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Those fellow members with shell......saphir reno OK to use as a first polish with the Mac method?

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^ Yes but I, myself seldom use anything. Less is more with shell.
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

Wow...got home from work today and decided my Townley's needed some moisturizer - for whatever reason they were looking dry. I used some liberal Saphir Renovateur and set it.....and forget it....or at least kept it on the shoe through making dinner and eating it,

Man! What a huge difference it made to my shoes. I'd done this before but left it on for like 3 mins.

I just thought I'd pass on my experience tonight.

 

And then just brushed it? How visibly different do they look? Just more shiny? Mine are still quite dull.

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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

Wow...got home from work today and decided my Townley's needed some moisturizer - for whatever reason they were looking dry. I used some liberal Saphir Renovateur and set it.....and forget it....or at least kept it on the shoe through making dinner and eating it,


Man! What a huge difference it made to my shoes. I'd done this before but left it on for like 3 mins.

I just thought I'd pass on my experience tonight.

 

 

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Those fellow members with shell......saphir reno OK to use as a first polish with the Mac method?

I personally swear by it, but only in limited quantities. 

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I really think there is someone in Port Washington that has a shorter right arm than the left. Your post opened my eyes to something I thought was just in my head. My brand new LB (seconds) have a similar defect on the left shoe. I had a feeling when i first tried them on but I just ignored it, chalking it up to unequal genu varus/ valgus in my legs. I came home today and counted the brogueing perforations on either side of the eyelets. There is about a 1.5 (large) perforation offset difference between the left and right shoe. You can also see a bit of tongue poking out more so on the left. ffffuuuu.gif




I haven't worn them out of the house yet. What say you, my fellow detail-oriented friends? Should I keep them? They are the last 11.5E that are available...anywhere, and they fit beautifully. I have not found any boot similar to this style and profile, for the price. I paid $199 for them.

Is this defect unforgivable, or should I just love them more because of it, like a woman with a mole on her face? It was hard enough to obtain these (they were on hold for a while until the buyer finally let them go after about a week of calling back and forth), and I seriously doubt anyone (including myself) will notice it in the wild.

I'd keep them, especially if you're gonna beat em up.
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I read from this guide
http://askandyaboutclothes.com/clothing/style-tips/the-perfect-shoe-shine

That the polish also is a conditioner, so should I buy a conditioner by itself?
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These look much better than I expected they would. Would you be so kind as to take more pictures, including some of you wearing them? Might just push me over the edge to purchase a pair for myself.
Will do. Anything specific you want to see?
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And then just brushed it? How visibly different do they look? Just more shiny? Mine are still quite dull.

I brushed it off. They look more shiny but they were very dry. I can't prove it but I have a feeling Venetian Shoe Cream is 98% the same as Saphir Reno.

https://twitter.com/plaintoebro/status/426529951815196672
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I read from this guide
http://askandyaboutclothes.com/clothing/style-tips/the-perfect-shoe-shine

That the polish also is a conditioner, so should I buy a conditioner by itself?

 

Cream polish can also condition, but I don't think it's a good enough substitute to go completely without conditioner.

 

The Official Shoe Care Thread has a lot of discussion about this. They'll generally point you to Bick 4, Lexol, new GlenKaren products, or maybe Venetian Shoe Cream. Many swear by Saphir Renovateur, though others have concerns about its turpentine content actually drying out leather (and I personally have noticed something similar before when used in excess). I've personally had pretty good results just using AE Leather Lotion as a pure conditioner and AE Conditioner/Cleaner when cleaning is also necessary The benefit of the AE products is you can get them cheap and with free shipping from a company you alright do business with.

 

Long story short, there are a lot of good options, but I don't think ignoring separate conditioning altogether is one of them.

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Maybe through some brown / black laces on those. Or rub the red ones with brown polish. 

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Cream polish can also condition, but I don't think it's a good enough substitute to go completely without conditioner.

The Official Shoe Care Thread has a lot of discussion about this. They'll generally point you to Bick 4, Lexol, new GlenKaren products, or maybe Venetian Shoe Cream. Many swear by Saphir Renovateur, though others have concerns about its turpentine content actually drying out leather (and I personally have noticed something similar before when used in excess). I've personally had pretty good results just using AE Leather Lotion as a pure conditioner and AE Conditioner/Cleaner when cleaning is also necessary The benefit of the AE products is you can get them cheap and with free shipping from a company you alright do business with.

Long story short, there are a lot of good options, but I don't think ignoring separate conditioning altogether is one of them.

Thanks Kentyman. Always appreciate your posts

Unfortunately no free shipping to Canada ffffuuuu.gif

I"ll find a source here
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I actually have both, 11 1/2D. Bayfields fit just a hair snugger in the toe area, but not tight by any means. The LBs are a little more comfortable, with the insole, whereas the BF is more "solid", for lack of a better word. The Vibram sole on the LB is a bit softer and more aggresively treaded than the Mini Lug on the BF, and so better on slick surfaces.

Formality-wise, I'd say the Bayfield is a touch sleeker, and, having less ornamentation, is a bit more formal.

Hope that helps!

(Of course, the go-to answer is "Get both.")

Edit: Wearing my Bayfields today:

You couldn't have been more helpful--you're even wearing the exact same trousers I'll wear with my LBs tomorrow!  The relative formality, "solidness," sleekness, and color of the Bayfields are what I find so appealing.  Unfortunately, I'm an 11E making do with an 11.5D based on availability, and the LBs are on the snug side already.  The clincher: the Bayfields I was considering sold this afternoon.

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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
 

 

I really think there is someone in Port Washington that has a shorter right arm than the left. Your post opened my eyes to something I thought was just in my head. My brand new LB (seconds) have a similar defect on the left shoe. I had a feeling when i first tried them on but I just ignored it, chalking it up to unequal genu varus/ valgus in my legs. I came home today and counted the brogueing perforations on either side of the eyelets. There is about a 1.5 (large) perforation offset difference between the left and right shoe. You can also see a bit of tongue poking out more so on the left. :fu:

 

 

I haven't worn them out of the house yet. What say you, my fellow detail-oriented friends? Should I keep them? They are the last 11.5E that are available...anywhere, and they fit beautifully. I have not found any boot similar to this style and profile, for the price. I paid $199 for them.

 

Is this defect unforgivable, or should I just love them more because of it, like a woman with a mole on her face? It was hard enough to obtain these (they were on hold for a while until the buyer finally let them go after about a week of calling back and forth), and I seriously doubt anyone (including myself) will notice it in the wild.

 I'd keep them. That's an especially attractive shade of the "dark brown."

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Thanks Kentyman. Always appreciate your posts

Unfortunately no free shipping to Canada ffffuuuu.gif

I"ll find a source here

Leatherfoot http://www.leatherfoot.com in Toronto carry Saphir products.  They are not cheap, but they will make your shoes look great. I use Renovateur as a conditioner, the cream polish for lustre and protection, and the wax polish to give the toe-box a gleaming shine. I'm really happy with these products. Here's a bit of Renovateur and Mahogany cream polish on my LBs.

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So what is the general consensus on a casual, good looking boot that can be used to take a bit of a beating (including nasty Louisiana rain).. worn with jeans more than anything I'd imagine. 

 

I'm also thinking about jumping on this shell seconds sale... I sent Vincenzo an email so I could see what is available but if anyone else can share, that would be great (I'm looking at 8D / 8.5D). 

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So what is the general consensus on a casual, good looking boot that can be used to take a bit of a beating (including nasty Louisiana rain).. worn with jeans more than anything I'd imagine. 

 

 

 

Rothsay or Longbranches. Both are casual and super comfortable. Longbranches probably get the edge for dealing with bad weather. I think the Rothsays (in the cognac color at least) are just slightly more dressy.

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