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Marlow Cordovan Specks Normal?

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I got these a couple weeks ago and the second time wearing them got caught in the rain. Luckily, it wasn't a downpour but after getting indoors noticed these dot like marks. I didn't touch them and let then dry with the shoe trees inserted thinking after a day or so they'd go away. A week after the rain and they are still like this. I am not sure if this is due in part because of the rain or something else. I have searched on here and Ask Andy with no real luck. Also, I noticed these small scratches around the lace holes on one shoe.



post #2 of 8
RL cordovan is weak. I don't think RL sources cordovan from Horween.
post #3 of 8
This is all normal. Just get a soft horse hair brush and brush the hell out of them. If the spots don't go away with brushing alone, take a damp cloth and slightly wet the shoe. Let it dry for a bit, then brush.
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post

RL cordovan is weak. I don't think RL sources cordovan from Horween.

Marlows are made by Crockett and Jones.

 

C&J gets their cordovan from Horween.

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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post

RL cordovan is weak. I don't think RL sources cordovan from Horween.

They use Horween

post #6 of 8
Does C&J source from Horween exclusively for the RL line? For some years the leather on RL shoes were weak compared with to the leather used on Aldens, suggesting a lower grade cordovan leather. I know that Alden gets first dibs on the best grade Horween ...
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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post

This is all normal. Just get a soft horse hair brush and brush the hell out of them. If the spots don't go away with brushing alone, take a damp cloth and slightly wet the shoe. Let it dry for a bit, then brush.

I read this in other threads on here and other forums. I have already buffed them a lot, how long do I have to freaking buff these beauties?
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post

Does C&J source from Horween exclusively for the RL line? For some years the leather on RL shoes were weak compared with to the leather used on Aldens, suggesting a lower grade cordovan leather. I know that Alden gets first dibs on the best grade Horween ...

The only reason I could see this would be true is Alden is an American brand. Though, I highly think C&J leathers are just as good as Aldens if not better. I am no expert in leathers and this especially goes with Cordovan, but from what I've heard makes me believe this.
post #8 of 8
Try some Saphir Reno and rub it in with the back of a spoon.
I've had good luck removing those welts that way.

FWIW, my Marlow wingtips are the worst pair of shoes I own with regards to getting those welts/spots.
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