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i just did the mac method on my shell aldens last night, one wingtip boot and one longwing. everything went great, but it seems like the mid-foot area (the part of the shoe shown below) just wouldn't get shiny, and looked kind of weird. anyone else have problems with this?
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for both pairs i used this stuff (in the appropriate color):
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If you used wax, you did not "do the Mac method".

Mac method = wipe down with a damp cloth, then brush until your arms fall off.

If you want to "shine" shell, you could use Saphir Renovateur.

I do not recommend using renovateur on shell. It contains turpentine which opens the shell's pores. If one religiously follows the Mac method then the shoes shouldn't need any additional help shining.
post #30677 of 122416
I don't think you need to be puritanical when it comes to paste wax. Alden itself markets paste wax for cordovan shoes - you just have to use it correctly. You can use wax on your cordovan, but they key is to use it lightly and sparingly... Also, don't apply too much to the creases. Between using wax, maintenance with the Mac method is key.


Edit - Also, a lot of people like to use Reno on your shell (including myself)

With shoe care, there seems to be a lot of disagreement - I think the key is that cordovan looks best when wiped down, brushed and buffed regularly. Some people will use product, some won't, but whatever product you use, don't use too much
post #30678 of 122416
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I do not recommend using renovateur on shell. It contains turpentine which opens the shell's pores. If one religiously follows the Mac method then the shoes shouldn't need any additional help shining.
 

This is the first I've ever heard anything negative about using renovateur on shell. I use it on mine once a year and then do nothing else save the mac method minus the wax polish step. I get great results.

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I do not recommend using renovateur on shell. It contains turpentine which opens the shell's pores. If one religiously follows the Mac method then the shoes shouldn't need any additional help shining.

 

 

I just use a wax about once a year on my shells and Venetian Shoe Cream in between 'mac methods'. The Venetian has a bit of wax in it and I find it does an excellent job of adding some shine. I like it better than Saphir, plus it's made in the USA and cheaper to buy too. It's also what Horween themselves use. 

post #30680 of 122416

Brushing never seems to do anything for me - what am I doing wrong?

post #30681 of 122416

Brush harder and longer? After they have been wiped down with a damp cloth I brush pretty vigorously for about 4-5 minutes per shoe, (mac method, basically) and they look great afterwards.

post #30682 of 122416
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Brush harder and longer? After they have been wiped down with a damp cloth I brush pretty vigorously for about 4-5 minutes per shoe, (mac method, basically) and they look great afterwards.

 

Also do a final brush with a dry soft cloth as the final step. 

post #30683 of 122416
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I do not recommend using renovateur on shell. It contains turpentine which opens the shell's pores. If one religiously follows the Mac method then the shoes shouldn't need any additional help shining.

I have tried Renovateur on my shells and find that it leaves a very undesirable plasticky feel. I recommend Saphir's cordovan cream. It is top notch for shells IMHO.
post #30684 of 122416
the whiskey ptbs I picked up :

last week upon arrival:
300

-> this week after some tlc:
300
300

the difference seems to show more indoors.
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the whiskey ptbs I picked up :
last week upon arrival:
300
the difference seems to show more indoors.

Nice! Curious - what care method did you use? I am still formulating my whiskey shoe care strategy
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The J Crew website has the Alden for J Crew PCT boot in #8 shell in stock (presumably) in many sizes.  I had thought that #8 shell boots were quite difficult to find.  So I'm curious as to why these haven't been snapped up?  Is there some catch or something about the J Crew version that is not as desirable?

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they don't have the more common sizes in stock: 8.5, 9, 9.5, or 10
post #30688 of 122416
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

The J Crew website has the Alden for J Crew PCT boot in #8 shell in stock (presumably) in many sizes.  I had thought that #8 shell boots were quite difficult to find.  So I'm curious as to why these haven't been snapped up?  Is there some catch or something about the J Crew version that is not as desirable?

#8 shell boots are likely the easiest Alden cordovan boots to find (probably more common than black). In general, color 8 and black are the two most readily available cordovan colors from Alden. J Crew will stock out of the boot occasionally but will always restock. Cordovan high boots generally sell out more/faster than chukka boots, longwings, etc, but within shell high boots, you can typically find color 8 somewhere.
post #30689 of 122416
J Gilbert has a #8 cap toe boot on plaza last available now.
post #30690 of 122416
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I have tried Renovateur on my shells and find that it leaves a very undesirable plasticky feel. I recommend Saphir's cordovan cream. It is top notch for shells IMHO.

The cream? not the wax?

 

Anyone use the dark brown "saphir pate de luxe wax shoe polish" on their cigar?  Is the color an exact match?

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