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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

I say leave 'em. TheSizzle is right that bourbon comes with black edge dressing, and it looks nice. Actually, if you have pics, I'd love to see how they look.

Thanks for the tips guys. I'm definitely not opposed to the darker edges, and it's actually a bit lighter than I was remembering now that I look at them again. I'm more just annoyed with myself for not being more careful before putting the dressing on.

Here's a couple pics...

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Originally Posted by benjaminroy View Post

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

I say leave 'em. TheSizzle is right that bourbon comes with black edge dressing, and it looks nice. Actually, if you have pics, I'd love to see how they look.

Thanks for the tips guys. I'm definitely not opposed to the darker edges, and it's actually a bit lighter than I was remembering now that I look at them again. I'm more just annoyed with myself for not being more careful before putting the dressing on.

Here's a couple pics... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
huqeda3u.jpg

esevytej.jpg


I think it looks great. Doesn't the strand use natural edge dressing normally?
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I think it looks great. Doesn't the strand use natural edge dressing normally?

 

No, Chili is the most commonly used and recommended color.

post #18304 of 42983
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Originally Posted by benjaminroy View Post


Thanks for the tips guys. I'm definitely not opposed to the darker edges, and it's actually a bit lighter than I was remembering now that I look at them again. I'm more just annoyed with myself for not being more careful before putting the dressing on.

Here's a couple pics...

huqeda3u.jpg

esevytej.jpg

 

They'll be fine.  I made this mistake early on as well and it only took a few months of natural wear and application of the chilli edge dressing to get them back where I wanted them. 

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Forgive my lack of knowledge: I also have a new pair of Walnut Strands and would like to use some edge dressing.  What is the color you're supposed to use?  It almost looks like the chili color...

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Well cool.

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Originally Posted by Scottyb06 View Post

Forgive my lack of knowledge: I also have a new pair of Walnut Strands and would like to use some edge dressing.  What is the color you're supposed to use?  It almost looks like the chili color...

 

Chili is correct.

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To the guys than owns the Dalton, do you wear them outside of fall and winter? I've fallen in love with them and want them now,  but really don't see myself wearing them until this fall...especially since I live in Georgia.

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Originally Posted by Scottyb06 View Post

Forgive my lack of knowledge: I also have a new pair of Walnut Strands and would like to use some edge dressing.  What is the color you're supposed to use?  It almost looks like the chili color...

 

I actually typically use the Natural edge dressing.

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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

 

I actually typically use the Natural edge dressing.

 

AE originally recommended the Natural edge dressing to me, but the problem is that it does not replace any color on the heel and sole edge.  After reading all the recommendations for the chilli dressing in this thread, I tried it and find it to be a much better solution.

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

 

AE originally recommended the Natural edge dressing to me, but the problem is that it does not replace any color on the heel and sole edge.  After reading all the recommendations for the chilli dressing in this thread, I tried it and find it to be a much better solution.

Yeah, when I used the live chat to ask them directly the guy told me natural. But, I've also seen AE reps respond to this question in their own forum saying chili.

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I think many of us are starting to understand how important stripping down to the shell and not using too much product is the way to go. Even when new. I finally got my new black shell PA down to the shell this weekend....

 

 

Cold Iron,

How did you get down to the shell, Renomat?

 

My burgundy shell macneil's have never really shined up as much as I thought they should. I've only used renovateur on them and done that infrequently. They have a dry-like feel to the vamp, where the shoes naturally crease (roll). I always thought they were just dry but now you've got me thinking if there is just a buildup of polish from the factory. I've never applied any wax to that part of the shoe. Note, my shell leeds feel very similar but my Alden shell shoes/boots never had the same feel.

 

I wonder if I should try a Renomat treatment, followed by Renovateur to see if I could get them more to my liking.

 

Look forward to you thoughts.

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Have a question:  What color is the natural color of shell leather?  I ask, because I often see the burgundy color cited as the original authentic shell color, but Im wondering if this is because this was the first or most popular color of dye that was used on shell, or if its because the actual leather itself is a shade of burgundy.
 

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Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

Have a question:  What color is the natural color of shell leather?  I ask, because I often see the burgundy color cited as the original authentic shell color, but Im wondering if this is because this was the first or most popular color of dye that was used on shell, or if its because the actual leather itself is a shade of burgundy.
 

 

I don't know if this is the best representation of its natural color, but since I expected it to be close to the color of horse hide, I think this chart gives a reasonable, if slightly over-exposed, estimate of common shell colors.

 

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Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

Have a question:  What color is the natural color of shell leather?  I ask, because I often see the burgundy color cited as the original authentic shell color, but Im wondering if this is because this was the first or most popular color of dye that was used on shell, or if its because the actual leather itself is a shade of burgundy.
 

 

It's the most commonly died color but is a tan color when they cut the shells out of the hide. After additional tanning which adds oils, waxes, etc. it's a dark brown. There are a few youtube videos showing the process at Horween.

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7EpbyzfPE

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