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  1. ErichPryde Oct 11, 2023

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    Yo, BC or WA?
     
  2. Braindrain Oct 11, 2023

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    BC!

    FWIW, I waa sad to read the stories about how businesses were leaving Portland's DT.

    But clearly not limited to just Portland.
     
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  3. ErichPryde Oct 11, 2023

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    Things are getting somewhat better. I won't get into all of the city politics here, and there's still definitely room for improvement.

    Thankfully most of those issues don't extend across the Columbia River.
     
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  4. TexOmega Oct 12, 2023

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    AE
     
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  5. TexOmega Oct 13, 2023

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    Meetings today, broke out my very vintage Lee Kee custom Sea Turtle in black. Bought these 15-20 years ago and they date to 1960's. Hand made in Hong Kong, his shop was tops, located in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel attracting traveling businessmen/women.

    Completely leather lined, cork footbed, and steel shank. Raised apron with leather piping, Norwegian toe.

    Don't wear them often, but a treat when I do.
     
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  6. texasmade Oct 13, 2023

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    Wow sea turtle! Such a rare skin to see since it's been banned for decades.
     
  7. TexOmega Oct 13, 2023

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    That was why I was buying them late 90's to early 2000's on secondary market.

    Same for Sea Turtle cowboy boots
     
  8. TasMike Oct 13, 2023

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    Blunnies! Blundstone work boots, a Tasmanian institution, owned and made in Tasmania for over 100 years, but recently manfacture has moved off-shore. Known locally, and affectionately, as Blunnies.
     
  9. TexOmega Oct 14, 2023

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    Swaine, Adeney, Brigg & Sons

    Beautifully Mellowed London Tan Chelsea boot in a full grain calf

    Very vintage and high quality.

    Amusing story when I bought these 25-30 years ago off e*b*y, insole picture stated Hush Puppy, listing stated Hush Puppy and I said to myself, “wow, I didn’t know Hush Puppy made a nice Chelsea boot!”

    Received them, removed added insole to reveal a hidden treasure, virtually new.

    conditioned only since, suburb comfort and timeless styling.
     
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  10. cverstegen Oct 16, 2023

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    Question for you, @TexOmega - what is your go-to conditioner for a leather like this? I keep trying conditioners that are thick and end up slightly sticky when I'm done, turning the leather into a dust magnet for a couple weeks.

    (so far I have tried Cobbler's Choice leather cream, Red Wing mink oil, and one more that I can't remember right now)
     
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  11. TexOmega Oct 16, 2023

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    Thank you

    This is my choice for many years

    This brand will not darken leather.

    Clean boot or shoe( brush) then use sparingly and let rest overnight, then add a touch more if necessary.

    Operative word is “sparingly”. The amount I used on each Swaine boot(right/left)would sit on top of a US quarter, and not drip off.

    I use my fingers to message it into the leather, after wearing the boots. The leather will be warm and accept the nourishment.


    Now, you gotta buy full grain leather boots, the “corrected grain” leather will not accept the conditioner.

    good luck
     
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  12. ErichPryde Oct 16, 2023

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    I can't speak for texOmega but I'm not a fan of mink oil because it tends to darken leather (but its waterproofing properties are great)

    I use Bick 4 leather conditioner on most of my vegetable tanned leathers and have been doing so for a very long time. I see that leather conditioner often recommended for boots like red wing, alden, whites, nicks, thursday--- &c &c. It never leaves a greasy feel behind and I don't have issues with hair wanting to stick to the boots. The only time I have had any sort of an issue is when I was first starting out with leather boots and over conditioned, which would result in the conditioner coming back out of the creases and result in a kind of white cracking that could be easily brushed away. And that was 100% my fault because I was conditioning too much. A very small amount is all you need.

    Saphir for Cordovan. In the case of Alden cordovan, whatever Alden color 8 wax paste cleaner they sent me because they insist that their color 8 is slightly different.

    I am very curious as to texomega's response here because I have a feeling I could learn something. The man clearly knows how to boot.
     
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  13. ErichPryde Oct 16, 2023

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    Question for you, when was the last time you bought a bottle? I had heard this was discontinued. I have also read that it might be a repackaged version of Bick 4! That said, I've never used it or tried to buy it so I'm not sure if what I have heard is accurate.

    Edit: Google. Looks like it was made by meltonian, SC Johnson. This Thread is an interesting read:
    https://www.styleforum.net/threads/...n-edmonds-leather-conditioner-cleaner.650706/
     
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  14. TexOmega Oct 16, 2023

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    I'm not a fan of darkening my leather.....I either "Like" the look of a boot or not.....The London Tan boot I show is a good example. I love THAT COLOR as it mellows out over time.


    Bought my AE Conditioner 15-20 or so years ago after testing a few products. Bought a few bottles.....don't need much, as I stated.
     
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  15. ErichPryde Oct 16, 2023

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    Twice agreed. One of my regrets was using mink oil on a pair of boots that I loved, not realizing that my actions would permanently darken the leather and give them a completely different look. I guess we all break a couple of eggs when starting out in this business.
     
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  16. cverstegen Oct 16, 2023

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    Thanks for the replies, @TexOmega and @ErichPryde. It does seme like the Allen Edmonds product has been discontinued - that style forum thread is full of people singing its praises and lamenting its disappearance. It must be good stuff. ...guess I was 10 years too late with my question, haha.

    I'm going to try that Bick 4 and see how it works.

    As for the mink oil... yah I learned that the hard way too. Used it on a pair of redwings and the color changed completely :( . It was what the manufacture suggested (I even used the Red Wing branded mink oil), so I was really surprised at how much it changed the look of the boot. Oh well.

    Thanks again for the info!


    Side note: I often buy a multiples of a consumable product that I really like. Sometimes I think I'm being a little obsessive, but this confirms I am not :).
     
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  17. ErichPryde Oct 16, 2023

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    I don't think you'll be unhappy with Bick 4. A lot of people in that thread liked it and it's definitely one of the most recommended conditioners I've seen, and from firsthand experience and vs. other products, I know why.

     
  18. TexOmega Oct 16, 2023

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    It's been too long to remember but I chose AE for a reason(tried Bick 4,too).

    Just try any product on the heal area(there is 2 inches) and wait overnight.....only do ONE so you have one to compare.
     
  19. TexOmega Oct 16, 2023

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    One of my favorite Shell by Crocket & Jones, very vintage, very appealing WAVE
     
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  20. Braindrain Oct 19, 2023

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    A wet and cold day in Vancouver so the water-proof suede Heschung NSTs are called into service....

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