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I need help with a cordovan boot that has a waxy finish . I brush and brush and it doesn't get the bright shine that I see in all these other pics. They are C and J not Alden's but shouldn't they still shine up? Thank-you for the help

If you are talking the current captoe shell boot BB sells (C&J for BB) - $998, you most likely will not be able to achieve the same level of shine of various Alden shells, no matter what you do. I have them. Mine shined nicely after an application of saphir reno, but still not to the level of some of my Alden shells. Don't worry about it .... they are still great boots.

I don't know what C&J do to their cordovan, but they're a royal PITA if you want to get that cordovan to shine.
When new they're really loaded up with brown polish which gives them kind of a dull finish.
It takes a lot of buffing and brushing to get rid of it. Saphir reno does seem to help.
After a while you can get rid of the excess and it's easier to maintain the shine.

When I was a cordovan newb, I made the mistake of using too much brown polish on my Marlows. It didn't do any damage but it make the dullness worse and took even more time getting rid of the excess.

 

Not sure the picture shows the shine well, but I feel as though the Mac method does well to shine my C&J-(RL) Marlows up nicely.  These are about a month old and I haven't applied anything to them but a horse hair brush and a flannel buffing rag.  I think they look better than my Cigar LWBs with the same treatment.

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Nice shoes!
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Much obliged...

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Speaking of Whiskey (I think these are Whiskey)....not a bad BIN for Shell PTBs:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/mens-shoes-/111002203474?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item19d83f3552


How in the heck did you find these on ebay with that terrible item headline, "mens shoes."  They didn't show up on any of my typical search items (alden 10, alden shell, shell cordovan, etc...).  I am awfully tempted to give whiskey shell a first try!

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ReppTie, how does your Marlow size compare to your Barrie size? For my next pair of Marlows, I may size up 1 for Barrie.

You should grab whiskey shell if you don't have it
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ReppTie, how does your Marlow size compare to your Barrie size? For my next pair of Marlows, I may size up 1 for Barrie.

You should grab whiskey shell if you don't have it


I wear the same size (10D) with Marlow and the Barrie last, however the Marlow's are definitely more narrow.  I have read on several SF threads that some prefer to go up a half size, but for me the Marlow in 10.5D was enormous and entirely too long.  I think the comparison is similar to the sizing between BB PTB (m58 last) and Alden's 990(1).  Some size up for the BB version but I couldn't do it.  Hope this helps...

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ReppTie, how does your Marlow size compare to your Barrie size? For my next pair of Marlows, I may size up 1 for Barrie.

You should grab whiskey shell if you don't have it


I forgot to mention/ask...  How do you feel about buying used shoes, especially ones this nice?  If the shoe has some mileage beneath them as these whiskey PTBs appear to have, doesn't the cork base mold to the previous owner's foot and interfere with proper fit and comfort, or is that a minor concern?  I'm also a bit of an OCD-germ-a-phobe.  I suppose some disinfectant would kill anything inside.  I think I would rather pay full price and know exactly what I'm getting.  Am I paranoid and just need to get over it???

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I forgot to mention/ask...  How do you feel about buying used shoes, especially ones this nice?  If the shoe has some mileage beneath them as these whiskey PTBs appear to have, doesn't the cork base mold to the previous owner's foot and interfere with proper fit and comfort, or is that a minor concern?  I'm also a bit of an OCD-germ-a-phobe.  I suppose some disinfectant would kill anything inside.  I think I would rather pay full price and know exactly what I'm getting.  Am I paranoid and just need to get over it???

FWIW, I wouldn't have much of an Alden "collection" but for buying used. As someone who doesn't have a wadload of cash to spend, buying used can be a great deal. All depends on personal preference though. I've never had comfort or real fit issues w/ the footbed b/c of a previous wearer, but that's just me.

Really though, be smart in your buys - if it looks beat to trash, it probably is. If it's still got life, that life is just as good on your feet.
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I'm not a big fan of buying used shoes. It's one thing if they have been worn a few times but beyond that I'm not interested. It just kind of creeps me out.

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Black Shell WT boot barrie last
hand sanded and walnut stained sole edging
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I'm not a big fan of buying used shoes. It's one thing if they have been worn a few times but beyond that I'm not interested. It just kind of creeps me out.

yea, what if someone died in them?
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There's also a 9D barrie last ravello PTB on ebay, not as cheap as the whiskey PTB above but still better than retail. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alden-Ravello-Shell-Cordovan-Plain-Toe-Blucher-Barrie-last-9D-/300848202274?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item460bf34222

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I forgot to mention/ask...  How do you feel about buying used shoes, especially ones this nice?  If the shoe has some mileage beneath them as these whiskey PTBs appear to have, doesn't the cork base mold to the previous owner's foot and interfere with proper fit and comfort, or is that a minor concern?  I'm also a bit of an OCD-germ-a-phobe.  I suppose some disinfectant would kill anything inside.  I think I would rather pay full price and know exactly what I'm getting.  Am I paranoid and just need to get over it???

Certainly nothing wrong with that, when it comes to shoes or many other things.
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I'm not a big fan of buying used shoes. It's one thing if they have been worn a few times but beyond that I'm not interested. It just kind of creeps me out.

yea, what if someone died in them?


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