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On 1/8/2019 at 3:34 PM, Art Vandelay said:

Virtually no time at all. Others may have had a different experience, but mine fit perfect right out of the box.

The caiman took much longer to break in but that's understandable since it's a much tougher leather.

Agreed with the above.  Got ostrich Tecovas a few years ago and took no time.  Got the caiman belly this Christmas and they were great on the feet, but the shaft it taking more time.  Not uncomfortable at all, but I wore them to Christmas dinner, and not owning a boot jack (didn't need one with the ostrich), it took my wife and all three teenaged kids to get them off.  Getting better with each wear and come off easy with the jack I now own.

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My ostrich Tecovas (posted here) broke in quickly and have held up well under heavy wear.  Love 'em.

I recently was looking for a pair of light brown boots, and my wife (no pics) wanted me to try the the suede Tecovas - The Shane in honey suede.  I wasn't so sure since I've never owned suede anything, and the online pics of the honey suede made it look more yellow than light brown.  But with free returns, why not take a shot?  Glad I did - they are sharp and ridiculously comfortable.  Internet pics didn't do the color justice.  These probably won't, either:

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Those are sharp.  Because you have never owned anything suede, you will need a suede brush.  Even though it says "waterproof," you will probably need some silicone spray to keep em water-resistant.  The brush will keep them clean and "nappy."  The problem is that they get wet/dirty and kind of smooth in spots like the toe and heel counter.  The brush will help keep that at bay.

 

 

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I finally said screw it - I've wanted a pair of black lizard skin boots for ~25 years, so I pulled the trigger.  The Nash in Midnight Lizard.  When I pulled them from the packaging, I was pleasantly surprised by how truly beautiful they are.  Pic won't do them justice.

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Tecovas' customer service and pricing makes it too easy.  shutupandtakemymoney.jpg.  Ordered Tuesday, had them by 10AM Wednesday.  Not pictured: the matching belt.  The belt isn't as robust as I'd like but it's more than adequate for a dress belt.

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Well hell.  Just placed an order for this boot, based on this thread.  Been looking at them for awhile, finally pulled the trigger.

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Hope they fit.  I have a hard time getting boots to fit due to a really high instep. 

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On 1/24/2019 at 12:13 PM, MAROON said:

Well hell.  Just placed an order for this boot, based on this thread.  Been looking at them for awhile, finally pulled the trigger.

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Hope they fit.  I have a hard time getting boots to fit due to a really high instep. 

well they showed up today.  Great looking boots, but I could not get my foot in them.  Sending back for a 12.5.  Hope that works because these are seriously nice boots.

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On 1/24/2019 at 11:31 AM, solamente73 said:

I finally said screw it - I've wanted a pair of black lizard skin boots for ~25 years, so I pulled the trigger.  The Nash in Midnight Lizard.  When I pulled them from the packaging, I was pleasantly surprised by how truly beautiful they are.  Pic won't do them justice.

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Tecovas' customer service and pricing makes it too easy.  shutupandtakemymoney.jpg.  Ordered Tuesday, had them by 10AM Wednesday.  Not pictured: the matching belt.  The belt isn't as robust as I'd like but it's more than adequate for a dress belt.

Nice looking boots!

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On 1/25/2019 at 1:49 PM, MAROON said:

well they showed up today.  Great looking boots, but I could not get my foot in them.  Sending back for a 12.5.  Hope that works because these are seriously nice boots.

Just an FYI, I hard a hard time getting my foot in for my caimans, but they fit perfectly once on my foot.  It just took a lot of work, but they are getting easier every time.  Still the perfect fit once on.

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my 12.5 caimans showed up today.  I have them on now that they are very comfortable.  Will wear them most of the weekend and next week to get them well broken in.  Really happy with these boots.

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any of y'all have any of the tecova calfskins in the desert calf color?  i want to see what they look like after a some wear.

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On 1/25/2019 at 1:49 PM, MAROON said:

well they showed up today.  Great looking boots, but I could not get my foot in them.  Sending back for a 12.5.  Hope that works because these are seriously nice boots.

I was just getting ready to ask how true the sizes run.  I wear a 10.5-11 in most brands, but always have to take into consideration if the prosthetic foot will fit alright.

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On 1/25/2019 at 1:49 PM, MAROON said:

well they showed up today.  Great looking boots, but I could not get my foot in them.  Sending back for a 12.5.  Hope that works because these are seriously nice boots.

Ordered the same boots and couldn't get them on.  Went with the wide size and they fit great.

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On 11/5/2018 at 3:26 PM, Liquor and Poker said:

So I don’t have to travel back to the Eskino Hut wasteland, can we re-list the places to go to get your boots fixed?  After much horror I found a place in Dallas (actually, the Colony) that was great.  

Then I up and moved to Houston.  Where do I go here for real repairs (not just soles and heels). Please don’t say anything that ends in “Shoe Hospital.”

Oh, and the place in Dallas is the The Colony Cobbler. David is the man. 

I highly recommend The Colony Cobbler...  I brought in a pair of 35+year old Justin Elephant boots that I got as a gift when I got accepted to UT.  They took a lot of drunken abuse and started to split on the outside at the widest part of my foot.  I had taken them into Palace Boots in Houston ( now gone) who said the only repair was to stick a patch on the split.  I bailed at the time as I thought it would look like crap.  Years later (based on recommendation here) I took them into Colony Cobbler and he was able to break the boots down (new sole and liner) and repair the damage and they look like new...

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Tecovas (or is it singular?) is advertising their ass off on social media.  All over IG and FB the last few months.  I may cave in on some ostrich. 

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you won't regret it.  i was wondering if their prices will change at all when they get their retail shops up and running.

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2 hours ago, 4th&Five said:

you won't regret it.  i was wondering if their prices will change at all when they get their retail shops up and running.

Are they really opening retail shops? I thought their whole business model was dependent on direct/online sales. I know they've had the "pop-up store" in Austin, where you can try on boots but they still order them for you online.

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From what I’ve heard they’re opening a few with the flagship being in eyesight of Allen’s on South Congress. 

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Tecovas (or is it singular?) is advertising their ass off on social media.  All over IG and FB the last few months.  I may cave in on some ostrich. 

I don’t hold it against them. I love my bourbon calfskins

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A pair I bought about three years ago recently started squeaking in the heel. I sent them a message asking if there was anything I could do to fix it. They asked for the warranty number on the inside of the boot shaft and ended up sending me a brand new pair at no cost to me. The new boots arrived in two days, and they only asked that I return the used boots in the box that the new boots were in so that they could QC them. Fantastic customer service.

 

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18 hours ago, Coyote said:

A pair I bought about three years ago recently started squeaking in the heel. I sent them a message asking if there was anything I could do to fix it. They asked for the warranty number on the inside of the boot shaft and ended up sending me a brand new pair at no cost to me. The new boots arrived in two days, and they only asked that I return the used boots in the box that the new boots were in so that they could QC them. Fantastic customer service.

 

Oh man, I bought a pair of them at their first trunk sale (no warranty) and had this issue. Randomly started these super loud squeaks after like a month of wear - like can't wear in public loud. Took them to my local boot guy who is pretty good at what he does. Tried everything he could short of putting a new sole on them without getting it resolved. 

Unfortunately, no warranty on trunk sale purchases so I can either get them totally re-sole'd to (maybe? hopefully?) fix the issue or have a pair of boots sitting in a box forever. Hard to pay that amount to maybe get them fixed. They are beautiful boots - just don't buy anything at their trunk sales. 

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On ‎1‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 11:31 AM, solamente73 said:

I finally said screw it - I've wanted a pair of black lizard skin boots for ~25 years, so I pulled the trigger.  The Nash in Midnight Lizard.  When I pulled them from the packaging, I was pleasantly surprised by how truly beautiful they are.  Pic won't do them justice.

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Tecovas' customer service and pricing makes it too easy.  shutupandtakemymoney.jpg.  Ordered Tuesday, had them by 10AM Wednesday.  Not pictured: the matching belt.  The belt isn't as robust as I'd like but it's more than adequate for a dress belt.

those are literally the best looking lizard skin boots I have ever seen and that includes when I went to the Leddy's showroom.  Wow.  

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One thing I don't like about the Tecovas (admittedly never seen a pair in person) is that they all have the same upper, just in different colors.

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1 hour ago, Dry Elbows said:

One thing I don't like about the Tecovas (admittedly never seen a pair in person) is that they all have the same upper, just in different colors.

Yeah, the sameness doesn't bother me as much as I prefer a stitching pattern over the simple corded shaft.

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16 hours ago, pepper brooks said:

those are literally the best looking lizard skin boots I have ever seen and that includes when I went to the Leddy's showroom.  Wow.  

how easy/difficult are lizard skin to take care of compared to say full quill ostrich?

what do you need to do to take care of and condition them?

 

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1 hour ago, NoName said:

how easy/difficult are lizard skin to take care of compared to say full quill ostrich?

what do you need to do to take care of and condition them?

 

I honestly do not know.  I don't have lizard skins nor ostrich myself.  

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2 hours ago, NoName said:

how easy/difficult are lizard skin to take care of compared to say full quill ostrich?

what do you need to do to take care of and condition them?

 

Per Tecovas:

Ostrich:  "In general, you may care for your ostrich boots in the same way that you’d care for your smooth leather or calfskin boots."

Reptilian Leather:  "In general, you may care for your caiman and lizard boots in the same way that you’d care for your calfskin or ostrich boots, except that we would recommend conditioning every month, regardless of the frequency of wear, to avoid leather cracking between scales."

Additional info for Lizard/Caiman in the spoiler.

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General Care:

  • In general, you may care for your caiman and lizard boots in the same way that you’d care for your calfskin or ostrich boots, except that we would recommend conditioning every month, regardless of the frequency of wear, to avoid leather cracking between scales
  • Store boots in a dry and dark place
  • Alternate boot-wearing days to let boots properly dry out
  • Ideally, store with tissue, newspaper, or a cedar shoe tree that does not stretch the leather
  • Brush dirt off after every wear with a horsehair brush; use a damp cloth if necessary

Conditioning:

 We recommend conditioning every 1-2 months, depending on how often they're worn. This process may leave the boots with a slightly 'matte' finish. Here’s how to condition:

  •     Remove all dirt or dust with horsehair brush or damp cloth
  •     While boots are still damp, lightly apply a conditioner over the entire boot, ideally with your fingers but can also do with a brush
  •     Let conditioner dry, then buff with horsehair brush

Polishing:

 Should be done only after any conditioning, but it's entirely based on preference. If the boots are clean and you don't have time to condition, using spray shine sparingly should be fine! Use a neutral polish to avoid colors not matching. Here’s how to polish:

  •     After conditioning and buffing the boots (so they are dry), apply a thin coat of wax-based neutral polish to all the areas you wish to shine. The entire area to be shined should be covered with a slightly shiny layer.
  •     Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth
  •     Buff with a horsehair brush to the desired level of shine

https://www.tecovas.com/pages/product-care

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On 2/15/2019 at 9:04 AM, solamente73 said:

Per Tecovas:

Ostrich:  "In general, you may care for your ostrich boots in the same way that you’d care for your smooth leather or calfskin boots."

Reptilian Leather:  "In general, you may care for your caiman and lizard boots in the same way that you’d care for your calfskin or ostrich boots, except that we would recommend conditioning every month, regardless of the frequency of wear, to avoid leather cracking between scales."

Additional info for Lizard/Caiman in the spoiler.

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General Care:

  • In general, you may care for your caiman and lizard boots in the same way that you’d care for your calfskin or ostrich boots, except that we would recommend conditioning every month, regardless of the frequency of wear, to avoid leather cracking between scales
  • Store boots in a dry and dark place
  • Alternate boot-wearing days to let boots properly dry out
  • Ideally, store with tissue, newspaper, or a cedar shoe tree that does not stretch the leather
  • Brush dirt off after every wear with a horsehair brush; use a damp cloth if necessary

Conditioning:

 We recommend conditioning every 1-2 months, depending on how often they're worn. This process may leave the boots with a slightly 'matte' finish. Here’s how to condition:

  •     Remove all dirt or dust with horsehair brush or damp cloth
  •     While boots are still damp, lightly apply a conditioner over the entire boot, ideally with your fingers but can also do with a brush
  •     Let conditioner dry, then buff with horsehair brush

Polishing:

 Should be done only after any conditioning, but it's entirely based on preference. If the boots are clean and you don't have time to condition, using spray shine sparingly should be fine! Use a neutral polish to avoid colors not matching. Here’s how to polish:

  •     After conditioning and buffing the boots (so they are dry), apply a thin coat of wax-based neutral polish to all the areas you wish to shine. The entire area to be shined should be covered with a slightly shiny layer.
  •     Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth
  •     Buff with a horsehair brush to the desired level of shine

https://www.tecovas.com/pages/product-care

thanks!

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43 minutes ago, NoName said:

thanks!

Pro tip on ostrich.  Get a liquid conditioner and/or polish.  If you're like me, you probably grew up using kiwi or meltonian polish on shoes/boots.  Those thicker paste or creme polishes can be harder to use on a highly textured leather like ostrich.  Meltonian is better than kiwi for that purpose, but bick4 or some actual liquid is better still (I don't mean "Scuff Magic" with the foam applicator either).  As you can easily imagine, the thicker it is, the harder it is to apply around all the bumps without kind of clumping up.  It can be done, though, but with very light coats.

Same is sort of true for lizard.  And I think a liquid is better able to get between and under the scales.

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a waterproof western boot? I'm killing my soles way too fast up here.

No square-toes.

I found these, but have no experience with Dan Post.

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1 minute ago, Masshole Horn said:

Does anyone have a recommendation for a waterproof western boot? I'm killing my soles way too fast up here.

No square-toes.

I found these, but have no experience with Dan Post.

There are lots of western-styled work boots, not too different from those.  The classic answer is this, though.  Makes a pretty good work or hunting boot.

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5 minutes ago, Masshole Horn said:

Those are classics and I should probably get another pair just because.

Looking for black though.

Double H has a lot of worky styles that might do.  Maybe Chippewa.  Dan Post is probably ok.  I think some "hecho en mexico" company has taken over the brand. 

Looks like your main deal is leather sole?  The Justin Tekno Crepes are pretty good.  If you really want waterproof as in GoreTex or similar, I don't think I have seen any others.

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3 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

Double H has a lot of worky styles that might do.  Maybe Chippewa.  Dan Post is probably ok.  I think some "hecho en mexico" company has taken over the brand. 

Thanks, will look around.

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Just got my first pair of tecovas, so far they’re as advertised, I actually like the simpler look.

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Anybody ever buy boots/shoes in León, Gaunajuato? We're going to the inlaws place nearby in about a week and a half, and I need to convince the womenfolk it is worth a trip there so I can pick up some boots and maybe some exotic leather for other projects.

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On 2/23/2019 at 3:36 PM, Masshole Horn said:

Those are classics and I should probably get another pair just because.

Looking for black though.

I was also going to mention Double H, but I don't think I've ever seen any in black

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5 hours ago, NotActuallyALonghorn said:

Anybody ever buy boots/shoes in León, Gaunajuato? We're going to the inlaws place nearby in about a week and a half, and I need to convince the womenfolk it is worth a trip there so I can pick up some boots and maybe some exotic leather for other projects.

No, but the Messkins are very good with boots and leather generally.  I probably wouldn't hesitate to buy boots that I could get my hands on.  However, it has been rumored that lots of Mexican leather is tanned old-school, with piss and brains and can stink to high heaven when wet.

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I was also going to mention Double H, but I don't think I've ever seen any in black

 

 

Without using their website I can tell you they make at least two different western boots in black with their ICE sole which is a very durable and tough sole. They had a problem when it first came out because they used the stacked leather heel and it would de-laminate under tough use. Come to find out the adhesive being used was inferior to the foreign made stuff due to environmental regulations because Double H are made in USA. They went back to the drawing board and fixed the new problem and I’ve not heard of any issues since, and that was 7-8 years ago.

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17 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

No, but the Messkins are very good with boots and leather generally.  I probably wouldn't hesitate to buy boots that I could get my hands on.  However, it has been rumored that lots of Mexican leather is tanned old-school, with piss and brains and can stink to high heaven when wet.

Brains would be an entirely different method of tanning than any of the methods used for commercial, however some old school veg tanning used urine and animal waste in part of the curing process. Supposedly comes from the Moroccan influence in the Iberian Peninsula and then central and south America.

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10 years ago I did 2 x 6 week hitches in the Free and Sovereign State of Campeche, but did not acquire turtle boots, beautiful tobacco brown pair in my size in the store window.

 

Sometimes I think, “Why didn’t you buy the boots?!? You didn’t kill them.” Other times I’m quiet happy I didn’t buy them. Not sure of the legalese in getting them in anymore, but I probably wouldn’t have felt comfortable wearing them in public then or now. I did think about it a couple dozen times though when down there.

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 3:44 PM, Grimas said:

I highly recommend The Colony Cobbler...  I brought in a pair of 35+year old Justin Elephant boots that I got as a gift when I got accepted to UT.  They took a lot of drunken abuse and started to split on the outside at the widest part of my foot.  I had taken them into Palace Boots in Houston ( now gone) who said the only repair was to stick a patch on the split.  I bailed at the time as I thought it would look like crap.  Years later (based on recommendation here) I took them into Colony Cobbler and he was able to break the boots down (new sole and liner) and repair the damage and they look like new...

Hmmm, live right next to the Colony in Frisco and I have a pair of Lucchese boots that need some work done.  So good things to say?  Been needing a place to take them in to and at the very least get them resoled.  

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I would have bought them. Used to see sea turtle and anteater quite often when I was slinging boots. Never got the sea turtle, pattern wasn’t that appealing to me but I’d have bought them just to say I have a pair. Anteater on the other hand is absolutely beautiful.

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Hmmm, live right next to the Colony in Frisco and I have a pair of Lucchese boots that need some work done.  So good things to say?  Been needing a place to take them in to and at the very least get them resoled.  



I’m the one that recommended The Colony Cobbler back on the old site. David is bar none the best I’ve ever seen at leather repair. I live 90 minutes away now and I still refuse to even consider anyone else. He’s that damned good.

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1 minute ago, thestud said:

 

 


I’m the one that recommended The Colony Cobbler back on the old site. David is bar none the best I’ve ever seen at leather repair. I live 90 minutes away now and I still refuse to even consider anyone else. He’s that damned good.

 

 

Can't argue with that - very much appreciate and righteous timing.  

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