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post #13576 of 19072

Gentlemen, I wanted to lean on your expertise in regards to my new j crew perf toe #8's, which is my first shell purchase.  First time wearing them, the right toe crease became very light.  I wiped them, gave them a very good brushing, applied some reno, and buffed. The light crease on the right boot darkened up nicely.  Today is my second time wearing them, and sure enough, the light crease on the right came back almost immediately.  

 

What has been your experience with this?  Will it darken over time, or is it just an inherent characteristic of the shell that won't/can't be changed?  Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.  Cheers!

 

post #13577 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Joinus View Post

Gentlemen, I wanted to lean on your expertise in regards to my new j crew perf toe #8's, which is my first shell purchase.  First time wearing them, the right toe crease became very light.  I wiped them, gave them a very good brushing, applied some reno, and buffed. The light crease on the right boot darkened up nicely.  Today is my second time wearing them, and sure enough, the light crease on the right came back almost immediately.  

What has been your experience with this?  Will it darken over time, or is it just an inherent characteristic of the shell that won't/can't be changed?  Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.  Cheers!


Great boots, first off!

That is cordovan bloom. It will happen every time the boot flexes. It is oils being pushed to the surface of the shell. Embrace the bloom. Only way to avoid it is not to wear them.
post #13578 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Joinus View Post
 

Gentlemen, I wanted to lean on your expertise in regards to my new j crew perf toe #8's, which is my first shell purchase.  First time wearing them, the right toe crease became very light.  I wiped them, gave them a very good brushing, applied some reno, and buffed. The light crease on the right boot darkened up nicely.  Today is my second time wearing them, and sure enough, the light crease on the right came back almost immediately.  

 

What has been your experience with this?  Will it darken over time, or is it just an inherent characteristic of the shell that won't/can't be changed?  Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.  Cheers!

 

 

 

 

They will lighten in those spots and the only thing you can do is slather dark polish on those spots (which isn't advisable) Note, that the variation in how the leather ages is actually quite coveted. Many folks buy shell for that very reason you mention.

 

These are a few years older but you can see they lighten in the same way as yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, old color 8 compared to new color 8.

 

 

post #13579 of 19072
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post
 

 

 

They will lighten in those spots and the only thing you can do is slather dark polish on those spots (which isn't advisable) Note, that the variation in how the leather ages is actually quite coveted. Many folks buy shell for that very reason you mention.

 

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These are a few years older but you can see they lighten in the same way as yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, old color 8 compared to new color 8.

 

 

 

Sage advice and beautiful shoes!

 

I have a pair of SWB in #8 that I'm about to let go of because I just don't wear them as much and I refuse to hold on to pair that don't have a least one season a year for me.  But every time I see a pair of aged #8s (including my own) I marvel at the development of the patina compared to other calf shoes.

 

 

post #13580 of 19072

Thanks guys for the advice on what to expect!  I was just curious because of the stark contrast between the left and right.  Patrick, those boots are killer.  I hope that mine age that well. :worship: 

post #13581 of 19072
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that looks like classic dry-rot to me. the leather itself is disintegrating. Maybe I missed it, but who is the maker of your shoes?

I agree...Horween leather...spanish top GYW manufacturer.... This company will have the shoes for inspection very soon.  I will inform you with their insights.  Thanks.

post #13582 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Joinus View Post
 

Thanks guys for the advice on what to expect!  I was just curious because of the stark contrast between the left and right.  Patrick, those boots are killer.  I hope that mine age that well. :worship: 

 

 

Oh, that makes sense. In a perfect world, mine would've lightened equally but I've learned to live/enjoy it. The contrast is always more evident in images, especially because I boost the contrast a bit, making for a more dramatic image. In person, it's a bit less apparent.

 

Mine are <3 yrs old. Your will age well I'm sure.

post #13583 of 19072
Hello Gents, hoping I can get some help here. I picked these up and they are great except for the cap. One boot you can see the grain, the other looks almost smooth. I have tried removing wax, so it looks like a lasting issue. Possible ideas to smooth out other boot since I cannot recreate the grain??

post #13584 of 19072

The 7 feet of snow outside my window have been making wearing proper shoes a memory as distant as sun-drenched fields of cut grass. It's wellies every day for me lately.

 

So as not to lead my employees to ponder whether Scott Nichol cashmere socks are adequate replacements for office footwear, can someone recommend a reasonably priced "office slipper," if such a thing exists...?

post #13585 of 19072
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The 7 feet of snow outside my window have been making wearing proper shoes a memory as distant as sun-drenched fields of cut grass. It's wellies every day for me lately.

So as not to lead my employees to ponder whether Scott Nichol cashmere socks are adequate replacements for office footwear, can someone recommend a reasonably priced "office slipper," if such a thing exists...?

Beligan shoes Mr. Casual. Very comfortable. Although depending on the office environment, the bowtie might raise eyebrows.

http://www.belgianshoes.com/menstyles.html
post #13586 of 19072
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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post


 bowtie might raise eyebrows.

 

 

Oh indeed it would. I'd be shooting for something much more casual. Perhaps some unremarkable black loafers. I just feel as if most slip-ons really don't get along with thick winter socks.


Edited by BostonHedonist - 2/17/15 at 8:20pm
post #13587 of 19072

Repeat post. 


post #13588 of 19072
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Oh indeed it would. I'd be shooting for something much more casual. Perhaps some unremarkable black loafers. I just feel as if most slip-ons really don't get along with thick winter sicks.

Something like this Quoddy Loboy?  

 

I've had the Lodge Moc for a few years now for indoor use and the Blucher for the outdoors.  I'm a big fan of their stuff but these days most of it is too casual for me.  With these, the chunkier the socks, the better. 

post #13589 of 19072
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Originally Posted by Itsuo View Post
 

Something like this Quoddy Loboy?  

 

I've had the Lodge Moc for a few years now for indoor use and the Blucher for the outdoors.  I'm a big fan of their stuff but these days most of it is too casual for me.  With these, the chunkier the socks, the better. 

 

Excellent suggestion. And may I complement your Bill Murray gif avatar?

 

However, I learned at the checkout screen of a 4-6 week lead time, which puts me squarely in the beginning of springtime, and the return to normal Oxfords and boots. Oh woe is me. Guess I'll just bring my chelseas in and keep them in my credenza.

post #13590 of 19072

Boston, rather than buying a new pair of shoes, why not take an old pair that you have and leave them at work. Put a clean pair of socks in your case, every day. On Friday, take the shoes home and give them a good seeing to. 

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