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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

Nice! An close up outdoor pic with natural sun would be great if you have a chance. Loos like a great shine you have.

Gladly, here goes.....



What this effort has shown me is that I now need to work on the welt. Other than that, I am quite pleased with how these have turned out (so far).

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post #55082 of 90153
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

I was in the Bay Area for a long weekend and visited the SF store for the first time. As expected, absolutely no exotic shell and Robert (nice guy) said that none is expected for at least the rest of this year. I needed another pair of boots for the rest of the summer so ended up buying the unlined flex welt snuff chukka.

Wore them the next day and was at a Starbucks waiting for my espresso when this cutie got her coffee and walked by saying "wow, nice shoes!". Other than some friends, strangers never comment on my shoes (except for my nat CXL Indy's once). Made my day!

Nice. I am visiting San Francisco this weekend. I plan on stopping by Alden SF and Unionmade.
post #55083 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


Is that what "only necessary" means? I always thought it was for when your shoes looked dull. For instance, you would do it once a year to bring the shine up.

I'm not the authority on the subject, but shell should be able to be buffed back to a high shine with no polish, even after a few years of wear.  This is because of the natural waxes and oils in the leather.  The thing that causes a shine is a smooth surface, so if you can bring out the oils on the surface, and make them smooth and even with buffing and brushing, you should not need polish.  I don't think wax once a year is a bad thing, just not necessary to get a good shine.

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Definitely good advice. The only variation I added was to clean with a little Lexol before starting. From that point it was just water and brushing. Pretty amazing to think (for a novice like me) that we can somehow make shoes that can be shined and cared for with no polish. Here's the results so far....

The lighting really doesn't do them justice as they really have a nice shine to them. All with not one bit of polish. I will continue this method and even try the dear bone once it arrives, but I am truly blown away with this less is more concept. I can certainly see why people pay a premium for shell. Again, thanks.

They look great, good job!  You will only get better with practice.

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Gladly, here goes.....



What this effort has shown me is that I now need to work on the welt. Other than that, I am quite pleased with how these have turned out (so far).
Fine job shawnc. They look great.
post #55085 of 90153
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Those look like Unlined Brooks Brothers LHS with natural welt and sole?  What is the story behind them?

post #55086 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Definitely good advice. The only variation I added was to clean with a little Lexol before starting. From that point it was just water and brushing. Pretty amazing to think (for a novice like me) that we can somehow make shoes that can be shined and cared for with no polish. Here's the results so far....



The lighting really doesn't do them justice as they really have a nice shine to them. All with not one bit of polish. I will continue this method and even try the dear bone once it arrives, but I am truly blown away with this less is more concept. I can certainly see why people pay a premium for shell. Again, thanks.

well done job!
post #55087 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Nice. I am visiting San Francisco this weekend. I plan on stopping by Alden SF and Unionmade.

Didn't have time to make it by Unionmade. Weather was perfect. Enjoy!
post #55088 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Those look like Unlined Brooks Brothers LHS with natural welt and sole?  What is the story behind them?

Bakes11771 - I wish I knew. I picked these up used off of ebay before I had any clue what shell cordovan meant. I fell in love with them because I like the versatility of cordovan and I had never seen shoes with a natural welt (I didn't even know what a welt was). I just knew I liked the look and that Alden was a pretty high-end shoe. So, I don't know the history but your assumption is correct, they are the LHS BB unlined. BTW, thanks again for the advice on the method of care. They are coming along nicely.
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

well done job!

Thanks for the words mcarthur. I followed your you tube clip and will continue to use it as I try to get these to pop.
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Do any of you guys own both the Alden Indy boots and the Wolverine 1000 miles and can compare the fit? 

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Originally Posted by OlafG View Post

Do any of you guys own both the Alden Indy boots and the Wolverine 1000 miles and can compare the fit? 
If you google alden indy boot vs 1000 mile you will find enough on the subject to keep you reading all day and then some
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What is the method for getting scratches out of shell with a spoon?
post #55092 of 90153
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Great gunboats!
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Oh and there I'd thought you'd just taken your Alden family on a vacation. :-)

Nice shine on all of them!
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Wow, that's impressive.
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
job well done
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

wow, looking great !
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Love the Ravello LWBs!

Thanks very much to all!
post #55093 of 90153
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Originally Posted by Rishi Kakar View Post

When buying boots such as the naval boot by leffot, have forum members found the need to go with their usual barrie size or did you find the need to go a half size up from barrie. Request Naval boot owners sharing their experience on sizing. Thank you.
I recently returned a pair of Flex-Toe Suede Chukkas to J. Crew which I had purchased 0.5 size down from TTS because they were too small.

This after having moved on from a pair of calf LWB that I'd purchased TTS which I felt were too big. So I'm stuck trying to work out the Barrie boot versus Barrie shoe size as well.

Now I'm trying to decide between the cordovan cap-toe boot TTS, or the Indy (Trubalance) in 0.5 size down.

I just wish they had the LWB in shell in my size (0.5 down). I'd be satisfied if they had it on back order.
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Are you positive the chukka was on the Barrie? Often they are on the Leydon
post #55095 of 90153
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Originally Posted by OlafG View Post

Do any of you guys own both the Alden Indy boots and the Wolverine 1000 miles and can compare the fit? 

Sizing is just about the same IMO. 

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