Leather Notes

British Tan Grizzly

Basic Details

About the Tannery


Seidel Tanning, nestled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been a cornerstone in the American leather industry for over 75 years. This fourth-generation, family-owned business stands out as one of the largest high-quality leather producers in the U.S. Known for its enduring presence since WWII, Seidel has become synonymous with robust work and western boots, as well as motorcycle leather.

The Look

The Feel

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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. 

For frequently worn boots, you may want to condition as often as five or six times a year. If your boots sit amongst a collection of boots — resulting in infrequent wear — they may not need conditioning for years.

You will want to prevent the leather from drying out with the occasional application of conditioner, such as our Leather Protector or Leather Cream.

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 is the better choice of conditioner, and should be applied to all seams in addition to the upper leather.

Signs that your boots need to be conditioned include
stiffness or 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


I thought double shot was my favorite Truman boot leather. But looks like that is not the case, as I some how end up wearing only this one. The colour is so versatile that it just goes with anything. I think it is the color plus the flexible nature of leather( inspite of its thickness) is what set this boot apart. Happy that i didn't miss this one :)


I was not expecting the new and superb hook rear ends that are smooth and polished off, no more scratching on the tongue leather as a result! Nice upgrade Truman! Grizzly leather is quickly becoming one of the most desired leathers of mine. Ridiculously thick yet supple, the uppers require almost no break in for me. The plain toe option is something I really do hope the brand continues to produce. I like cap toes, but the plain toe really does offer more of an option to dress up when needed. I can only hope to see a plain toe like this in a black offering like cxl or maybe if we are lucky enough, a grizzly!