Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts?

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    4characters,

    You have to love how a little oil brings the White's right back to life!
     


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    [email protected],

    I think your pair look better than the originals! I don't have any White's that are all eyelets, all of mine are hooks and eyelets. The more I see of pairs with all eyelets, the more I am starting to like them. I like yours because they seem to have twice the eyelets as normal. NICE!

    Andy B.
     


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    tigerpac, You are going to love the Red Dog. It ages beautifully. My Bounty Hunters have the Red Dog heel and vamp and I think they are my best-looking pair of boots. I get tons of compliments on them when I wear them. I just had them on yesterday in fact. Andy B.
     


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    Thanks Chief. I'm a fan of the all eyelets because I think it makes the boot just a touch dressier.

    BTW, the laces I'm using are available here:

    http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/fashionroundcasualathleticlaces.asp

    They are Made in USA and pretty reasonably priced. Lots of colors available for some extra "pop."
     


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    Just ordered a pair of baker's Oxfords that are very similar. $300 and you can custom order them any way you like. From bakers boots in Eugene Or
     


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    Thanks [email protected] for the info.
    Your boots are so cool!
     


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    My natural cxl SD's are begining to crease badly as in near damaging. The color is wild, my toes are almost black with natural light spots in the flexing areas.
    My point is I'm worried about what any oil usage for avoid any leather damage will make them look like.

    Anyone use oil on natty cxl? I have redwing boot oil handy.

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    I've used Pecards on natural CXL before, and had no problem. but my shoes in no way ever looked like that. If I were you, and I'm not :), I'd wash thosed puppies down, let em dry then add a modest coat of some boot dressing. Yes they may end up a bit different color, but consider it part of the evo process of your boots! Even hardcore denimheads need to wash their jeans from time to time ;)
     
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    Brian,

    As b-ewing said, you really should put something on them. I would use one of the products recommended throughout this thread (I use Obenauf's). If the leather starts drying out, it has to be restored, there is no way around that. It will probably darken the boots somewhat (at least temporarily). That is just a part of owning leather footwear.

    Andy B.
     


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    White’s boot oil is pretty light oil, I’ve used it on a few boots and they have turned out a little darker, but I have enjoyed how they changed. White’s boot oil also doesn’t make the leather super greasy like some of the other oils. It also smells nice.[​IMG]
     


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    Obenaufs also cleans the leather somewhat, saddle soap, then once dry apply obenaufs is my usual method
     


  13. Brian Itzaina

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    Thanks for the help guys, I used redwing oil on a natural deer skin belt and the next day it was back to normal color.
    I do not own saddle soap, any home brews or could I pick up some redwing saddle soap and follow up with the oil?
    These clean up nice and the photo was after two weeks of daily work wear and no brushing. The toes are defiantly stainded very dark though
     


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    Brian,

    It's the creasing and damage to the leather, much more than the staining, that would concern me. Your best bet would be to find some glycerin saddle soap and a small horsehair dauber. Dip the dauber into warm water, rub it on the saddle soap to work up a lather, then gently "scrub" the leather in small circles with the lathered brush to work the dirt and grime out of the leather. If necessary, repeat the process. Then rinse the dauber with warm water and use it to clean the soap and grime off the boots with additional gentle scrubbing so as little dirty residue as possible is left. Blot the boots with a clean towel and let them dry in a warm, but not hot, shaded place, preferably where there is a gentle breeze. You can use the trick of stuffing the boots with dry newspaper if they are really wet through and through, but they shouldn't get that wet from cleaning. When the boots are dry, apply a moderate amount of oil and let them sit long enough for the oil to be absorbed into the leather. Then apply a small amount of Obenauf's LP and work it into the boots with your warm hands. Let the boots sit again, then buff them with a clean, soft cloth to remove any excess LP. Then you can return to using a horsehair brush to keep them clean and buffed until time for the next cleaning. It's important to remember that dirt and grime left on and in the leather will cut the leather fibers and cause permanent damage to your boots, although a thorough cleaning and treatment will go a long way toward restoring the leather and preserving it in the future. Keep your boots cleaned on a daily basis by wiping them with a damp cloth and brushing them with a horsehair brush. If little or no accumulation of dirt and grime has occurred, brushing alone is sufficient much of the time. Treat your boots like your teeth and brush them every day that you use them. Occasional cleaning with saddle soap and warm water and treatment with oil and LP will also greatly extend the life of your boots or other leather products.

    Allan
     


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    I took better photos today of my boots. I don't care what color they are, patina is patina to me as long as the leather is healthy. I don't have many good cobblers around for saddle soaps and oils but I do have lexol leather cleaner, redwing oil, redwing shoe cleaner and a few other randoms never mentioned here available locally. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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