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post #151 of 266
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Originally Posted by Tidybeard View Post
Don't think so - AFAIK Pediwear doesn't carry Church's.



Thanks for taking the time to post this, I'll give it a try and report back on results.

Good luck, just condition, let dry and buff. Then a light layer of wax, buff, another small layer buff... do this a few times. They should hold up better.

Use renovateur for conditioning. I think it works best on shell.
post #152 of 266
Vass Whiskey Shell Cordovan after a quick cleaning... Using Tan Alden Paste Wax
post #153 of 266
^ needs moar gloss!!
post #154 of 266
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Originally Posted by Crane's View Post
The bloom is waxes and oils used in the tanning process coming to the surface of the leather.
Actually bloom occurs when moisture becomes trapped in the waxes and oils. Think of the white ring that appears under a sweating, cold drink set down on furniture. This is moisture trapped in the finish. Thus you don't want to "cloud up" the finish on your shells by using wax on them. If you want the amazing, 3-D depth of shell with its complex undertints, don't wax. Spit shine. Your kicks will eventually have the glow of an Old Master or antique Stickley table.
post #155 of 266
new old stock Hanover shell I recently acquired. color is amazing, almost looks like #6? much more red than either the eggplant #8 or the AE burgundy shell here is a #4 by comparison. no idea why I'm posting this, just for porn sake I guess
post #156 of 266
Cordovan is amazing...buy it.
post #157 of 266
I like cordovan for shoes that are clearly casual - wingtip bluchers, NSTs - but tend to reserve them for drizzly conditions that I don't want to subject my suede shoes to.
post #158 of 266
I personally prefer a box-calf to Cordovan. For me, Cordovan only looks good with jeans, or casual pants. They aren't formal IMHO.

I spotted a guy wearing Alden Bluchers in cigar shell... they looked fantastic and matched his casual ensemble nicely.
post #159 of 266
I think shell cordovan is fantastic. It's easy to care for and has a depth that calf does not, IMO. Example: C&J for RL Darlton bluchers. Worn for something like 8 months with maybe one or two brushings along the way. Today I had some time so I applied Saphir Renovateur and then brushed it out. The results, I think, speak for themselves. Before: Top after, bottom before: Before in foreground: After: Both after:
post #160 of 266
And my modest collection.
post #161 of 266
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
The results, I think, speak for themselves.


They sure do.
post #162 of 266
i am finding it increasing hard to not own darltons. i also am looking for a pair of C & J for lauren buckle boots if anyone knows where to find them in US 9.5
post #163 of 266
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Originally Posted by NiFTY View Post
i am finding it increasing hard to not own darltons. i also am looking for a pair of C & J for lauren buckle boots if anyone knows where to find them in US 9.5

You mean the Macon? Suede? Those are made by Sessetti.
post #164 of 266
Love cordovan. Just not for shoes. Too expensive and I don't live in a cold climate.
post #165 of 266
xpost for posterity sake, again. I just found a pair of Allen Edmonds Bristol in shell, and the color was like...wow. I knew it was different than the standard burgundy. an old AE catalog calls is "Black Cherry". this really does look close to the #4 Cordovan I saw...maybe not quite as bright but they may just be due to age, etc. This is a vintage pair, hardly worn, but probably not touched in ages. here are some pics, next to pair of vintage Florsheim shell longwing in burgundy
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