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A little relaxation time.

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looking very good!
Where the heck is it 80 degrees today??
post #104537 of 122416
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Am no expert, but I use a spoon (and I think others have described that as well).

Correct, you don't need a deer bone - I have one, but use a teaspoon with some VSC just as much
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Got a question for you guys: is it possible to have a pair of boots 're-lasted' to a slightly larger width or length? I have a pair of whiskey shell indy's that I love, but as my feet have evolved they are a bit snug these days. Is something like that possible? Maybe something that B Nelson could do?

 

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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Originally Posted by gr789 View Post

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

thank you. the old laces just looked tired, i prefer a crispier look. 

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Originally Posted by Buckeye Nation View Post

Guys, here's another installment of caring for your Cordovan...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

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

 

thanks for sharing your findings bm. i would try more saphir products if i could find them locally. 

your boots look great btw.

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Thanks Buckeye. Keep the wisdom coming. Appreciate your input. I use the cigar captoe's for the same purpose, and couple other shell. They've got some solid winter scuffs now. What's your take on using Venetian? That's what I have but I have dared not use it on shell yet. I also have Red Wing Shoe cream and leather conditioner but I use that on Chromexcel Indy and Wolverine 1K and it works great on them. 


Edited by circleslife - 3/1/15 at 2:15pm
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Thanks Buckeye. Keep the wisdom coming. Appreciate your input. I use the the cigar captoe's for the same purpose, and couple other shell. They've got some solid winter scuffs now. What's your take on using Venetian? That's what I have but I have dared not use it on shell yet. I also have Red Wing Shoe cream and leather conditioned but I use that on Chromexcel Indy and Wolverine 1K and it works great on them. 

Here is a post I did last week that gets into VSC in more detail:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/103710#post_7707299

In short: VSC worked better than I thought it would, but I just don't like the smell or getting it on my skin. But the test results are the test results - my preference would be Saphir Neutral Cordovan creme, then VSC.
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Just looked at the J Crew website for the first time in a while.  The PCT boot is fairly well stocked, and for $691, it's a bargain relatively speaking.  Not sure you can find another Alden shell cordovan boot for under $750.

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Just looked at the J Crew website for the first time in a while.  The PCT boot is fairly well stocked, and for $691, it's a bargain relatively speaking.  Not sure you can find another Alden shell cordovan boot for under $750.

They just re-stocked it a few hours ago. Good thing too, I was looking for a pair :)


Edited by wildstar - 3/1/15 at 4:15pm
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Laced up and taking out my new Indy boots for the first time. So excited!
post #104545 of 122416
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Originally Posted by szerwo View Post

Got a question for you guys: is it possible to have a pair of boots 're-lasted' to a slightly larger width or length? I have a pair of whiskey shell indy's that I love, but as my feet have evolved they are a bit snug these days. Is something like that possible? Maybe something that B Nelson could do?

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

Not reasonably possible. I asked Nick at B Nelson about slightly reducing a pair and he gave me a lesson on shoe construction which equated to a "no".
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Originally Posted by Transcendental View Post

The new WhatCrepe? I haven't been. Looks like I'll have to stick my head near that side of town more often when I'm back home.

That's the one. Didn't eat there, only getting coffee, but I've heard good things.
post #104547 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Just looked at the J Crew website for the first time in a while.  The PCT boot is fairly well stocked, and for $691, it's a bargain relatively speaking.  Not sure you can find another Alden shell cordovan boot for under $750.

This is good news. I certainly did not want to see this classic Alden go extinct.
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Follow up on Ravello Shell and Saphir Dubnin for working the vamp and creases...

It was only applied to the right shoe, no darkening, and buffs easily to a high shine with only a a little brushing.

Cheers,
BN

post #104549 of 122416
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Originally Posted by chantheman View Post

i have a pair of alden captoe boots that need new laces. anyone know where i can get some new flat laces long enough for this boot?

I really like Benjos laces!
post #104550 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Buckeye Nation View Post

Follow up on Ravello Shell and Saphir Dubnin for working the vamp and creases...

It was only applied to the right shoe, no darkening, and buffs easily to a high shine with only a a little brushing.

Cheers,
BN
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

This Saphir Dubbin is interesting.  I started off treating my shell with Reno and then switched to VSC.  But I've been frustrated by how the creases "bloom" with the first step.  I've heard much discussed about shell blooming but it seems that the amount of bloom can be controlled with what the boots are treated with.  So do you find that Saphir Dubbin lessens or eliminates this bloom?

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