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Posted - 04/12/2013 :  10:14:41 PM  Show Profile
I recently purchased a pair of Frye boots -- they are my first expensive shoe purchase and I want to take good care of them. Here is a stock picture off the Frye website:

I haven't worn them yet because I live in Seattle and would like to waterproof/weatherproof them first. I emailed Frye to get more info but was told not to use any products on the leather since the boots are tan and would likely be discolored.... Useless. I am willing to take on some discoloration in exchange for protection from the elements.

What waterproofing/weatherproofing products are the best on this type of leather to minimize discoloration? I have a tub of SNO Seal and used it on a different pair of boots with a lot of success. It caused a lot of discoloration though (which was the look I was going for on the other boots but would like to avoid on these Frye boots).

How often should waterproofing products be applied? If it needs to be reapplied, will continued application further discolor the leather?

If anyone has weatherproofed boots in a similar color, I would love to see some before/after pictures!

I'm open to taking the boots into a shop (the store locator feature is great), I just want to have some background knowledge so I know what to ask for (and enough knowledge to know if the person has no idea what they're doing!). Would hate to be surprised by the look of the boots when I get them back.

I appreciate any advice! :)

Edited by - okanimxminako on 04/12/2013 10:24:36 PM


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Posted - 04/13/2013 :  09:10:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Hartland's Homepage
Is that boot as tall as it looks?! Nice boot...
I don't know why Frye boot company says what they say. perhaps if you wear them out more quickly, you will buy another pair sooner.
(editorial, my words, no one else)

If I had them In my shop, I would suggest one of two different ideas.
Either the all protector spray, which won't darken, but you may need a can each time you apply it, due to the amount of leather you have.
When spraying them, have them in a place that you don't move them until they dry...(put arm into them to move them if you have to.)
Many of the spraying products mention 2 applications, one first, allowing to dry for a couple of hours, then reapplying the second (perhaps at night before wearing them the next day)

Also, Urad has a Tenderly product that I use for natural leathers.

a page of testimonials about their product from Urads website

as some of the testimonials say, you could also mix the Urad creme with the tenderly....(in your case, perhaps the neutral)

It applies like you would apply skin lotion onto skin. I like using the sponge applicator, because you can get enough on the sponge to do an entire area in one "swoop" (Like that front panel, then the front foot, then the back, then the heels, etc.)

Gene's Hartland Shoe Repair - Saint Paul MN
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Posted - 04/13/2013 :  9:33:10 PM  Show Profile
They're quite tall... I am 5"7 and they almost make it to my knee! I love the look. And thanks for your help, I will definitely look into the products you recommended. I really appreciate your advice! :) This seems like a great online community to get reliable and trustworthy information.
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