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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

What are the pros and cons of having and wearing boots, as opposed to shoes? I have two pairs of boots and quite a lot of shoes. I tend to think of boots as winter wear...but I don't know. I would welcome any comments. With very best wishes, Munky. 

I should think rain would be an immediate argument in favor of boots. Next would be fashion, unless you are a woodsman or work an oil rig.

Personally I have a hard time incorporating boots without invoking the generic, Made-in-USA, Americana look that I feel has run it's course over here. That being said, I could still go for a pair of Alden Indies or plain toe boots.

I just picked up some Chelseas made by Cheaney, in order to give the whole Hedi Slimane thing a go (not really - my jeans don't have holes).

I recognize that you are likely asking the question in regards to a more polished, formal look. I wear my shirts untucked, so cannot much speak to that, other than dress boots do go well with tweed and heavy wools in general.
Edited by whorishconsumer - 10/18/16 at 1:01pm
post #18917 of 19536
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Originally Posted by Rubik1014 View Post

Cross posting this thread as well as the AE Appreciation thread for more input:


In the "asked and answered 100 times but I wasn't paying attention then, and don't know how to find the answer in this 1,000 page thread" category:

What do you all use for polish on Walnut? Is there any consensus on this subject? I have read enough that the AE Walnut polish turns the shoes orange. I've used Neutral, but that isn't putting any color into the leather. 

I have been using a little neutral Saphir wax, but haven't used the polishes.

Do you use a separate polish cover to add some toe darkening? Or a separate wax color when adding shine?

Thanks in advance.

Use Bourbon. Some like to alternate Walnut and Bourbon, so experiment.
post #18918 of 19536
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Originally Posted by whorishconsumer View Post


I should think rain would be an immediate argument in favor of boots. Next would be fashion, unless you are a woodsman or work an oil rig.

Personally I have a hard time incorporating boots without invoking the generic, Made-in-USA, Americana that I feel has run it's course over here. That being said, I could still go for a pair of Alden Indies or plain toe boots.

I just picked up some Chelseas made by Cheaney, in order to give the whole Hedi Slimane thing a go (not really - my jeans don't have holes).

I recognize that you are likely asking the question in regards to a more polished, formal look. I wear my shirts untucked, so cannot much speak to that, other than dress boots do go well with tweed and heavy wools in general.

 

Thank you, Who, this is a very comprehensive and useful response. It rains a lot where I live but I don't need to wear boots for any sort of work, but nor do I have to dress formally (I am retired). I suppose my preference, in boots, leans towards Cheaney rather than solid, all weather boots. One pair of my boots is a Loake, 1880, Burford, in Burgundy. The other is a pair of Dr Marten, 1460, dark blue, 8 eyelet, corrected grain, which I enjoyed wearing, today. I have my eye on a pair of Lollipop red, Tricker boots. My one problem with Tricker's, though, is how long they seem to take to wear in. Thanks, again. M. 

post #18919 of 19536
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

What are the pros and cons of having and wearing boots, as opposed to shoes? I have two pairs of boots and quite a lot of shoes. I tend to think of boots as winter wear...but I don't know. I would welcome any comments. With very best wishes, Munky. 

My answer really boils down to personal taste. I can't think of any practical reason why I prefer boots. I have twice as many boots as shoes, I tend to choose dressier as opposed to rugged styles. For my work it's business casual, so no jacket but I'll wear boots more than 2/3 of the time.
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Thank you, Who, this is a very comprehensive and useful response. It rains a lot where I live but I don't need to wear boots for any sort of work, but nor do I have to dress formally (I am retired). I suppose my preference, in boots, leans towards Cheaney rather than solid, all weather boots. One pair of my boots is a Loake, 1880, Burford, in Burgundy. The other is a pair of Dr Marten, 1460, dark blue, 8 eyelet, corrected grain, which I enjoyed wearing, today. I have my eye on a pair of Lollipop red, Tricker boots. My one problem with Tricker's, though, is how long they seem to take to wear in. Thanks, again. M. 

That would make a handsome collection. I especially like the Trickers. The Doc Martens are definitely an aesthetic more popular in the UK than over here, but I can see them being a good, durable boot. In all cases, I do think Dainite or commando soles allow for more practical wear.
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By the way, @Munky, following up on a question you had back in May re Bass Weejuns, I recently obtained a pair from their 'Made In USA' line (the Lavin), and I'm sorry to say they're about as poor quality as their mainline offering, despite the much higher price point. Leathers was shellacked and the construction sloppy, with very little support in the footbed. It's a shame, because as I noted before the Mr. Porter x Bass collection from last Fall was a solid offering.

I remember Mrs. Munky did not approve of the style so it's a moot point, but thought I'd update you.
post #18922 of 19536
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Originally Posted by whorishconsumer View Post

By the way, @Munky, following up on a question you had back in May re Bass Weejuns, I recently obtained a pair from their 'Made In USA' line (the Lavin), and I'm sorry to say they're about as poor quality as their mainline offering, despite the much higher price point. Leathers was shellacked and the construction sloppy, with very little support in the footbed. It's a shame, because as I noted before the Mr. Porter x Bass collection from last Fall was a solid offering.

I remember Mrs. Munky did not approve of the style so it's a moot point, but thought I'd update you.

 

Thanks, again Who.The Burfords have Dainite soles and the Dr Martens have the company's own, thick and hard rubber soles that seems likely to last forever. Not to everyone's taste but I like Docs and  the company  make very comfortable and colourful boots and shoes. Hardly top end but they come with an interesting cultural history!

 

You remembered well!  Mrs Munky did, indeed, turn her nose up at Bass Weejuns and since I saw them, the shop that had them has closed down. I have since discovered that Mrs M has a downer on all types of penny loafers. No luck with those, then. 

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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Thanks, again Who.The Burfords have Dainite soles and the Dr Martens have the company's own, thick and hard rubber soles that seems likely to last forever. Not to everyone's taste but I like Docs and  the company  make very comfortable and colourful boots and shoes. Hardly top end but they come with an interesting cultural history!

You remembered well!  Mrs Munky did, indeed, turn her nose up at Bass Weejuns and since I saw them, the shop that had them has closed down. I have since discovered that Mrs M has a downer on all types of penny loafers. No luck with those, then. 

Not much for the ivy league, then. I can't blame her.

Is there a Welsh version of the American Trad look?
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Originally Posted by whorishconsumer View Post


Not much for the ivy league, then. I can't blame her.

Is there a Welsh version of the American Trad look?

 

I think the Welsh version is tracksuits and wellington boots. I may just have lost a few good friends, though. With remorse, Munky. 

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Hello there,

Has anyone here had the opportunity of testing SAPHIR Medaille d'Or MINK OIL? It seems like a new product on their website and I was wondering about its comparison with Renovateur.

Thank you.
post #18926 of 19536
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Originally Posted by San780 View Post

Hello there,

Has anyone here had the opportunity of testing SAPHIR Medaille d'Or MINK OIL? It seems like a new product on their website and I was wondering about its comparison with Renovateur.

Thank you.

Do you mean this? http://www.avel.com/saphir-medaille-dor-1925-paris-31/produit/202-shoe-polish-lotion-saphir-medaille-dor-1925-paris-31.html

It isn't new, and it probably isn't a good idea on polished leathers...

http://www.styleforum.net/t/178250/mink-oil-bad-for-good-leather#post_3183486
post #18927 of 19536
Thank you very much for the swift reply.

Actually the new product I'm referring to is the following:
https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-medaille-d-or-mink-oil.html

It's being advertised for smooth leather...
post #18928 of 19536

Old porcelain sign.

 

post #18929 of 19536
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Originally Posted by San780 View Post

Thank you very much for the swift reply.

Actually the new product I'm referring to is the following:
https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-medaille-d-or-mink-oil.html

It's being advertised for smooth leather...

Hmm will have to order some and give it try!
post #18930 of 19536
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Originally Posted by San780 View Post


Thank you very much for the swift reply.

Actually the new product I'm referring to is the following:
https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-medaille-d-or-mink-oil.html

It's being advertised for smooth leather...

Hi @San780

 

We received a delivery of this today. I tried it out on some black calf leather shoes of mine to start with and was reasonably pleased with the result. However I did notice that the product is quite thick and greasy - not at all like the Mink Oil we have seen from Saphir previously (http://www.avel.com/saphir-medaille-dor-1925-paris-31/produit/202-shoe-polish-lotion-saphir-medaille-dor-1925-paris-31.html).  I have read previously on here or elsewhere that mink oil can discolour leather - and it's use is discouraged for fine leathers by some. So I found an old pair of tan calf leather shoes in our stock and applied Mink Oil on one half of the vamp. On the other half I applied Saphir MDO renovateur.  It is noticeable how much more liquid the renovateur is and how it is absorbed by the leather more easily.  However it was the finishing result which might give cause for concern because the mink oil side of the shoe had darkened, slightly - but definitely noticeable. I have left it several hours and brushed the shoe several times but the darker shade remains.  The renovateur side retains the original colour of the leather.


This is not intended as a definitive or scientific review. However, based on these results my thoughts are that the mink oil should perhaps to use it to renovate dark waxy leather products and keep it away from any light colours. Given that MDO renovateur is such a good product I would continue using this on calf leather - the arrival of this mink oil product does not seem to be a reason to change. It would be fascinating to hear whether others agree?

 

Regards

 

Mike

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