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Wore these for two hours and brushed the piss out of them... Is the creasing and color variation normal... Supposed to be #8 captoe


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Maxusone-

That stuff is not cracks in the cordovan. Cracks will look like jagged splits in the leather. Those scratches on the second pic are also no big deal. Get the reno to clean out the creases. The rough spots in between the ripples are dried up oils and waxes that leave the leather. My right color 8 longwing does this much more than the left, so I have to focus more on it. This will eventually go away, but the good news is that more this happens, the better oiled the leather is. It's a pain in the ass now, but eventually the bloom will stop and that one will be the better moisturized shoe. This is cordovan leather, and it requires much more maintenance than calfskin *initially*, but that will change once the shoe stops blooming.

In general, this forum could use a little less neuroticism and a little more searching.
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Wore these for two hours and brushed the piss out of them... Is the creasing and color variation normal... Supposed to be #8 captoe
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yes, this is how cordovan creases, and it will be noticeable for a while. the faster you break them in, the faster the white creases will darken. as i mentioned in the post above, this has to do with the bloom. be careful with covering it over with polish or your shoes will get grit and buildup like Maxusone's.
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Originally Posted by fitchottie View Post

Wore these for two hours and brushed the piss out of them... Is the creasing and color variation normal... Supposed to be #8 captoe
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yes, this is how cordovan creases, and it will be noticeable for a while. the faster you break them in, the faster the white creases will darken. as i mentioned in the post above, this has to do with the bloom. be careful with covering it over with polish or your shoes will get grit and buildup like Maxusone's.

I will use Venetian shoe cream, which I use on all my shoes calf and cordovan... Also some #8 when needed on these. Haven't done so yet.
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Maxusone-
That stuff is not cracks in the cordovan. Cracks will look like jagged splits in the leather. Those scratches on the second pic are also no big deal. Get the reno to clean out the creases. The rough spots in between the ripples are dried up oils and waxes that leave the leather. My right color 8 longwing does this much more than the left, so I have to focus more on it. This will eventually go away, but the good news is that more this happens, the better oiled the leather is. It's a pain in the ass now, but eventually the bloom will stop and that one will be the better moisturized shoe. This is cordovan leather, and it requires much more maintenance than calfskin *initially*, but that will change once the shoe stops blooming.
In general, this forum could use a little less neuroticism and a little more searching.


Thanks a lot, men.

 

The shoe is 6-8 years old, I will do the renovation and then I will post some new pictures.

 

Thats the right shoe now, I will give it the same treatment as the left one on Tuesday.

 

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It's really difficult to tell from those pictures what's going on but I'm guessing all you're seeing is a buildup of dirt and wax.

Don't use too much product when you brush and buff them.


But are you with the other guys opinion of using Saphir Reno and the AE cream?

I just use Saphir Reno.
Very rarely I use some appropriate color paste wax.
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yes, this is how cordovan creases, and it will be noticeable for a while. the faster you break them in, the faster the white creases will darken. as i mentioned in the post above, this has to do with the bloom. be careful with covering it over with polish or your shoes will get grit and buildup like Maxusone's.

Totally agree with marg.

In my experience, new cordovan shoes look kinda crappy after the first couple wears. This seems to be especially true of #8, cigar, and C&J brown.
Keep wearing and brushing. Don't use too much product on them. The C&J brown really seem to come loaded with polish and oil.

Saphir reno + back of metal spoon really work well on water welts too.
Edited by zippyh - 12/25/11 at 11:00am
post #20168 of 99252
Originally Posted by marg
[quote In general, this forum could use a little less neuroticism and a little more searching.[/quote]

The truth


I wasted a lot of time thinking Color 8 was my least favorite shell...very happy with these LWBs


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post #20169 of 99252
What happened to the orthodoxy of wax not cream on shell?
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Good thoughts- I would do the same.  Start with Reno, brush then buff with a rag, I'd do 2 coats of it then see how it is. Then use burgundy AE cordo polish. The AE stuff tends to leave a top coat finish, not get absorbed as much.  


I think the AE Burgundy is actually a different color than the official Alden Color 8 wax. Alden seems darker. Just saying.
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I think the AE Burgundy is actually a different color than the official Alden Color 8 wax. Alden seems darker. Just saying.


 

My wax is color burgundy from Cordonnerie Anglaise and black from Saphir Medail D'or.

In Germany its quite difficult to get the Alden paste wax. :(

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What happened to the orthodoxy of wax not cream on shell?

Seems to be a lot of newbs listening to newbs and ignoring the mac method.
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Love you man! I totally feel that way about nearly everything that I buy. I was just shopping for my first pair of Aldens and wasn't sure if I wanted Indy's, Tanker/NST's, or a plain to blucher. I bought the Indy's in #8 shell with commando sole. The next day I bought the NST in #8 shell with commando sole. I'm now considering the plain toe blucher, just can't decide on the color yet!



 

Eat, drink and be merry...and buy Alden shoes. I had been watching them for some time and finally got the burnished tan calf skin short wings. Really like the shoes and love the LWBs in ravello and #8. Believe the #8 LWB is my next shoe.

 

Question: I see it at Leffot the #8 LWB with the antique sole...really like that but am curious - for dressing up or down, which is better to pair with a dark blue or grey suit - blacked sole or antique? Hmm.

 

Congrats on your purchases.

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What should I expect putting him in boots that aren't Aldens...
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Merry Christmas fellas!

Rob,

That is an awesome picture. Love the pants. I wish I could justify a pair.


 

Ditto. You are rockin' those trousers - way cool choice. great boots. your lil man even has lined chinos! Terrrific! Merry Christmas.

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Totally agree with marg.
In my experience, new cordovan shoes look kinda crappy after the first couple wears. This seems to be especially true of #8, cigar, and C&J brown.
Keep wearing and brushing. Don't use too much product on them. The C&J brown really seem to come loaded with polish and oil.
Saphir reno + back of metal spoon really work well on water welts too.

Saphir reno + back of metal spoon really work well on water welts too... is this if water/rain get on the shoes? This is not a polishing method I assume?
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