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PSA: Snuff Suede WT Boots are shipping to B+M this coming week. If you fit a 9D Barrie and want to assume my pre-order send me a PM.
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A little snuff LWB today

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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post

The general recommendation is wiping with a slightly damp cloth and then brushing for a few minutes.  I use Alden Boot cream every once in a while (twice in 6 months, which is probably still a little much), but have also heard good things about the Saphir Greasy cream.  

I agree with this for CXL as well. In addition, I've used a brown cream polish on some of the rougher scuffs to put a little color back into the leather with good results. Cream polish tends to impart a bit more pigment than wax paste IMO.
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So Alden wax for calf and Alden boot cream for CXL. What color boot cream for the brown CXL? Neutral of brown?

 

I'd use the neutral most of the time, but that is me. My brushing vs. product session are something like 10 to 1...

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PSA: Snuff Suede WT Boots are shipping to B+M this coming week. If you fit a 9D Barrie and want to assume my pre-order send me a PM.

 

I'm on that order, and I'm really excited!  My first suede!  I got a little carried away and bought a snuff belt from Epaulet when I ordered these in Octobern and I wonder what tone this batch of boots will have.  The belt leans a little more brown than some of the olive tones I see around - I'm not worried about a perfect match though.  Can't wait to see them!

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Do you guys use diff horse hair brushes based on the color of the shoe? Separate brushes for diff color shoes?
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Do you guys use diff horse hair brushes based on the color of the shoe? Separate brushes for diff color shoes?

 

 

Here's a cut/paste of the short version of my take on shoe care (heavily based on things learned on this forum) - the next-to-last addresses the brush question:

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  • Use a shoe horn every time you put the shoes on if at all possible.  I carry a small plastic horn in my laptop bag, travel with a bigger one and have a nice natural horn one at home.  
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  • Use trees with shoes when they're not being worn.  Let them breathe for a few minutes before putting in the trees
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  • Brush shoes for 30 seconds or so before and after each wear.  Brushing before shines them up a bit and brings up the leather, brushing after helps keep them clean after a day's use.  I'm a fan of bags, too.
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  • Allow any pair of leather shoes rest for at least 24 hours between wears if possible.  It won't kill them if you occasionally have to go back to back (e.g. when traveling), but always better to rotate. 
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  • Develop a shoe rotation.  Having 3-4 pairs of shoes you rotate through helps keep your shoes happy, but even two pairs should more than double the lifespan of the shoes.
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  • There are no hard rules on care routine.  Most people probably overdo it.  If your days tend to be long and hard - exposure to outdoors, lots of steps, etcs. - condition more frequently - I'd say minimum every 3-5 wears depending on how the shoe looks/feels.  If you drive to an work, walk into a carpeted office and walk minimally around and then go back home, I'd say every 5-8 wears.  I wind up picking 1 Sunday a month and doing several pairs I wear the most.  If the shoe doesn't look or feel like it needs some love, I'll wipe/brush and leave it alone.
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  • For care products.  I have one brush for each color of polish (marked with a sharpie for what color I use it for) I use and one for daily brushing (which I also use for uncolored conditioner, in my case Saphir Renovateur or Bick 4).  I've got a couple welt brushes that come in handy, but 90% of my routine is handled with the big brushes and cloths.  I use 8" brushes because I tend to whack the shoes with smaller 6" brushes, though I do have one 6" I use when I travel.  I use creme wax infrequently and paste wax about half as much as creme, but I'm not a shiny-shoe guy.  
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  • Use cut-up old t-shirts for cloths as long as they are 100% cotton.  Cut away any seams and edges (the thread might scratch).  I put patches as well as long strips for buffing.  Allen Edmonds sells flannel polishing cloths for $2 that a very nice also (http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/shoe-care/cloths-bags/cotton-flannel-polishing-cloth/SF591.html?dwvar_SF591_color=545#start=1).
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I'm probably forgetting something (and it really isn't very short wink.gif), and I'm certainly not an expert, so some may take issue with something above, but all of that works well for me.


Edited by M635Guy - 3/19/16 at 3:16pm
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Do you guys use diff horse hair brushes based on the color of the shoe? Separate brushes for diff color shoes?

Yes. I have 5 brushes.

Black and Navy (I use a different cotton cloth for Navy)
Color 8
Cigar and Cognac
Ravello and Color 4
Whiskey and Color 2 (I use a different cotton cloth for Color 2)

It's worth the few bucks to prevent dye hoping.

-Mike
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Doing a shoe box originals week on my IG page @sartorialsketches (in case you want to follow, thanks if you already do)

Come check it out and let me know if any of your other fav shoe boxes need the sketch treatment!

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Created with GIMP

 

 

Wearing snuff chukkas today, slippers at the office basically.

 

 

 

i love the alden box cartoon. if hank hill ever bought 975s..

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Love the cigar!

thank you sir.

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Thank you Sir. And your awesomely patinaed (word???) cigar indys are superb!

thank you sir. yes, patinaed is a word.

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hey everyone, been lurking in the thread for a while, but this is my first post here. i became interested in aldens about one year ago after reading a lot of posts on the "goodyearwelt" subreddit of reddit.com (i'm guessing some of you have stumbled across it) and learning more about shoes/boots. my first purchase was the venerable indy 403. i owned other reasonably nice shoes/boots at the time (e.g., allen edmonds and wolverine 1000K), but i was blown away by the indys.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

i've been trying to expand my collection since i picked up the indys, and i have some aldens in CXL, suede, and reverse chamois, but i've never had anything in shell. i recently decided to take a chance on a pair of seconds from the shoe mart and ordered a cap toe boot on the modified last in color 8. the boot seems to fit me well, and i personally like the look of the modified last (i gather some people find the shape a bit odd).

 

anyway, the only flaw i can find is a scratch or abrasion on the right toe (see attached photos), and i'm trying to determine if it's a deal breaker/reason to return. i've read a bit about cordovan care, and it seems like scratches, etc., can be buffed or polished away with a deer bone. would that be an option here? would a paste wax polish work? any thoughts/advice would be much appreciated.

 

 

 

welcome to the thread. glad to hear you're keeping the shoes. that flaw is not a deal breaker.

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Looking great DV! Love them Cigars!
-Mike

thanks mayor.

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My four most recent buys - all captoes, three different leathers Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Leather Soul Color 8 Jumper Boot (Trubalance)
Leather Soul Brown CXL Conservation Boot (Trubalance)
Moulded Shoe Medallion Captoe Blucher (Modified)
9070 - Straight Tip Captoe Balmoral (Hampton)

great pick ups and photo. enjoy your new horses.

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Do you guys use diff horse hair brushes based on the color of the shoe? Separate brushes for diff color shoes?

yes. i use 4, i'm sure one could argue only 2 are needed... i like 4.

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Gentlemen,

 

Hope you don't mind a shot of these:

 

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Alden Ravello Day-Trippers.

 

Happy Saturday!

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They're awaiting another batch now, on the list.  

 

They're in and on the way to me now!

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^^ Damn. Those gave me this instant urge to go swimming... Thats a hell of a shine of those daytrippers @watchman 

btw, thanks to the kind stranger who passed on their 11.5D BM snuff suede boots. It made my day after telling Yenni I cant do 11D. Cheers

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Conservation boots. Super Comfy out of the box

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I know a lot of regular posters on this thread aren't a fan of the wedge sole, but honestly this is one of the best uses of the wedge sole I have seen on an Alden boot. This is really an excellent casual/weekend boot. I also like the Leffot natural CXL chukka on the wedge sole...
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Great boots gentleman!
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