Question folks... I have a useless jar of the AE Dark Brown cordovan cream. The reason I say useless is because it is much darker than what my shell strands should be.
Is this ok to use on calf skin? If not, whoever wants it....
Nice shoes! I have the same pair, and treat them as my "beater" shoes. In other words, if I'm going to do something dusty / wet... during the day, but I need dress shoes, those are the shoes I wear. The great thing about the scotch grain leather and the double soles make these shoes very resilient. You can do almost anything to them and they'll look great with a brushing and quick moisturizing. I don't actually polish them, just moisturize periodically (1-2x per year).
Lots of action on the forum lately - great to see some new names and contributors! Thanks for the excellent write-up on the top-line bowing, Cold Iron!
I noticed that as well... My Patriot shell in brown are a much lighter brown than the cream.
Here they are! What nobody seems to talk about is the grey is actually a clouded grey. That really put me off of them, to be honest. Up close they look like a complete mess. They are a knock-out from about 3 feet away though. Also, I can't figure out if it's a defect, but the Dalton is not a symmetrical design. Everything is off-set a bit from center.
I apologize for the quality, these were taken with my 3DS. I've taken shots from several angles including one in front of the black AE bag so one could see how not-black they are.
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That's a strange clouded colour. I remember another user posting his grey Daltons and the colour was a smooth gun-metal grey without the blotches you see in the second last picture.
For AE shell, I never had much trouble bringing out a glossy shine by using a bit of Kiwi Neutral, a brush, and an old t-shirt; not that using Renomat isn't advised, just that there's more than one way to skin a cat.
I considered buying one of those clearance grey shoes. I would have immediately gone to town on it with blue and black products.
The guys at the AE store told me that 'natural' is the one that should be used. However it was out of stock so they recommended I get the 'chili' and made sure not to let it dry and wipe it off right after applying.
This was for the walnut Strand though.
I did use Renomat on my oldest pair of shell Leeds for the exact same reason you describe.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And need to thank you for introducing me to Renomat over a year ago, and also for mentioning microfiber cloths for final polishing somewhere else recently. I've used nylon stockings for the final buff for years but know by now if you say something it is worth paying attention to. Don't see myself ever going to back to stockings, thank you.
I also found the microfiber cloths are the best way to strip the cream off the shell. I use them as rags around the house, I buy the Amazon Basics 48 for $28 or so which is about .50 cents apiece. The other day I thought about how much they absorb and used one instead of an old cotton T-shirt.
This was with Renoaveutor and my black shell PA but think you would get pretty good results on yours with Renomat. On my Leeds it did lift quite a bit but not as much as new shoes. The T-shirt on the right was used first and thought they were pretty clean. I followed up with the Microfiber cloth after and it actually picked up more on the second pass then the T-shirt did on the first one.
I push hard when removing old finish just like the start of a mirror shine starting with Renomat doing a small section at a time. Then move my finger to a clean part of the rag wetting it and doing another section. As soon as the shoe is done repeated the whole process with Renoaveutor. As soon as that is done then I take a fairly wet rag and wipe the whole thing down which picks up quite a bit more:
I repeated the process twice, if you use the microfiber cloth not sure you would need to do it twice.
Good luck and hope it helps.
Thanks CI, appreciate the help.
Chili is the best choice. Natural won't cover up knicks and scuffs that go through the surface color of the leather. Brown may be a good second choice, but the Chili really does look best. Yes, it has a slightly reddish hue, but it isn't like you are turning your sole edge to a burgundy like color. They retain their natural brown look well, but take on a nice attractive reddish undertone that compliments the hue of the Walnut perfectly (particularly Burnished Walnut). I know that there has been some discrepancy in AE's recommendation for the sole edge for their Walnut Strand. They started out saying to use Natural, but moved to Chili. For some reason, their shoe care pdf says "n/a" in the sole edge column, but their other Walnut calf shoes with this color sole edge recommend Chili, and the "ask and answer" section on the Walnut Strand says to use Chili. At the end of the day, they are your shoes, so use what you like best though. You aren't doing permanent damage if you change your mind about what color you like.
Many I have ordered state that, but they usually come sooner than listed time.