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Charles Tyrwhitt waxy leather?

Arethusa

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j mentioned in another thread that the current CT chelseas (and chukkas, which I had been looking at) have been changed and no longer come in smooth, polishable leather, and that the waxy brown leather named on the page is more like a beeswax finished leather. What happened to the polishable leather ones? Do any of you have any experience with these? I'm curious what they actually look like, what the quality is like, how one is supposed to care for them, whether or not I should still be thinking about those chukkas, etc. Admittedly, I'd been holding off because I don't want leather soles, and I don't know of any good places that could put some good rubber soles on (locally, anyway; I did find some resoling places online, though I have no idea about the quality of their work). Links for reference.
 

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I have a pair of harness boots that are waxy leather I quite like them. It gives them a rugged look. But, that may not be what you're looking for in a dressier boot.
 

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I'm not worried at all about them not looking dressy. I just don't know much about the material to begin with.
 

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Originally Posted by Arethusa
j mentioned in another thread that the current CT chelseas (and chukkas, which I had been looking at) have been changed and no longer come in smooth, polishable leather, and that the waxy brown leather named on the page is more like a beeswax finished leather. What happened to the polishable leather ones?

The reviews of the polishable black ones were uniformly terrible. Maybe Tyrwhitt recognized there was a problem? Or maybe they just like to rotate stock once stuff sells out?

While I can't speak to the quality of the new-and-improved Chelseas, my experiences with Tyrwhitt shoes in general prompts me to suggest R.M. Williams instead. They're a world apart in quality, but not so much in price.
 

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Why don't you want leather soles?
 

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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
The reviews of the polishable black ones were uniformly terrible. Maybe Tyrwhitt recognized there was a problem? Or maybe they just like to rotate stock once stuff sells out?

While I can't speak to the quality of the new-and-improved Chelseas, my experiences with Tyrwhitt shoes in general prompts me to suggest R.M. Williams instead. They're a world apart in quality, but not so much in price.

I read through the RMW thread yesterday and am now thinking about a pair of chelseas, but I have to admit a certain fondness for the Loake shape. I'm mainly thinking about the chukkas, here, though; the RMW examples in that regard didn't look that great, even if I'm sure they're far better constructed.
Originally Posted by Jovan
Why don't you want leather soles?
Because they're useless, basically. I probably shouldn't say that around here.
 

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?! My CTs, C&Js and EG leather soles are great in rain and dry. It's only in rare situations where they don't provide acceptable traction, and in fact, they perform better than my soccer shoes most of the time.

Plus, you get the authoritative clomp.
 

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I have a pair of the waxy chelsea's, and have been wearing them for a year now. I love the leather. As mentioned, it's a little bit more rugged in appearance, but it actually still takes a pretty darn ggod shine and the leather has antiqued itself over the last year to the point where they look quite interesting.
 

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How do you take care of them? (polish? just brush? Some kind of wax?)
 

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Originally Posted by j
?! My CTs, C&Js and EG leather soles are great in rain and dry. It's only in rare situations where they don't provide acceptable traction, and in fact, they perform better than my soccer shoes most of the time.

Plus, you get the authoritative clomp.


The clomp is good
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Arethusa, you no like it the Clomp?
 

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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
The reviews of the polishable black ones were uniformly terrible. Maybe Tyrwhitt recognized there was a problem? Or maybe they just like to rotate stock once stuff sells out?

While I can't speak to the quality of the new-and-improved Chelseas, my experiences with Tyrwhitt shoes in general prompts me to suggest R.M. Williams instead. They're a world apart in quality, but not so much in price.


For what they are, they are nice. I mean, when you buy a 150$ pair of chelsea boots you shouldn't go in expecting Lobb.

They work very well for the use that I want from them, which is wearing out to clubs with jeans. Dressy enough to get in anywhere, casual and comfortable enough to run around and dance in, and cheap enough not to care.
 

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