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post #48421 of 122416
Last attempt at Patina Sundays then I'll take the hint. This was my first pair of Aldens that I bought at the Tom Austin sale almost a year ago. The right shoe was a floor model that had been out since 2002 and was restored in an attempt to match the left. It was a fairly unsuccessful effort but I've grown to enjoy the variation.
post #48422 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post


One thing that concerns me with both Saphir Reno and Venetian, is that some dye seems to come off on your cloth each time you use it. Use a white cloth and you can really notice it.  


What you see on the cloth isn't dye from the leather, it's the finish & polish applied at the factory (Alden factory, not the leather tannery/Horween). Alden seems to have less polish than other shell makers like AE in my experience. On my shell AE's for instance, the shell appears rather dry and a bit dull, until you remove that layer of factory finish/polish. Once removed, they develop the depth and color that is so coveted.

Conditioners like Renovateur and Venetian really don't have the ability or strength to remove dye from leather.
post #48423 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

This looks identical in color to my Ravellos. Crazy how much variation there can be
While I agree there is variation in shell there are also many variables that can affect colors in photos and the color display on the monitors as well.

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Does anyone have any experience with Alden's Fine Boot Cream (neutral) to take the place of either Saphir Renovateur or Venetian Shoe Cream on shell cordovan?






I saw an Alden employee at the Alden SF shop using this on shell cordovan in the store so I imagine it's okay.

One thing that concerns me with both Saphir Reno and Venetian, is that some dye seems to come off on your cloth each time you use it. Use a white cloth and you can really notice it.  

Maybe the Alden boot cream is better?
Some color would probably come off if you rub a shoe with a dry cloth or just a little water.

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But you've already highly recommended Venetian to over 1,900 people on youtube.  Now you have concerns?
LMFAO!
post #48424 of 122416
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whiskey + blue


post #48425 of 122416
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PSA...Context has a black shell tanker up for pre-order...November delivery...Barrie last & commando sole...$772...same as the color #8 version...

I know black shell does not get a lot of love around here but this is a style that I think looks fantastic in black shell...

I don't know why that is, I enjoy my black shells as much as any other color... Thanks for the tip stmaier, oddly enough I searched Context PreOrder, and found a page to their first pre order for this tanker in No.8, which still offered them in one size, in my case, my size, so I snatched them up at $717, instead of the end price point... http://contextclothing.com/item.php?id=2244 The order went through, card successfully charged, confirmation received...

Let's see if I really get them or receive a Dear John letter... LOL
post #48426 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

An oxymoron. Though, maybe not:

American "Scotch"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/dining/japanese-whiskeys-gain-ground-in-america.html

It was the Yamazaki
post #48427 of 122416
I've never seen fine boot cream recommended for cordovan. I have some and use it occasionally on CXL and the Indy boot cowhide
post #48428 of 122416
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Originally Posted by jkater1 View Post

These look great, does any retailer have these in stock now?

Sky Valet still has some available in a decent size offering.... http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden-9905_p_196.html
post #48429 of 122416
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I've worn these a ton...one treatment of Saphir Reno. How come you're selling them PhiPsi? I love these so much and am still a little bummed I didn't jump on the black ones (they're long sold out in my size...hands down the most comfortable footwear I own, and I don't dislike the wedge sole like a lot of guys do, I love it!

I have two pairs of these. They're so durable I don't actually need the second pair.

That reminds me of a night I went to the local comedy club for free amateur night. Steven Wright showed up unexpectedly and the one I remember was this:

"I got a new camera. It's so advanced I don't even need it."
post #48430 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post

Sky Valet still has some available in a decent size offering.... http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden-9905_p_196.html

Thanks, I knew of that one, unfortunately they only have a 10.5d and I need a 10d.
post #48431 of 122416
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Thanks, I knew of that one, unfortunately they only have a 10.5d and I need a 10d.
That's too bad... I missed my opportunity on those too... And have been searching without much luck either... Next time around I guess...
post #48432 of 122416

Patina Sunday -- after plenty of mac method last night and this morning:

 

Top: #8 LHS; Cigar Captoe Boots (Alden DC); Cigar Indy (Leffot)

Bottom: #8 LWB; Ravello LWB (Alden DC); Ravello SWB (Leathersoul); AF21 Whiskey LWB (AoC)

 

Of interest is the difference between the two pairs of Ravello shell. The LWB is newer and has a more ruby hue than the SWB.

post #48433 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I've never seen fine boot cream recommended for cordovan. I have some and use it occasionally on CXL and the Indy boot cowhide

I use the fine boot cream on my shell from time to time. The guys at Alden SF recommended it as an option to me. They also did an in shop demonstration with it to remove some scrapes/scuffs on a pair I wore into the shop and it worked very well.
post #48434 of 122416
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

I use the fine boot cream on my shell from time to time. The guys at Alden SF recommended it as an option to me. They also did an in shop demonstration with it to remove some scrapes/scuffs on a pair I wore into the shop and it worked very well.

I think I'll buy some and give it a try and compare it to Venetian.

What were the steps they did in their demonstration? Just curious.
post #48435 of 122416
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Some color would probably come off if you rub a shoe with a dry cloth or just a little water.
 

 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post


I think I'll buy some and give it a try and compare it to Venetian.

What were the steps they did in their demonstration? Just curious.

 

 

You will get color transfer from leather shoes (shell or calf for that matter) onto the polishing cloth on brand new shoes if you use any conditioning product that contains solvent. Note that VSC, Reno, etc. all use solvent and I suspect that Alden's shoe cream does as well. All/most shoe care products use solvent to some degree including pigmented shoe creams and paste wax, but especially products like VSC and Reno.

 

Check the shoe care thread, glenjay explains the ingredients found in shoe care products and their purpose very well.

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