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I find that "newer" shell tends to be more prone to water welts. As the shell ages and the patina develops, water welts just don't happen as much. That's been my experience, at least.

This makes sense, as the leather expresses more oils and fats as it gets worn.

A thorough soaking from a downpour doesn't hurt, but the tiny persistent droplets from a sprinkle are murder.
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I'm about to place an MTO for some Enzo Bonafe loafers, but thought I'd check if any well-dressed gents want to join me and make it a GMTO.

This exact model and last (12056):



in the sexy Vitello blue calf:


I would like to commend you. great choices you've made here. the loafers look berluti-esque!
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Everyone's experience is different, so I don't doubt your pains, but from my experience, I've not encountered the dreaded, undying water welt. When my shell gets wet it looks... wet... the same as the calf or suede I own. Suede really looks like shit when it is wet. I don't know a pair of shoes that look good when wet. Maybe zugs. 

 

My earlier referenced shell boots, a pair of Rancourt Blake boots, got dark water stains on them from me literally walking through puddles in the middle of of a rainstorm in January. I got them all out with a good thorough cleaning/restoration routine which did take a long time. For everything else, including water spots, salt stains, and dried- I don't know what - on them, wiping down with a damp cloth and a stiff horsehair brush got it looking back to normal. Even still, they've never had a water welt. Water spots from dried rain maybe, but nothing a quick brush couldn't fix. 

 

And just in case those boots just seem to have some sort of voodoo going for them, I've also had to wear a pair of Alden 975's in a Vermont snow storm and didn't get anything I couldn't brush off afterwards. The soles looked like shit and I had to re-dress them, but the shell buffed out easily. 

 

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I hardly baby my shell, but a thousand little tiny water welts from a light persistent sprinkling really look ugly and are a pain to release.

 

 

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I agree, there's a huge difference between a nice patina and a bunch of unsightly water welts.

 

 

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Amen.  I know that shell is tough enough to stand up to all kinds of foul weather wear in terms of durability.  But it terms of aesthetics, it's a pussy.  Calf and suede don't instantly look like ass after a sprinkle of rain.

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Originally Posted by loxo View Post
 

Everyone's experience is different, so I don't doubt your pains, but from my experience, I've not encountered the dreaded, undying water welt. When my shell gets wet it looks... wet... the same as the calf or suede I own.

 

 

 

 

Even leaving welts aside, this is far from my experience with shell.  Welts - or the tiny ridges and bumps that can form on the surface when shell gets wet - are only half of the problem.

 

When my shell gets wet, it looks.... like crap.  By crap, I mean that every drop of water leaves behind a waxy artifact of its presence, such that the shoes look like they have chicken pox. Just splashing about while washing your hands at the sink can cause the same problem.  And those spots  are a royal bugger to remove.  This is manifestly NOT the case with either calf or suede.

 

As I have better things to do with my time than spend an hour or more buffing out those waxy spots, I generally reserve my shell shoes and boots for dry days.  Some might scoff at this as "babying" my shell, but the choice has nothing to do with fear of harming the shell and everything to do with the fact that I don't like to wear shoes that look like crap.

 

If I want to beat the hell out of a pair of boots - hiking / camping/ hunting  in rain / mud / snow - CX-L or Zug are at the top of my list.  Shell is at the bottom.

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This is getting off topic, but here's a pic of some shell that I was caught wearing in a light sprinkle. This was 5 wears and almost 2 hours of cumulative care ago:



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BUT!!! The Bonafe museum calf chukkas that I bought from Skoak have fared beautifully in the wet conditions that I unintentionally wore them in. Which kind of goes against common wisdom. Maybe it has to do with the high gloss wax finish that Bonafe applies. My Carmina museums are certainly more "matte" in appearance.
Edited by peppercorn78 - 1/20/16 at 8:34am
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This is getting off topic, but here's a pic of some shell that I was caught wearing in a light sprinkle. This was 5 wears and almost 2 hours of cumulative care ago:
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

But more importantly - congrats on post #20,000!

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Yes, maybe continue in the shoe care thread? wink.gif
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Yes, maybe continue in the shoe care thread? wink.gif

Why, @Leaves? Don't you know it's your fault that shell spots when it gets wet??? 

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I do too! it is easy to take care of and has better character to me. I love the texture it adds.

I don't baby my shell but water marks are a bother to me. I love the patina and creasing that it gets but those water marks can be a pain. For very casual wear, i'm fine with it but I'm not a fan of using them for dress wear at all. 

Same here - I'm getting to like suede more and more and shell much less. I guess if I was wearing shell for hard work and hiking it'd be ok, but otherwise, meh.
(Hope we don't get banned from a couple threads - esp. the one I started!)

SORRY, PATRIK!
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But more importantly - congrats on post #20,000!


Damnit. I hate that the 20,000 post was somewhat off-topic. I'll go back and edit it!

post #20006 of 23742

Here's some topical content:  Carmina CXL Frankenstitch:

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Damn thats a great boot. Any plans to run that one again, @Leaves ??

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Received these beauties from Skoak some time back, but just got around to wear them, placed the order for these while at the last StC trunk show @Skoaktiebolaget, which I can't recommend enough to everyone; beautiful city and just a great bunch of guys, the service was above and beyond.  Not sure I'll ever go back to RTW after being fitted and figuring out my true size.   Thanks @GabrielOB @Dannefalk 

@Leaves

 

These are 205's on 606, 

 

 

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Damn thats a great boot. Any plans to run that one again, @Leaves
 ??

Might just have to!
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Thanks @Faster! And thanks for sharing.
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