Leather Notes

Black Waxed Flesh


Horween hanging hides


Horween Tanning

Horween Tannery is located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. They have been producing exceptional leathers at scale for over a hundred years, suppliers of leather to military contractors and basketball and football makers.

Their ability to transform a hide into a canvas of leather is a feat and stands as a bastion of American manufacturing.

The Look

The Feel

How to Care for Black Waxed Flesh

Graphic illustration of leather care brush cleaning cloth and water drop


1.  Using a horse hair brush, lightly brush to remove any debris, dust and dirt from the uppers. 

2.  Take a wet-but-not-dripping, clean cloth to further release any stubborn dirt, and pickup all additional buildup.

3.  If there is dirt or mud thickly caked on that does not come off with just water, we recommend our Leather Boot Cleaner. This can be applied directly to the leather, followed by gentle pressure with a horsehair brush to lift persistent dirt from the leather.

4.  Using a clean, dry cloth, remove any excess water and/or excess cleaner, if used. 

5.  Air dry only — quickly drying with heat can shrink, deform and otherwise crack the leather. 

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Just like your skin, leather becomes dry and needs to be reconditioned to retain its strength, prevent cracking and therefore prolong its lifespan. Frequency of conditioning is dependent on three things: the leather, your lifestyle and the climate in which you live. 

Using a horse hair brush designated solely for conditioner, apply a small amount first to the brush, and then gently brush in the conditioner using swift, intentional movements. For water resistance, our Leather Protector should be applied to all seams in addition to the upper leather.

If you want to preserve the worn, roughed up aesthetic of the boot, but still want to protect the leather, we recommend a waterproofing suede spray.

Signs that your boots need to be conditioned include 
stiffnessor a feeling of dryness to the touch. 

Leather should never be allowed to get so dry that visible cracking occurs on the surface.

Your Words, Not Ours


So the Java waxed flesh gets a lot of attention, and for good reason, but people are sleeping on the BWF. I've had my pair for about a month now and thanks to a few small scuffs I'm already getting a sneak peak of the upcoming patina greatness. The overall looks of the boot, from the leather to the contrast stitching really standout, and when you wear these you're gonna notice other dudes lusting over your boots, so just be forewarned. The build quality is high and for me, at least, there was no break-in time whatsoever - super comfortable right out of the box. Size down a ½ size from your Brannock size and you'll be set. If you're reading reviews and already thinking about doing it, go ahead and do yourself a solid and make the purchase. You deserve it.

Travis S.
Portland, ME

I have had these boots for about a week, and I like everything about them. Quality construction in every way. The color is more of a dark rich brown/black, rather than a true black and I imagine that will be enhanced as they develop a patina over time. The leather is a bit stiff out of the box, as expected, but it is already beginning to soften. I found these pretty comfortable right away, and the break in has not be difficult. The lug sole is great, and offers a bit more cushioning and tread grip compared to my Alden boots. I am already looking at my next pair of Truman boots. Ordered a 12D based on feedback from Turman staff and they fit perfectly. Highly recommend.

Jon H.
Atlanta, GA