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The natty shells gotta be shipping soon...... hopefully???
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Those who've had a chance to get some wear in on your boots- how are the rawhide laces holding up?

I bought a pair of OSB vibram trenches in natty CXL a couple weeks ago, and I have to say, the only thing that I was disappointed with was the laces.  They were exceedingly dry (even after hitting them with some venetian shoe cream), lightweight, and feel much more fragile/cheap than any other leather lace that I've handled.  They feel almost as if they're made of a cheap and airy styrofoam (although that's obviously not actually the case), and just not durable at all. 

 

Red Wings leather laces are *much* better, and White's leather laces are a world apart from the OSB laces.

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The natty shells gotta be shipping soon...... hopefully???

George posted like one page ago that there was no update and to be patient...

post #2074 of 2988
The raw hide business is fading in the US anyways. It's more profitable to make it for dog chews than fashion.
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Thread Starter 
Hey cathpah - most of us use the same rawhide source - there's one in the US still MAKING them in america. We do know that they vary pretty dramatically from shipment to shipment. With that said, I know the ones you're referring to - they take a little bit of time to settle, but they're tough as nails - had them in my boots for months now - they now 'sit' well. While they vary in feel, stiffness, etc - quality never varies. They're strong, and not cheap at all - surprisingly expensive actually =)
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Thread Starter 
A few photos from our instagram ( oakstreetbootmakers )
Captoe Trench Boots in Natural CXL

Deus ex Machina x Oak Street Bootmakers

Trenches in Chicago's first snow of the season
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Wearing my roughout Trenches for only the 2nd time today and notice that the quarters are staining from the fairly new denim I'm wearing. My first thought was "Horrors!".  But I'm the one who in a few posts back said that I wasn't crazy about the newness look of the roughouts.  So I'm embracing the indigo stains on them and moving on.  I like how they're looking more worn-in already, mainly from the indigo.

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^^reverse fades
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^^reverse fades

 

That's great!  Never crossed my mind to think of them that way. I'm just so boring.

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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

Hey cathpah - most of us use the same rawhide source - there's one in the US still MAKING them in america. We do know that they vary pretty dramatically from shipment to shipment. With that said, I know the ones you're referring to - they take a little bit of time to settle, but they're tough as nails - had them in my boots for months now - they now 'sit' well. While they vary in feel, stiffness, etc - quality never varies. They're strong, and not cheap at all - surprisingly expensive actually =)

Should we be in touch with you in case of a break?

I don't anticipate, but I'll probably coat them with some Obenauf's to soften up.
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Should we be in touch with you in case of a break?

I don't anticipate, but I'll probably coat them with some Obenauf's to soften up.

I would use Neat's Foot Oil over Obenauf's to soften up leather.

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Noted, mjm. I've got Obenauf's leather oil and my Red Wing oil, so I'll likely just use one of those.
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Noted, mjm. I've got Obenauf's leather oil and my Red Wing oil, so I'll likely just use one of those.

Sorry, I assumed you meant Obenauf's LP, not leather oil. 

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I'm really struggling here... brown trench boot with or without cap toe?
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

Hey cathpah - most of us use the same rawhide source - there's one in the US still MAKING them in america. We do know that they vary pretty dramatically from shipment to shipment. With that said, I know the ones you're referring to - they take a little bit of time to settle, but they're tough as nails - had them in my boots for months now - they now 'sit' well. While they vary in feel, stiffness, etc - quality never varies. They're strong, and not cheap at all - surprisingly expensive actually =)

I appreciate the reply.  Amazing (and sad) to hear that there is only one company making them in the US.  If that's the case, it sounds like RW and White's likely also get theirs from them...and if so, then you might want to tell your supplier to stop giving you the short shrift.  I get that there will be variation, but mine feel almost like neoprene (wetsuit material) rather than leather.

 

Again, I'm beyond floored by my shoes...so this is very much a nitpick/minor complaint, but I did find the difference in quality between the craftsmanship and high quality/thick CXL to the laces.  Might be worth it to put a bug in the ear of your lace supplier to remind them that you sell really high-end shoes, and you'd like the laces to be of similar quality.

 

Last thing while I have your attention:  will the Trench Boots (in natty CXL) with the commando sole that were available at the popup flea in NYC last weekend be available anywhere, or will that strictly be a custom makeup?  Might you have any pictures that you could share of that makeup?

 

Either way, keep up the great work in your new creations, and congratulations on your new partnership with Nordstrom's.

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