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post #226 of 277
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Originally Posted by iwhelan View Post
I have only used black polish on my oxblood MIE boots so far.

After about a years' worth of polishing repeatedly with black/bordeux I finally got my MIE oxbloods to a really good patina and they shine like mad with a nice antique'ing to em.
post #227 of 277
Do you alternate colors each time you polish? Have you ever just done black? I'm just wondering if you really do get a different effect by alternating vs. just using black alone. Mine seem to have a nice patina and I haven't had them for a year, but they get nicer each time I polish. Looking forward to wearing them again in the fall. It's hard to wear boots in the summer in NYC. They get pretty hot. However, when I was in high school (Catholic school even) I used to wear 14 hole steel toe oxblood DMs all year round. Of course it was kind of pointless because you couldn't really see most of the boot with the pants I had to wear. I would have been a lot cooler in the warmer months with something low. Of course I was young and stupid! I thought I was cool wearing those boots. I'd never wear boots that tall again though. The 8 hole MIEs are just about right for what I want now. -Ian
post #228 of 277
Haha, so I guess people usually make them shiny as hell? I'll have to go out and get some polish to fix them. Thanks for all the advice!
post #229 of 277
Yea for the most part I only use black. Every so often I'll do a black polish job, then go back over it with the bordeaux.

But the black polish is what makes it all click, esp as it works it's way into the creases and grooves.

Looking back I can't believe I used to wear 14i steelcaps, with jeans cuffed so high you could see about 10 of the 14 eyes
post #230 of 277
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
Yea for the most part I only use black. Every so often I'll do a black polish job, then go back over it with the bordeaux.

But the black polish is what makes it all click, esp as it works it's way into the creases and grooves.

Looking back I can't believe I used to wear 14i steelcaps, with jeans cuffed so high you could see about 10 of the 14 eyes

HAH! totally.

I have my 20 year old steel toes on right now. they've been polished every week or so with black and cordo polish since i got em. all the nicks are filled in with black and burgundy. antiquing the hard way.
post #231 of 277
I did a bit of polishing and the scuff is mostly minimized. It's pretty deep, so I don't think its really going to be completely gone. Thanks for the advice.
post #232 of 277
i would love to see some pics of your guys' oxblood patina antique'ing shiny boots
post #233 of 277
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Originally Posted by tetsuo View Post
i would love to see some pics of your guys' oxblood patina antique'ing shiny boots

+1 I can't picture how they would look after 20 years of wear and polish, must be quite impressive?
post #234 of 277
my black 14-hole steel toe from 91 is still going strong but my oxblood steel toed 10 holes just finally bit the dust after 19 years. anyone know where you can still find a pair?
post #235 of 277
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Originally Posted by thekunk07 View Post
my black 14-hole steel toe from 91 is still going strong but my oxblood steel toed 10 holes just finally bit the dust after 19 years. anyone know where you can still find a pair?

the only place I know is either Grinders if you want the oxblood ruboff


but the best oxblood steel toes are the re-issue of the ultra rare Southerner made by Solovair (scroll down towards bottom of page). They also have the normal oxblood steelcaps too. But not cheap, esp shipped.
post #236 of 277
I'd also be interested to see member's docs that have been broken in.
post #237 of 277
I was going to pick up a pair of Solovair 8 hole oxbloods off of eBay for about $150, all told, direct from the UK. Then I found a pair of MIE Oxblood Docs. I ended up BINning for $30 + $15 shipping. I got them in yesterday. The soles look brand freaking new, very little wear, some scuffs on the toes.. The leather looked... Odd. Just not very appealing. Got them home, threw on 3 coats of polish and they're looking very spiffy now. I'll probably hit em with a few coats a day for the next week or so until I get them where I want them. The fit is really good on these (UK 10), although I'm thinking I want to add some insoles for a little arch support. Odd, because I usually wear chucks and those have no arch support either, but maybe I'm just used to them?

On lacing: The guy that had them before me straight laced them in what I call the goober way: one string tied at the end holding it down at the bottom eyelet, and then you just lace it to the top and tuck it in.. Not a very secure lacing. So I undid it all, straight laced it (alternating holes up) so I could tie at the top... Still didn't like the look, so now I'm just lacing standard (left over right). Not so skinnish now.. With the polish and a regular lacing, I think they go well with my Indigo RRLs and I can imagine them going well with khakis. Maybe I should pick up some officer's chinos or a pair of Khaki 501 STFs?

I'm excited!
post #238 of 277
Just picked up a pair of the James 8-eye this past winter, and also the Percy show from the same collection.

All I can say is that, other than not being made in the UK, this is an amazing interperetation of the DM classics. The leather has a deep chestnut-brown color, the 'pull-up' is amazing and subtle, and the contrast white stitching is really amazing in person. Well worth the price tag. Am looking forward to really getting these broken in.

I've been using brown polish sparingly and carefully, to preserve the white stitching, and only when they get deep scuffs. I've been using mink-oil polish which does darken them a bit, but has really helped speed the break-in and luster.

Ony drawback is that the rear leather pull-strap tore off on both boots within a week (not a big deal).

These pair nicely with some raw jeans. Cut and form are exactly like the classic 1461s, but the leather is neither high-polish or waxy. It's closest to what I'd call 'saddle leather' in it's finish, color and stiffness. These are beauties.

http://www.dmusastore.com/p-2627-james.aspx

http://www.dmusastore.com/p-2631-percy.aspx
post #239 of 277
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Originally Posted by Vagran7 View Post
What would be better to use on docs, the dr martens wonder balsam or sno seal?


As I mentioned in my other post, I've been using Kiwi mink-oil (slightly oilier/greasier than regular polish, dries colorless, and aids in break-in, softening and also waterproofs really well). Depends on where you live and how you use them though.

Note: mink oil will not give you a high-polish like a wax-based polish.

I'm thinking of getting the DM Wonder Balsam. Any reviews?
post #240 of 277
^^I have a pair of the james boots in black, and they're fantastic. I kind of regret not getting the brown, but if they have a sale around christmas again i'm on it. The leather pull tab on the back absolutely sucks, i can't use it to actually put on my boots because it's such soft leather that it stretches and would easily rip off. I can't bring myself to cut them off though. I agree, the contrast stitching especially around the sole is fantastic though i've gotten mine rather greyish these days. They also take to polish quite well. They aren't black corrected grain 1460 mirror shiny, but they're getting there, and the quality of the leather, especially since they're lined, is so much better than my MIC 1460s.

I also have a pair of 1460s in the brown oiled "grizzly" leather is actually turning out to have a decent shine on the toe box. I know you're typically not supposed to polish oil tanned leather, but i've been spit shining up the toe and i get a really nice shiny reddish brown with cordovan and black polish compared to the original dark dull brown that they were.

I swear by sno-seal, as do my friends who used to be boyscouts, which is good enough for me. I can literally stand in the melted snowy puddles along the curbs and not have any leaks. I recently took my docs camping and had no problems with waterproofing. Other people swear by Obenauf's, I think they're both wonderful products. I imagine that the DM wonder balsam is similar to obenauf's as far as ingredients and purpose goes.
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