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    Just bought my first pair of 1000 mile boot, how should I protect them?

    So as the title says I recently treated myself to a pair of Wolverine 1000 boots (McClean) during the Nordstrom anniversary sale.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/wolverin...ot-men/3709206

    I would really appreciate some tips on preventative maintenance. I have read that obenaufs is good but can darken the boots too much. I have also read that venetian shoe cream is option (reddit). Lots of conflicting info out there.

    Thanks!

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    I used Obenhauf's LP when I first got mine and was happy with the result. It does darken the leather a little, but it was pretty minimal in my experience. If you use any oil, on the other hand, it will darken them fairly significantly.

    I used Crane's method from styleforum if you're interested (post #30, although I used Obenhauf LP instead of Snowseal)

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/205531/w...boot-review/15

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    @JGL do you know exactly what product he's using on the sole in that first video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joedet View Post
    @JGL do you know exactly what product he's using on the sole in that first video?
    I do not. But I read that Wolverine doesn't recommend a particular brand (probably why they took so much care in hiding the labels in the video) so any lotion conditioner you trust should be fine.

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    Zombie thread rebirth...

    So both the 1000 mile McCleans and the Iron Rangers are on the Nordstrom sale again this year - $259 and $199 respectively.

    I'm leaning toward the McCleans as I don't have a need for a true work boot. Any comments from the posters above and anyone else as to how the 1000 milers are holding up and how the care refimen is going?

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    So Cal here so not seeing any kind of weather. I've applied neatsfoot oil once in the last 3 months. Meltonian neutral creme a couple of times.

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    @joedet,

    Like you, I purchased a pair of McClean boots and I've yet to apply any treatment. However, I've applied a coat of Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP to my Wolverine 1000 Mile boots (Addison) in Tan and they darkened noticeably. The next day they were a few shades lighter but not the same color as they were new in box. They should continue to lighten up. In addition to the Obenauf's LP, I have a bottle of Obenauf's oil and a bottle of Lexol NF in my possession and am trying to decide which to use. Regardless of conditioner, the Chromexcel leather of the McClean should be less absorbent than the Inferno leather of the Addison.

    Crane's guide is what I followed when applying LP to my Addison boots. However, according to Nick, "The last step for Chromexcel is coat of Neatsfoot Oil, so when people ask me how to condition this leather, that’s always my first recommendation."

    Source: http://horween.com/101/chromexcel-2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by joedet View Post
    Just bought my first pair of 1000 mile boot, how should I protect them?
    With a heavy duty safe, twin Dobermans, and a Beretta 92A1... For starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan View Post
    With a heavy duty safe, twin Dobermans, and a Beretta 92A1... For starters.
    This is excactly the answer I was looking for. Thats a wrap!...I really appreciate all the feedback from everyone, this will help!

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