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I did some searching through the thread and did not find an exact answer. What products do you use for your marlows/lindricks/etc? I brush after every wear and use reno after a few wears. Now I am looking for something to increase the shine. I know we have all reported difficulties in accomplishing this with the shell used for these shoes but I am curious to see everyone's strategies. I just watched the C&J video http://www.crockettandjones.com/ShoeCare and am wondering what color you use for the dark chocolate cordo.

Thank - you all very much.
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Originally Posted by mikeharo View Post

I did some searching through the thread and did not find an exact answer. What products do you use for your marlows/lindricks/etc? I brush after every wear and use reno after a few wears. Now I am looking for something to increase the shine. I know we have all reported difficulties in accomplishing this with the shell used for these shoes but I am curious to see everyone's strategies. I just watched the C&J video http://www.crockettandjones.com/ShoeCare and am wondering what color you use for the dark chocolate cordo.

Thank - you all very much.

I think the shine gets a little better with Venetian shoe cream. I may try Saphir's cordovan cream on these too. It feels thicker than the Venetian and the Reno to me.
post #2313 of 6044
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Originally Posted by mikeharo View Post

I did some searching through the thread and did not find an exact answer. What products do you use for your marlows/lindricks/etc? I brush after every wear and use reno after a few wears. Now I am looking for something to increase the shine. I know we have all reported difficulties in accomplishing this with the shell used for these shoes but I am curious to see everyone's strategies. I just watched the C&J video http://www.crockettandjones.com/ShoeCare and am wondering what color you use for the dark chocolate cordo.

Thank - you all very much.

After a couple of times of Reno, mine have now gotten a bit better.

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Originally Posted by mikeharo View Post

I did some searching through the thread and did not find an exact answer. What products do you use for your marlows/lindricks/etc? I brush after every wear and use reno after a few wears. Now I am looking for something to increase the shine. I know we have all reported difficulties in accomplishing this with the shell used for these shoes but I am curious to see everyone's strategies. I just watched the C&J video http://www.crockettandjones.com/ShoeCare and am wondering what color you use for the dark chocolate cordo.

Thank - you all very much.

Rub them aggressively with a shine cloth until there is only a hint of brown left on the cloth. For whatever reason, they are caked with polish when they are new.

Eventually you will remove enough layers of polish and get to the actual shell. Then they will shine.

For polish (ironically) - they seldom need it - I use Dark Brown C&J, which I buy from Ben Silver. Surely the NY C&J store sells it as well.
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Rub them aggressively with a shine cloth until there is only a hint of brown left on the cloth. For whatever reason, they are caked with polish when they are new.

Eventually you will remove enough layers of polish and get to the actual shell. Then they will shine.

For polish (ironically) - they seldom need it - I use Dark Brown C&J, which I buy from Ben Silver. Surely the NY C&J store sells it as well.

Did yours lose a lot of color doing this?
post #2316 of 6044
What type of shoe trees does anyone use on their RL Marlow wingtips? I've seen the French perfecta beechwood trees for european lasted shoes on the Hanger Project website for $125. They've also got some $35 Woodlore Ultra cedar wood trees. On the UK Pediwear Menswear website I ran across some actual Crockett & Jones solid forfoot shoe trees that are $91.06 or something very close to that price. I'm not sure what they're made of or who makes them. There's always the $15 Woodlores from Nordstrom Rack, but I'd like to get something that would better approximate the shape of the Marlows if I could. Any help at all would be great. Thanks
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What type of shoe trees does anyone use on their RL Marlow wingtips? I've seen the French perfecta beechwood trees for european lasted shoes on the Hanger Project website for $125. They've also got some $35 Woodlore Ultra cedar wood trees. On the UK Pediwear Menswear website I ran across some actual Crockett & Jones solid forfoot shoe trees that are $91.06 or something very close to that price. I'm not sure what they're made of or who makes them. There's always the $15 Woodlores from Nordstrom Rack, but I'd like to get something that would better approximate the shape of the Marlows if I could. Any help at all would be great. Thanks

 

I'm using the cheapies from Norstrom Rack and don't seem to have any issues with them. $100. shoes trees seem over-priced to me. 

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Did yours lose a lot of color doing this?

A lot? No. Very slightly? Yes. They lightened a tad.

I should point out they shine more relative to themselves when I purchased them. They don't come close to having the shine my Alden 975's do.
post #2319 of 6044
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

What type of shoe trees does anyone use on their RL Marlow wingtips? I've seen the French perfecta beechwood trees for european lasted shoes on the Hanger Project website for $125. They've also got some $35 Woodlore Ultra cedar wood trees. On the UK Pediwear Menswear website I ran across some actual Crockett & Jones solid forfoot shoe trees that are $91.06 or something very close to that price. I'm not sure what they're made of or who makes them. There's always the $15 Woodlores from Nordstrom Rack, but I'd like to get something that would better approximate the shape of the Marlows if I could. Any help at all would be great. Thanks

I've found these Washburns to be a very good fit: http://www.cedarvillestore.com/p-107-mens-washburn-shoe-tree.aspx

But.. I think it also depends on shoe size as much as shoe shape. For example, the Woodlore Ultras are a poor fit for most of my shoes, because they tend to be too wide and too short for my size, but others report that they are the best fitting trees for them.

If you have several pairs of shoes, I might suggest ordering a small assortment from Cedarville and seeing which work best for your Marlows - which I assume are near your "best shoes" - and then relegating the others to "less important" shoes.
post #2320 of 6044
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I'm using the cheapies from Norstrom Rack and don't seem to have any issues with them. $100. shoes trees seem over-priced to me. 
Nordstrom Rack is the obvious choice. I'm close to the Mall of America where one can chose between a dozens of pairs.
post #2321 of 6044
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson 

If you have several pairs of shoes, I might suggest ordering a small assortment from Cedarville and seeing which work best for your Marlows - which I assume are near your "best shoes" - and then relegating the others to "less important" shoes.
The Marlows won't be near my best when they arrive. For sure they're towards the high end of my shell cordovan collection though. Great suggestion on the Cederville trees. Thanks.
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The Marlows won't be near my best when they arrive. For sure they're towards the high end of my shell cordovan collection though. Great suggestion on the Cederville trees. Thanks.

I have about 20 of the Nordstrom Rack Woodlore ones, love them. The only time I haven't used them was on my EG Dovers...
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I have about 20 of the Nordstrom Rack Woodlore ones, love them. The only time I haven't used them was on my EG Dovers...
How do you like the EG's? What's their fit and comfort level like?
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Thread Starter 
Jos A Banks solid toe trees are by far the best value. They have 3 for $25 sales from time to time.
post #2325 of 6044
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So I have some fit questions to come to you pros with...
I am typically a 9D - flatter, somewhat wide feet due to a lower arch. Low volume foot too, as in it's not super thick!

Anyhow enough about my feet - today I went to RL to try on Marlows and I tried on the 8.5 and 9 in the PTB offering, and a 9 in the SWB.

While the 9's both fit pretty well as far as width goes, the length was a bit much my foot slid forward. However in the 8.5 everything BUT the width was perfect. I just felt my pinky toes were a bit cramped. I don't know if that's something that will be able to somewhat get stretched out with wear, what do you all think?

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I can't really help, but I had the exact same problem with the Pennies. I wore them for a day in agony.

Ended up finding a pair in a half size bigger, it was better, honestly, I still have both pairs just haven't decided which to keep yet.
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