Originally Posted by mcbrown
Can't help you there - I feel more comfortable wearing cordovan in the rain than I do wearing calfskin because I consider it lower maintenance. I know many others feel differently. Either way, I think either is "ok" in the rain with reasonable care (letting the shoes dry thoroughly, rotation, appropriate conditioning & polishing, etc.).
I may be less fussy with my footware than most, however. As evidence, my AF53's after a recent day out and about.
These look great.
Originally Posted by Danito
Just picked up my first pair of Aldens: Cordovan Cap toe color # 8.
Any words of wisdom for an Alden amateur?
Yes. Do not wax or cream them. Just brush with a horsehair brush and maybe use a barely damp rag on them. I have wax build up I am trying to get off a few pairs of shoes and it is not fun. Not as noticeable on #8.
The Mac Method
1- Clean shoes with damp cloth
2- Brush vigorously with a horsehair brush (EDIT: I have read 5 minutes per shoe before and after wearing)
3- Buff with smooth cloth
4- Use wax after a minimum of fifteen wearings
Srivats take on the Mac Method.
1. Wipe shoes with (barely) damp cloth to remove dirt. Let dry for 2-3 mins.
2. Insert shoetrees. Take a horsehair brush and brush vigourously till your arms give out. OK, for 5-6 min (each shoe).
3. Buff with flannel cloth.
4. Use paste wax (minute, minute amounts) every 15 wearings or so, or if they get scuffed hard. Yearly application of cordovan creme (not regular creme) if need be.
5. Rinse and repeat.
Both gentleman post here so they can correct or condemn me if I am wrong. They do not call Mac the King of Shell for nothing.
Originally Posted by astris
I'm looking for something that can work in the office and won't break the bank. I guess a ptb in calf or chromexel with antique edges?
I'm really feeling those bucks, but I'd still need another dressier pair.
If you want Alden's for work and would like to get a better deal you can wait for Brooks Brothers sale. Now it is harder to get a deal on the cordovan but the calf is easier. I am not sure but I think the next big sale for them is end of May or June. You can search Men's clothing.