Nick's Boots

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by cathpah, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. VermilyeaPelle

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    The Aniflex leather leather is quite close to Cxl. It has the same brownish hue in the corrium (middle of the leather), so it is a heavy veg retan leather. It's a tad stiffer hand, which could be from more oak or sumac in the retan process or from more solids (wax and grease) in the hot stuffing blend, compared to Horween Cxl which has marine oil and lanolin in it for the hot stuffing.

    The natural Aniflex looked a bit more yellow on the samples I saw... I think that's why they want to stick to Horween Cxl on the natural.
     


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    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    Thanks for the info!
     


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    That's really useful information. And it makes me want to get my hands on some of it for leatherworking. One of my biggest problems with a lot of Horween leather is that it can be like working with putty when I'm trying to do edge work. Standard CXL is the least problematic I've handled, so Aniflex sounds great. (For boots too! I have mixed feelings about my CXL footwear.)
     


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    Nick's is getting big in Japan. People has started making noise over there.
     


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    For those who aren't familiar, F Stead is the tannery that Alden and Meermin source their suedes from. I'm looking forward to getting that group order going so we can get some side-by-side comparisons on here. Revrend and I have White's already and I think we were both interested in going in for a roughout.
     


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    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    Do you know if Charles F. Stead is where Alden gets its (standard) calf also?
     
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    Wow...good to know. I'm a big fan of Alden's suede, so that's mighty tempting.
     


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    I hope not, because their standard calf is terrible.

    Cathpah, any updates on your Nick's from VP? I've been meaning to give Dustin a call but haven't had the chance.
     


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    misterjuiceman Senior member

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    That's what I was worried about.
     


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    As far as I know Stead only does suedes and exotics. Here's their product page. I wonder if they do the Kudu that Carmina used in the Jumper boots they did for Epaulet?
     


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    I'm not at all a fan of Alden's calf, so that's a good thing. I tried looking into the Kudu that Carmina used, but I can't seem to figure out if it's from Charles F. Stead. I was a little alarmed to find this, though I'm sure there's a wide range of leather qualities coming from them.
     


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    Just for fun, here are a few sample hides I had Charles F. Stead do up. These are heavily waxed and greased....similar to the tannage on Waxed Kudu Alden is using. Darker one is "Snuff" Rambler and the lighter is "Teak" Rambler. This is REALLY nice leather...super nice distressed flesh out.[​IMG]
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    Wow. Those look phenomenal...especially the top one. I'd love to see that on a boot.
     


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