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post #76 of 100

I agree. This particular one - from Carmina (experts in Cordovan leather...) says that it is for Cordovan and is both a cream and neutral in color..... both contradictions to what Alden tells you. I did notice that the Cordovan from Carmina is a bit smoother than the Alden/Horween variety. Thanks for your quick input!!

post #77 of 100
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Originally Posted by im2bz2p View Post

I agree. This particular one - from Carmina (experts in Cordovan leather...) says that it is for Cordovan and is both a cream and neutral in color..... both contradictions to what Alden tells you. I did notice that the Cordovan from Carmina is a bit smoother than the Alden/Horween variety. Thanks for your quick input!!

That sounds similar to Venetian Cream, which is also neutral (although colored versions exist). The main thing to avoid with cordovan is neutral wax polish.
post #78 of 100
Can cordovan be spit shined? I love the natural look of my CJ Harvards but would really like to get a mirror shine on the toe.
post #79 of 100


Bump for cordovan.

After only my first or second wear, I discovered this tear (!) near the toe. I have no idea how it could have happened.

Anyone seen anything like this and, more importantly, have an idea on how to fix it?

Are we doomed, my shoes and I?
post #80 of 100
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Bump for cordovan.

After only my first or second wear, I discovered this tear (!) near the toe. I have no idea how it could have happened.

Anyone seen anything like this and, more importantly, have an idea on how to fix it?

Are we doomed, my shoes and I?

Are these vintage or new? I assume vintage, and suspect that it is cracking at a flex point. Probably because of dry rot. I would assume there is nothing that can be done, but maybe someone knows differently. I know this sounds crazy, but I've wondered about whether it would work to drill small holes (not all the way through, obviously) at each end. They would function as stress relief, and stop the crack from extending (which is what it will most certainly do). Wouldn't look as weird on my shoe as yours, since mine is brogued anyway.
post #81 of 100
Thank you for your reply.

These were brand new in January. It is more of a rip, like I have scraped something.

Does that change your suggestion in any way?
post #82 of 100
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What is this that has formed on a pair of cordovan shoe that i am looking to purchase? The crease like marking on the left pair.
post #83 of 100

For the tear: DWFII has said that a cobbler can carefully apply a tiny amount of glue to tack the pieces back down. Or you can do it yourself if you are handy.

 

For "what has formed" on the shoes: Are you sure those are shell cordovan? Those wrinkles look like calf.

post #84 of 100
Those are shell cordovan. Just wondering if that is something of a concern which might lead to cracking in the future or is it simply a surface damage to the leather that is normal.



This might be a better picture.
post #85 of 100

^ It isn't normal. Maybe somebody has applied multiple layers of black polish to them? It reminds me of the way patent and barely leather cracks and delaminates.

post #86 of 100
could it be having them placed near a heater resulting in them drying up? But if that is the case it can't be that that is the only area affected. Is it worth getting them or is this damage not worthy of a purchase?
post #87 of 100

I wouldn't be happy purchasing them, for what it's worth.

post #88 of 100
Looks like i have to pass up getting these. Thanks for the opinion.
post #89 of 100

My shell shoes are somewhat dry and I need to condition them. I want to fully replenish the leather to perfect condition, but just don’t know the steps. Should I put macadamia nut oil on my shoes? I’ve heard it’s similar to mink or jojoba. Also is pure oil ok or should it be mixed in with waxes or something? Also how do I pre-clean the leather before conditioning?  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

post #90 of 100

Hello,

What is confusing is that Alden says wax only for any cordovan leather and then Carmina says cream only.......

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