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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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?
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.
Also - here are answers to your questions
With all that said - a lot of guys do waterproof their boots - they know what they like, and do it to all their boots.
**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
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.
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?
I sent him an email regarding it. I'll let ya know!
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Look awesome! Do you have any other soles available? Dainite, commando, etc.? need something a bit more rugged for a manufacturing environment