So I took your advice and emailed Cristian at Mister Freedom to ask about Trooper Boots availability. I was excited to learn they had my size (9D) in brown! I purchased them and received them right away, amazing boots for sure, they are very comfortable too! I really like the construction and the materials, and of course the last.
Regarding the NOS fabric they use, do you recommend using Otter Wax on it, or do you think I should leave it as it is? How do you think they will age better? Hope you have a great weekend! Any other process or care that you recommend?
Thanks for the e-mail and congrats on the Troopers. These aren't your everyday, entry-level lace-up boots. These are fans of the brand ... fans of style ... fans of something not many people have. I'm forever telling my readers to either call or visit the shop if that "grail" MFSC item can't be found online.
If you plan on really wearing your Troopers like they owe you money through some severe inclement weather, then I say wax 'em (pick up a heat gun at your local hobby shop for a proper job). Heavily broken in leather will only be complemented by the waxed canvas.
On the other hand there's no real need for wax if you're just rocking them as average daily wear. You can always wax them later when/if deemed necessary, but there's no reversing the process if you decide to jump the gun.
Lastly, there's no need to condition new leather as this process is taken care of at the factory. It's not until prolonged exposure to the elements and heavy wear that the leather will require some attention. Occasional wiping with a damp cloth and a boot brush is all that's really needed.
Casa de Petro, The gas station at the corner of Beverly Glen and Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, where James Dean filled up the tank of his new 550 Porsche Spyder for the last time and then drove into immortality.
With his Mechanic Rolf Wütherich that same day before heading out to the races in Salinas, California.
John, First I want to star of by saying your Vintage Engineer Boot page is wonderful and full a great info. I know you get asked a ton of questions about cost and which boot to buy. I spend hours looking at the post. So much good info. I decided to go with some custom Wesco Boss. At the moment they fit into my budget. One day some Role Clubs. I was hoping I can show you my boot build and see what you think? Thank you.
Thank you kindly for the e-mail. I find myself referencing information posted on here over the years quite often. If only I wasn't so busy, I'd archive more information.
Congrats on your custom Wesco build!! Please do send photos and build specifics. More often than not, my blog readers have used this information for their own builds.
Thanks again and talk with ya soon!
**These amazing Wesco boots - already perfectly broken in - were a gift from Michael as a gesture for the helpful information I provide on this blog as well as my service to the country. I'm not the type of person to let such an amazing deed go unrecognized, but to show what an upstanding dude he is, Michael didn't immediately accept my offer for a custom wallet. Of course the offer stands, indefinitely, and is not limited to a custom wallet.
Hey there! Since you seem to be the authority on this topic, i wanted to ask ya something. I got lucky and stumbled onto a pair or black road champs in my size, at the Mister Freedom store of all places! Got them about a month ago and have worn them every day. I've noticed that some black road champs out there, are more black than others. Mine are definitely a really dark brownish color when they are in daylight. I've heard that Christophe polishes his personal pair of black RC's with a black tinted polish to keep them black in color. If I wanted to enhance a black hue from them, what would you suggest? Is polishing them with black polish a good idea? I know some people like the different hues and textures, and I'm sure eventually, I'll let them wear how they may. But for now, id love to figure out how to get them to be jet black, if possible! Any ideas? Ive noticed your road champs look pretty black as well Thanks J
First off, congratulation on picking up a pair of highly coveted boots! I've recommended that folks visit the shop every so often as some rarities can be found at the brick and mortar not always advertised online.
Now back to your great question. Because the black (and brown) Road Champ Boots undergo an exclusive leather treatment and coloring process, each pair of boots possess their own unique color characteristics. My black pair are definitely on the blacker side of the black Road Champ spectrum.
Polishing them with a black polish of your choice is most certainly the best option to enhance the black hue. I personally use black Parade Gloss applied with a either a cotton cloth wrapped tight around my finger or Horsehair Polish Applicator and buffed with a Horsehair Shine Brush -- all made by Kiwi -- whenever I'm in the mood to freshen up my black leather footwear. Polish won't penetrate the leather all the way through giving the boots a chance to develop a nice brown patina later down the road with the option to reapply polish if desired -- leather dye is more of a permanent solution and may prove harder to develop a patina, if at all, depending on how deep the dye penetrates the vegetable tanned leather.
The above steps are simple and inexpensive and I think you'll be happy with the results.