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I personally find that Reno is a better cleaner/conditioner, but that VSC gives more luster and sheen after application.  I use both: Reno when the shoes need a cleaning, and VSC otherwise.

 

Having said that, my shells only get one or the other every 20 or so wears.  Otherwise, it's a simple brushing and wiping.

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Is my problem dry shell? I never noticed these little specks/bumps around the creases before until i was inspecting my shoes under light last night.

thanks.
post #83973 of 122416
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Is my problem dry shell? I never noticed these little specks/bumps around the creases before until i was inspecting my shoes under light last night.

thanks.
It's probably "cordovan bloom". It is normal. Condition with Reno, VSC or Cordovan creme every 20 wears or so and you'll be good. How old are they?
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any help?
it just looks like little specks/bumps where the creasing is.

For Shell:

Honestly, I would use the Mac method first and foremost.

If you decide to take the next step and use a product, you can try VSC or Renovateur.

Some folks feel Reno dries out the shell, and use a neutral Saphir cordovan shoe polish here instead.

I personally haven't had too much trouble with Reno.

 

For CXL:

Wear them.

Brush them occasionally...

 

That being said... for CXL

Nick Horween suggests Neatsfoot oil or VSC in this post HERE

Some suggest Montana Pitch Blend

Others suggest Obenauf's HDLP

 

 

 

Hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

It's probably "cordovan bloom". It is normal. Condition with Reno, VSC or Cordovan creme every 20 wears or so and you'll be good. How old are they?

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

For Shell:
Honestly, I would use the Mac method first and foremost.
If you decide to take the next step and use a product, you can try VSC or Renovateur.
Some folks feel Reno dries out the shell, and use a neutral Saphir cordovan shoe polish here instead.
I personally haven't had too much trouble with Reno.

For CXL:
Wear them.
Brush them occasionally...

That being said... for CXL
Nick Horween suggests Neatsfoot oil or VSC in this post HERE
Some suggest Montana Pitch Blend
Others suggest Obenauf's HDLP



Hope this helps.


I have been using the mac method. brush brush and wipe with cloth.

the shoes are about 2 years old? Maybe 3? They actually don't get worn too much. Maybe only about once a month. the indy boots get more usage.


I just noticed these little bumps around the creases of the cordovan shoes last night so I was wondering if the leather was drying out or maybe it is the "bloom" that I've seen mentioned. Will brushing get rid of them?
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I have been using the mac method. brush brush and wipe with cloth.

the shoes are about 2 years old? Maybe 3? They actually don't get worn too much. Maybe only about once a month. the indy boots get more usage.


I just noticed these little bumps around the creases of the cordovan shoes last night so I was wondering if the leather was drying out or maybe it is the "bloom" that I've seen mentioned. Will brushing get rid of them?

Picture is worth 1000 words.

If they aren't worn often it could be bloom, but it would be in other spots than creases as well.

It will be easier to help diagnose if you have a photo.

My first thought was honestly the normal discoloration and roughness that happens in creasing when you wear them.

This goes away with a little elbow grease and brushing.

I guess we will see when you post a pic.

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Picture is worth 1000 words.
If they aren't worn often it could be bloom, but it would be in other spots than creases as well.
It will be easier to help diagnose if you have a photo.
My first thought was honestly the normal discoloration and roughness that happens in creasing when you wear them.
This goes away with a little elbow grease and brushing.
I guess we will see when you post a pic.

...but it always comes back! So I don't bother, LOL.
post #83978 of 122416

Lexol Conditioner gets mentioned frequently, but for CXL (and vegetable tanned leather) I've also had good results with its neatsfoot oil product. Non-darkening, pH balanced, etc.

 

http://www.lexol.com/Product_neatsfoot.aspx

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Originally Posted by Shouldaville View Post
 

Lexol Conditioner gets mentioned frequently, but for CXL (and vegetable tanned leather) I've also had good results with its neatsfoot oil product. Non-darkening, pH balanced, etc.

 

http://www.lexol.com/Product_neatsfoot.aspx

Also Filson boot oil has worked well for me in the past.  It's fairly easy to get and really hydrates CXL well.

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Alden x Blackbird (now at Alden DC). Black Grain Calf x Color #8 Shell Saddle. Maiden Voyage.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) These guys introduced an interesting predicament that I have never thought of or had to deal with before... What color belt to wear with them!?! I ended up going with Color #8 belt, as I thought it fit in better with my purple tie and socks theme, but what would ya'll wear with them, or is it a toss up?

-Mike

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wear only in good health
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thank you
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post #83983 of 122416

Hello Gentlemen,

 

This is my 1st SF post.  I am a very active member of AAAC.  I have been following you fine gentlemen for some time now.

 

A little Alden action of my own:

 

 

WT Boots on Barrie Color 8 with Commando Sole.  Procured from Alden NYC....my first Alden's.  :)

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Hello Gentlemen,

 

This is my 1st SF post.  I am a very active member of AAAC.  I have been following you fine gentlemen for some time now.

 

A little Alden action of my own:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

WT Boots on Barrie Color 8 with Commando Sole.  Procured from Alden NYC....my first Alden's.  :)

Welcome.

Looking great.

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

Hello Gentlemen,

This is my 1st SF post.  I am a very active member of AAAC.  I have been following you fine gentlemen for some time now.

A little Alden action of my own:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


WT Boots on Barrie Color 8 with Commando Sole.  Procured from Alden NYC....my first Alden's.  smile.gif

Welcome! That is a fine pair of boots you have there. I was on the list for those and I passed. I regret that decision....
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