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For anybody wondering if Bick 4 will stain a lighter colored boot…

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Before,
Brand new out of the box

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After
20 minutes after applying a thick layer that was massaged into the leather. The leather was very thirsty so some areas were coated twice.

Edit:
The double H boots are getting so comfy I can wear them with no socks except for……
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A fold at the ankle on the right one while wearing them.
After 30 minutes it becomes aggrevating. Painful by days end. Enter Bick 4. Rubbing the area on the inside (since they are leather lined) and on the outside in about a 3" circle around the fold has softened the area around the fold in minutes versus months.
It helped a lot!!
I'll add more over the next couple of days.
End edit.

Edit 2
It's called ankle bite and is apparently pretty common. Here's something I'm going to try.


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I tried the seam softener trick in post #61 for my double H ankle bite issue. I did not have a baseball bat handy so I used a 4D Maglite instead. I did not have a $12 can of boot stretch spray, nor did I feel like holding the boots over steam so I used leather conditioner.

While applying upward pressure on the boot shaft I pushed the flashlight up and down the seam about 50 times. Now they still have a little bit of ankle bite but it's a toothless bite thanks to softening and stretching the leather. I'll do about 50 more later today.

Amazing!!
I've been wearing them for 30 minutes without socks and there's no more discomfort. Now if you do it long enough the shafts will begin to sag, so there is that. I read you can store boots with a "pool noodle" in them to help with that.
 
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Seen in the photo is how excersizing the leather at the ankles causes it to relax. When new, these boots stood at attention like the Marine at AirForce 1 where now they are in "at ease" mode. By the end of the week I didn't want to take them off because they had become so dang comfy. Ankle bite has practically turned into ankle massage. That issue still remains but it is no longer a discomfort, but the boot still folds against the ankle on both boots.

And the coating of Camp Dry causes them to shed dust and dirt like new teflon. I wore them all over the construction project all week. At first they were strangely stiff through the sole while walking on uneven surfaces, like having 2x4's under my shoes. As the week progressed they became less rigid and by Friday I felt confident walking up and down steep slopes of loose dirt next to pipe trenches.

There was one crew of young bucks who work hard and play even harder after work who took note of my boots and acted like King Neptune wears double H boots……one skeptical fellow looked at the foot print I left and says to another "yup those are double H" lol. Apparently I dethroned some guy on the crew who wears Ariat Workhogs.
 
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Heavy is the head that wears the crown……or so they say. My thought is how easily I'll abdicate the throne to a bunch of 20 something year old alpha male wanna be construction workers.

There was a time I'd search for a puddle to jump in so my shiney new boots would look like they're being worn by a real man……all 16 chin hairs and all. Yet now that my grandson says I look like Santa Clause I prefer my boots to stay all Santa Clause shiney-like.

So next week I'll wear the Thorogood boots I bought recently. Trouble with those is an issue with the type of leather means they scar easily.
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Patina is the word used by saddle bag makers when they receive scars from useage.
Still when a crazy horse leather boot is brand new it kinda seems like a new brightly colored shiney new bowling ball where every scratch seems to stand out like a sore thumb.

I could oil them up or add wax but that would take away the dull finish I liked so much when they were on display at the store. So there goes keeping them all Santa Clause new looking.

But I bought the Thorogoods for playing in the mud like a 4 wheel drive pickup truck.
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I wore the Thorogoods all week until today and no issues at all. They fit great. No rub from the safety toe cap. No binding or biting. And they grip my feet nearly as well as lace up boots.
Today I wore the double H boots and no ankle bite was noticed at all. The leather stretch at the ankle stretch did the trick.

So if you have a pair of boots (pull on or lace up) that bind or bite using a ball bat or similar and leather conditioner to stretch and work the leather is definitely something worth trying. For tight areas way down inside the boot a hammer handle might do the trick. That is providing the boot is the correct size to begin with.

Sometimes a boot just does not fit well. I have a lot of trouble with casual shoes being too narrow across the toes even though they are the correct size in every other way.
 
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I was wearing these
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Until the weather got all hot and humid.

Then went to these
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Which are much cooler.

I noticed my knee hurting after the switch. Today a thunderstorm was dumping water in 5 gallon buckets in the morning. Top pair is water proof. Bottom pair is not.
Went back to the top pair this morning. Feet stayed dry, knee pain was gone.
 
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Back to US built Wolverine Ram X boots

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The most comfortable work boots I own but man I just don't feel right getting them dirty....
 

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