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Long Branch today with maiden voyage in some new denim. 8de1fe1ab29d31b020827909f1e1011e.jpg

Also got word from my SA that Banchory's are in. Headed over shortly to check em out.
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For all you boners get some sandpaper and rub out your bone until it's smooth. Much better experience than just avoiding the rough/scratchy areas.
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Long Branch today with maiden voyage in some new denim. 8de1fe1ab29d31b020827909f1e1011e.jpg

Also got word from my SA that Banchory's are in. Headed over shortly to check em out.

Nice looking long branch! Pairs well with the selvedge denim. May I ask the deets of the denim?

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For all you boners get some sandpaper and rub out your bone until it's smooth. Much better experience than just avoiding the rough/scratchy areas.

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Walnut shell Wednesday.

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I have spoke with the Recraft Manager Sandy regarding my Leeds being sent in to have the welt and soles changed, so far so good. She has assured me that changing the welt and edge color will be no problem and is looking into a few other things for me. I can't wait to hear back and get them sent off.

 

 

 

Here is my thoughts so far on what I intend to change:

 

I am thinking the same welt and edge color as the Mctavish in cognac dublin, then doing the outsole in either Black (I think they are looking into Brown for me) Dainite or Mini Lug Tap Sole. Hoping the final outcome will be a great all weather casual cordovan shoe that I can really give a beating to.

 

 

 

Welt & Edge Color possible selection:

 

Outsole options:

 

Fingers crossed for brown, it's a longshot :)

 

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I have personally found that Reno can actually be quite drying but is a decent cleaner, thus I like to use it to remove the excess polish off of my AE shell when they arrive but that is it. As Mike said, at this point my suggestion would still to get some VSC and give that a try, I am talking about a few generous applications (allow to dry for 30 min in between) followed by light brushing after each coat. Then protect the leather with a couple of light coats of either Saphir neutral cordovan cream or a paste wax. I have used this very method on my Leeds that had the same rough, dry, sandpaper like texture and now they are smooth and supple.

 



From my understanding the Reno and VSC were pretty similar products and that Reno is marketed as a cleaner/condition. Also went over the cordovan care guide at the Hanger Project again where they use Reno. I'll probably end up with some VSC at some point since that seems to be the go to for CXL. Suppose I'll give these a wear and see what they look like afterwards.

I, like Burzan, don't use Reno except as a cleaner on shell. The turpentine in it is not good for shell. I use Lexol and have never tried VSC.
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I, like Burzan, don't use Reno except as a cleaner on shell. The turpentine in it is not good for shell. I use Lexol and have never tried VSC.

 



I was aware that the turpentine was not good for shell and only had the Reno for my calf shoes. I was originally on the Mac method and used some Saphir Cordovan Creme as these some whate creases appeared. As it was stated earlier VSC has turpentine in it as well so from that stand point they equally probably shouldn't be used heavily. I figured I'd try some Reno in a small amount (I'm an engineer so used my interpretation of small since no one throws out numbers) to see what happens. Recraft already kinda messed up this pair anyways....
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I have spoke with the Recraft Manager Sandy regarding my Leeds being sent in to have the welt and soles changed, so far so good. She has assured me that changing the welt and edge color will be no problem and is looking into a few other things for me. I can't wait to hear back and get them sent off.

 

 

 

Here is my thoughts so far on what I intend to change:

 

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I am thinking the same welt and edge color as the Mctavish in cognac dublin, then doing the outsole in either Black (I think they are looking into Brown for me) Dainite or Mini Lug Tap Sole. Hoping the final outcome will be a great all weather casual cordovan shoe that I can really give a beating to.

 

 

 

Welt & Edge Color possible selection:

 

Outsole options:

 

Fingers crossed for brown, it's a longshot :)

 

 

If brown dainite becomes available, i dont care what the vote was in the survey Im putting that on the brown grain EC GMTO hahaha.

 

What color did they say was the welt and edge on the cognac mactavish?

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Nice looking long branch! Pairs well with the selvedge denim. May I ask the deets of the denim?

 



Thanks. They're JCrew Resin Crinkle finish. Probably wouldn't have been my first choice but got a pretty good deal on them. Made in China unfortunately frown.gif
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If brown dainite becomes available, i dont care what the vote was in the survey Im putting that on the brown grain EC GMTO hahaha.

 

What color did they say was the welt and edge on the cognac mactavish?

 

I know right, brown Dainite would be awesome for a lot of makeups.

 

I was speaking to her about doing a chili colored welt and actually haven't sent the pictures I had in mind yet. When I hear back next I plan to ask about the specifics from the Mctavish.

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And one more question for the shell-heads: someone in the Alden thread recommended using Alden Leather Defender on cordovan shoes before each wearing. Does anyone do anything like this? It seems excessive as shell is supposed to be hearty stuff.

 

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I don't think shell needs to be "defended" from anything.

Couple of years ago I used it for a little bit but felt it didn't really do much. Really puts a shine on shell for a little bit at first then kind of gets in the way and makes them dull. In the end I concluded the same as half and stopped using it.

 

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Those do no need brushing. The bumps are from dryness in the raw shell. I highly recommend that you VSC those bad boys and then add some paste wax on top of them.

-Mike

Ok, went over these with a fairly light coat of Reno then buffed and some light brushing. Here is the same spot


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Rubbed the bumps with the tip of my finger.

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Thinking a deer boning might help smooth some of it out. The pics were about 30-45 mins after the Reno treatment. Any thoughts?

Stubborn ones, aren't they?!

 

The back of a warm teaspoon will do pretty much the same thing as a deer bone. What I do on those is first put a little Reno on the spots to help lubricate the spoon. Then put a finger in the cup of the spoon to help press down and rub it in a circular motion over the spots. Once your done with that I give the whole shoe a thin coat of Reno. Then immediately wipe the whole shoe down with a fairly wet rag, much wetter than normal Mac method. Then grab the brush and brush the whole shoe. Don't worry about polishing it at that point you just want to spread the water around and dry it as fast as you can. Work the complete shoe over as fast as you can. Once your sure it is dry then slow down and start the normal brushing process. That normally works for me anyhow.

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Can somebody post pictures of a well used independence sole?

 

Has anybody ever put a topy on a independence sole?   could you post a picture?   I'm wondering what it would look like?

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Any fit information on the 8 last? AE says that it is long/narrow. Can anyone compare it to the 5 last? Thank you in advance.
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Any fit information on the 8 last? AE says that it is long/narrow. Can anyone compare it to the 5 last? Thank you in advance.

 

I take the same size as the 5-last but most people go one size up in width from the 5-last.

 

So ask yourself whether the width of the 5 last is tight or a bit loose.  

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