Epaulet x Carmina MTO

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  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    ^ that's an awesome attitude especially from someone who already owns a pair. Are your saddles also forest last?
     
  2. Odd I/O

    Odd I/O Senior member

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    What last are those on?
     
  3. applky

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    ^ Same question.
     
  4. mymil

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    ^ ^^ Either a) my saddle shell boots are on the Oscar last (it says Oscar on the box; otherwise I've been unable to find any other indication online), or b) I have no idea what last they're on.

    As for owning two pairs... the rainy season in Portland is 8 months out of the year, and I've been very pleased with how my first pair has handled the rain. And it's bad for the leather to wear the same pair two days in a row, so...
     
  5. applky

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    ^ Do you use a waterproofing or protector product for the rain?
     
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    mymil Senior member

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    I use a deer bone and Renovateur.

    EDIT: Let me elaborate a little. So I don't waterproof them. But I clean them and condition the leather with the above.
    EDIT2: In fact, I'm doing this right now. I'll try to take a photo in natural light once I'm done.
     
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    ^ Typing with one hand, deer boning with the other?

    That came out wrong.
     
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    Okay, so here's how I care for my shell boots and photos of what they look like after each stage.

    1) I start by brushing them off with a soft cloth to remove any dust. Then with moderate pressure I wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth to clean them off. I find that this removes most of the spotting from being in the rain (which is relatively minor to begin with). I give them a very quick brush at this point, just for kicks. This is when I started taking photos. So to begin, here's a photo of my boots just after cleaning and brushing with all of my supplies except a soft cloth:

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    2) After cleaning, I apply the deer bone to the entire boot. Some people suggest moving it in small circles, and I've seen people move it perpendicular to the long edge. But because of my particular bone's shape and a few rough spots that can (and have!) left minor scuffs, I mostly move it back and forth like a bow, using moderate pressure.

    Speaking of scuffs, here's proof that they can be smoothed like magic out by doing the above:

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    The boot on the right has had the deer polishing bone applied to it. It's somewhat hard to tell from the photograph, but it has a waxier appearance at this point.

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    3) I brush them with a horsehair brush to flatten the oils left behind on the leather from the deer polishing bone. The boot on the right has been brushed, the left has only been boned.

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    4) Next I apply Renovateur with a soft cloth in small circular movements. The right boot has Renovateur applied to it, so the leather is much duller than the boot on the left, which was just brushed.
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    5) Then I brush them again! I don't spend too much time on this, because I find buffing with a soft cloth has a much greater effect. Brushed on the right, Renovateur on the left.
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    6) The final step is buffing with a soft cloth. If I had an even finer cloth, I think I could bring out an even greater shine. The right boot has been buffed, the left just brushed.
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    And the finished boots, outside in diffuse light. Shiny.

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  9. Wes Bourne

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    Try a nylon stocking, it brings out the shine like nothing else.
     
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    Mike,

    I think this was asked before, but can't remember. Is there a way to order a snuff suede belt from Carmina to go along with the austerity brogues? I guess I could go the Alden snuff suede belt route if needed.
     
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    can anyone comment regarding the longevity of the dainite sole relative to a leather sole?
     
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    Buy it. Good Jodphar boots are rare.
     
  15. MacktasticGDogg

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    Quick question: Does Carmina use a steel shank in its shoe construction?
     

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