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post #19951 of 23841
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Originally Posted by tdes81 View Post
 

I have to agree about the whole shell craze.  I mean it's nice but after my initial love affair with it I'm definitely over it.  It's just a royal pain having to worry about weather conditions to see if you can wear your shoes/boots or not, and heaven forbid you get stuck in a random rainstorm - you'll be spending an hour to try and get rid of all the splotches.

 

Shell is a beautiful leather, and I won't be getting rid of the pairs I have, but I probably won't be buying much more of it.

 

An hour?  Takes me longer. :brick: Otherwise I quite agree.  It's a unique and beautiful material, but it's quite a premium to pay for a fairweather shoe.

 

I do crave a whiskey shell boot though....

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An hour?  Takes me longer. baldy%5B1%5D.gif Otherwise I quite agree.  It's a unique and beautiful material, but it's quite a premium to pay for a fairweather shoe.

I do crave a whiskey shell boot though....

Let me know if you are willing to consider C&J Whiskey shell as I have been trying to organize chukka in whiskey shell on 325 last.
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Does Skoat have C&J? Maybe I missed it.
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Honestly, I don't understand why people baby shell cordovan (with the exception of whiskey shell, which I'l get to). The only justification I can fathom is the price and the feeling of trying to protect the investment. Shell is so extremely durable, more durable than calf. It is more weather-proof, not less. I have a pair of shell boots that I've worn through 3 NYC winters with little regard to the weather outside. They look better now than they did new. I have a deep restoration routine that takes a couple of hours but I do it two or three times a year. Otherwise, just brushing brings back the luster. The same can not be said of calf leather. It is still less effort and time to polish a pair of shell than it is to create a mirror shine on a pair of calf dress shoes. Simply brushing them down goes a long way without much product.

 

  The reality is that all shell cordovan patinas, and if you don't like that / try to avoid it, then maybe shell cordovan isn't for you, and that's okay. I think playing the middle: trying to keep your shell cordovan looking pristine while also wearing them is what has led to this business of selective wearing, and frankly, that's when the shoes own you. 

 

  The only exception with wearing shell in the weather might be whiskey shell, which owners for the most part like to keep looking its brightest "whiskey" color. If you're trying to keep brighter-colored shell from patina, then yes, selective wearing makes sense, but again, I sort of defer to my 2nd paragraph.

   I hardly have the collection that a lot of other SFers have, but my experience is that I don't need to over-think the care and maintenance and I'm happy with the character my shoes have developed and they still look quite beautiful. 

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Does Skoat have C&J? Maybe I missed it.

No it does not, I just realized that I replied to Skoaktiebolaget thread. I should have send PM to Roger.
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Also posted this in the Enzo thread -- first run of my black peccary button boots (with special appearances from luxire wool trousers and kapital black ring coat):

 

 

 

These boots are just wonderful.  So damn comfortable. Definitely going to be grabbing another pair or two.  Definitely need one with a tweed shaft (although it looks like I might have to go to St. Crispins for that).

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Originally Posted by loxo View Post
 

Honestly, I don't understand why people baby shell cordovan (with the exception of whiskey shell, which I'l get to). The only justification I can fathom is the price and the feeling of trying to protect the investment. Shell is so extremely durable, more durable than calf. It is more weather-proof, not less. I have a pair of shell boots that I've worn through 3 NYC winters with little regard to the weather outside. They look better now than they did new. I have a deep restoration routine that takes a couple of hours but I do it two or three times a year. Otherwise, just brushing brings back the luster. The same can not be said of calf leather. It is still less effort and time to polish a pair of shell than it is to create a mirror shine on a pair of calf dress shoes. Simply brushing them down goes a long way without much product.

 

  The reality is that all shell cordovan patinas, and if you don't like that / try to avoid it, then maybe shell cordovan isn't for you, and that's okay. I think playing the middle: trying to keep your shell cordovan looking pristine while also wearing them is what has led to this business of selective wearing, and frankly, that's when the shoes own you. 

 

  The only exception with wearing shell in the weather might be whiskey shell, which owners for the most part like to keep looking its brightest "whiskey" color. If you're trying to keep brighter-colored shell from patina, then yes, selective wearing makes sense, but again, I sort of defer to my 2nd paragraph.

   I hardly have the collection that a lot of other SFers have, but my experience is that I don't need to over-think the care and maintenance and I'm happy with the character my shoes have developed and they still look quite beautiful. 

Same with suede, lol.

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Same with suede, lol.


Now suede I love.  So easy to take care of, and so comfortable.  At this point I definitely prefer suede to shell. :)

post #19959 of 23841
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Also posted this in the Enzo thread -- first run of my black peccary button boots (with special appearances from luxire wool trousers and kapital black ring coat):







These boots are just wonderful.  So damn comfortable. Definitely going to be grabbing another pair or two.  Definitely need one with a tweed shaft (although it looks like I might have to go to St. Crispins for that).

Nicely done! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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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:

post #19961 of 23841
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Originally Posted by tdes81 View Post
 

Also posted this in the Enzo thread -- first run of my black peccary button boots (with special appearances from luxire wool trousers and kapital black ring coat):

 

 

 

 

These boots are just wonderful.  So damn comfortable. Definitely going to be grabbing another pair or two.  Definitely need one with a tweed shaft (although it looks like I might have to go to St. Crispins for that).

Wonderful, yes!!

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I was just checking out the cardholders from EG on the website - do they only have two card slots? And anywhere to store cash?

 

Thanks.

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My goodies from skoak came in yesterday will post pictures on weekend 😀
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My goodies from skoak came in yesterday will post pictures on weekend 😀

You sir, are just a damn tease!

post #19965 of 23841
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Originally Posted by loxo View Post

Honestly, I don't understand why people baby shell cordovan (with the exception of whiskey shell, which I'l get to). The only justification I can fathom is the price and the feeling of trying to protect the investment. Shell is so extremely durable, more durable than calf. It is more weather-proof, not less. I have a pair of shell boots that I've worn through 3 NYC winters with little regard to the weather outside. They look better now than they did new. I have a deep restoration routine that takes a couple of hours but I do it two or three times a year. Otherwise, just brushing brings back the luster. The same can not be said of calf leather. It is still less effort and time to polish a pair of shell than it is to create a mirror shine on a pair of calf dress shoes. Simply brushing them down goes a long way without much product.

  The reality is that all shell cordovan patinas, and if you don't like that / try to avoid it, then maybe shell cordovan isn't for you, and that's okay. I think playing the middle: trying to keep your shell cordovan looking pristine while also wearing them is what has led to this business of selective wearing, and frankly, that's when the shoes own you. 

  The only exception with wearing shell in the weather might be whiskey shell, which owners for the most part like to keep looking its brightest "whiskey" color. If you're trying to keep brighter-colored shell from patina, then yes, selective wearing makes sense, but again, I sort of defer to my 2nd paragraph.
   I hardly have the collection that a lot of other SFers have, but my experience is that I don't need to over-think the care and maintenance and I'm happy with the character my shoes have developed and they still look quite beautiful. 

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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