Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Rollin Tumble, Feb 1, 2010.
Was in a men's wearhouse store this weekend and they had large horse hair brushes " for seven bucks
Did you get your new boots yet? If so, how did they fit? Did they run large? Small? Thanks!
Ah, sorry, I actually meant to post that I had a last-minute change of heart on getting those as an impulse pair of boots, when what I really wanted were Natty CXL boots. Which then translated into me buying a pair of OSB trench boots on an impulse.
Found a pair of 50s era 1000 mile boots on ebay, look to be in decent condition. Can the upper area be reconditioned?
the shoe care thread has a ton of info on how to bring those back.
Do those look like something worth investing in? The underside looks nicely finished, but I have no idea what to look for in a boot of this type or age...
Perhaps I should have only posted pics and kept the link to myself
Doesn't appear to be any insoles in those boots listed on Ebay and I'm not liking what I'm seeing in some of the pics either. Personally they're a crap shoot in my book.
Darn! I was hoping you'd be a guinea pig so I'd know what size to get. ;-)
p.s. Those OSB boots look great!
for $100 i'd take the risk.
they are my size...
but seriously, $100's probably all i'd risk.
also, i'd take crane's advice over mine, he's an expert on these.
I sized down from an 9(normal) to an 8 and it was pretty nicely fitted but the ankle seemed loose. And the store did not have a 7.5 to try should I try a size down or will the ankle get better as I wear the boot more? (It wasnt horrible but just not snug)
Oh an one other question, is it possible to change the color of an boot once i buy it? Like remove some of the dye and re-dye it? Or buy a light color and over dye it to a darker shade?
Always easier to start light, obviously. You can use a variety of harmful-to-leather chemicals to remove existing color. I've used bleach before. I think any sort of less harmful way will take much more time and elbow grease (Renomat, et al.).
Most cobblers can re-dye shoes or boots for you, no problem; or you can purchase the dyes and DIY.
What tone are you trying to achieve?
I personally would not mess with CXL. And if you were going to, start with natural CXL.
I would also recommend checking out these threads for further information:
I'm not an expert but I think CXL uses a unique process which results in a leather that has a higher oil content. It is this process which gives CXL its unique properties and probably why it never really allows for a high shine. If you use some chemicals to try and strip the color you may also change the nature of the leather.
I've seen okay results on readying calf leather but this may be different.
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