Interestingly enough, the only pair of tassels i own are a natural cxl makeup from unionmade.
I have much more to learn about shoe maintenance, but if I would have listened to the first person who sold me a pair of alden shell instead of using this forum for research, my shell shoes would have faaar too much wax paste on them. As it stands, I have four pair and have not done anything to them with the exception of the mac method. And they look great.
I know the method calls for very periodically using wax, but is it absolutely necessary?
Torture but in a good way.
Over the last year and a half I have stocked up heavily on Alden, primarily cordovan boots. At this point I'm basically set with footwear for September through May timeframe (cooler months = boot weather for me). Living in the mid-atlantic shoes are pretty mandatory for summer considering the heat and humidity, I have cigar ptb, and a suede pair of ranger shoes for the warm months but I really want a darker pair of shell cordovan shoes to work into the warm period rotation. I just sold off a few things and my paypal account is fully stocked. The alden 990 and the alden for brooks brothers PTB #8 would fit the bill perfectly and are readily available BUT technically I'm still in boot mode for a solid three more months and there is really no need to jump on a purchase that won't be worn for several months and is generally readily available.
The smart thing to do is hold out for:
Money buring a hole in your pocket is torture, but I guess it's better than wanting something and not having the means.