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post #556 of 4101
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^ that's an awesome attitude especially from someone who already owns a pair. Are your saddles also forest last?
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Really quick shot from my phone, here are the above saddle shell boots as of this morning (they should be more saturated than this, but I messed up the processing):

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What last are those on?
post #558 of 4101

^ Same question.

post #559 of 4101

^ ^^ Either a) my saddle shell boots are on the Oscar last (it says Oscar on the box; otherwise I've been unable to find any other indication online), or b) I have no idea what last they're on.

 

As for owning two pairs... the rainy season in Portland is 8 months out of the year, and I've been very pleased with how my first pair has handled the rain. And it's bad for the leather to wear the same pair two days in a row, so...

post #560 of 4101

^ Do you use a waterproofing or protector product for the rain?

post #561 of 4101

I use a deer bone and Renovateur.

 

EDIT: Let me elaborate a little. So I don't waterproof them. But I clean them and condition the leather with the above.

EDIT2: In fact, I'm doing this right now. I'll try to take a photo in natural light once I'm done.


Edited by mymil - 2/11/12 at 12:54pm
post #562 of 4101

^ Typing with one hand, deer boning with the other?

 

That came out wrong.

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Okay, so here's how I care for my shell boots and photos of what they look like after each stage.

 

1) I start by brushing them off with a soft cloth to remove any dust. Then with moderate pressure I wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth to clean them off. I find that this removes most of the spotting from being in the rain (which is relatively minor to begin with). I give them a very quick brush at this point, just for kicks. This is when I started taking photos. So to begin, here's a photo of my boots just after cleaning and brushing with all of my supplies except a soft cloth:

 

The supplies I use to polish my shell cordovan boots: deer polishing bone, Renovateur, horsehair brush, and a soft cloth (not pictured)

 

2) After cleaning, I apply the deer bone to the entire boot. Some people suggest moving it in small circles, and I've seen people move it perpendicular to the long edge. But because of my particular bone's shape and a few rough spots that can (and have!) left minor scuffs, I mostly move it back and forth like a bow, using moderate pressure.

 

Speaking of scuffs, here's proof that they can be smoothed like magic out by doing the above:

 

Some minor scuffs in my shell cordovan bootsThe scuffs in my shell cordovan boots have been smoothed over with a deer polishing bone

 

The boot on the right has had the deer polishing bone applied to it. It's somewhat hard to tell from the photograph, but it has a waxier appearance at this point.

 

The boot on the right has had the deer polishing bone applied to it, the one on the left has only been cleaned.

 

3) I brush them with a horsehair brush to flatten the oils left behind on the leather from the deer polishing bone. The boot on the right has been brushed, the left has only been boned.

 

The boot on the right has been brushed with a horsehair brush, the boot on the left has only had a deer polishing bone applied to it.

 

4) Next I apply Renovateur with a soft cloth in small circular movements. The right boot has Renovateur applied to it, so the leather is much duller than the boot on the left, which was just brushed.

The boot on the right has had Renovateur applied to it, the boot on the left has just been brushed.

 

5) Then I brush them again! I don't spend too much time on this, because I find buffing with a soft cloth has a much greater effect. Brushed on the right, Renovateur on the left.

Just after brushing the boot on the right; on the left has just had Renovateur applied.

 

6) The final step is buffing with a soft cloth. If I had an even finer cloth, I think I could bring out an even greater shine. The right boot has been buffed, the left just brushed.

The boot on the right has been buffed with a soft cloth, the one on the left only brushed.

 

And the finished boots, outside in diffuse light. Shiny.

 

After polishing my shell cordovan boots.

post #564 of 4101
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If I had an even finer cloth, I think I could bring out an even greater shine.

Try a nylon stocking, it brings out the shine like nothing else.
post #565 of 4101
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Originally Posted by mymil View Post

Okay, so here's how I care for my shell boots and photos of what they look like after each stage.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

1) I start by brushing them off with a soft cloth to remove any dust. Then with moderate pressure I wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth to clean them off. I find that this removes most of the spotting from being in the rain (which is relatively minor to begin with). I give them a very quick brush at this point, just for kicks. This is when I started taking photos. So to begin, here's a photo of my boots just after cleaning and brushing with all of my supplies except a soft cloth:

 

The supplies I use to polish my shell cordovan boots: deer polishing bone, Renovateur, horsehair brush, and a soft cloth (not pictured)

 

2) After cleaning, I apply the deer bone to the entire boot. Some people suggest moving it in small circles, and I've seen people move it perpendicular to the long edge. But because of my particular bone's shape and a few rough spots that can (and have!) left minor scuffs, I mostly move it back and forth like a bow, using moderate pressure.

 

Speaking of scuffs, here's proof that they can be smoothed like magic out by doing the above:

 

Some minor scuffs in my shell cordovan bootsThe scuffs in my shell cordovan boots have been smoothed over with a deer polishing bone

 

The boot on the right has had the deer polishing bone applied to it. It's somewhat hard to tell from the photograph, but it has a waxier appearance at this point.

 

The boot on the right has had the deer polishing bone applied to it, the one on the left has only been cleaned.

 

3) I brush them with a horsehair brush to flatten the oils left behind on the leather from the deer polishing bone. The boot on the right has been brushed, the left has only been boned.

 

The boot on the right has been brushed with a horsehair brush, the boot on the left has only had a deer polishing bone applied to it.

 

4) Next I apply Renovateur with a soft cloth in small circular movements. The right boot has Renovateur applied to it, so the leather is much duller than the boot on the left, which was just brushed.

The boot on the right has had Renovateur applied to it, the boot on the left has just been brushed.

 

5) Then I brush them again! I don't spend too much time on this, because I find buffing with a soft cloth has a much greater effect. Brushed on the right, Renovateur on the left.

Just after brushing the boot on the right; on the left has just had Renovateur applied.

 

6) The final step is buffing with a soft cloth. If I had an even finer cloth, I think I could bring out an even greater shine. The right boot has been buffed, the left just brushed.

The boot on the right has been buffed with a soft cloth, the one on the left only brushed.

 

And the finished boots, outside in diffuse light. Shiny.

 

After polishing my shell cordovan boots.

 

 


Outstanding post, outstanding pics, amazing boots. Thank you!

post #566 of 4101
Mike,

I think this was asked before, but can't remember. Is there a way to order a snuff suede belt from Carmina to go along with the austerity brogues? I guess I could go the Alden snuff suede belt route if needed.
post #567 of 4101
can anyone comment regarding the longevity of the dainite sole relative to a leather sole?
post #568 of 4101
What do you think? Found these for €280 in Norway (50%), first time Ive seen Carmina irl. Worth it?
http://i.imgur.com/Ec6o5.jpg
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What do you think? Found these for €280 in Norway (50%), first time Ive seen Carmina irl. Worth it?
http://i.imgur.com/Ec6o5.jpg

Buy it. Good Jodphar boots are rare.
post #570 of 4101
Quick question: Does Carmina use a steel shank in its shoe construction?
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