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  1. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    People have different ideas about leather care, but I have always found saddle soap, used once or twice a year as needed, to work on all smooth leathers.
  2. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Saddle soap and boot cream, twice a year or so..
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    I’m going to say that’s an April Fool’s day post..
  4. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    I posted some time ago pics of my RDT coupen boots where the stitching was coming apart. I finally sent them off to have rivets put on to hold them together. The rivets turned out to be a little bigger and a little more shiny than I anticipated, but seems like functionally they will be great. Fred’s shoe repair in Peoria Illinois did the job for $30, which seemed more than reasonable to me given what custom shoe work has come to these days. And they were very professional and quick about the whole thing. So I do recommend them if you need work done in the US. I am open to any advice on how to dull down the shininess of the rivets a bit...
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Neither top quality materials nor top quality construction, but dang if it isn’t hard to beat these Chippewas for knock around boots.
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    What last did you have them rebuilt around..?
  7. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Chippewas. Cheap boots that end up getting very interesting patina after a few years.
  8. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    They look great! I think this is exactly what supposed to happen with natural leather.
  9. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    I have always liked the fact that this WW2 GI Joe is wearing my Chippewa boots.
  10. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    With my RDTs I was surprised to find that the metal toe taps wore out faster than the sole. And they were very slippery. As Posted here before, I had them re-soled early on with wedge soles, which have held up very well (better than the RDT uppers!).
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    The red thread represents my attempt to do some DIY reinforcement, which I failed at..
  12. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    I love my RDTs, but I have to admit some disappointment in how the stitching on the vamps began to come loose pretty quickly. They have held together, and I don't wear them all that often, but still an unexpected breakdown.
  13. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Yes indeed..
  14. tod

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Do you know if this leather ("regular CXL black horsehide") is different from his "hand tinted HH," which I see so many pics of? I like yours better than a lot of the pics I see of RC boots with wear, where the HH gets all creased up. I know some folks like the latter, and I understand why, but this looks better to me.
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