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Title: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: dave55 on 19.11. 2016 20:45
Thought about some new boots for a while for when I got my GF , feel a bit daft in sidis with toe sliders etc when im on it  *smiley4* is it just me or do others wear different types of boots for their modern and classic bikes ?
So I have spent ages trawling ebay for a pair of vintage type boots and the prices are ridiculous and apart from that many, seem to be damaged or zips bust,  then I saw some of those Clarkes /Norton boots advertised in a classic bike mag but the mag was 2 years old and they were £250 then so it was should I shouldn't I for 2 or 3 weeks and then saw a couple of pairs on ebay for quarter of the price and still brand new, think they were returns from the companies website.
Had a look for some reviews and only found one bad one on a bike site from someone who had not seen them but thought that because it was made by Clarkes etc they would be poor quality fashion boots and not genuine bike boots and therefore would not be safe!
Anyway took the plunge and when they have arrived to say I am chuffed with them would be an understatement , Proper leather not the regurgitated crap the make today ,zip up the back and straps with strong buckles around ankles and top of calves, extra patch on for gear change on top of foot, generous fitting , proper old style stitched on welted sole with a Goodyear combat style sole and heels.
Had them on 2 days and me thinks they will take some breaking in  *smile* wife says I cant wear them to bed tho !The odd thing is they are made in India but then again BSA may be soon .....but worse still it says Norton  engraved in the heels  *smile* Oh Well its a British Bike.
So today spent a couple of hours treating them to some good old fashioned Dubbin, and having looked around theres so many products to waterproof them from dubbin to oil , polishes and mink oil (apparently it stinks when goes rancid in heat  *eek*)
Anyone use anything different or unusual ?  *smiley4*
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: muskrat on 19.11. 2016 20:55
Engine oil straight from the motor (leaks) works for me *eek*. Old army boots from Op shop 25 years ago and used for dirt, road race/cruise, never polished only cleaned by riding through creeks.
Cheers
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: Dean on 19.11. 2016 21:29
Renapur.
I found this about 20 years ago and now don't use anything else all all leather products, boots, shoes, gloves, bridles saddles etc.
Its a soft waxy natural product (hands feel great after using it as well). It is clear so suitable for any colour of leather. You just rub it on.
A tub lasts years.
I pick it up at shows but have just seen its available on ebay.
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: metalflake11 on 19.11. 2016 21:42
Old army boots for me as well, paratrooper boots to be exact. Breaking in a new pair myself at the moment, socks were stuck to my feet the other night with dried blood. Tough old boots.
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: WozzA on 19.11. 2016 22:38
 *eek*  why clean them?   *dunno*
you only grind them off on the corners..
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: Greybeard on 19.11. 2016 23:33
I bought a pair of ex Finish army jackboots. I just use shoe polish.
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: KiwiGF on 20.11. 2016 00:21
This "elephant fat" stuff works well, on the link, but there are cheaper, similar, products that also work.....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swizöl-1042592-Swissvax-Leather-Elephant/dp/B00FOMDEPC




Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: scotty on 20.11. 2016 02:07
saddle soap (as used by the horse set)

if you can't get it go for a product called Nikwax.....I use it at sea....up the mountains and on a motorbike on all my leather footwear ...does the job for me...it's like a dubin you work in with a cloth

S
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: coater87 on 20.11. 2016 03:02
Crisco, right out of the can. Rub it in, rub off the extra, done.

 Lee
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: coater87 on 20.11. 2016 03:13
 Hold the phone!

 Wife just informed me that Crisco can destroy ladies leather shoes. I am no ladies shoe expert, but I have used this glop for 40+ years on my bike boots and my work boots. I have not had a problem.

 She says it will destroy the color and loosen the glue that holds them together.

 I have come to the conclusion that ladies shoes are probably not dark brown to begin with, probably not made from real leather, and are held together with bubble gum and wishes.
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: terryg on 20.11. 2016 07:37
+1 for Renapur.
The wife got me some at a craft fair to use on car leather seats. It does a great job on those and also the bike gear.
Tub lasts for ages, as noted above.
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: olev on 20.11. 2016 08:29
Sam had just spent a small fortune buying new boots for the annual BSA rally.
He walks into the house and says to his wife, "Notice anything different,
Bessie?"
Bessie looks him over, "Nope."
Sam says excitedly, "Come on, Bessie, take a good look. Notice anything
different about me?"
Bessie looks again, "Nope."
Frustrated, Sam storms off into the bathroom, undresses, and walks back
in completely naked except for his boots. Again, he asks, a
little louder this time,
"Notice anything DIFFERENT?"
Bessie looks up and says, "Sam, what's different? It's hanging down
today, it was hanging down yesterday, it'll be hanging down again
tomorrow."
Furious, Sam! yells, "AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT'S HANGING DOWN, BESSIE?
IT'S HANGING DOWN BECAUSE IT'S LOOKING AT MY NEW BOOTS!!!"
Bessie says, "Shoulda bought a hat, Sam... Shoulda
bought a hat."

Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: dave55 on 20.11. 2016 09:42
 *eek* Guess it saves cutting the toenails Wozza  *smiley4* *smiley4*
Must admit I wear old paraboots for work and have done for about 15 years but if I try riding the bike to work in them I cant find the gears on mi Suzuki and even managed to get the loop in the lace fast around the gear lever once and could not put mi foot down at the junction .....that nearly ended in disaster so tend not to wear laces now on my bike.
Yes I  had forgotten about Renapur , remember someone once cleaning my boots at NEC with it and it worked well but never bought any at the time
And saddlesoap well tried and tested have used that before on leather suits and jackets  but will have to Google Crisco  *smiley4* not heard of it here. and not seen an Elephant round these parts for donkeys years  so may need to look that up too.
Thanks for the replies and loved the last one, maybe Bessie used too much saddle soap and softened too much  *smile*
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: Greybeard on 20.11. 2016 10:08
Crisco is an American product; it's a vegetable fat for cooking. I've read that it is used as a, (mens) sexual lubricant as well, so, obviously very useful stuff!  ;)
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: dave55 on 20.11. 2016 10:26
That answers why women don't want to waste it on their shoes then Greybeard  *smile*
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: KiwiGF on 21.11. 2016 04:24
"..........And saddlesoap well tried and tested have used that before on leather suits and jackets  but will have to Google Crisco  *smiley4* not heard of it here. and not seen an Elephant round these parts for donkeys years  so may need to look that up too.


I'm pretty sure no elephants get harmed in the making of "Elephant Fat".  >:D
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: bsa-bill on 21.11. 2016 09:41
Quote
Crisco is an American product; it's a vegetable fat for cooking. I've read that it is used as a, (mens) sexual lubricant as well,

obvious benefits over Cherry Blossom then. which is what we used in the early sixties on our winkle pickers come Beatles boots

Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: dave55 on 21.11. 2016 09:59
 *grins* Don't mind rubbing a bit of Elephant fat on it Bill but Noooooo Wayyyyy am I rubbing Cherry Blossom on my winkle picker !  *eek*
Title: Re: What Do You Use On Your Boots ?
Post by: Greybeard on 21.11. 2016 11:22
*grins* Don't mind rubbing a bit of Elephant fat on it Bill but Noooooo Wayyyyy am I rubbing Cherry Blossom on my winkle picker !  *eek*

What about a nice big knob of Crisco?