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post #9616 of 122416
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I'm kind of curious about how the different shades of cordovan change over time. Does anyone have any new vs. aged photos of their shoes? Or can describe how #8, Cigar, Ravello, and Whiskey evolve? I know there are variables like how much/how often/what color polish is used, but there must be some typical changes regardless.

I did see this:
http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/200...hell-cordovan/
post #9617 of 122416

whiskey nst
post #9618 of 122416
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Originally Posted by borderline View Post
I'm kind of curious about how the different shades of cordovan change over time. Does anyone have any new vs. aged photos of their shoes? Or can describe how #8, Cigar, Ravello, and Whiskey evolve? I know there are variables like how much/how often/what color polish is used, but there must be some typical changes regardless.

Lovely blog by a fellow member on here:
http://theagatineeyelet.wordpress.co...09/28/color-8/

Another great blog as well:
http://youhavebrokentheinternet.blog...rrie-last.html

Otherwise you'll have to go through all the pages to find some lol. That's what I did one night
post #9619 of 122416
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Originally Posted by LeatherSOUL View Post
Ok, #8 shortwing, Barrie last with antiqued edgetrim. I'll put the order in.

Just placed my order from Ken @ LeatherSOUL today!
post #9620 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post
I agree. They look nothing like my Whiskey pair.

+1 - I have whiskey PTB's and mine are MUCH lighter - if multiple pairs are doing this it must be something about how you're caring for them? Maybe using the same polish cloth / brush for darker colors too?
post #9621 of 122416
for those of you who own natty chromexcel shoes, what do you guys use to treat them? i heard tehy scuff really easily ...

any products to recommend?

anyone used this venetian shoe cream?

http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/acces...hoe-cream.html
post #9622 of 122416
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Originally Posted by slide13 View Post
The ones on J Crew are not the unlined chukka, they are a fully lined version and I believe the pricing is correct for that style. Epaulet has an example of the lined chukka as well as the more standard unlined offerings and their pricing is similar (though their black suede w/ brown trim is way cooler looking IMO).
The ones I tried on yesterday were fully leather lined too, the only difference being a lug sole. Same as the ones here on shoemart. Suede, barrie last, fully leather lined, exactly the same except the sole. 100 dollar upcharge, heh!
post #9623 of 122416
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Originally Posted by randomkoreandude View Post
for those of you who own natty chromexcel shoes, what do you guys use to treat them? i heard tehy scuff really easily ...

any products to recommend?

anyone used this venetian shoe cream?

http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/acces...hoe-cream.html

Certain products (Saphir renovateur for instance) contain neatsfoot oil, which will evidently darken natural chromexcel. The people at Shoemart recommended neutral Alden shoe creme - I'm not sure if the formulation of the venetian shoe creme is closer to the Alden product or something like the Saphir product but I know the Alden shoe creme works.

I have the LWBs from Winn-Perry and they are a bit darker than other natural chromexcel shoes but they haven't scuffed at all.
post #9624 of 122416
^thx very helpful

does shoemart do 10% off on alden accessories? only through phone?
post #9625 of 122416
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post
Certain products (Saphir renovateur for instance) contain neatsfoot oil, which will evidently darken natural chromexcel. The people at Shoemart recommended neutral Alden shoe creme - I'm not sure if the formulation of the venetian shoe creme is closer to the Alden product or something like the Saphir product but I know the Alden shoe creme works. I have the LWBs from Winn-Perry and they are a bit darker than other natural chromexcel shoes but they haven't scuffed at all.
I second the recommendation of Alden shoe cream. I don't own natural chromexcel shoes, but use the neutral shade on my brown chromexcel all the time and it's great. Imparts just the right amount of shine and has not affected the coloration of the leather. Venetian shoe cream seems more of a shell cordovan product. I've used in on my shells with great success, and can tell you that it will darken areas of leather if you leave it there for a while. Try the Alden shoe cream. It's not that expensive, and it's pretty all-purpose -- I use it on all my non-shell, non-suede leathers.
post #9626 of 122416
enigma77 are you saying venetian will darken shell? Or other leathers? Or anything if you don't buff it off?
post #9627 of 122416
Is the neutral shoe cream the way to go for dark brown chromexcel indys or does the dark brown actually match? Speaking of indys, do you guys use shoe trees considering they're more casual?
post #9628 of 122416
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Is the neutral shoe cream the way to go for dark brown chromexcel indys or does the dark brown actually match?

Speaking of indys, do you guys use shoe trees considering they're more casual?

I use trees on mine.
post #9629 of 122416
No. I've left it sitting on a part of a shell boot while I polished the rest, and there was a minor darkening in that spot for a bit before I rubbed it in. No big deal. It might ever so slightly affect the color, but so will just, you know, wearing the shoes.

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enigma77 are you saying venetian will darken shell? Or other leathers? Or anything if you don't buff it off?
post #9630 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CanuckBassist View Post
Is the neutral shoe cream the way to go for dark brown chromexcel indys or does the dark brown actually match?

Speaking of indys, do you guys use shoe trees considering they're more casual?

Bryan from LSBH suggested I use neutral shoe cream, and I tried that on mine; worked out beautifully, the leather is way more supple now.

David
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