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Someone sell me on the Diesel boot over the White's new Main Street. It's come down to these 2 for my next boot. Both Nat CXL
 

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Someone sell me on the Diesel boot over the White's new Main Street. It's come down to these 2 for my next boot. Both Nat CXL
White says leather shank, GS is steel, White doesn't mention cork filler, GS is cork, GS is Horween CXL leather, White just say "water resistant" leather. GS has brass hardware, White doesn't mention. GS is on the GS rubber stud sole, White on Dainite. (I find the GS sole a little more comfortable than Dainite, but your mileage may vary :) ) White is $7.00 more expensive, but that is essentially a non issue. I have no problems with White's boots, have had a few pair and they are nice, have sold them all off over the years. Think you get more "bang for your buck" with GS. I freely admit I am biased towards GS over the competition in the same price point range. Either one will be a nice boot for your collection however. It boils down to which "jumps" out at you as more desirable and useful in your rotation.
 

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So I sold my GS black diesel on the rubber sole and turned around and bought the GS black diesel on leather. I HATE UPS!!!! The delivery notification said today by 3 pm, it's almost 4 now and I was hoping the GS boots would be here before wife got home......but no....if it were something insignificant, like something she ordered, they would have been here hours ago. But since it's boots, from GS,they haven't seen fit to deliver yet.
 
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Tested fine, did both boots, turned out really well. That Saphir stuff is like "mystery oil"
Yeah it is - I've been pretty happy with the neutral stuff overall from them. Have some tinted 1925 creme and haven't used it much, though I keep thinking I'll slap some of the darker tones on my old Florsheim Imperial Golden Harvest pair to give them some tone/depth...
 

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Black Diesel boots (due between 1 and 4PM) arrived at a little after 6 pm, not even going to unbox them tonight. Tomorrow morning treat :) Also, price of Black Bluchers on the GS B/S/T thread reduced, I really need the shelf space :)
 

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The Black, leather sole Diesel boots, delivered late yesterday. A little review:
Packaging = excellent, but got the "old" brown boot bags, which is ok as they blend in with the others and wife doesn't know there is another pair of boots on the shelving.
Leather Finish = excellent, a couple of CXL "dents" that are so small as to be unable to be seen unless holding boots close, for inspection.
Stitching = excellent, everything in place, welt joint almost invisible
Fit = Hey, it's the Leo last in my size, so excellent. At first I thought there was something amiss with the left heel cup, but then realized it was the sock, not the boot. Changed socks, threw out the one with the offending stitching, all good.
Overall, another great GS boot, and I'm glad to have them as I
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love the GS leather sole.
Finally, nothing gets one awake like carrying a cup of coffee, cell phone for pictures, with leather sole boots on wet leaves on a slippery deck in the morning!
 

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I've been delaying posting these and although some posted here, I have to add mine. Also, just bought my first camera (for the wife mainly, early Christmas present) so I've been having fun taking photos of said shoes and finding an excuse to photograph anything....

I refuse to spoiler Goodyear Welted goodness!! My first (hopefully not last) Grant Stone!

Navy suede Ottawa boot with beautiful toe stitching and insane SPI on the welt. Also, the cleanest welt joint I've ever seen. I look forward to wearing these a lot. I am extremely impressed and the fit is perfect. Removed the original laces and installed AE rounds.

Thank you @GrantStone these are incredible.

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So glad you are enjoying them. We saw a great response with the midnight ottawa release and we will try to do more fun, small runs like this in 2020. If you need an alternative navy lace, please DM us and we can send you a pair.

@GrantStone is there any, any chance that we EEE's can participate in the honey shell Ottowa order? Pleeeease?
If this is possible I may also be interested in an 8.5 EEE
I would be in for a 11EEE!
I will send you three a DM about the EEE!

I hope so! They're super stiff. Didn't help that I took them on a multiple mile walk on the first try.



Hehe, always happens to me!



They seem stiffer than Alden to me which is really saying something. Alden is usually really stiff.
This response is actually more common when its a double bend sole with a suede upper. Maybe because the upper is forgiving and the outsole not so much. As the others have mentioned, this should improve with wear.



I like to thank the boys at GS! I was looking to place a preorder of the shell Ottawa. This would be my first GS purchase and I was unsure of my size in Leo last.
I was more than welcome to make the trip to the warehouse. I left early in morning for the 2.5 hour drive. Sure glad I did! Those are some knowledgeable guys. We talked about different fits, soles, types of leather, insoles, and basketball. Lol
I left with a preorder for shell Ottawas. I can’t wait for mid-February. Thanks Grant Stone!
It was great to meet you AJ and appreciate you taking the time to stop in! It's a rare occasion for us so always enjoy the opportunity.

Diesel day here, plenty of leaves still left on the deck, so blower is going to work this afternoon. Looking for a good polish to bring the color back up in the scuffed areas, any ideas GS? View attachment 1282415View attachment 1282416
Even scratches like this a neutral venetian would do the job. That upper does look a little dry.

A darker brown can help a little but you really need to use the back side of a spoon or deer bone with cream to smooth the surface to bring back the luster. CXL is really soft so it scratches/bruises easily.

My Dune CXL plain toe bluchers arrived today. All I can say is... WOW. I thought my Diesel boots were great. And they are great. But these -- sublime. Flawless in every way. The leather sole is substantial and will undoubtedly be long-lasting. Comfort is fantastic -- the Leo last has a nice wide forefoot, especially in EEE, and the back portion of the shoe cups my heel perfectly. The 360-degree welt looks great. I generally don't like it when shoe companies add their own finish to Chromexcel and cordovan leathers, I prefer the original leather in all of its glory. But I actually like whatever GS did to the natural CXL on these, it makes it a little deeper and more interesting.

I've gone back and forth on natural Chromexcel plain toe bluchers for a couple of years. My worry was that they might be too casual to wear to work. But they look fantastic. The shoes are of such obvious quality that I feel comfortable wearing them anywhere. And they're also physically comfortable.

I really liked my Diesel boots but these PTB's... they are amazing. I'll bet I can walk all day in them too. In fact, I'm going to do just that next week, just to try them out. This is a really fantastic pair of shoes.
I'm glad to hear you like them! We have been trying to buff the uppers of most CXL pairs before shipping, depending on the pair. With a couple quick steps, you can really make it look great. Below are a couple pictures of my own Dune Diesels that I conditioned yesterday using similar methods, before and after. Apologies in advance for the iPhone photos.

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So glad you are enjoying them. We saw a great response with the midnight ottawa release and we will try to do more fun, small runs like this in 2020. If you need an alternative navy lace, please DM us and we can send you a pair.





I will send you three a DM about the EEE!



This response is actually more common when its a double bend sole with a suede upper. Maybe because the upper is forgiving and the outsole not so much. As the others have mentioned, this should improve with wear.





It was great to meet you AJ and appreciate you taking the time to stop in! It's a rare occasion for us so always enjoy the opportunity.



Even scratches like this a neutral venetian would do the job. That upper does look a little dry.

A darker brown can help a little but you really need to use the back side of a spoon or deer bone with cream to smooth the surface to bring back the luster. CXL is really soft so it scratches/bruises easily.



I'm glad to hear you like them! We have been trying to buff the uppers of most CXL pairs before shipping, depending on the pair. With a couple quick steps, you can really make it look great. Below are a couple pictures of my own Dune Diesels that I conditioned yesterday using similar methods, before and after. Apologies in advance for the iPhone photos.

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The upper is butter! I expected the sole to be stiff and I am impressed because I feel it's the mark of a quality outsole. :)

Thank you again, looking forward to getting more in the future.
 

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So glad you are enjoying them. We saw a great response with the midnight ottawa release and we will try to do more fun, small runs like this in 2020. If you need an alternative navy lace, please DM us and we can send you a pair...............

amazing customer service... Can see it through this entire post. Need anyone say more?
 

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