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sad blunnies
I think it's finally time to retire my Blunnies.

sad blunniessad blunnies

That's the second sole that's worn down and starting to come off (hm, think I supinate a bit?), and the leather has cracked in a couple of places on the left boot, presumably due to not protecting them well enough against salt last winter. (The salt on the right boot came out of it during a recent rainstorm.)

I'm sad, though, because I've had these for eight years. Granted, Blundstone themselves say that five years is the average, so I've definitely got my money's worth! But you can't get them in that style any more, with the blue elastic panels. And these ones were old enough to have been made when Blundstone still did all of their bootmaking in Australia; Blundstones have been made in Thailand and India since 2007.

But oh well. They're beyond "broken in", and they lasted a very long time considering that I hardly paid any attention to cleaning and waxing them, so it's time for a new pair.

But now I have to decide what colour I want.

I know I want leather and not suede, which brings it down to four options: black, brown-bordering-on-black, walnut brown, and red. I don't want red, but I'm not sure what I want out of the remaining three. I usually wear jeans and dark t-shirts or plaid shirts (examples).


black? Or brown? Or

ETA: Hm, here's the walnut in natural light. Too brown for me, I think. Also considering the dark brown, but then polishing/antiquing with black polish whenever they need a polishing.

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these photos give me needs

Ohh I really like your idea of getting the dark brown and then polishing them with black.

I don't like the all-black ones for some reason. Too...black? :-|

nice boot-on-boot action there, mr mendel.

all black, classic.

hey, when you get your new pair get them resoled/heeled and all every now and then. they'll last forever. well, i don't really know what salt and snow does to shoes so maybe not forever.

i have a little pair of little boots like that that i've been meaning to take to the shoe man. (they're gunmetal grey with black elastic. i don't want to ever have to throw them away!) thanks, you reminded me to do it!

Heh, those soles are the second ones!

Salt dries the leather out, just like the difference between beef and beef jerky :-) Those little white spots on the left boot are where the outside layer of the leather has just crumbled off. I could've paid them better attention (basically, cleaning and treating with saddle treatment often), now I know!

i knew you would tell me you've taken care of them because i know how meticulous you are with clothes! haha the best intentions do get away from us though. baby your new ones. :D

snow sounds like a drag. ;)

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