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post #23476 of 122416
brown CXL is a great, great leather for boot I agree - but I think that is really a different story than standard calfskin.
post #23477 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Can't do scotch grain because you don't like how it looks or some functional reason?

A bit of the look (reminds me of my grandpa - which I still consider stodgy as opposed to vintagely fashionable) smile.gif, but also the texture. I'm just weird like that. Often can't do suede for the same reasons.
post #23478 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post


Calfskin also takes a lot more work to shine and keep shined/maintained.


This it true, but I only use leather protector on my shoes, and with a good hard buffing with a horsehair brush I get a real nice satin shine...

post #23479 of 122416
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

brown CXL is a great, great leather for boot I agree - but I think that is really a different story than standard calfskin.


Well no, I get this with all my calfskins, but CXL is certainly special... I have a pair of Alden burgundy calfskin blucher shoes - special made for Shot Mart. They are beautiful. I'm also getting a calfskin pair of Alden Chukkas from Shoe Mart tomorrow. 

post #23480 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post


this is freaking hilarious


LOL - it was! Calfskin for life!

post #23481 of 122416
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

Guys,

 

Alden Cigar Cap Toe Boots!!!!!!!!.

 

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/13040904/alden-3

 

 



This made my stomach hurt from laughter!

post #23482 of 122416
It made me LOL as well as I've had the same exact conversation with my gf.
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This made my stomach hurt from laughter!

+1
post #23484 of 122416

Sending this video to my gf!

 

And Seer, lets see some pics of the calfskin. I'm a cordovan addict, but I do love how soft calf is.

post #23485 of 122416
Is it easy to take footbed out of a pair of 404s? I wanted to put a pair of spenco's in there to see if they'll take up space (1/2 size too big). Tried the spenco's footbed on top of the existing foodbed and was not comfortable. Don't want to accidentally damage them. Thanks!
post #23486 of 122416

I'm digging the grey chino with cigar boot combo......

 

boot1.JPG

 

 

post #23487 of 122416
^ You must mean the leather heel pad? The actual footbed is the leather piece that runs the entire length of the shoe ... removing that would probably expose the midsole cork bed.
I removed the leather heel pad on my 403s and replaced it with a full length insole to fine-tune the fit and comfort. Removing the heel pad was easy as it was only glued on rather haphazardly.
post #23488 of 122416
Thanks
(my 100th post - yahoo cheers.gif )
Wow, now I'm a senior member - pretty scary...
post #23489 of 122416
Today, meeting with my tax CPA & decided to wear my new Ravello longwings from Leffot:

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post #23490 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Calfskin also takes a lot more work to shine and keep shined/maintained.

I like shell just as much as anyone, but let the guy have his own opinion.

Also, I'm really not sure that shell is easier to care for. I've never needed to brush my calf shoes for 20 minutes at a time. Never have I heard anyone needing to buy a special bone for calf either.

Here's my calf shoe clean up method
  1. Rub with damp cloth.
  2. Dry
  3. Put on colored cream
  4. Brush for 30 seconds
  5. Polishing cloth for 30 seconds

Here's my shell shoe clean up method
  1. Rub with damp cloth.
  2. Dry
  3. Brush left shoe for 10 minutes
  4. Brush right shoe for 10 minutes
  5. Hit creases with the back of a spoon if they don't lose their wax
  6. Polishing cloth

I've also never had to deal with water spots on Calf shoes.
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