Leather Notes

Java Waxed Flesh

Basic Details

Horween hanging hides

About the Tannery

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.

animation of java waxed flesh boot before and after wear

The Look

The Feel

How to Care for Java Waxed Flesh

illustration of horsehair 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
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


This is an impressive boot right out of the box but wait until you try them on with a pair of jeans. Stunning! They are the coolest looking boots I have ever owned and I have been a “boot guy” for over 40 years. I”ll wear them with jeans and chinos. They are starting to break in nicely after just a short time and feel great. The price may seem high but they are worth it!

Waukesha, Wisconsin

These boots are really nice. I’m completely satisfied. The quality is top notch. Truman’s seem to fit where no one else did. I like that they are high quality and sturdy without being overly bulky. I also don’t like the super thin look which they are not. The customer service was also really exceptional. I changed my order last minute and they went out of their way to help me get what I wanted.

Johnston, Rhode Island