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Long-time lurker, first time posting.

 

The vast amount of information in this thread is fantastic, well received, and I appreciate all that take time to post their photos and share their insights and knowledge.

 

With that being said, I picked up my 5th pair from Yenni this week a Tan Country Calf LWB.  This is my first "textured/pebbled" leather purchase.  I'm a strong believer in Saphir products but unsure on the regiment I should take on these out of box to maintain/protect them.  What is the group's consensus with Tan Country Calf or any textured/pebbled leather for that matter?

 

-Do nothing and just rock them hard

-Saphir Renovateur and wear

-Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream in Neutral and wear

-Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream in a Specific color (Open to suggestions as I could not seem to match Tan CC to a specific color on the Nuancier Chart) and wear

 

Open to thoughts and suggestions outside of those listed above.  Thanks in advance.

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Long-time lurker, first time posting.

 

The vast amount of information in this thread is fantastic, well received, and I appreciate all that take time to post their photos and share their insights and knowledge.

 

With that being said, I picked up my 5th pair from Yenni this week a Tan Country Calf LWB.  This is my first "textured/pebbled" leather purchase.  I'm a strong believer in Saphir products but unsure on the regiment I should take on these out of box to maintain/protect them.  What is the group's consensus with Tan Country Calf or any textured/pebbled leather for that matter?

 

-Do nothing and just rock them hard

-Saphir Renovateur and wear

-Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream in Neutral and wear

-Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream in a Specific color (Open to suggestions as I could not seem to match Tan CC to a specific color on the Nuancier Chart) and wear

 

Open to thoughts and suggestions outside of those listed above.  Thanks in advance.

 

Generally my routine is wipe, brush, Reno, brush and wear, but I'll be interested in seeing more experienced responses.  I wouldn't use a colored cream at this point.  

 

That is a nice leather - I'd be really tempted to just wear 'em.

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My first, and only pair so far, are the J Crew Indys. If eBay didn't exist, I'd still have zero. I see why people wouldn't want it as their first, it's bulky, is it casual or work or what? But having a few AE dress shoes, I'm so glad this was my first. Actually, no I'm not. Now I'm on the prowl for moor...
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I'm coming out of hibernation for this one...

That is crazy!  For me at least, I have not been able to find a size in that last that feels remotely comfortable.  :brick::censored:

 

I will give AE credit though, they have tried several different lasts and versions of the LWB, and still haven't produced a viable option (for me at least).

 

ReppTie, I'm just personally not a huge fan of the Barrie last in shoes (I have recently discovered that barrie boots are fine). 

 

Now a Grant last LWB, that would be a different story, and I would consider resending my earlier MacNeil superiority comment. :fence: 

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King wtb.
Have a great week gents.


These look awesome!  Makes me wonder if I've put away my boots prematurely.  Do you wear them all summer?  I'm tempted to get mine back out.  

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@jjgnyc

Thank you !
No I don't wear them all year. I'm planning to put them away from August 19-22.


Just kidding - boots all year round.
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@ironclad

Thank you sir.
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My first, and only pair so far, are the J Crew Indys. If eBay didn't exist, I'd still have zero. I see why people wouldn't want it as their first, it's bulky, is it casual or work or what? But having a few AE dress shoes, I'm so glad this was my first. Actually, no I'm not. Now I'm on the prowl for moor...

 

jcrew indy was my gateway pair also, back in 2010..

 

28 pairs later, I think im finally getting to the end of want list :slayer: 

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Looking great, Don.

 

I have a pair of suede unlined loafers that have an issue. They are nice and floppy, which I like. However, the toe cap has a structured area. It's like a slightly thick piece of paper/cloth? on the inside toe. Anyway, it has started peeling.  Sometimes, when I insert my foot it gets caught and, maybe, peels it off more (?). Any solutions? I bought them used so I can't take them back to the retalier. Thanks.

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Which would be great if more retailers carried Alden.  My nearest dealer (nearest to Salt Lake City) is ~600 miles away, in Denver.

 



It's funny - I've found a couple small men's shops that have some selection of Alden in Raleigh, which is a relatively small city. I travel enough that I've been able to visit Alden of SF and DC, as well as Yenni's shop in Seattle.

Hey, are you referring to Raleigh, NC?

This is where I live and, unfortunately I purchase all my Alden's online. Luckily the fitment has been spot on first try.

What stores carry Alden's?

I would love to buy my 2ND pair of Alden boots in person.
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Hey, are you referring to Raleigh, NC?

This is where I live and, unfortunately I purchase all my Alden's online. Luckily the fitment has been spot on first try.

What stores carry Alden's?

There is a place in Cameron Village that has several styles, mainly loafers, but seems likea couple other styles. I'll have to look up the others. Been a while, but ask were old-school men's shops.

It really surprises me that we don't have at least an AE store in this area.
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These look awesome!  Makes me wonder if I've put away my boots prematurely.  Do you wear them all summer?  I'm tempted to get mine back out.  

I wear my Alden boots this summer as we speak for work. Of course I rotate with another pair. But my Alden boots are nice and cool, and stay very dry 100% of the time. My pair of Wolverine 1000 miles will get a little hot with a little humidity inside them. I think it has alot to do with there tounge being webbed and attached to seal water out. But it is amazing how cool and dry my Alden Michigan Epaulet Innsbruck's stay . Even after 10 hours outside
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ReppTie, I'm just personally not a huge fan of the Barrie last in shoes (I have recently discovered that barrie boots are fine). 

 

Now a Grant last LWB, that would be a different story, and I would consider resending my earlier MacNeil superiority comment. :fence: 

I was mainly just giving you a hard time.  The McNeil is a good looking LWB.  I was serious about not finding a size that feels comfortable.  I have never had the chance to try on the grant lasted LWB.  BBBF had a run of black shell LWBs on grant about 4-5 years ago (or longer).  Many here spoke highly of them.

 

You certainly have the right to prefer the McNeil.  Who am I to chastise you for it.  I can understand not being crazy about the barrie last.  I like the barrie last mainly for its comfort.  To each his own....

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King wtb.
Have a great week gents. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Saz, your Color 8 WT Boots are looking superb bud! I hope that they took good care of you today!

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One of my favorite models Don! I love my pair and actually wore out the heal on them.

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I'm coming out of hibernation for this one...
That is crazy!  For me at least, I have not been able to find a size in that last that feels remotely comfortable.  baldy%5B1%5D.gifcensored.gif

I will give AE credit though, they have tried several different lasts and versions of the LWB, and still haven't produced a viable option (for me at least).

Hah. Fun to see this debate here. We all have our preferences, I personally prefer the Alden treatment of the Shell and the added substantial feeling they have, but again preferences are in the eye of the beholder.

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Mahogany shell AF2 today. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Those AF2's are looking absolutely stunning on you today.

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Originally Posted by chris4prez View Post

Long-time lurker, first time posting.

The vast amount of information in this thread is fantastic, well received, and I appreciate all that take time to post their photos and share their insights and knowledge.

With that being said, I picked up my 5th pair from Yenni this week a Tan Country Calf LWB.  This is my first "textured/pebbled" leather purchase.  I'm a strong believer in Saphir products but unsure on the regiment I should take on these out of box to maintain/protect them.  What is the group's consensus with Tan Country Calf or any textured/pebbled leather for that matter?

-Do nothing and just rock them hard
-Saphir Renovateur and wear
-Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream in Neutral and wear
-Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream in a Specific color (Open to suggestions as I could not seem to match Tan CC to a specific color on the Nuancier Chart) and wear

Open to thoughts and suggestions outside of those listed above.  Thanks in advance.

Welcome aboard here bud! That's a great question and frankly I am not 100% sure either. I have only worn mine 2-3 times since I got them and just buffed them between wearings.

-Mike
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Leffot Bristols today.

 

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