Possibly the best Spectators I have seen. Well done!
I got some AE shoe polish so I may give that a try. Your Strands looks a bit darker than ones I've seen, is this because of the Saphir Cognac you've been working with?
I love how you lace the shoes, I may need to borrow this.
I've used the AE Walnut shoe polish for a couple of years, but am toying with a switch to Saphir cognac to combat some of the orangeness that Strands tend to have. I also regularly use the conditioner cleaner, which has them in good shape two years later.
Pastor, I've always heard to stay away from extensive use of neutral polish for calfskin because it can cause the shoes to take on a grayish tone after a few years. Have you not noticed anything like this?
P.S. By neutral, I mean neutral polish, not Renovateur (which is what I generally use if I do not want to alter the color).
No, this picture is pre-experimentation. Nothing but AE Walnut polish, which darkens the Strands with time. I like them darker, but some try to preserve the original color by alternating between a lighter and darker polish.
Great collection, and congrats on losing 65 lbs! Gotta get a new wardrobe now too!
Thank you, David. There have been many people who have posted about what wearing Ridgeways feels like walking on the sidewalk. Walking off the sidewalk is totally different, and is what I thought that the Ridgeways were made for. They are very good "off-road" shoes as anyone who climbs up a hill in the woods covered with pine needles will find out.
The orange welt and laces also look very good with an orange shirt or jacket, which is the sort of shirt or jacket that one wears in the woods to avoid being mistaken for anything that anyone is out hunting.