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post #2341 of 20862
Guys, Need some advice I just found some Allen Edmonds Leeds in my size, and got them for free! (Clothing Donation at my college for business clothes for students) They look great but need to be cleaned up a little as they have been used. Can I use just regular black shoe polish on these shoes? What advice do you have to clean them up?
post #2342 of 20862
Leather conditioner until supple, then black polish. Maybe some edge treatment also. Edit: Bengal-Stripe is correct. Those are cordovan ripples. I'm not sure how to condition the cordovan but it definitely requires brushing over polish now.
post #2343 of 20862
Any idea how worn these are? The insides of the shoes look new. At what point would you send these back to Allen Edmonds to get soles refitted?
post #2344 of 20862
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Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post
I just found some Allen Edmonds Leads in my size, and got them for free!

Those shoe are shell cordovan - Congratulations!

Just use a horsehair brush and brush.....and brush.

If need be, use a tiny bit of wax polish. You can get special
stuff for shell cordovan, but ordinary Kiwi should be fine.

Just use very sparingly.....and brush.....and brush.

Those shoes should scrub up very nicely.
post #2345 of 20862
Those are shell cordovan, which means they should be polished as little as possible. They won't need much to make them look great.

1-wipe with a damp cloth
2-brush vigorously with a horse hair shoe brush
3-buff with smooth cloth
4-if necessary, use a very little bit of black paste wax polish. And don't polish again for a minimum of 15-18 wearings.

Do this after every time you wear them, and soon they'll look like new.
post #2346 of 20862
Thank you for your replies.
post #2347 of 20862
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post
Those are shell cordovan, which means they should be polished as little as possible. They won't need much to make them look great. 1-wipe with a damp cloth 2-brush vigorously with a horse hair shoe brush 3-buff with smooth cloth Do this after every time you wear them, and soon they'll look like new.
Did this, and they look almost new! Amazing!!!! Sorry for the strange angle of the shot: After:
post #2348 of 20862
My hope is that by the time I start working I will already have an impressive shoe wardrobe .

I have enough that I am switching only to G&Gs, EGs, etc. I am trying to take the approach to wardrobe building. Although it is slow, I think it will serve me in the long run!

And thanks for all the compliments on my modest collection.
post #2349 of 20862
Tylerdurden, a little bit earlier and you would have been Allen Edmonds post if the day
post #2350 of 20862
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Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post
Did this, and they look almost new! Amazing!!!! Sorry for the strange angle of the shot: After:
Having scored a USD600 pair of shoes for zip and being a student you should get them a Topy sole and they would be good to go and safe for many miles of walking around campus IMHO.
post #2351 of 20862
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Originally Posted by meister View Post
Having scored a USD600 pair of shoes for zip and being a student you should get them a Topy sole and they would be good to go and safe for many miles of walking around campus IMHO.
Thanks for all the advice. I decided to send them in for a full recrafting. I can feel the imprint of the previous owners foot (Slightly shorter then my foot), and would like to have the shoe mold to my foot. Total cost including getting the shoe (free) and a recrafting $120 (want shoe tree) for a Allen Edmonds Leeds Cordovan leather black. I'll post some photos in a month or so when they should get back. $120 is allot of money on a college budget, but at least I'll be wearing nice shoes.
post #2352 of 20862
AE doesn't replace the insole or cork when recrafting, so it won't help fitting it to your foot. Sorry.

They do this because generally men are very happy with the way their shoes fit and don't want to re-break them.
post #2353 of 20862
Tyler, congratulations. Wear them in good health.
post #2354 of 20862
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Originally Posted by Aldehyde View Post
AE doesn't replace the insole or cork when recrafting, so it won't help fitting it to your foot. Sorry.

They do this because generally men are very happy with the way their shoes fit and don't want to re-break them.


Are you sure they don't? That's what the vid shows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi_OXygSmbA at .03-4 secs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cT5VJmmgVM at 0.27 secs
post #2355 of 20862
A little Saphir Renovateur before and after... well, after and before.
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