with a wet cloth. Let the shoes dry - should take 10 min or so.

Next use a small amount of venetian cream and rub into the leather lightly. Use more as needed, but only a few dabs of venetian are needed per shoe - approx 3 penny sized 'dabs'. Let the venetian cream settle into the shoes for about 10 minutes.

Use a CLEAN horsehair shoe brush (one that has not been used with brown or black paste waxes - those are embedded in the brush and will darken your shoes). Spend some time brushing at the shoes until you are happy with the shine.

The venetian cream hydrates the leather, and helps bring out the leather's natural shine

Thanks a lot :)

 

Also, had them for about two weeks now, has this happened to anyone else? Not sure how or when it happens, perhaps when I cross my legs? It's not a huge issue, adds a bit of character, but just wondering if there is there a way to remedy it at all? (as well as the scuff near the top of the boot on the second picture)

 

 

 

post #1044 of 3007
^. I have success just using my finger and rubbing with lots of pressure. Then use some VC.
post #1045 of 3007
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Thanks a lot smile.gif

Also, had them for about two weeks now, has this happened to anyone else? Not sure how or when it happens, perhaps when I cross my legs? It's not a huge issue, adds a bit of character, but just wondering if there is there a way to remedy it at all? (as well as the scuff near the top of the boot on the second picture)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)







That's what happens to CXL. Want to impress both yourself and your friends about why CXL is awesome? Spit on your thumb and rub those spots hard. Like magic, it'll disappear. There will be a slight blemish, of course, but any more advanced solution is going to leave a mark as well. The remaining mark is just part of the patina. This trick works even better on shell cordovan.
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^above two comments are 100% right! That's the beauty of CXL - being able to rub at scratches / scuffs and seeing them disappear. When you rub at it, the oils come back up the surface, and 're-fill' the spot
post #1047 of 3007
Got back my trench boots back from OSB. As originally thought (before they offered to take them in) it's just aesthetic, not structural. I think it's just dry, and next time I LP these, I'll make sure to hit the welt a little bit to give it some more moisture. Really should be getting the welt water-proofed anyway, for the amount I walk through the water.

Also, had a chance to look at/try on some Alden Natty CXL Sloat boots (basically plain toe indy boots with neocork soles). OSB wins by a lot if you want an actual boot (maybe Alden wins for a fashionable boot, though). OSB is just meatier, uses thicker CXL, and has twice as wide of a tongue (Alden's tongue is maybe an inch wide! wtf?). Alden does have speedhooks, but they look delicate, and can probably be pulled right out of the thin CXL.

Btw, OSB, I'm jealous of those Women's trench boots you teased on your twitter, with speedhooks. smile.gif If they're properly durable, those would be excellent on the men's as well.

Anyway, got these back on my feet, and back in my boot rotation. Coming up on the end of boot weather, c'est la vie I guess.
post #1048 of 3007

Alright that was awesome. They're barely noticable now, thanks heaps. By VC are you referring to the venetian cream?

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Originally Posted by titsmcgee852 View Post

Alright that was awesome. They're barely noticable now, thanks heaps. By VC are you referring to the venetian cream?

Yes, VC = Venetian Cream

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Btw, OSB, I'm jealous of those Women's trench boots you teased on your twitter, with speedhooks. smile.gif If they're properly durable, those would be excellent on the men's as well.

Whoa - you have a link to said teaser?
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