Really? I feel like i'd be wearing tennis rackets on my feet. No flex and the toe would wear hard for a cpl weeks.
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I've had both installed on double-soled shoes (975 and Officer Indy) ... and by the time the taps wear or fall off, the soles are broken in (i.e., I don't bother replacing the taps at that point).
I've not needed any taps for the single-soled 9016.
Thank you Uncle. I will try to wear them year round, but it might be difficult in July and August.
unlined cxl chukka on flex welt, yes please.
Ive got four pairs of shell cordovan shoes that i wear in rotation, the oldest being 2 years old. I have never used wax on my shoes. Just give them a good brushing before wear. Please share your thoughts on not waxing my shells at all? Is waxing necessary, in that does lack of it deteriorate the leather over time?
I know about the Mac method et all but would you say that shell needs waxing at least twice a year or something (my shoes are not exposed to much dust and dirt)
Lastly is Alden/Kiwi paste wax good enough or do forum members feel using Saphir cordovan cream would be a good investment over Alden wax to ensure longevity and good looks?
If you don't think they need wax, then don't use it. If there does come a time when they need it, use it sparingly.
Paste wax and Saphir cordovan cream are different. The saphir has a moisturizing aspect to it. That doesn't necessarily make it better, just different. Some would agree that the wax offers a layer of protection, sort of like wax on a car. I have both, and rarely use either. Having either would be fine. If they need moisture and you only have wax, use Venetian or Reno.
Agreed, follow the Mac break in method and you shouldn't have to worry about excessive wear on the toe. When the heel wears out, it is easily replaced.
A leather soled shoe - single or double - first broken-in on carpet, is never a bad thing. It is a procedure many on here adhere to - whether the Mac Method or otherwise. It is particularly useful to aviod excessive toe wear.