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Those all black blain with dainite soles look nice, I've never really considered Tricker's given how shiny the leathers that they use are and a lot of their lasts seem to be a bit pointier.

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3 hours ago, Broark said:

My problem with most chelsea style boots is that they're so small and dainty which I'm not into. And I wanted something shorter than an engineer boot that's just easy to pull on and off.

I'm going through the same process and I'm thinking I might end up with a pair of side-zip boots. 

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2 hours ago, Maynard Friedman said:

Broark, have you considered something like a Tricker's chelsea boot?

Brogue with commando sole

Plain with dainite sole

 

Love them Tricker's. I've always had a soft spot for Tricker's... 

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Let's take a moment to appreciate all the hard work wildland firefighters in White's/Nick's/Wesco boots are doing in California. I live 200 miles away from the Campfire in northern California, but the air quality here is near toxic levels.
 
Saw this image today on my feed and it really struck me.
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On 11/18/2018 at 4:01 PM, PeterParker said:

It was shoe cleaning day so I figured I might as well take some pictures

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I remember seeing this pair on here or styleforum and it helped me decide on going with distressed smooth leather bounty hunters. 3 years later mine look pretty similar. :]

 

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On 8/11/2018 at 11:53 PM, Rob060 said:

My work boots are getting close to three years old. Really need to saddle soap and scrub them. Dangerously close to needing a re-heel and sole.

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On 8/15/2018 at 4:03 PM, Rob060 said:

 

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Nice. What did you apply to yours after cleaning? In the beginning I treated mine with Obenauf's LP and it gave them that darker, duller appearance. I wasn't a big fan of how it flattened out the patina and eventually moved to a neutral cream with mink oil.

Thanks for crediting me with your inspiration; back when I ordered mine I couldn't find many pictures of the distressed smooth leather and took a bit of a punt. Truth be told, I was a bit regretful when natural chromexcel became an option shortly after I ordered.

Like yours, mine are in need of a resole/heel. What sole are you going to go with? I'll probably go with a 430 mini lug this time around.

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9 hours ago, PeterParker said:

 

Nice. What did you apply to yours after cleaning? In the beginning I treated mine with Obenauf's LP and it gave them that darker, duller appearance. I wasn't a big fan of how it flattened out the patina and eventually moved to a neutral cream with mink oil.

Thanks for crediting me with your inspiration; back when I ordered mine I couldn't find many pictures of the distressed smooth leather and took a bit of a punt. Truth be told, I was a bit regretful when natural chromexcel became an option shortly after I ordered.

Like yours, mine are in need of a resole/heel. What sole are you going to go with? I'll probably go with a 430 mini lug this time around.

I use Obenauf's lp, mainly because they get scuffed and wet a lot at work. They look dull at first but after a some wearing and brushing, the shine comes back. I have Obenauf's oil too. Feel like they need some of that soon.

I was really considering chromexcel, but since these were boots mainly used for work, I wanted something a little tougher like distressed smooth, and after some aging they look pretty similar

Think I'll go with the same heel and sole as before. I do a ton of walking in them and was happy to get 3 years out of the vibram 700 and quabaug heel. A half sole and full leather heel stack would be cool but I feel like the full sole is better for my conditions. Considering asking for the heel to be more of a straight taper, like Viberg does, instead of a logger style.

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Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to find a boot that you entirely like?

The vintage boot that Ive always worn has lived a hard life and is in desperate need of retirement.

The only boot that Ive seen in any of my recent memories or hunting that strongly appeals to me is one by Sanders Japan, but I think it was only available at ClutchCafe and is sold out of my size.

Any suggestions? 

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33 minutes ago, MasonAlexander said:

Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to find a boot that you entirely like?

The vintage boot that Ive always worn has lived a hard life and is in desperate need of retirement.

The only boot that Ive seen in any of my recent memories or hunting that strongly appeals to me is one by Sanders Japan, but I think it was only available at ClutchCafe and is sold out of my size.

Any suggestions? 

 

How about the S&S x Wesco Axe Breaker in horsehide:

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@Critical Observer Ive actually circled back to those quite a few times. I really do like the way they look for the most part, and I would really like to support S&S as they always treat me great when I do business there but Im just not sure if I can convince myself to live with the very visible brown sewing on the toe, and if I did convince myself to accept the brown, Im not sure I could convince myself to spend $1000 on a boot that took that much work to convince myself of.

I will be the first to admit that I am so very picky when it comes to a footwear, far more than any other piece of clothing and this will not be any easy task

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On 12/8/2018 at 11:29 AM, MJF9 said:

@PeterParker really good collection... what make and model are these? Alden? 

Yes, Alden for LeatherSoul Jumper boots in #8 shell. Love the aesthetic but the shite build quality drives me nuts.

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@MasonAlexander that is a nice boot at not a bad price point...

two versions of the jarrow boot have echoes?

https://www.cheaney.co.uk/jarrow-r-derby-boot-in-black-chromexcel-leather-p853

http://www.aeroleatherclothing.com/product-detail.php?id=1929

[cheaney 'hurricane' is also worth a look...]

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I just sent my measurements to Wesco for Boss engineers.

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On 09/12/2018 at 12:24 AM, MasonAlexander said:

Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to find a boot that you entirely like?

The vintage boot that Ive always worn has lived a hard life and is in desperate need of retirement.

The only boot that Ive seen in any of my recent memories or hunting that strongly appeals to me is one by Sanders Japan, but I think it was only available at ClutchCafe and is sold out of my size.

Any suggestions? 

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@MasonAlexander have you looked at alden jumper boots in black shell? https://aldenmadison.com/collection/jumper-bootblack-shell-cordovand7843hc/

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