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I found a decent pair of Church's chukkas on ebay Here for $150 + shipping. Feel free to tell me if I overpaid for them. Back in college, I yearned for a pair of Banana Republic square toe angle boots - by square toe, BR meant they were pretty clunky, too. After pining after them for 2 years, I finally paid $120 for them. Now, more than a decade later, I am a bit wiser and was in need of something to replace that old trustworthy pair. I mean, those BRs really lasted - there's a small hole in the bottom of the heel to both of them where gravel likes to hide, but that's really the only issue.

 

So yeah... I found the chukkas and bought them. I figured, even at $150+ used, I can get another 10 years out of them. They are sleeker and I think they look pretty nice. I have 2 quick questions:

 

  • Is there a way to rehabilitate the creases? It looks like maybe the boots were a little loose on the previous owner.
  • I gave the boots a drink of Allen Edmonds leather conditioner/cleaner. The leather was thirsty and now that it's fully saturated, is a lot darker than before. Will it eventually get lighter (it's been a couple of weeks) or should I just get over it?

 

Thanks.