- Oct 15, 2016
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Looks like Brititsh Tan it is then haha.
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My issue with that is two fold:Kyle mentioned to me that the phased out tan dress and replaced it with British tan CXL... probably can special order it still though.
Heck, I think that was our very own @hoppy_IPA ...Someone on reddit had WHite's make them a Russet HH pair of boots. The color varied from yellowish tan to an orange light brown. I loved them. I believe the buyer supplied the leather though.
Kyle says the answer is #3Toffee dress comes up here as a topic about every two years... as I recall, the scoop is this:
1) Toffee dress is not a standard leather (note the incongruity with #3 below);
2) When available it was a special order for White's Hong Kong dealer Ultrasound;
3) At some point Ultrasound purportedly said Toffee Dress was simply an a/k/a for British Tan (note the incongruity with #1 above) which set off much weeping and gnashing of teeth, but as far as I know we never got a firm answer on that.
It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma...
I would be very interested to hear what Kyle has to say...
By the way, White's used to offer a Tan French Calf which made for a beautiful dressier boot... last time I tried to order I was told it was out of stock with no estimate as to when or if it might return.
Note all of the above is hearsay, but I hope it helps a little.
My British Tan MSs have very little pull-up. I own 3 other CXL shoes and I'll agree it doesn't look or feel like any of my other pairs.^^ Well, the British tan always seemed pretty non-CXL-like to me I have to say. The samples i had were not as light brown on the untanned side, and it seemed less of a scuff-magnet. So, for anyone looking for a tan but not into CXL it may fit the bill. If a bit darker than "tan," as others have observed..
British Tan has been confirmed to be CXL in several places, including White's own site, but I grant you it does not behave quite like the other CXL...My British Tan MSs have very little pull-up. I own 3 other CXL shoes and I'll agree it doesn't look or feel like any of my other pairs.
I think British Tan is a very nice looking leather, and if I wanted British "Brown" or British "Caramel" in CXL leather I would have no issue with it... but bottom line, it is what it is, and it is not "tan".As I've said before.... I love British Tan.
It does get a little darker with age...
I know that some on here aren't big fans of Obenauf's, but I love what it does to thick boot leather. It really soaks into the grain and helps to soften the leather and make it more supple.
Legal Eagles,I think British Tan is a very nice looking leather, and if I wanted British "Brown" or British "Caramel" in CXL leather I would have no issue with it... but bottom line, it is what it is, and it is not "tan".
I too like Obenaufs for certain applications... for hard use on oil tanned leather, there is nothing better... on CXL and dress leather, I would look to other options...as you say, it can darken leather, and can over-soften, and make the boots hard to polish...
That is why we are blessed with options... both for leather and for shoe care products...