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post #1 of 1864
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Have these and lovin them....but.....

I managed to get a small "gouge" in the leather on the hard part of the heel. Dont know how I did it, as I've only worn them 3 times so far. But, anyway, it's there...

It seems as though the toe box and heel are highly susceptible to this. Is this common for boots? This is actually my first boot, so I dont know.

How should I go about covering up? Dark Red/BurgandyPolish (they are cherry black)? Is it enough to make a fuss with RW about, as I thought these boots would be tougher than this...
post #2 of 1864
It's normal for the leather to get scuffed with wear but I've also noticed that my Red Wings tend to scratch easier than most shoes. It must have to do with the type of leather (Chromexcel). I couldn't find any information, but I'm thinking that maybe the leather they use for the GTs is softer in order to be comfortable while still very thick.

I use Kiwi cordovan polish and it works well. Just apply thin coats regularly and they'll look great for a long time.
post #3 of 1864
It depends how deep and noticable the gouge is. Same thing recently happened to my Tricker Burford's. I lightly sanded the area down with 400 sandpaper then found a leather dye that matched close to apply in the area. My cobbler then lightly sprayed over the area with leather dye and it's not even noticable anymore.
post #4 of 1864
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it's deep enough to take off part of the top layer and expose the oak coloured leather underneath.

i hate to say it, but i'm extremely disappointed. i expected much more durability from these boots. guess i'll just have to find a polish to match the colour of the boots and go from there.

is it a no-no to polish waterproof leather? i believe the GTs are waterproof.
post #5 of 1864
Surprised to hear this. I have a pair of GTs and have worn them hundreds of times. There are some scratches on the leather which is expected but nothing like you have described. You must have hit it off something really sharp and jagged to do that to your boot. I wouldn't say that the boots arent durable. This could happen to any leather.
post #6 of 1864
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perhaps it was just a freak accident. although, i have no idea how it would have happened. time will tell how these hold up, i guess.
post #7 of 1864
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Originally Posted by imstr8trippin View Post
it's deep enough to take off part of the top layer and expose the oak coloured leather underneath.

i hate to say it, but i'm extremely disappointed. i expected much more durability from these boots. guess i'll just have to find a polish to match the colour of the boots and go from there.

is it a no-no to polish waterproof leather? i believe the GTs are waterproof.

durability doesn't mean that the leather doesn't scratch, it means the CONSTRUCTION of the boots is well done. what do you expect, leather made out of steel? soft leather is actually desirable in many leather products, including shoes, ya?

fwiw i myself own the same boots, and have never had a problem with the leather scratching (although it does seem to attract dust fairly easily). other than using kiwi cordovan wax/cream, make sure to condition the leather and use a low shine/matte polish/wax (multiple layers) to keep those future trouble spots from easily scratching again.
post #8 of 1864
I polish mine (black and blackcherry) all the time, no ill side effects. The only leather I know of that you shouldnt polish much is cordovan, which these arent, altho they're made from Horween leather (who supplies cordovan)
post #9 of 1864
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Originally Posted by stickonatree View Post
durability doesn't mean that the leather doesn't scratch, it means the CONSTRUCTION of the boots is well done. what do you expect, leather made out of steel? soft leather is actually desirable in many leather products, including shoes, ya?

fwiw i myself own the same boots, and have never had a problem with the leather scratching (although it does seem to attract dust fairly easily). other than using kiwi cordovan wax/cream, make sure to condition the leather and use a low shine/matte polish/wax (multiple layers) to keep those future trouble spots from easily scratching again.


i didnt know what to expect. people always rant and rave about red wings durability. i assumed leather was included. i knew they'd get injured at some point. just didnt think it'd be so soon. anyway, i'll try to pick up some polish this weekend and see what i can do.
post #10 of 1864
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
I polish mine (black and blackcherry) all the time, no ill side effects. The only leather I know of that you shouldnt polish much is cordovan, which these arent, altho they're made from Horween leather (who supplies cordovan)

Interesting, I didnt know Horween supplied leather for RW's. Should be a high quality leather then.

imstr8trippin, do as I suggested....get some super fine sand paper (400) and sand just that area. Then find a leather dye that matches. You may need to mix dyes to find the correct shade.

Shoe polish doesn't contain enough dye to do the trick. If you do go the shoe polish route, you'll need to use a color darker than the color of the boot.
post #11 of 1864
May be a little ghetto, but this may work if you use it pre-wax/polish. Just a thought.

http://www.leatherworldtech.com/Prod...uctid=LLNOHEAT
post #12 of 1864
Red Wing boots are supposed to be durable, but I don't think the GTs are really classified as work boots. They are a kind of tough dress shoe for "gentlemen travelers."
post #13 of 1864
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Originally Posted by Garage/Surf Rock View Post
Red Wing boots are supposed to be durable, but I don't think the GTs are really classified as work boots. They are a kind of tough dress shoe for "gentlemen travelers."

Get it? Gentleman travelers? Seriously, I've had a million leather boots with varying degrees of gouges and scratches in them. You just have to do your best to fill the hole and make the wound show at little as possible.
post #14 of 1864
Has anyone let their GT's age and develop patina? Or do these only look good all polished up and well kept? I was considering purchasing a pair in black cherry, but these need to be treated like a dress shoes to get them to look good I may reconsider.
post #15 of 1864
i use obenaufs with my brandos and it's never failed to clean up scuffs and gouges nicely with the help of a little elbow grease
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