- Jan 4, 2017
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CXL scuffs and shows wear and is "softer" than I like for boot leather. It has so many waxes and oils that I cannot get a really good shine unless I clean the surface with saddle soap, or wait a couple years for the oils to migrate out. Even if the above are not deal breakers, you then still have to deal with the chance of a bad break.I'll bite, is it just because of the gamble and that the break can be unattractive? Most of the cxl boots I've had have been rough out so I didn't run into that issue but I did have a pair of Alden boots where the break did not look good over time. I like the idea of elk tan but I think it's a bit darker than I'd prefer.
To me, there are other better choices for a boot. I do like CXL in light duty applications, hence the loafer comment. If I was to get CXL, it would be British Tan (assuming I could actually get it in tan... not brown) because BT, while called CXL is subtly different than the others.
To me most CXL boots look "slumpy" (is that even a word in English?) and prematurely aged, and I like my boots to look new for as long as possible. It is also possible that I was turned off CXL by Wolverine and the horrible CXL they used in their 1000 mile boots a decade ago... I have still not recovered...