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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. Cayman09

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    I think your 721s look wicked good. Mine are wearing like iron. Twelve hour days, standing for hours, tons of walking, bars, etc. and they actually look better than when I took them out of the box. I don't want to abuse them but I would like to see some wear develop. Good pics and thanks for letting me see what they look like. I had almost given up on you posting pictures of them. Keep em coming.
     
  2. Crane's

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    No problem man. I think I should try to remember to take pics during one of my outings. That way people can see what I'm slogging through and how nasty some of it is. Post some pics of yours. Afterall it's a review thread.
     
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    So I sat down and spent a half hour with soapy water, a sponge and a toothbrush and really cleaned up the 721s. After that I treated them with Wolverine boot oil. Oh and I treated the soles as well. I figure why not, if I don't bust my heinie slipping and the soles last another couple months then it's all good. What was very interesting is the boots took a lot of oil which tells me they were dry. My boots were dark to begin with but now being wet with oil they are nearly black. I've seen this happen with boot oil and the color does lighten back up after a week or so. What I'm really hoping is the stay a bit darker and the color ends up being a deep black cherry color. I'm also going to post a detail shot of one of the toe boxes. It's obvious that the cordovan is aging far differently than the Chromexcel. There's a few scratches but no rough abrasions like what's on my other boots. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. thams

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    The main difference that I see between your boots and mine is the matte finish your cordovan seems to have. I'm sure it's because of the treatments you use on your boots. It's not that it's a bad thing, just different. Do you ever brush your boots to a shine, or do you only wipe them down when needed?

    I've noticed that the tackiness that my boots once had is slowly going away and is giving way to a shinier finish (which I like). For those that want the shinier appearance, a damp rag and horsehair brush will make a major difference. I'll post pictures sometime soon -- perhaps tonight after some brushing and a beer.
     
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    I'm sure it's the treatments to some extent not to mention I don't wax them though this time around that's going to change as well. I want to see what these things really look like spit shined. I do brush them down regularly so dust and dirt don't accumulate.
     
  6. seer

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    May I suggest Venetian Shoe Cream for a great shell cordovan shine?
     
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    After a beer and some brushing, I took some pictures. I took some up close photos in the hopes of capturing what little grain structure exists and awesome depth of color that's beginning to develop. I've not used any polish or wax -- just a damp cloth and brush. These boots have been worn probably 15 times or so from the office to tromping around Mt. Vernon in dirt, gravel, and dust. They've seen rain as well and did welt and spot for half a day. The spots disappeared quickly though and didn't require the extensive brushing that others experienced.

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    Looks good! Just so you know I've worn mine about 10 times as much as you've worn yours. It'll be interesting to see what yours look like when they get around the same amount of use.
     
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    sweet!
     
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    The boot oil is starting to settle down and the oxblood color is starting to show again. It looks like I'll end up with a deep oxblood black cherry color when it's all said and done.
     
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    The oil is still a bit tacky but it looks like once it's dry they'll buff up nice. I brushed them and all those scuffs in the toe boxes are all but gone. In the pic they look black but in reality they are a deep black cherry color. I'm going to wear them for a week or so to let the oil really settle down and then I'll brush them up again. [​IMG]
     
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    Very nice! keep update pics coming and thanks for sharing.
     
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    I am interested in your using boot oil on the cordovan and how they will look after some time and brushing. It should add some interesting depth to the cordovan color after some wear.
     
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    That's exactly what I'm thinking will happen.

    Now I'm going touch on the subject of why I do what I do. I've been asked repeatedly on why I just don't use something like VSC on these boots. The simple answer is I don't believe any do all product can match the performance of products specifically designed for a particular task. Venetian Shoe Cream is a cleaner conditioner and wax/waterproofer. I'm sure it's a great product, easy to use and works for 99.99 percent of the people out there. Then there's people like me who do things to their boots/shoes that most people avoid at all costs. After years of ooopsies I settled on a handful of specific cleaners, conditioners and waterproofers. Since then no problems at all with any leather product I own. It's fairly common knowledge that I ride horses and motorcycles. Do either and you'll learn how to take care of leather or go broke replacing it.
     
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    Hey, I stopped questioning any of your reasons a long time ago. [​IMG] I just like to see what different products you use and they all make sense since, it's more function than fashion for your purposes.
     
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    LOL. I know but every now and again I have to repeat what's been said since my posts are buried, especially in the monster thread.
     
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    I now have the brown Addison CXL and the Orvis cap toe shoe CXL. So far I have use the Obenauf's LP, and Neatsfoot oil - which Horween recommends - after a few treatments the leather looks amazing. I have also used a little neutral Kiwi shoe wax - I got a decent shine.
     
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    Another day, more brushing and this is what they look like. They are beginning to shine a bit and the rich red tones are beginning to show. Hard to believe that these boots have been to Hell and back.... [​IMG]
     
  19. seer

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    very nice...
     
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    did you oil the tongue?
     

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