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chromexcel?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kraftar, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. rexzors21

    rexzors21 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, sorry for bumping this thread again, but would it be fine to use Obenaufs Leather Protector for chromexcel? Or does chromexcel require something more specific? Thanks guys.
     
  2. Taka

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    +1,
    personally I'm a sucker for oxblood color
    chromexcel products
     
  3. jfoonly

    jfoonly Well-Known Member

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  4. Taka

    Taka Member

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    Neatsfoot oil works wonders
     
  5. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    I bought a pair of Wolverine 1K made with #8 color chromexcel at the same time I bought a pair of black Iron Rangers.

    I've worn them to work the same number of days, roughly. The wolverines look pretty beat up, they show a lot of scuffs.

    The iron rangers don't look like they've taken any punishment at all.

    the LOOK of the chromexcel doesn't concern me, the scratches seem like they will buff out, and I don't intend on trying to keep them looking like they are new, but what concerns me is that I ride a motorcycle, and my last pair of boots lasted 5 years before a hole was worn on the top of the left boot from the motorcycle shifter.

    I'm a little concerned that the chromexcel won't hold up to as many abrasion cycles as the leather on the red wings.

    Can anyone either confirm this, or reassure me that chromexcel is as abrasion resistant as whatever leather red wing used on the iron rangers?
     
  6. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Active Member

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    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but does Chromexcel breathe well? How would you compare it to calfskin? I'm considering casual to semi-dressy footwear, mostly barefoot, for summer.
     
  7. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    What do you mean by semi-dressy? I would suggest suede if possible.
     
  8. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Active Member

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    cocktail parties @ beach houses, nantucket restaurants, that sort of thing.

    Why suede?
     
  9. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    Breathes well, much better than chromexcel and is much lighter. I don't know if this is your style, but if you summer on Nantucket, suede bucks will fit right in. I suggest the Alden ones with flex sole.
     
  10. LeMaitreChat

    LeMaitreChat Senior member

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    This is a good suggestion. I will say though that I have a pair of Quoddy boat shoes in CXL that are perfect for summer/beach wear and as comfortable as slippers.
     
  11. suginami

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    PULL-UP - a characteristic of high-quality full-grain leathers where there is a temporary lightening of color when pressure is applied. This is due to the natural oil and wax in the hide moving around. - See more at: http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/leathers#sthash.FscGjlxJ.dpuf
     
  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    More oil than wax.
     
  13. mjhunton

    mjhunton New Member

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    Hi. I have a pair of alden natural chromexcel shoes - curious what wax you used for your natural leather boots? I am trying to get some scuffs out etc...I have the saphir renovateur conditioner...was curious if you used anything else to clean and condition.
     
  14. aDrummingDude

    aDrummingDude Senior member

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    My limited experience with Chromexcel (I have a pair of black chromexel Oak Street trench boots) finds me not liking it very much. It scuffs easily, and is hard-to-impossible to buff those scuffs out. Yes, it is very supple leather, but I have other shoes with soft leather (Gucci, Bruno Magli) which are easier to care for.

    My preference is for shell, or tougher calf leathers. I'd say that my shell Alden boots are probably the easies to care for, closely followed by 2 pairs of calf Ferragamo, all of which don't attract many scuffs to begin with.

    Chromexcel just isn't for me. I'll admit that I don't "get" why it's so popular right now.
     
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  15. kentyman

    kentyman Senior member

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    I think many would argue that as a more rugged leather, you should embrace those scuffs. Maybe it's less that it's easy to care and more that it looks good when it's not babied?
     

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