Leather Notes

Coach Rambler

Basic Details

About the Tannery

C.F. Stead

C.F. Stead, based in Leeds, England, is a distinguished tannery with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1904. Renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship where traditional artisanal skills and techniques are valued.

With over a century of experience, C.F. Stead has solidified its status in the fine leather industry.

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


Coach Rambler, an incredible waxed shrunken suede that just begs to be looked at from every angle. The orange brown waxed suede has now proven quite a rough and ready option and far more water resistant than I had expected. No matter where I go, I tend to get compliments for the boot and questions as to who makes it. Thanks for knocking this out of the ball park Truman Boot Co.

Greensborough, Australia

I have picked up Coach Ramblers, Ink Cheaha, China Waxy Commander, and ordered the recent MTO horse Rump boots (and am waiting for a pair of java waxed flesh that just shipped today!) I am beyond impressed with the boots, service, leather, and experience so far. I am 10D in all heritage boots, the 79 last fits me perfect (I have normal feet I guess) I need to sell some of my other boots, because I want to see how all these Trumans age. Thanks again Vince and the Truman team!! Lol I only use the leather laces, they look amazing

Verona, Pennsylvania