That's the 'Red Wing' look. I've gotten used to it. It also doesn't look as bad to others but to you while wearing them, it looks larger.
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I noticed this on my black cherry Beckmanns. The stain is somewhat burned to the lower layers of the leather. Not really expected something like this for a 300 € boots. Any ideas how to fix it?
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Apply shoe polish, let dry, apply more, let dry....then brush and buff.
What kind of break in period is to be expected? I read that some RW leather (Rough and Tough? is softer than others?
I got the 214's while ago and the toe area is a lot more narrow than the 875. Well I'm narrow in the way the look because the fit is the same that the 875's. I believe they look like that because the moc toe is not double layered like the 875's and the rubber/cork sole is a lot more thinner than the crepe soles in the 875's. Personally they look more dressy than the regular moc toes but I just don't like them like that my feet look too small (I'm size 11 us) I'm getting the soles replaced with vibram crepe soles this weekend so I might send you a pic soon.