Resole of my Red Wings 1908 by bespoke Shoemaker Werner Sibla
This saturday I finally could pickup my pair of Redwings 1908 after they have been masterly redone by bespoke shoemaker Werner Sibla.
I did an interview about Werner Sibla about a month ago be-cause I really liked his shoes and the way he incredibly resorted or redid some shoes for customers. We spend about 4 hours of talking and he was very open to share some of his skills and tools he uses. A couple of days later he agreed to have a look at my ruined Red Wings 1908. The sole was ripped off and overall the leather, the rim and the heel suffered quite a lot within the last 4 years.
I just told him that I wanted an extra layer of leather in the sole and the heel and left the rest of the job to him. It turned out superb. Just let someone who knows his job do his job. His main business is to make bespoke shoes and he also got a very good reputation for restoring premium shoes like Alden, John Lobb or Crocket and Jones just to name a view.
I guess he really liked to work with my boots and also liked the result. So when I asked him if I may publish his name and website to friends and readers, he agreed to. Im really excited what further projects will be shown on his Instragram or on his recent job section on his website.
Hardly you see a brand who manages to combine canvas, leather and solid brass hardware so well together – for sure a Japanese Brand. I hope they will be at the Bread & Butter January 2014 for a closer look. Thanks to Takao for pointing me to Superior Labor Website.
Yesterday I decided to try some Otter Wax to treat my brand new Rising Sun Outdoor Vest in Raw Brown Duck Canvas.It took me about half an hour and 1/3 of this XL bar of Otter Wax. I strongly recommend to watch the Otter Wax Video on Vimeo for some hints. Working the wax into the fabric with your fingers is the way to do it right. There is the option to treat the fresh waxed fabric with a blow dryer for a deeper saturation and a more even distribution. The wax gets more fluid then, but I liked the contrast of some hard to reach areas (see the image 2)and also the not too perfect applied look.
At the beginning of the treatment the wax is a bit sticky but this has changed already within the last 10 hours. As mentioned in the Video by Otter Wax it is settling in for up to 3 days. I hope the development and difference between the two vests is clear. To describe the waxed one, I would say it looks a bit like some “well broken in greasy suede leather vest”. I´m sure this vest will develop a nice character within the next month – stay updated here.
Otter Wax Europe Distribution: We are happy to hear that Otter Wax Products will soon be available via Europe. Kami Hashemi takes care of the Distribution of their products now. We have companies like Barbour and Fjällräven who offer waterproofing products for your canvas stuff but Otter Wax fills the gap – why?
– First of all, its 100% natural, no silicone, no petroleum, non toxic. e.g. Barbour makes no reference about the contents of their Wax Thornproof Dressing. – The Otter Wax bar is usable on the fly just apply as much wax on the areas you wish to make waterproof. No preheating of a tin, and no mess around with the oily fluid.
As you can see below, Otter Wax enhanced their portfolio a lot recently by some leather care and personal care products:
Hmm some Otter Wax products had a nice pine tree smell but I do not clearly remember if the Otter wax bar was that as well. I´ll let you know when I´ve made my test on the recently acquired Barbour Jackets or my old Carhartt jacket. TIP! – get yourself a vintage Barbour Bedale,Beaufort or Border now, not when it turns colder, the prices are low right now. Who thinks about bad weather protection right now? I Just got a used Barbour Beaufort for 3,50 Euro excl. shipping.