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Wolverine 721LTD Shell Cordovan 1000 Mile Boot Review

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Crane's, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Crane's

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    Expert? Nah. Nick and a whole lot of really knowledgable people recommend VSC for Cordovan, Chromexcel and other good leathers. We can argue products all day long but that's not necessary. For what it's worth you avoid petroleum based products and mink oil. You do want to use a good cleaner, a product that restores the lost oils and waxes and if you're nuts like me a good waterproofer. I use lexol products, Filson boot oil, sno seal (even though it does have silicone in it) and Obernaufs. All these products are proven performers, period.

    Another thing to keep in mind is you stay ahead of the leather when it comes to maintenance. Walking in mud is one thing, letting it dry on the boot is another. It'll suck the oils right out of the leather and dries it out. Wear the boots with dry mud on them and you abrade and cut the leather fibers on a microscopic level. The smart thing to do is wipe the crap off once you get home. A good example of what not to do is posted right up there. My brown 1Ks need a thourough cleaning and conditioning before I wear them again. I could have saved myself a lot of work by just wiping them off with a wet rag. If the leather absorbs water you have not done your job and you are behind the maintenance curve. Everyone here has heard me say condition and waterproof your leather boots or shoes before the first wearing. Russel mocassin says the same thing as does the two leather guys I use and the guy who made my saddle and tack gear. The advice is as solid as a rock. Don't think so? How many stained shoes on first wearing threads do you want to read on this forum before someone figures out something doesn't make sense? Better yet, vintage shoe threads where the leather cracks first time they're worn. That's what poor maintenance can buy you.
     
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    BTW Crane, If memory serves did you suggest one time to never use water-proofing or conditioners on leather soles? But I could be confused. Wolverine does recommend conditioners on the soles.
     
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    I talked to Brook at Wolverine today - I tried to get a picture of the 774 - no dice - poop. She did tell me that there would be a new boot in the Original made in the US line that will have rubber soles - or rather a rubber top on a leather sole.
     
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    Not at all, but I just moved to the Pacific NW and anticipate wearing them in rain/puddles a fair amount. Though, I would think the shell inherently will be sufficient for this, as it's not like I'd be deep-wading, and I won't be facing the snows of the mid-west I'm ordinarily used-to. Maybe it is over-kill for my purposes, good point. I like the idea of a military-type technique (taking lighter to the wax polish), but likely more appropriate to calf or similar leather.



    Geeze, wish I would have known that before, lol. Made the mistake of wearing my AE McTavish's to a construction-site and came back caked in mud and just left them as I was living out of a hotel room. I'll just chalk it up to the adding to "raw" look of those shoes to make myself feel better.

    I think I'll just wear the 721's out of the box for a bit and see how they do before I decide to treat them in any way.
     
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    Very nice! Thanks for posting them.


    No i wouldn't either, I have just never seen Cordovan that light of a green.
     
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    Brook is really nice -- I've had several good interactions with her. Did she at least say anything about the color? I'm still up in the air about what I saw...
     
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    Yes I did say that. I wear out leather soles long before they'll dry and crack. That God forsaken razor sharp chert scree I find myself tromping through eats just about any sole for lunch; I've destroyed some of the best mountaineering boots money can buy in less than two weeks. About the only thing worse would be knee deep razor blades and freshly broken glass. The other reason is I don't need to make the soles any slicker than they already are. Wet smooth concrete or tile floors are bad enough without adding wax and oil. LOL. Wet ice is what it is and I don't think anything can make walking on that any worse. With all that said though if I ever get wet feet from sole seepage you can bet oil, sno seal and my trusty hair dryer will be used on them.

    Hey I wouldn't worry about those AEs of yours. Chalk it up to experience and part of the patina process. Take care of them well from here on out and in a decade you'll have a patina that tells stories.
     
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    No, she wouldn't give up anything - and I did try!
     
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    This line and in particular the limited edition stuff is a big deal for Wolverine and IMO they are handling the marketing very well. Part of that is a srict guideline for releasing info and launch dates. The Fall lineup debuts in September I believe. Until then no matter how much any of us want to talk about what's coming we just can't.
     
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    Oh, I understand the NDAs that all sellers have to follow -- of course catching a glimpse of the boot makes us want to talk about it. It doesn't mean that we won't try to find out as much as we can though. Still looking forward to seeing the boot in person regardless of the color!
     
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    Know what you mean. I'm the same way when I catch wind of a product that really interests me. Perhaps I'll get a pair along with some black harness boots in the Fall.

    I didn't go hunting for rocks or Toms today so no MO muck on the 721s. About all they saw today was a few puddles wet grass and carpet. No big deal, muck season is just starting. LOL.
     
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    I know what you mean. It was raining all day today, but i was wearing my Vass cordovan chukkas.
     
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    Somewhat unrelated -- does anyone know where to get some Venetian Shoe Cream? I'm having problems finding it online...
     
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    http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/accessories/venetian-shoe-cream
    They are also sponsor the forum. There are other places I can't think of right now, but those are usually in a huge 32oz jug.
     
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    Thanks! I'm not sure how I missed that in a simple Google search. Small bottle is fine for now -- especially since I mostly use elbow grease only on shells.
     
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    I have one and a half 32 oz tins that I will never use. PM me if you want.
     
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    I'm sure they will have a sneak preview for some of the higher end shops and allow a photo to be leaked soon enough. They want to make you wait for it.
     
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    The 721s went for a stroll today in a creek bed, several ravines and some exposed hillsides. So let's see, they got covered in muck and sand, withstood standing in water and a gravel bar or three. The creek is up a bit and I really contemplated knee deep wading but decided against it. The water's a bit to cold for that. No wet feet, scraped the crap off them with a trowel and tomorrow I'll wipe them off with a wet rag and they're good to go.
     

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