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They've never been conditioned.. I wiped/cleaned them with a damp rag from time to time and then used a horse hair brush for a few minutes on each, that's about it.

Thanks for the shoe care thread tip, I'll check it out. 

All my other pair I take really good care of for what that's worth!

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Sometimes we take the "use as little product as possible" mantra too far with cordovan, IMO. Cordovan shoes can benefit from conditioning and waxing on a regular basis. If the cordovan looks dry, dull, could use a shine, etc, treat em.
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They've never been conditioned.. I wiped/cleaned them with a damp rag from time to time and then used a horse hair brush for a few minutes on each, that's about it.
Thanks for the shoe care thread tip, I'll check it out. 
All my other pair I take really good care of for what that's worth!
I believe they are too far gone. Even if they are treated as beaters, they should still be conditioned as part of routine maintenance.
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OK got it, thanks.. 

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yes, that (basically do nothing) has been my approach but I'll keep an eye on them now and will have a couple pair polished/treated more often

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Thanks guys, I actually have an AE walnut Manistee belt but didn't even think to check the color because I wasn't sure I liked the idea of the broguing detail with the LHS.

Will look into a basic dress belt from AE along with the other suggestions.

I wear that exact same belt (AE Walnut Manistee) with my Whiskey LHS - I think it looks great with the LHS!
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Might anyone be able to comment on whether this is normal or excessive toe wear (~20 wears 974)? And if so what are recommended, inexpensive and un-obtrusive options to prolong their life? I've seen/read many comments about taps, Topy's, etc...I've even seen a toe replacement due to excessive wear. Thoughts? Or should I redirect to the shoe care thread? Thanks

Also, at what point do I risk damaging the shoes/welt?

 

Somebody will correct me if this seems crazy but as I see it, after about twenty wears, that doesn't look  to be remotely excessively toe wear.  That seems completely normal and nothing to be concerned about.  The welt is not in any danger.  Some people like cheap taps and some don't (I don't), while others like/recommend flush metal taps (which I see as a better option but rarely get).  That's optional and should be researched.  I don't look at that wear though and think you need to rush out and do something about it.

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Flush metal toe taps put on by a cobbler are the best option. They are more expensive and intrusive than cheap plastic toe taps, but much better in my opinion. 

Do you, or anyone, know if they have flush PLASTIC toe taps?  There's a couple of metal detectors that my Aldens do not set off and I'm worried that some more metal might put them over the tipping point.

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The toe wear is normal. Some people don't like normal toe wear, though, so taps can work for minimizing it
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Might anyone be able to comment on whether this is normal or excessive toe wear (~20 wears 974)? And if so what are recommended, inexpensive and un-obtrusive options to prolong their life? I've seen/read many comments about taps, Topy's, etc...I've even seen a toe replacement due to excessive wear. Thoughts? Or should I redirect to the shoe care thread? Thanks

Also, at what point do I risk damaging the shoes/welt?

 

Search "Mac Break-in Method" and implement it to prevent this.  It has virtually eliminated excessive toe wear in my experience.  YMMV.

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Sometimes we take the "use as little product as possible" mantra too far with cordovan, IMO. Cordovan shoes can benefit from conditioning and waxing on a regular basis. If the cordovan looks dry, dull, could use a shine, etc, treat em.

Out of curiosity, how often do you guys condition your calf and cordovan Aldens?
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Out of curiosity, how often do you guys condition your calf and cordovan Aldens?

 

dont own any calf aldens, but my cordovans get conditioned minimally. maybe once every couple months with a little VSC. otherwise, just some brushing/buffing

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What belts are you guys using for your whiskey cordovan shoes?

I wouldn't mind a cordovan belt but I find the money is much better served on more shoes haha. I am hoping to find something for under $100 if you guys have any suggestions.

No tips here, I got crazy lucky and scored an Alden Whiskey belt last year. I think AE, Horween, or Rancourt are your best bets.

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Might anyone be able to comment on whether this is normal or excessive toe wear (~20 wears 974)? And if so what are recommended, inexpensive and un-obtrusive options to prolong their life? I've seen/read many comments about taps, Topy's, etc...I've even seen a toe replacement due to excessive wear. Thoughts? Or should I redirect to the shoe care thread? Thanks

Also, at what point do I risk damaging the shoes/welt?

Sir, that looks about normal in my book. Shoes use a special type of stitch, something like a lock stitch. MoneyWellSpent can walk you through the detailed physics of it. But it's designed to be resistant to losing the bottom stitch. You may want to consider taps, if you are heavy in the toe or want to reduce the number of resoles.
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Search "Mac Break-in Method" and implement it to prevent this.  It has virtually eliminated excessive toe wear in my experience.  YMMV.

+1.  Wearing the shoes on carpet for a few hours helps break in (round) the sole a bit, so it rolls better on hard surfaces and puts less stress on the toe.  Think of double leather soles as wood planks, which unless broken in properly, will wear very unevenly until the soles flex with each step.

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Another vote for the shell wallet from Ashland - this is the "Black Marble"... it sits in my front pocket with my keys sometimes (!) and is the perfect way to carry my custom "Blade Runner" bank cards (said with a straight face). It's hopefully the last wallet I will ever buy. I adore it.




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