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Looks like normal Bloom to me....

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I don't think that is bloom. I think that is the typical roughness that occurs in shell creases. Bloom is bright white and you can wipe it clean off with a cloth.
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Looking for some opinions, guys. Does this look like regular 'ole, run of the mill cordovan "bloom"? It is a bit rough to the touch. It gets diminished after I 'Mac' them, but comes back as soon as I wear them. I guess the roughness is more or less the concerning part.
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Looking for some opinions, guys. Does this look like regular 'ole, run of the mill cordovan "bloom"? It is a bit rough to the touch. It gets diminished after I 'Mac' them, but comes back as soon as I wear them. I guess the roughness is more or less the concerning part.
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Look great to me.

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Looks like normal Bloom to me....

Thanks, Don.
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Originally Posted by AAF-8AF View Post

I don't think that is bloom. I think that is the typical roughness that occurs in shell creases. Bloom is bright white and you can wipe it clean off with a cloth.

I guess typical is the operative word here. it seems like these are a bit more noticeable compared to my other shells. I guess it could just be the color. These are my lightest pair.
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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post

Look great to me.

Thanks, aldenwear.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Looking for some opinions, guys. Does this look like regular 'ole, run of the mill cordovan "bloom"? It is a bit rough to the touch. It gets diminished after I 'Mac' them, but comes back as soon as I wear them. I guess the roughness is more or less the concerning part.



 

I had similar issue on a non Alden pair of shells I have (Rider Boot navy shell). I think it was because they were a bit dry, almost rough feeling at the creasing. I used Reno, to moisturize along with brushing and it is a lot less prevalent when I wear them. It does go away with brushing alone, but the Reno helped it not happen as much. I would suggest moisturizing occasionally along with your normal brushing.

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Thanks, Don.
I guess typical is the operative word here. it seems like these are a bit more noticeable compared to my other shells. I guess it could just be the color. These are my lightest pair.
Thanks, aldenwear.

I have the same on my Whiskey LWB's in the crease areas.  Drives me nuts but brushing and shining with clean cloth makes it a bit better

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My ravello daytrippers have this. No matter what I do (Reno, endless brushing, buffing, rubbing w/ cloth, etc.) the roughness/dryness still remains. My other cordovan shoes, however, do not have this issue. I've chalked it up to the nature of the cordovan.

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Subutai - keep them LWBs. They look great. Makes me want to get a pair next time a coupon floats around.
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

I had similar issue on a non Alden pair of shells I have (Rider Boot navy shell). I think it was because they were a bit dry, almost rough feeling at the creasing. I used Reno, to moisturize along with brushing and it is a lot less prevalent when I wear them. It does go away with brushing alone, but the Reno helped it not happen as much. I would suggest moisturizing occasionally along with your normal brushing.
bkotsko, thanks for the input. I am so hesitant to put anything on these. I guess I'll have to get over that fear eventually.
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I have the same on my Whiskey LWB's in the crease areas.  Drives me nuts but brushing and shining with clean cloth makes it a bit better

Thanks, Don. Brushing and shining does make it better between wearings.
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Originally Posted by n-domino View Post

My ravello daytrippers have this. No matter what I do (Reno, endless brushing, buffing, rubbing w/ cloth, etc.) the roughness/dryness still remains. My other cordovan shoes, however, do not have this issue. I've chalked it up to the nature of the cordovan.

Thanks, ndomino.
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Shoe brush recommendations ? Obviously not all shoe brushes are created equal, what brands (if any) are among the favorites ? Thanks in advance ! 

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Shoe brush recommendations ? Obviously not all shoe brushes are created equal, what brands (if any) are among the favorites ? Thanks in advance ! 
I have never had any issues with my Allen Edmonds branded brushes. I buy them when they go on sale.
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^^ I use the AE Horsehair brushes

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Numbah Fowah, in natural light and artificial


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Numbah Fowah, in natural light and artificial
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BOOM!

looks great

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Numbah Fowah, in natural light and artificial
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Killing it sazon. Just awesome
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