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I wish I wasn't so damn anal with my stuff so that I would not care about shoe creases, scratches on my watches and door dings etc. Makes it harder to enjoy stuff. It's been my goal to care less about that stuff.

I took so much time deer boning and brushing out creases on a few pairs, as soon as you take your first steps they are going to crease exactly how they were before. I gave up and just embrace the creases as they come now, just buffing and brushing quickly before and after wear (along with a damp cloth wipe down). Some pairs of mine show almost no creasing at all, some have beautiful roll creases and some have ugly creases. It's the luck of the draw based on the individual leather, last, and fit.

"Patina trumps pristine" as I read in someones signature haha.



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^ I think those look great and how shell cordovan is naturally going to look.
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^ I think those look great and how shell cordovan is naturally going to look.

 

Thanks, I agree. One of my fav models across all makers and they are aging very nicely. I recently conditioned them with a Lexol/VSC combo so they are showing some heavy whitish bloom in the creases, more so than normal today. They feel well conditioned and supple though.

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Awesome perspectives from all of you. Perhaps I'll forget about the deer bone.

(but still not ready to get my watches scuffed up wink.gif)
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Awesome perspectives from all of you. Perhaps I'll forget about the deer bone.

(but still not ready to get my watches scuffed up wink.gif)

 

The deer bone is nice to have on hand to help smooth out any small scuffs, but you could always use the back of a spoon combined with a little VSC in a pinch.

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Awesome perspectives from all of you. Perhaps I'll forget about the deer bone.

(but still not ready to get my watches scuffed up wink.gif)


Couldn't agree more on the watches!  As for the shell, doesn't hurt to have the deer bone if you want to give it a try - I know it works for many and I'm not saying my personal view is the best here.  Also, if I remember correctly, even though you have a ridiculous wardrobe from what I've seen you're just getting into shell?  If so, I can understand wanting to keep up the condition of your pair or two as opposed to somebody with 5, 10, 15, 20+ pairs (though some are admirably able to keep far more pairs in pristine condition, I don't know how).  I got more relaxed as I got a deeper rotation.

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Awesome perspectives from all of you. Perhaps I'll forget about the deer bone.

(but still not ready to get my watches scuffed up wink.gif)

the first scratch on my shoes or watch feels like somebody kicked me in my nutsack. after that, it worsens heartburn for a while. and then you have patina and everything is glorious.
post #2198 of 10731
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post

I wish I wasn't so damn anal with my stuff so that I would not care about shoe creases, scratches on my watches and door dings etc. Makes it harder to enjoy stuff. It's been my goal to care less about that stuff.

I kind of shoot the gap - I take the best care of my old BMW, my shoes, etc. as I can, and I enjoy the process of detailing my car and caring for my shoes.  But the world is a random place - stuff happens.  Cars are meant to be driven, shoes are meant to be worn and that is going to take a toll.  Enjoy the ride.

We need some pics of your 635.
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post

This is more of a shoe care question, but I wanted the opinion/perspective of folks here.  The topic is brushing.

I brush my shoes before and after wearing them.  Before wearing to bring up the luster a bit and after to ensure there isn't any dirt/etc. that is going to sit on the shoe and stain it or leech the leather.  I think the 30 seconds or so of light brushing I'm doing around them is fine unless someone has insight. 


But brushing leather like CXL and shell is often recommended as the primary care - wipe with a wet cloth and brush.  For how long?  Are we talking 5 minutes?  More?  Is there such a thing as too much brushing?  Any particular technique?  (I'm brushing with light pressure about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way into the bristles).

Thanks in advance!

Ha. I brush for about 5 minutes per shoe and about 15 minutes total care per pair. But I like my shoes looking crisp when I put them on personally.

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If you have a narrow heel and low in-step (I do as well), I've found this last is a challenge. I wear a 10C/D TTS. In the Barrie last, 9.5C works well on shoes or boots I plan to wear with dress socks. A 9.5D is fine when I'm getting a commando sole and boot socks are the plan. In Plaza, I go 10C or 10D with the same logic in mind.

The Grant last, however, I have in 10D and even with thick boot socks it feels a little sloppy on the fit from the heel to the ball but mostly in the waist of the shoe. The toe box is perfect. I haven't tried a 10C but I'm afraid that with thick boot socks it will be too close in the toe. The Grant last may just not be for me. I have two boots on it that I love and still wear them, but I will go with literally any other last moving forward. That isn't meant to discount the Grant last - I'm bummed because in my opinion it's the nicest aesthetically.

It seems to me the trick is the combo last. On a C-width Barrie, I'm actually using an A-width heel. Or B-width heel on a D-width. Maybe @mdubs has some sizing advice on non-combo lasts.

Chris

I don't have a narrow heel issue personally. I just wish Alden carried the Grant Last in B widths. I can give him a very good reference who knows the heel width problem better than almost anyone.

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I took so much time deer boning and brushing out creases on a few pairs, as soon as you take your first steps they are going to crease exactly how they were before. I gave up and just embrace the creases as they come now, just buffing and brushing quickly before and after wear (along with a damp cloth wipe down). Some pairs of mine show almost no creasing at all, some have beautiful roll creases and some have ugly creases. It's the luck of the draw based on the individual leather, last, and fit.

"Patina trumps pristine" as I read in someones signature haha.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Your Leffot Color 8's are looking good but they do miss their hair! I believe getting any dirt out of the creases is important for their longevity.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by Akeem View Post


the first scratch on my shoes or watch feels like somebody kicked me in my nutsack. after that, it worsens heartburn for a while. and then you have patina and everything is glorious.

 

Yeah - I actually dropped something on my WTB's in January, and it made me sick. It put a cut/dent in the leather.  I put a little color cream polish in it, burnished it with the back of a spoon and now it is character.  

 

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We need some pics of your 635.

 

It is a Euro M635.  :)

 

(it has some patina on it, too, but it's *nice* patina)

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Ha. I brush for about 5 minutes per shoe and about 15 minutes total care per pair. But I like my shoes looking crisp when I put them on personally.
I don't have a narrow heel issue personally. I just wish Alden carried the Grant Last in B widths. I can give him a very good reference who knows the heel width problem better than almost anyone.
Your Leffot Color 8's are looking good but they do miss their hair! I believe getting any dirt out of the creases is important for their longevity.

-Mike

 

They were all buffed and brushed when I left the house this morning, I always brush before and after wearing. This pair really loves to crease up though.

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Ha. I brush for about 5 minutes per shoe and about 15 minutes total care per pair. But I like my shoes looking crisp when I put them on personally.

 

Is that pre-wear or your maintenance ritual?  For maintenane, I've heard wipe CXL with a slightly damp cloth and brush is the thing (similar to shell).

 

I probably can't do 15 minutes in the morning...

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Originally Posted by budapest12 View Post


Couldn't agree more on the watches!  As for the shell, doesn't hurt to have the deer bone if you want to give it a try - I know it works for many and I'm not saying my personal view is the best here.  Also, if I remember correctly, even though you have a ridiculous wardrobe from what I've seen you're just getting into shell?  If so, I can understand wanting to keep up the condition of your pair or two as opposed to somebody with 5, 10, 15, 20+ pairs (though some are admirably able to keep far more pairs in pristine condition, I don't know how).  I got more relaxed as I got a deeper rotation.

Yeah I've never been a huge shell fan but recently been adding to it and appreciating it.

So far Alden #8 Alt Wiens for EP, Trickers boots, Carmina Ruby Balmoral for EP and #8 Tanker from AOM (these are not yet arrived). So...still early shell days compared to this thread but I'm enjoying them.
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Originally Posted by Akeem View Post


the first scratch on my shoes or watch feels like somebody kicked me in my nutsack. after that, it worsens heartburn for a while. and then you have patina and everything is glorious.

 

Yeah - I actually dropped something on my WTB's in January, and it made me sick. It put a cut/dent in the leather.  I put a little color cream polish in it, burnished it with the back of a spoon and now it is character.  

 

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


We need some pics of your 635.

 

It is a Euro M635.  :)

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

(it has some patina on it, too, but it's *nice* patina)

 

I love that car...such a great model...I wish took care of anything well, I just don't.

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This is one photogenic pair of boots! The hand stitching is a joy to look at and photograph. I couldn't help but snap a few more with the late afternoon light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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