Leather has changed from the stuff Dehner could get their hands on decades ago. Thanks to modern farming practices, hormones, etc., the supply of the wears-like-iron leather from 40 years ago is gone.
Hinderella. Gasp. Never oil boots. But that is a whole 'nuther argument!:cool:
OK, "oiled" for me is a sort of generic term, like Kleenex. I actually use Lexol leather conditioner :)
But I will admit to using Tanner's oil on my Western saddle, and i've used mink oil on my everyday shoes. But I've never really known why we don't oil our tack...why?
Oiling (or whatever you want to call it) your tack is fine, indeed encouraged.
Boots- never. Clean w/ sponge and warm water, allow to dry, polish. As per my previous post- it's still working for a pair of 80+ year old boots (admittedly now close to the last use!).
Interesting...I actually do not do much conditioning of my everyday boots, but more out of sheer laziness than from any sort of plan ;) When I leave the barn, I hose off the mud. I keep them upside down on boot stands, and when they're looking shabby, polish them.
I do have Lexol leather wipes that come in a container, sort of like hand wipes, and every so often I use them on both boots and tack.
I'm hoping to keep the brown Dehners going, at least long enough to take them out hunting once or twice. I suppose if the lining really falls part, they'll still be good enough for everyday riding, at least until they fail.
Really - put nothing on your boots except water to clean, and boot polish, and they will last far longer. Lexol, mink oil, saddle soap, neatsfoot oil, whatever...no no no!
Since I often see this thread rise to the top, I thought I'd post this link (NOT my boots and not a listing from anyone I know).
Ladies size 8 brown field boots, look to be in good shape -- maybe scuffed on the inside calf? (I have sasquatch-sized feet, so would never fit me anyway.) The listing isn't titled with "brown" so they may go unnoticed.
I need a pair in 6 1/2 with the extra wide calf-can't find a store that can get them in this size (although the sizing chart shows they are manufactured in this size). I need them in the next 6 weeks to start cubbing season. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the replies -- looks like the ones on eBay start at size 7.5 and I'd be swimming in those:(. Corky, I love your attitude:). You ar right that I won't be drawn and quartered but I would love to meet the tradition. So if anyone else has ideas I am still looking.
Ride2Fly, try here:
They special ordered a brown pair for me last year. It took longer than 6 weeks, though. And, just FYI, the foot is pretty big. I could have gone down a while size. But, you can't beat the price!
Actually, mine are Treadstone, not Treadstep, though!
For the suggestions -am following Muffin's link -will keep you posted;)
Ahh, cordovan. I once lived in cordovan Dehner lace up paddock boots from Bevals. Like 3 pairs.
For anyone still looking for brown field boots, here's a great buy on some Dehners (not my listing):
Is it possible to have too many pairs of black/brown/field/dress boots? Is it?????
I didn't THINK so! That is why I'm on eBay daily. :lol: