I have too much stuff

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have too much stuff. I don’t want to be an extreme minimalist or anything but what’s the point of having all these quality goods, if I only use them a few times a month. It defeats the purpose of having such hard wearing items if you only wear them lightly right?

Truman Boots - Dainite Sole
A view of the Dainite sole on the Truman Boots

Take these black waxed flesh Truman boots for example. They’re meant to start out with a nice waxy sheen, and slowly fade to a dull black. They will even show brown spots through at the heaviest wear points over time. I wore these for over 2 months straight when I first got them to really break them in, but after the initial break they’ve only been in my rotation once or twice a week. Now they look like this:

Black Waxed Flesh Truman Boots Held In One Hand
Black Waxed Flesh Truman Boots after 90+ days of wear

They look great but still no real patina yet. If I really wanted to see the evolution of these boots, I would probably have to wear them every day for the rest of the year. The same holds true for all my different pairs of raw denim. Take this black pair in the photo for example. I’ve had them since December 2015 and wore them every day for 2 months straight when I first got them. After the initial break-in they went into my rotation at 1-2 times a week. Now they look like this:

Leftfield Denim Black Maria Selvedge close-up
Leftfield Denim Black Maria Selvedge close-up

There’s little bits of white and grey fading through at the heaviest wear points, but at this rate it’ll be another 2 years before they look the way I want. Maybe I need to stop buying new stuff, so I can give the proper attention to what’s in my closet. I know this may sound like crazy talk but isn’t the whole point of raw denim the beautiful fades?

Brand New Pair of N&F Kaiju Monster Selvedge
Brand New Pair of N&F Kaiju Monster Selvedge

Sorry if this post is starting to sound like a rant but I think I’ve just inspired myself to curate my closet to the bare essentials (not that bare though). You can expect future posts to feature the items I’ve decided to keep, and probably some links to the ebay posts of things I’ll be trying to offload soon. For now I’ll leave you with a pic of my N&F Kaiju Monster Selvedge the way they were intended to be worn.

Standing In the Mountains of Calgary
N&F Kaiju Monster Selvedge In the Mountains of Calgary