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Color 8 Indys showed up about a month earlier than expected from TSM. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
They're a very dark color 8 but the finish and details are great. No blotchy dye spots like some of my other color 8 boots.

360 welt, commando and no speed hooks.



 

They look awesome Saz!

 

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Thank you Sir.

Cap Toes are probably the easiest to shine and keep shiny. I too do not like too much polish in the rolls because it will just bloom back out anyway and you will have to wipe or brush it away.

When I do a full shine here are my steps:

1. Saphir Reno or VSC
2. Bordeaux cream
3. Paste wax

Due to the incredibly dense pore structure of cordovan you only need minuscule amounts of these products.

This procedure is only done 3 to 4 times a year maximum. In between, lots of horse hair buffing. And, for the cap toes, an occasional thin layer of wax on the toe only to renew the high shine.

Also, I have a; "Secret Weapon" I use that I will share in this thread at a later time.

Thanks!

 

 

Thank you for your information Sir!

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I recently got my first pair of shell boots (Alden/Jcrew Color 8 cap toe) and I was hoping for some advice on care products: I know Alden suggests using their color 8 cream, but is there a good neutral product anyone would suggest for when it is time to polish? I don't use shoe trees and I'm wearing these pretty hard, not looking to keep them perfect and high gloss shine but also don't want to neglect them entirely. I want the leather to fade and patina naturally and don't want to re-darken with cream. 

Thanks in advance!

Nothing wrong with wearing them hard and wanting to let the leather patina naturally, but what's the rationale for not using shoe trees?
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Nothing wrong with wearing them hard and wanting to let the leather patina naturally, but what's the rationale for not using shoe trees?

Nonthing rational about it. Just don't have them. I can't seem to find one for the Barrie last, can they be bought online?
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Nonthing rational about it. Just don't have them. I can't seem to find one for the Barrie last, can they be bought online?

To my knowledge, Alden does not make last-specific shoe trees. They only have a generic model. I've had good luck with Woodlore Twin Tube Epic trees for my Barrie shoes and boots though.
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Nonthing rational about it. Just don't have them. I can't seem to find one for the Barrie last, can they be bought online?

Alden doesn't make lasted shoe trees, so you would use the same trees regardless of last. I believe the Alden branded trees that you can buy from any Alden retailer are made by Rochester. Allen Edmonds uses Woodlore trees, which can be purchased at Nordstrom Rack. During a Jos A Bank sale I think you can get 3 trees for the price of one. I think they are Woodlore, but I'm not sure.
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Alden doesn't make lasted shoe trees, so you would use the same trees regardless of last. I believe the Alden branded trees that you can buy from any Alden retailer are made by Rochester. Allen Edmonds uses Woodlore trees, which can be purchased at Nordstrom Rack. During a Jos A Bank sale I think you can get 3 trees for the price of one. I think they are Woodlore, but I'm not sure.

Ok thanks- that was my understanding. I assume using the generic alden trees wouldn't bend the shoes out of shape?
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So what's the consensus--trees in CXL Indy boots or no?
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Ok thanks- that was my understanding. I assume using the generic alden trees wouldn't bend the shoes out of shape?

Absolutely not. I (we) strongly suggest using trees. 

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So what's the consensus--trees in CXL Indy boots or no?

See above, haha!

 

I use trees in any material shoe. 

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Here are mine....indoor lighting at the office....second photo is a comparison with my ravello NSTs.

 

 

i just got mine from SF also and this is a good representation.  

 

ravello chukka should be here in a week so i will post a side by side then.

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Ok thanks- that was my understanding. I assume using the generic alden trees wouldn't bend the shoes out of shape?
The Jos A Bank trees work very well with Alden's of various lasts.
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Absolutely not. I (we) strongly suggest using trees. 

 

 

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See above, haha!

 

I use trees in any material shoe. 

 

Please use trees in your $400 shoes. Definitely THE necessary step in any shoe care process. Also, it is highly recommended that you wait 15 minutes after taking off your shoes to put your trees in. That way the surface moisture can evaporate out of your shoes.

 

If you do not want to spring the funds for Alden's shoe trees, at least get some Woodlore or Joseph Bank trees. You may also want to consider looking at the Rochester Tree Co. who is the vendor who makes the Alden branded trees for Alden.

 

-Mike

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Alden x Leffot Snuff Suede Wingtip Boots in Plaza





Happy Sunday!

-Mike
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So what's the consensus--trees in CXL Indy boots or no?

They help with the rolls on the vamp on my CXL Indys as well as help properly dry them out from perspiration to avoid fungus. Also, don't use "boot trees" for Alden boots. They are designed for high instep cowboy style boots, Alden boots are better with regular shoe trees.
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Thanks, all. I have plenty of trees and use them in all of my shoes. I just wasn't sure if CXL Indys were generally considered to be so casual as to not get treed. I agree completely that it will help with longevity.

Also, and I know this has been discussed before, where can the one find the best flat replacement laces for Indys?
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