Take Care of Your Boots: Oiling

My first pair of Redwings were these 875 Moc-toes. It was one of the first items I bought that I knew I’d have for a long time, so I did my research on how to take good care of them to make that happen. Keeping the leather in good condition is the most important aspect of taking care of your boots. The soles can be replaced over & over again, the stitching can be redone on the welt, but if the uppers get dry and crack, that’s extremely difficult to repair. I’ve been wearing these for about a year and a half, and have been oiling them with of Obenauf’s Leather Protector(LP) since day one.

I’ve had a few people ask me about leather conditioners and how to use them on a pair of work boots, so I’ll tell you how I do it. First off, I know that no one uses LP as frequently as I do on leather goods. So I’ll say this: If you do not want your leathers to darken – I would avoid using the LP and just use a leather oil – as they will not darken near as much as LP. It’s extremely simple.

Stuff you’ll need: Obenauf’s LP, your hands.

  1. Clean the surface of your boots; remove any dirt/salt on them. You can use a shoe brush for this, or your bare hands. You can use a damp rag to remove any surface stains.
  2. Remove the laces. Oiling the tongue of the boots creates those neat lace marks you see on mine.
  3. Apply the LP all over the boots using your bare hands. Your body heat lets the LP soak into the leather deeper.
  4. Place your boots outside in the sunlight for thirty-minutes. This really allows the oil to sink in and the boots to take on a darker hue in color.
  5. Take a clean cloth and wipe off any excess oil.
  6. Lace them back up and wear ‘em.

See, super easy. It really is important to keep your leather uppers well hydrated and protected from the elements. Leather dries out, and you don’t want to let that happen to a good ol’ pair of Redwings. This stuff is really cheap (that tub will last you ALONG time) compared to the price of a new pair of boots. Oh, and it’s made in the USA.

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Vintage Finds: Wool Fisherman Sweater & Army Cargos

There’s not much for specialty stores in Pennsylvania, but I did have some pretty decent luck at second-hand stores while up there. I had been looking for a oatmeal colored fisherman sweater for awhile, and thanks to a Goodwill somewhere near Mt. Ligonier – the hunt is over. Knit of mainly wool with a really slubby texture, this was an awesome find for under $3. Next up, a pair of Winfield Mfg Company Cargos from a really rad vintage shop located in the south side of Pittsburgh. I wanted some olive drab cargos for awhile, but every pair I found was manufactured in China, and just felt like bad quality. These are made of a 50% Cotton/50% Poly blend with tons of little details:

  • 6 snap-secured pockets
  • Suspender buttons inside
  • Side-tabs for waist adjustment
  • Draw-string hem
  • Serval zipper fly
  • Made in USA

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What I’m Wearing – 10/26/11

Hat: Imogene + Willie “Cross” Cap by Ebbets Field

Jacket: Engineered Garments Fisherman’s Smock

Shirt: Engineered Garments Workshirt

Pants: Engineered Garments Fatigues

Boots: Redwing 875 Moc-toe

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Something Different: Pennsylvania

Sorry for going MIA – a four-day trip to the Steel City was definitely needed. We don’t have a change of seasons down here, so my girl and I headed north to see it first hand. We spent most of our time in the mountains, but I did make a trip to the city to meet up with Jace of Plain T-Shirt and have him show us around. Here’s some snaps of the trip. Until next time, Pennsylvania. Enjoy.

 

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Up close: RRL Wrangler Trucker Jacket

A reproduction of a vintage Wrangler denim jacket done by RRL, the “heritage” side of Polo Ralph Lauren. A gem that my lady and I were lucky enough to find and obtain for almost nothing. This is one of the most well thought-out garments I’ve ever seen, everything from the top-notch construction, to the historical accuracy of the details. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find the mens version yet… but it’s to nice to not mention.

  • Entire jacket is done in a pre-distressed 14oz selvedge denim
  • Chain-stitch construction on all seams
  • Cowhide patch
  • Side-buckles on the waist for fit adjustment
  • Copper rivets at stress points
  • Made in the USA

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What I’m Wearing – 10/17/11

Hat: Imogene + Willie “Cross” Cap by Ebbets Field

Shirt: Engineered Garments Workshirt

Pants: Left Field Organic Canvas Chinos

Boots: Redwing 875 Moc-Toe

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What I’m Wearing – 10/13/11

Shirt: Woolrich Woolen Mills

Pants: Engineered Garments Fatigues

Shoes: Redwing Maize Work Oxfords

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