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I have not, no. However, the Saphir products seem to be reliable.  Otherwise, I have only used turpentine to strip the finish on my CXL boots.  It works, but you have to really work to rebuild the finish.  My guess is that the Renomat is a bit milder.  Otherwise, I am not aware of any other products for stripping wax or polish.

 

I actually have dipped into shell.  I picked up a pair of black shell cap toes from Alden NY.  But I returned them for a different size which is on order.  I concur with Uncle Mac.  Try the damp cloth and vigorous brushing.  If that doesn't work, then exploe other options.

 

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Phipsi, have you ever used that stuff?  I wonder if it's safe for cordovan?  I know you have yet to delve in to the realm of shell.  You recommended it too me over the summer as something that could help take the meltonian shoe polish off my Dad's cordovan loafers.  He covers up the natural beauty of the shell with the stuff, and part of me wants to help him out, but the other part tells me to just let the man do as he pleases.

 

Uncle Mac, do you have any guidance on the matter?

 

Edit: Looks like Hanger Project says its safe for cordovan, but than warns to test it on a small hidden portion of the shoe, as it can be too harsh for some leathers.

 

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


It is safe for shell. I have used it.
In my experience, it worked good - but not great.

 

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


nephew,
i would first try to use a damp cloth to rub in the creases where the wax build up has occurred. If that is not successful, then brush with a horse hair shoe brush. if not satisified, post picture and we can determine the next step

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post #38522 of 89573
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Originally Posted by Briar Snob View Post

Latest addition to the collection and an early holiday present to myself.  Alpine grain LWB on Barrie last with a commando sole.  Love them -- thanks Che and Kathy at Alden of DC!

 

 

Alpine LWB, Barrie Last, Commando Sole from Alden of DC.


Great looking gunboats.  I could have sworn that make up had gold eyelets.  Saw them in DC last summer and nearly picked up a pair.  Looked too much like my ravello LWB. Enjoy and wear in good health!

post #38523 of 89573
Sweet! I've been wondering if J Crew was going to hose me, but I see they just ran my card on pairs of shoes I ordered in the past two sales.
post #38524 of 89573
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Sweet! I've been wondering if J Crew was going to hose me, but I see they just ran my card on pairs of shoes I ordered in the past two sales.

Yeah, I got a shipping email for the #8 LWBs last night.
post #38525 of 89573
Does anyone other than shoemart carry the natural cxl indy? I'm pretty sure I need a C width in a 13 and they don't have anything narrower than a D.
post #38526 of 89573
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Originally Posted by Briar Snob View Post

Latest addition to the collection and an early holiday present to myself.  Alpine grain LWB on Barrie last with a commando sole.  Love them -- thanks Che and Kathy at Alden of DC!


Those look fantastic. I think pebble grain is underrated.
post #38527 of 89573
^ Agree.I believe I saw those during my visit to Alden DC in June, and they are indeed very good looking LWBs. Commando sole seems to suit them as well. Enjoy wearing those.
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Originally Posted by Briar Snob View Post

Latest addition to the collection and an early holiday present to myself.  Alpine grain LWB on Barrie last with a commando sole.  Love them -- thanks Che and Kathy at Alden of DC!

Good looking LWB, wear them in health.
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

I've read some criticism of the 6-eyelet chukka styling, but I really think this is a superior model to the standard black plain toe blucher. Nice choice.

Thank you. The six eyelet chukka with a flat welt & close heel is far superior than the regular chukka for fit & style & almost sleek (for Alden).
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


ravello lhs
argyles otc

Looking good in your LHS. O/S!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Six View Post

Thanks! Also, I really like those 6-eye chukkas. I keep hoping that they'll reappear in my size on the TSM seconds list.

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
thank you for posting
enjoy using the shell wallets

Thank you.
post #38529 of 89573
Hi,
my only alden is a crepe sole and i am abt to receive my first pair in leather sole. My only concern is that leather sole will be slipperly especially in wet weather. Does anyone here add a rubber sole to it, or is that unneccessary?
post #38530 of 89573
New addition - Whiskey LWB
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post #38531 of 89573
^ beautiful whiskeys...nice looking trousers as well
post #38532 of 89573
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Originally Posted by brostymie View Post

Hi,
my only alden is a crepe sole and i am abt to receive my first pair in leather sole. My only concern is that leather sole will be slipperly especially in wet weather. Does anyone here add a rubber sole to it, or is that unneccessary?

I did it to a pair of mine, after taking a nasty spill in Grand Central Station on their marble. So when it rains, that pair are my go to.

post #38533 of 89573
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Originally Posted by brostymie View Post

Hi,
my only alden is a crepe sole and i am abt to receive my first pair in leather sole. My only concern is that leather sole will be slipperly especially in wet weather. Does anyone here add a rubber sole to it, or is that unneccessary?

Not necessary in my opinion.  It will be slippery only at first, until the bottoms of the soles get scuffed up from walking outside.  Wet wether however does soften up the leather sole and make it wear down much faster, so you might still consider getting them toppy'd for that reason if you plan on walking on wet pavement with them.

 

Edit:  Yes, it would be slippery on wet marble, but aren't all shoes?

post #38534 of 89573

the only time I have fallen down in the last 10+ years was wearing a pair of alden boots with leather waterlock sole. It had rained about 15 minutes before I was walking into a restarant, boot hit the curb the wrong way sliped, fell, on the ground! Totally embarrassing luckily no injury

must of my aldens are commando now, though I do have one crepe, and one danite

post #38535 of 89573
smooth soles = slippery. I had a pair or RM Williams boots with a smooth rubber sole that I slipped and fell while wearing multiple times in the winter, until I decided that was crazy and sold them.

topy is probably a bit better than leather in the winter in terms of "slippery proof" but once they get worn down to the point they are smooth, they are no better or actually worse I think.

some people say dainite is slippery but it's been ok in my experience. something like commando is best b/c it's the opposite of smooth

I have

- 1 commando
- 1 dainite
- 5 leather

soles in my shoedrobe. when the leather wears down on my boots w/ leather, I'll resole with commando or dainite. not really bothering w/ topy anymore
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