Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    I've heard quite the opposite in my readings about CXL. http://horween.com/leathers/chromexcel/ thats just a brief blurb on Horweens website but in the shoe care thread it's always mentioned as having a great durability with little to no maintenance.

    I'd be interested in hearing more first hand opinions longevity wise and such. Maybe @DWFII can shed some light?
     
  2. New Shoes1

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    I cannot keep up with this thread. @Murlsquirl , I am looking for almost the exact same boot. I'm drooling over the Islay, but $600-700 seems pricy for a pebble grain boot. I'm also considering organizing a group MTO of Mr. Six's Carmina boot with pebble grain, a storm welt and danite sole, which would probably come in under $500 (just a guess), but it's no sure thing to get six people interested.

    I think the convincing point for me was seeing @Crat 's pictures of his Islays and how they've cleaned up afterwards.

    C&J Islay (not sure who this is) [​IMG]

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  3. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    That is the best pic. of the Islay out there but I'd never wear them like that tbh. Don't like boot tucks.
     
  4. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I recall posts in the AE thread where people were posting pictures of wrinkly CXL boots and asking if their boots were defective. The response back was that this is how CXL looks with wear. I have no experience with it, so curious to hear from people in the know.
     
  5. Mr. Six

    Mr. Six Senior member

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    I got those in October 2012 (had to check my email). I haven't done anything other than brush them after each wearing. They haven't shown any signs of drying out, and most scuffs have brushed out. I plan to use something on them before the coming fall/winter but haven't decided what yet (I need to search the shoe care thread). I've seen some of those photos of terrible looking CXL and wondered what kind of care the owners were taking of them. I think that if you brush after wear, store with shoe trees, moisturize when they seem to need it, and let them dry properly, CXL boots should hold up and patina nicely.

    Edit to add: The leather will crease and wrinkle some but I haven't found it to be outrageous like some of those photos. Maybe I've just been lucky. And I have a decent rotation of footwear.
     
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  6. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I'd get in with you on a MTO NewShoes, but I'm looking at having boots on my feet this month. Nice picture...minus the tucked in sweatpants of course.
     
  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    FWIW, I am not fond of CXL. It is an oil stuffed leather and not all that distinctive relative to other oil stuffed leathers. Horween has said it can be 'bulled" but I have my doubts that it can be done without more work that they may be worth. I say that because I don't think the bulling will hold.

    All that makes it a "work" or casual leather in my estimation, with nothing to recommend it over other work leathers. That said, it may have good longevity I haven't used any in years.
     
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  8. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was in your city this week, from Sunday to Wednesday, and stopped into Haberdash to see if they had any Eidos in 38. I was looking at that exact jacket.
     
  10. New Shoes1

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    For calfskin shoes, yes, as long as you have six participants. There would be a premium above this for boots, but I'd be surprised if was more than a $50-75 premium. You should start hanging out in the Gentlemens' Footwear thread where these MTO's are organized. If you see one you like, @steveyoo1983 can let you know the cost.
     
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    While on the subject of boots, I've also had my eye on these Carminas for a dressier option:

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  12. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    DW, what are your thoughts/experience with moose leather? i am looking at having a couple of boots/shoes made in it.
     
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    Id be down to join a pebble calf boot MTO, but I'm very unsure of Carmina sizing (I wear 10.5 3E AE Strand), and I would ideally like a lighter color. Was about to pull the trigger on a chili grain Dalton before the hammer came down...
     
  14. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Ed,

    I'd be real careful and suspicious. Most wild animals like that have very open and loose fibered hides. The changes of season and the way the hair and hair follicles are structured to provide insulation works against what you want in a shoe leather.

    some say deer and elk and moose are soft. That's true but the downside to all softness is an inability to retain shape or fit.

    Better for slippers I think.
     
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    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    yes, it is soft and thick, I have some swatches. I'll probably just leave it for the shaft of a boot at most then.
     

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