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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

 

I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.  

 

I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather.  I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

 

They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.   

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.  

I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather.  I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.   

Calfskin creases where it bends and develops micro wrinkles. That's what this looks like. It's totally normal.

A think buildup of wax on the vamp will crack where leather creases and accentuate the effect. Try to remove as much wax as you can to see if there is a difference in the visibility of the wrinkles.

I generally find that using only creme polish on the vamp and paste wax on the toe makes it look better.
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Originally Posted by Marshall W View Post

I've started to develop these small cracks on the upper my waxed calf LWBs.  They are 9 months old, have always been shoe tree'd, and I have used kiwi neutral wax on them maybe 1/2 dozen times.  I put some Meltonian leather balm on the crack, but it didn't seem to do much.  Any recommendations?  

 

 

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I've read that too much wax will cause cracking.  I would second cleaning and conditioning them with Reno and lay off the wax.  Waxing that often in six months is too frequent IMO.

 

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Originally Posted by Marshall W View Post

 

I picked up some Reno, and will give it a try.  

 

I have a hard time believing that a little kiwi shoe polish every month and a half is going to crack leather.  I am wondering if I got some salt on them or something over the winter...

 

They are casual shoes, so superficially the cracks don't bug me too much, I just don't want them to break and become unwearable.   

 

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post


Calfskin creases where it bends and develops micro wrinkles. That's what this looks like. It's totally normal.

A think buildup of wax on the vamp will crack where leather creases and accentuate the effect. Try to remove as much wax as you can to see if there is a difference in the visibility of the wrinkles.

I generally find that using only creme polish on the vamp and paste wax on the toe makes it look better.

 

The root of the problem is that wax does not have sufficient moisture in it to care for the leather alone.  If that is all you are using, then you have been contributing to drying out the shoes.  Wax seals in the leather, and it should always have a good conditioner base or a cream polish underneath it before it is applied.  Your shoes definitely need to be conditioned.

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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Thanks for sharing! Those AF2 Mahogany shell wingtips... icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

 

 

I think those are some of the most beautiful Alden's I have ever seen.  drool.gif

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Can anyone recommend a product to use on new blue suede LWBs?
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Meltonian suede spray is excellent - I have used it on various suede colors with no ill effects
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Can anyone recommend a product to use on new blue suede LWBs?

 

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Meltonian suede spray is excellent - I have used it on various suede colors with no ill effects


+1 I also use Meltonian.  I've also used AE suede spray.  I got caught in a mild drizzle, and the water beaded up nicely on the outside.  You may need to reapply every once in a while.

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+1 I also use Meltonian.  I've also used AE suede spray.  I got caught in a mild drizzle, and the water beaded up nicely on the outside.  You may need to reapply every once in a while.

Forgot to mention I have used the Ugg spray and the Nordstrom spray. They all perform well for water resistance and dust resistance.
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Interesting, I wonder if that negatively affects the breathability...
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I think those are some of the most beautiful Alden's I have ever seen.  drool.gif

It's a shame you don't see that color anymore. Having owned that pair of shoes, the mahogany was in between whiskey and ravello (slightly darker in real life than in the photo). It was a very wearable color.
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Question for those who wear barrie last shoes sized down -.5 but the J. Crew captoe color 8 boot true to size: Have you found that other boots on the barrie last fit true to size as well or is the J. Crew boot the exception?

 

Also, I'm very close to dragging my brother into this mess as he's considering buying his first pair of Aldens. I'm more excited about his potential purchase than he is. He's deciding between the following:

 

- Natural chromexcel plain toe boot, leather sole (don't have details on the sole), modified last

 

- J. Crew color 8 perforated captoe boot, barrie last

 

I've recommended he get both but he hasn't yet reached that level of irrationality. His foot fits the modified last perfectly but he's a bit unsure about the look of the pigeon-y toe. I know modified last is harder to come by but shell is shell and would likely push him one step closer to geeking out with me over edge trims and lacing styles. 

 

Thoughts on his first Aldens?

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It's a shame you don't see that color anymore. Having owned that pair of shoes, the mahogany was in between whiskey and ravello (slightly darker in real life than in the photo). It was a very wearable color.

 

Sometimes I wonder if when a batch of rare shell comes out not quite right, like if the color is a little off, if they just call it Mahogany or #4.

 

"Oops, this whiskey is too dark, lets just call it Mahogany."

 

"Whoops, this ravello is too red, lets just call it #4."

 

Lately they just explain instead that there is a lot of variation in shell color by nature.

 

(Half kidding, half serious.  Not to be taken as completely serious.  I don't really think this, so don't yell at me!)

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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post

Question for those who wear barrie last shoes sized down -.5 but the J. Crew captoe color 8 boot true to size: Have you found that other boots on the barrie last fit true to size as well or is the J. Crew boot the exception?

 

Also, I'm very close to dragging my brother into this mess as he's considering buying his first pair of Aldens. I'm more excited about his potential purchase than he is. He's deciding between the following:

 

- Natural chromexcel plain toe boot, leather sole (don't have details on the sole), modified last

 

- J. Crew color 8 perforated captoe boot, barrie last

 

I've recommended he get both but he hasn't yet reached that level of irrationality. His foot fits the modified last perfectly but he's a bit unsure about the look of the pigeon-y toe. I know modified last is harder to come by but shell is shell and would likely push him one step closer to geeking out with me over edge trims and lacing styles. 

 

Thoughts on his first Aldens?

Modified, but only because I'm sick of that J Crew Cap Toe after seeing it on this thread every day.

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Inspirational - it appears we're the same age. I have ways to go.

Well 19 pairs is due to Barneys sale haha. I've bought 4 pairs this year so far and sold like 8 pairs so its a little better now. 2 Edward greens and two cleverleys plus the skoak carmina preorder. Haven't had any Aldens I really wanted other than modified last ravello long wings that wasn't made in my size
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Wasn't that you who had in the signature something like 'help me SF not to buy any shoes' mwink%5B1%5D.gif
Yes it was haha
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

19 pairs??????? Whaaaat? Did you buy a new pair for each day? Can you post a picture?

Posted most on shoe porn / Instagram never got to a group shot as the shoes were in 3 different locations and I've sold a bunch of them by now
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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Inspirational - it appears we're the same age. I have ways to go.

Well 19 pairs is due to Barneys sale haha. I've bought 4 pairs this year so far and sold like 8 pairs so its a little better now. 2 Edward greens and two cleverleys plus the skoak carmina preorder. Haven't had any Aldens I really wanted other than modified last ravello long wings that wasn't made in my size
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Originally Posted by neutrino View Post

Wasn't that you who had in the signature something like 'help me SF not to buy any shoes' mwink%5B1%5D.gif
Yes it was haha
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

19 pairs??????? Whaaaat? Did you buy a new pair for each day? Can you post a picture?

Posted most on shoe porn / Instagram never got to a group shot as the shoes were in 3 different locations and I've sold a bunch of them by now
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