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post #68476 of 122416
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post
 

Re. the Justuhgeek situation. I don't understand why folks take to applying products to brand new shell aldens.  I'v heard that reno smells like turpentine. (I don't own it). That's just begging for trouble.  So far, all I've used for my alden shell is wet cotton rags, a horsehair brush and a flannel cloth. 

I think some people dont like the incredible waxy like surface of a brand new pair............but that is open to interpretation.

 

As for the the smell of Saphir Renovateur, it is unusual but I would not liken it to turpentine.  It is hard to describe, and I dont particularly mind it but Im not looking to make an air freshener out of it.  It is a nice product and I like the results I get from it (I use it sparingly, dabbing just enough on my finger one dollop at a time to spread a very thin layer in one section before I move to the next)

 

Venetian has a much more pungent and chemical like odor but it works quite well too, and I find it brings out a more lustrous shine than Reno.

 

As so many others have said, less is definitely more.  And in general I just brush when needed

post #68477 of 122416
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Originally Posted by RecoveringChef View Post

Long time lurker, first time poster. My first pair of Aldens came today: color 8 LWB from a little shop in Seattle. I'm blown away by a few things: the size of the shoes, the color and craftsmanship, and the immediate comfort. I don't think I'll have to worry about breaking these in. They're already remarkably comfortable. I've never owned a pair of shoes so bulky; they're like boots. Any advice on trouser/shirt combos? The last pic is them next to my AE park avenues for scale...
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post #68478 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Very nice loafers mike. You gotta wear them before '14.
Great looking lhs uncle Mac.

nephew,
thank you
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nephew,
good looking boot
post #68480 of 122416

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post #68481 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

My 2 Cents:

Wet a paper towel with warm water.  Wring it out in your fist, wipe down the shoe, repeat daily with brushing.  It is my theory that the surface oil will be removed with the damp paper towel.  The brushing will help bring more oil the the surface.  It will be a slow and gradual process.  Not sure the two shoes will ever look identical.

Not that scolding you will help, but I don't know how you got so carried away.  Cardinal rule in shell cordovan care is Less is More.

Edit:  Renomat might be able to degrease it, as the leather seems pretty stripped after using it, but It would be a gamble, and again, the shoe would probably still not match the other one.

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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Re. the Justuhgeek situation. I don't understand why folks take to applying products to brand new shell aldens.  I'v heard that reno smells like turpentine. (I don't own it). That's just begging for trouble.  So far, all I've used for my alden shell is wet cotton rags, a horsehair brush and a flannel cloth. 

Thanks for the help. I will use this method from here on out. The whole reason why I got carried away was because I was foolishly trying to work out an unordinary crease that had occurred in the vamp. I have definitely learned my lesson and will be very conservative and light with the polish and conditioner(once every 2 months or so). I hope this serves as an example for any others that may or may not have experience caring for shell cordovan. With all that said, I will continue to brush and wipe like a mad man, and do intend to bring these shoes back to their former standing. I have already started a bit with your method and see a remarkable improvement(paper towel works a lot better than my cotton rag surprisingly). Will update in a week or two.
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post #68483 of 122416
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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Re. the Justuhgeek situation. I don't understand why folks take to applying products to brand new shell aldens.  I'v heard that reno smells like turpentine. (I don't own it). That's just begging for trouble.  So far, all I've used for my alden shell is wet cotton rags, a horsehair brush and a flannel cloth. 
I use Reno. I think it works best if I only use the smallest amount. Pretend it's $250 a bottle, only use a little every 3 months.
post #68484 of 122416
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post #68485 of 122416
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Originally Posted by shadykay sf View Post

For those of you with the Alden Tassel Loafer, what shoe trees do you use?

I've found that these shoe trees:




Don't fit perfectly with my loafers.

Thanks in advance!

I use AE/JAB full toe trees in my loafers.
post #68486 of 122416
Wow! Amazing Whiskey Shell there Don L . . . How?? Just Mac Method?
post #68487 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

FWIW, I have previously done just that. And here is what I was told:


1. JR soles used for restorations only; and

2. used for laced shoes/boots - shell and calf; and

3. not used for loafers (deemed too inflexible)

Thanks for checking with them!  So they are only used when they are sent in for restoration and not when they are initially made.  I wonder if they are only used if requested at restoration?  The lack of a JR logo still causes confusion here, since all of the restored Alden's I've seen have soles that are identical to their original manufacture (with the exception of the "Alden Restoration" branding at the waist of the shoe. 

Just passing along the information I was told ..... biggrin.gif

I was not told that they must be requested.
post #68488 of 122416

What do you guys think about the Alden Roy Boots? Not sure if I want to drop $585 and wait over 6 months on them.

post #68489 of 122416
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Originally Posted by soundersfc2 View Post

What do you guys think about the Alden Roy Boots? Not sure if I want to drop $585 and wait over 6 months on them.

Plain toe CXL boots look awesome broken in, and crepe sole is very comfortable. The Roy boot is a classic IMO. I am considering them to replace some older Indy boots I have in the wrong size. I agree that Context's preorder system is annoying. That said they are generally able to deliver their shoes at the promised time, which is becoming increasingly uncommon in the Alden world
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