Leather Notes

Brown Double Shot

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


After watching many reviews on line of Truman boots, I emailed Truman inquiring what size I should order and received timely, friendly, and sound size advice. Once my highly anticipated boots arrived, what I found was a true piece of art and craftsmanship. The finish is incredible and the size was exactly what I needed. Right out of the box they fit exceptionally well and given my low arch there was just the right amount of leather in the upper that I wasn't pulling both sides together and touching from the start.


Had them a few weeks now and really liking them. I use them for site visits on construction sites along with working in the office and have been a great do everything boot. A contractor walked up to me and asked me what they were, how much they are and how to get them which was pretty random. They did get much more comfortable after breaking in for about a week so unless the sizing is way off just give it a bit and they should only get better. Anyways a few weeks is not enough to really judge but they seem super solid and definitely look nice.