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My first time buying from this company. Great quality. In my amateur mind it's a cross between Alden and Quoddy that works for me.
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Originally Posted by CPaul View Post

George, just remembered you posted this. Since they're made to order is there a wait for getting them. How long we looking at?
Yes, they will truly be made to order. As soon as context closes the pre-order, we'll get started on making them. Context will be releasing more info about wait times, etc on Sunday
Keep posted!
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

My first time buying from this company. Great quality.

Awesome! Those are some of the coolest boots we've ever made - happy to see you in them
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I've been wearing my cap toe leather sole trench boots for a little over a week now...absolutely love them.  Very comfortable, broke in very quickly.  Really couldn't be happier.  Thanks OSB!

 

What is the best way to care for these boots?  The little slip that came with them recommends Venetian Shoe Cream only as needed, along with a damp cloth to wipe off the build up, and brush with a horsehair brush.  Is it really that simple?  These are my first pair of Horween Natural CXL shoes and i want these to last forever.  I haven't gotten the boots very wet in a heavy rain yet but it seems that water beads up naturally.  I guess that's due to the all oils in the CXL leather?

 

Bunch of questions below, but I figure this post will end up helping lots of us who are new to caring for natural CXL leather.

 

- do I need to waterproof these periodically?  If so, what do I use?

- is Venetian shoe cream just a gentle cleaner or does it provide any other benefits such as waterproofing?

- do i need to use obenauf lp which I see mentioned occasionally?  What exactly does it do?  I don't want to darken the boots if at all possible...I love the natural color and would prefer to see it age..um...naturally.  I want to keep the leather healthy obviously.

- do I need to do anything to care for the leather soles?

 

thank you!

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Waterproofing is up to you. Be careful though as most will darken the boot. Obenaufs is popular but so is sno seal.
I'm pretty sure the Venetian shoe cream is just to get some moisture back into the leather after they get dry. Don't know if there's any cleaning going on.
Not sure about the leather soles. I've never had any but some people have been putting half soles on them.
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Originally Posted by jmaudi0 View Post

The little slip that came with them recommends Venetian Shoe Cream only as needed, along with a damp cloth to wipe off the build up, and brush with a horsehair brush.  Is it really that simple?
It is that simple! First clean the shoes with a damp/wet cloth, let them dry, apply venetian cream, then buff with a horsehair shoe brush

Also - here are answers to your questions
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- do I need to waterproof these periodically?  If so, what do I use?
As you can see from the review BCer posted on page 107 - the boots don't really need a waterproofer. The CXL we use was developed with Horween and is naturally water resistant. There's also the photo of my wife's women's Trench Boots on page 86 which were worn in a torrential storm and then worn in puddles of water and mud - kept her feet dry. Similarly, I worn mine all throughout a Chicago winter - purposefully stepping in massive puddles of street salt/water, sholved snow, etc - kept my feet dry!

With all that said - a lot of guys do waterproof their boots - they know what they like, and do it to all their boots.
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Originally Posted by jmaudi0 View Post

- is Venetian shoe cream just a gentle cleaner or does it provide any other benefits such as waterproofing?
Venetian cream nourishes and shines the leather. We treat the shoes with a small bit of venetian before they leave our hands and Horween uses it in the manufacturing process as well. It's the only thing we and Horween recommend for Horween leathers. We absolutely love it. Venetian Cream is an old cobblers secret.
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Originally Posted by jmaudi0 View Post

- do i need to use obenauf lp which I see mentioned occasionally?  What exactly does it do?  I don't want to darken the boots if at all possible...I love the natural color and would prefer to see it age..um...naturally.  I want to keep the leather healthy obviously.
We've never used Obenauf LP, but hear great things about it here
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Originally Posted by jmaudi0 View Post

- do I need to do anything to care for the leather soles?
In the 9 months that the Trench Boot has been out, I can literally count on one hand the number of re-soles we have done. These soles are long lasting - but will need replacing, as do any leather soles, when they wear out. Some guys elect to take them to a cobbler and get a topy put on to help lengthen the sole lifespan.

**Last note - definitely use shoe trees. That's the most important thing you can do to lengthen the life of the boot. Shoe trees help keep the shape of the boot and remove moisture from the leather and the leather soles. I can't stress enough the importance of trees
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Originally Posted by wonsmithr8 View Post

Totally itching for cap toe natural trench chukkas with dainite sole!

 

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Originally Posted by oboy_oboy View Post


Is this a thing? 'Cause I'm so down...

 

I've seen several mentions of dainite soles throughout the thread. Is there a way to get the sole customized ordering through Oak Street instead of taking it to a local cobbler? Anyone with pictures of different soles they've put on their trenches?

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Regarding the natural shell trench boots from context, per their twitter:

“@ContextClothing: @HorweenLeather @OakStBootmakers 09.29.13 Natural Shell Cordovan Boots http://bit.ly/1ed5EHI
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Originally Posted by kmitch101 View Post

I've seen several mentions of dainite soles throughout the thread. Is there a way to get the sole customized ordering through Oak Street instead of taking it to a local cobbler? Anyone with pictures of different soles they've put on their trenches?

Yeah, I really don't know. I was hoping George would address this but I didn't pose it as a direct question. I'll send him a PM.

I would absolutely order a natural trench w/ cap toe and dainite sole. Chukka or full boot, though might be inclined to a chukka.
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post


As you can see from the review BCer posted on page 107 - the boots don't really need a waterproofer. The CXL we use was developed with Horween and is naturally water resistant. There's also the photo of my wife's women's Trench Boots on page 86 which were worn in a torrential storm and then worn in puddles of water and mud - kept her feet dry. Similarly, I worn mine all throughout a Chicago winter - purposefully stepping in massive puddles of street salt/water, sholved snow, etc - kept my feet dry!

 

Is there some special variation of Chromexcel for the Trench Boots?

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Originally Posted by oboy_oboy View Post

Yeah, I really don't know. I was hoping George would address this but I didn't pose it as a direct question. I'll send him a PM.

I would absolutely order a natural trench w/ cap toe and dainite sole. Chukka or full boot, though might be inclined to a chukka.

I sent him an email regarding it. I'll let ya know!
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We JUST released THESE on the site! Free Shipping on all USA footwear orders!

http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/footwear/bown-trench-boot
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

We JUST released THESE on the site! Free Shipping on all USA footwear orders!

http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/footwear/bown-trench-boot

 

Look awesome! Do you have any other soles available? Dainite, commando, etc.?  need something a bit more rugged for a manufacturing environment 

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^^ Those are spectacular! Maybe I do need a CXL boot....
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does the footwear care kit (shoe cream, brush, trees) qualify for free shipping???

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