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I have read that Bick 4 is highly recommended for shell, but how is it for calf leather? I have always used the AE cleaner/conditioner, but Ian thinking of trying smth else.

Thanks

I've used it pretty extensively now on shell, calf, cxl and latigo leather footwear, and like VSC it seems to work very well on just about anything. It has a lower viscosity than VSC, it doesn't come out quite as goopy and it smells less chemically harsh - at least to my nose. While I've noticed that it does not leave as shiny a final finish as VSC, it's really not what I'm after as I'll use a different combo of products if reflectivity/shine is the ultimate goal.
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I've used it pretty extensively now on shell, calf, cxl and latigo leather footwear, and like VSC it seems to work very well on just about anything. It has a lower viscosity than VSC, it doesn't come out quite as goopy and it smells less chemically harsh - at least to my nose. While I've noticed that it does not leave as shiny a final finish as VSC, it's really not what I'm after as I'll use a different combo of products if reflectivity/shine is the ultimate goal.

Thanks. Does it darken leather?
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Thanks. Does it darken leather?

In my experience, yes, especially if one uses a lot, however once it has dried there is no color difference.

A little goes a long way, and as with any product you want to use it sparingly. In the case of Bick 4 I have not noticed any real build-up with overuse, but it will soak straight through the leather if too much is applied. I made this mistake on a pair of cxl boots the first time I used it, and it took almost two days for them to dry and return to their original color.

They were definitely well moisturized, however. happy.gif
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Factory Seconds. Keep or return?

 

 

Keep. Unless you have a pet that needs to see perfectly punched brougue holes.

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Natty Dundees today. The leather is finally breaking in. Nice and oily, easy to shine. Not dry at all anymore.


Urgh... Makes me feel so bad I didn't end up with my natty Macneils.

Great pair PC!
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I'm also interested in hearing what others here use as a conditioner.  I've been using Saphir Renovateur, and I'm unconvinced it is the best product as a conditioner (though perhaps the best as a dual conditioner/cleaner).
i use it for shell, CXL, and calf. Works great!
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Hello Everyone.  I really don't need a new pair of shoes.  Which is to say I REALLY want to buy a new pair of shoes.  I absolutely LOVE my suede Dundee's more than I should any inanimate object.  There is a pair of Rush Streets I'm eying, but there is also a pair of Dundee in shell.  Would double Dundee's be in bad form?  This is on shoe-bank.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Hello Everyone.  I really don't need a new pair of shoes.  Which is to say I REALLY want to buy a new pair of shoes.  I absolutely LOVE my suede Dundee's more than I should any inanimate object.  There is a pair of Rush Streets I'm eying, but there is also a pair of Dundee in shell.  Would double Dundee's be in bad form?  This is on shoe-bank.

Thanks in advance.

Never. I have 3 different pairs of chukkas with another on the way, and pondering a 5th.
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Never. I have 3 different pairs of chukkas with another on the way, and pondering a 5th.
+5 on this. I mean literally. I have 4 chukkas with one more on the way (same one as Pepper). It was actually PCs love for chukkas that got me started
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It's not just the software industry anymore. It's the world in general. Last time I was at my bank, one of the VP's passed by me in a printed button up with sail boats, chinos, and some brown sketchers. There was a brief moment where I asked myself, "Can I trust this guy, he looks like a car salesman?" 

Thats just him being honest. He's not trying to cover it up with nice shoes and clothes any longer...
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Hey everyone, fellow Allen Edmonds appreciator here. I just got a pair of shell cordovan patriots off ebay. They are my first shell cordovans and they are wonderful (especially for what I paid!). But there is one problem I don't quite know how to deal with. The finish of the shoes, in certain places, is peeling away and flaking off. Where it has flaked off, it is matte and and lacks the brilliant shine of the rest of the shoe. It seems possible that the shoes are simply dried out. For this reason, I have ordered saphir renovateur and while I am waiting for that in the mail, I got some AE cordovan cream from my local AE store. I used the AE cream last night and it was to no avail. Anyone experienced anything like this? Are they safe to wear before putting the saphir cream on them? Any hope of restoring the finish where it has come off?

 

 

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Maybe it's got a lacquer finish to it?
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I would suggest water brushing and a lot of elbow grease. It will remove a lot of gunk from the shells surface and allow its naked beautiful self shine.
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Yeah, I think we can confirm that AE is now using a spray finish instead of hand polishing, as we've seen this issue pop up on shell and calf several times in the thread. I wonder if moisturizing would liquefy the dried flaking polish and even it out...
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Hi all, just wanted to share my shell Kenwoods that have about 4 years of heavy wear on them.  Cleaned them up a bit tonight, but they're in desperate need of an overhaul (the edges and soles are about shot).  The leather has lightened considerably with all their use.  

 

 

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I had a pair of AE loafers which also had that turned up toe...do you recall if they were made that way or turned that way after use..the pair I had was second hand.

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I had a pair of AE loafers which also had that turned up toe...do you recall if they were made that way or turned that way after use..the pair I had was second hand.


The turned up toe is from use for sure - they looked "normal" when new.  I'm not really a fan of how it looks, but it certainly doesn't detract from the shoe looking down at it.  

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