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If you like black saddles, Need Supply has their "Freeman" calfskin version that are a great value right now.

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Interesting shoes from Unionmade.  Good price, too.

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Interesting shoes from Unionmade.  Good price, too.


I have been mulling these over forever ....and the cap toe version.
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I have been mulling these over forever ....and the cap toe version.

I have the captoe version and love them for a casual shoe....

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looking damn good.
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started watching house of cards season 3 last night, allowed for some brushing.
gave my cigars a bit of tlc + new laces. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Exc DV


@inn8chiro

If you sell those #8PCT and you regret it, you can replace them relatively easily with something very similar.
On the other hand, how often do cigar Indys come around???
 

thank you sir.

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I have the captoe version and love them for a casual shoe....



 

Very nice.  I like the contrasting leathers.

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Great pics over the past few days, the ravello shoes look great and that shined up cigar indy is awesome.

 

A few weeks ago I picked up a pair of cigar captoes on grant, on commando.

 

a first for grant and commando for me.

 

Here's a couple of pictures when I got them today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wiped them down with a wet rag, then applied lexol, wiped and brushed for about 10-15 minutes each and then wiped down again

 

looking better now

 

 

 

 

 

last, was to apply some saphir dark brown for cordovan ( Neats foot oil based), wiped off, brushed and buffed again.....more to go but pretty happy with the results

 

 

 

 

 

 

  hopefully you all don't mind all the pics

 

have a good weekend guys,

 

DuckOB

Looks like some great results.  I really like all the pictures and hope you keep that up!

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started watching house of cards season 3 last night, allowed for some brushing.

gave my cigars a bit of tlc + new laces.

 

 

 

@DiscoVolante

outstanding collection sir. 


Excellent, sir!  Any particular reason that you needed new laces?

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okay.. so i just ordered a pair of jcrew alden PCTs and i have a question as these are my first pair of shells.. yay!!! 

 

i know about the mac method of breaking them in, but do i need to get a deer bone to smooth out rolls?

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okay.. so i just ordered a pair of jcrew alden PCTs and i have a question as these are my first pair of shells.. yay!!! 

 

i know about the mac method of breaking them in, but do i need to get a deer bone to smooth out rolls?

Am no expert, but I use a spoon (and I think others have described that as well).

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Am no expert, but I use a spoon (and I think others have described that as well).

o yeah!!! i remember reading about that before.  i guess ill just do that! 

good look bro!

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okay.. so i just ordered a pair of jcrew alden PCTs and i have a question as these are my first pair of shells.. yay!!! 

i know about the mac method of breaking them in, but do i need to get a deer bone to smooth out rolls?
Personally I've never felt any need to even try smoothing out rolls in any of my shell shoes or boots.
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Personally I've never felt any need to even try smoothing out rolls in any of my shell shoes or boots.
+1. I take great care of my shoes, but I don't understand this at all.
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Guys, here's another installment of caring for your Cordovan...

 

Since my last post on this topic, I've had a few members PM me asking about how I use Dubbin, and why.

 

I started using Spahir Dubbing as a conditioner for my CXL boots that I use as my winter pair (Perf Cap Toes, Brown).  Winter in New England is snow, muck and salt - and at the end of each week, I'd give my boots some love - I tried and used both Greasy Leather cream and Dubbin, and just liked the way Dubbin went on, and that is could be buffed  to a nice luster on CXL.

 

Like many of you, I'm a leather fan in general - wallet, belt, jacket, baseball glove....

 

I bought two Natural Shell  Fat Herbies last winter and started using one them with a pair of Raw Samuari jeans - this lead to transfer of indigo to wallet, which led to a lot of experimentation on cleaning and nourishing shell.

 

In any case, this is how I learned that you can do a lot, and that Saphir dubbin does a great job (imo) in nourishing shell.  I have even rubbed down my entire Context x Schott Horween Natural FQHH jacket with this stuff.

 

So to the point....

 

So here are my Cigar Cap toes without anything applied to the crease points on the vamp - I just pulled them out.  These are regulars in my rotation and one of my more heavily worn shell boots.

 

 

 

In this photo, I have had applied a thin layer to the crease points on both shoes - and to the entire toe

 

 

Because Cigar doesn't show absorption like the lighter colors of shell, I pulled out my Ravello SW boots and did the same.  This first pic is intentionally half done to shoe how the shell darkens when Dubbin is applied.

 

 

Flex point fully covered with a thin coat

 

 

 

On the lighter colored shell, the darkening is visible upon application (this is good) and then goes back to normal after a number of hours.

 

I let this sit on the shoes for a 2-3 hours, and then simply buff.  There is a light film left behind by Dubbin that comes off with buffing - on both shell and CXL.  I really like this stuff and if a regular part of the care of the flex points of all my shell cordovan footwear.

 

Anyway, this is my routine - ymmv, and as always, use at your own risk...

 

Cheers,

BN

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A little relaxation time.

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