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Old 09-07-2018, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default New Chippewa snake boots. Care tips?

Finally bought my first pair of quality snake boots. I got some zip up Chippewas. Anybody got any good tips for taking care of the leather on them? Id like these suckers to last! Thanks!


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Old 09-07-2018, 09:03 AM   #2
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Finally bought my first pair of quality snake boots. I got some zip up Chippewas. Anybody got any good tips for taking care of the leather on them? Id like these suckers to last! Thanks!


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Only thing I would have recommended is going with Justin vs Chippewa.... I switch and will never go back
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:06 AM   #3
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Only thing I would have recommended is going with Justin vs Chippewa.... I switch and will never go back
That helps the Op and was EXACTLY what he was looking for

I'd buy some Mink Oil, apply it and then heat with a hair dryer on high. This will make them more supple and really preserve the leather.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:10 AM   #4
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That helps the Op and was EXACTLY what he was looking for

I'd buy some Mink Oil, apply it and then heat with a hair dryer on high. This will make them more supple and really preserve the leather.
Good info, can also set in sunshine on a bright day for a few hours after oiling.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:12 AM   #5
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They are great boots, I have beat the heck out of mine for 5 years and they are still in good shape. I wipe them down with mink oil once a year.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:16 AM   #6
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That helps the Op and was EXACTLY what he was looking for

I'd buy some Mink Oil, apply it and then heat with a hair dryer on high. This will make them more supple and really preserve the leather.
As a leatherworker, this ^^ is the best advice.

Make sure to clean them well and allow them to totally dry before applying the mink oil. You can heat them up a little before applying the oil. Once it's applied heat them up with a hair dryer again. Make sure the oil penetrates the stitching, but don't over heat them. Just enough to get the mink oil to melt again and "run" (you'll know what I'm talking about when you actually do it).

After heating them, allow them to totally cool. Remove the excess with an old sock and brush them with a boot brush.

Do this once before and once after each hunting season and they'll last many years
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:19 AM   #7
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good info here, well most of it. Gonna oil mine tonight, my leather is looking a little worn.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:26 AM   #8
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Never read anything about heating up your boots by any manufacturers boot care instructions.....

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Old 09-07-2018, 09:38 AM   #9
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Never read anything about heating up your boots by any manufacturers boot care instructions.....
No sir, but the heat allows the grain and pores of the leather to open up and absorb the oil. We're not talking 250, but enough to melt the mink oil. Ever left a can of mink oil in your truck in the summer? It melts. Ever left your boots in your truck in the summer? They don't melt
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:42 AM   #10
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As a leatherworker, this ^^ is the best advice.



Make sure to clean them well and allow them to totally dry before applying the mink oil. You can heat them up a little before applying the oil. Once it's applied heat them up with a hair dryer again. Make sure the oil penetrates the stitching, but don't over heat them. Just enough to get the mink oil to melt again and "run" (you'll know what I'm talking about when you actually do it).



After heating them, allow them to totally cool. Remove the excess with an old sock and brush them with a boot brush.



Do this once before and once after each hunting season and they'll last many years


Good info. Gonna have to do that to mine
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:48 AM   #11
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That helps the Op and was EXACTLY what he was looking for

I'd buy some Mink Oil, apply it and then heat with a hair dryer on high. This will make them more supple and really preserve the leather.
This is what I do. Also will wipe down with a good saddle soap once or twice a yr. I wear mine almost weekly at the ranch and put them through hell.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:48 AM   #12
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No sir, but the heat allows the grain and pores of the leather to open up and absorb the oil. We're not talking 250, but enough to melt the mink oil. Ever left a can of mink oil in your truck in the summer? It melts. Ever left your boots in your truck in the summer? They don't melt
It's your story, tell it how you want to

I'll just go with what Meindl, Justin and Red Wing recommend....since they made my boots.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:59 AM   #13
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I've tried it all (mink oil, silicon dressing, sno-seal, etc...) the best stuff hands down is Obenauf's. All natural and doesn't contain petrol chemicals or animal fats that can lead to deteriorating stitching. Lets the leather breath naturally.

https://www.obenaufs.com/
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:19 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the info guys!


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Old 09-07-2018, 12:44 PM   #15
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I put sno-seal on mine. I got them hot with a hair dryer and would rub the seal on and warm it up so it would soak into the hot leather.
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Old 09-07-2018, 12:52 PM   #16
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I've had my chips for 9 years and haven't done anything to them. Love em! Guess I should try the mink oil thing myself.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:01 PM   #17
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I've had my chips for 9 years and haven't done anything to them. Love em! Guess I should try the mink oil thing myself.
Mink Oil works great on Leather Thongs too!
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:06 PM   #18
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I’ve had a pair since 2011 and have never taken care of them and they are still wearable. Toughest boots i’ve ever owned. I might oil the next pair.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:08 PM   #19
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I've tried it all (mink oil, silicon dressing, sno-seal, etc...) the best stuff hands down is Obenauf's. All natural and doesn't contain petrol chemicals or animal fats that can lead to deteriorating stitching. Lets the leather breath naturally.

https://www.obenaufs.com/
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:54 PM   #20
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don't leave'em in the back of your truck while traveling
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:45 PM   #21
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Just purchased a pair yesterday ($129) at the Justin outlet so this info will come in handy !
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