on another note. boots are tough to break in. I've been wearing my moissacs almost exclusively for about two weeks and they're still stiff as a very stiff thing. and they eat shoelaces for breakfast.
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My custom patina rennan's are in!
I had to take two pictures, my camera phone kinda sucks, so the burgundy coloration doesn't show through unless I enable flash.
Here's the weird thing, though. These initially were stuck in transit for a little over a month. A week into the mess, I wanted to order Joffre's with a custom patina as well. When I was notified that my first order shipped, I was expecting the Joffre's, but someone they ended up being these. That I find odd because my size-tested raw rennan's didn't make it back to france for at least 2 weeks AFTER I ordered the joffre, yet the rennan still came first. Weird. But hell, don't care. One pair is better than none, hah.
I actually had a chance to test out the fit prior to finalizing the patina order (there are no returns on custom patina shoes).
I typically wear 7.0UK in normal width shoes, but can also fit 6.5UK (albeit with a slightly snug fit unless they're wider). I was told to try the 6.5UK in the rennan due to the 205 last. In this instance the 6.5 fits just fine.
But, when ordering the Joffre, which I think was last 199, I was instructed to size up to 7UK. Those shoes will be coming in the next few days so I will update with the fit.
Hah yeah, the purplish is secondary to the flash. I don't have any incandescent lighting here, all the stupid fluorescent lighting really takes the depth of colors out of the pictures.
These shots were taken with my HTC One, so the shots are much truer to color. The rennan's are oxblood, whereas the Joffre's on the blog looked much more black with a hint of oxblood, but ended up being pretty purplish-burgundy. So if you do expect near black/oxblood, I'd mention it to them to make sure it's dark.
Otherwise, using saphir black crème and saphir black polish on the joffres really brought out the rich darker burgundy, especially on the toe cap (which only became that color after 1 hour of straight polishing). I won't rush the rest of the shoe, I'll just let it naturally darken over the next few months worth of polishing.
As for the rennan, I did a half black crème/polish and half neutral crème/polish, I didn't want to upset the color balance too much as I like it where it is.
The larger last of the rennan has lent itself to much larger creases over the toes, though, even though they fit well. There's just more volume over my toes compared to the joffres. Shame I didn't realize this earlier, could have purchased insoles to fill up the space to prevent the creases. Oh well, now I know.