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Success...........FINALLY! For the first time, I am really happy with the shine on what were previously abused LHS color 8 shell's. Before I share my method, I want to say thanks to all of the members of this site who graciously gave advice.

First, there is really no sage wisdom I can impart. The overwhelming majority of my time involved good ole elbow power. While technique definitely helps, this is mostly an exercise of effort and perseverance. After seeing some of the amazing shines on this site, I was determined to make the effort.

My last 3 shines I have started off by scrubbing slightly with a damp/wet towel (aka Mac method). I have also declined to use any polish or wax as I attempted to completely remove all residue and leftover polish. This was the first time that when I finished wiping with the damp towel that the towel was completely white. This gave me comfort that I had finally got all the old gunk out. The last time I cleaned them I used a bit of Saphir renovater and this undoubtably helped in this regard.

After wiping, I brushed with a horsehair brush for about 5 minutes per shoe (until it felt like my arm was going to fall off). I then boned each shoe (still can't say that with a straight face) with a dear bone. Rather than boning one and letting it sit while boning the other, I boned a shoe and immediately brushed with my horsehair brush. I wanted to spread the oils that the bone raises immediately after boning. Moved to the other shoe and used the same procedure.

Used a little Saphir renovater, brushed, and buffed. Then, for the first time in 3 cleanings, I applied a tiny amount of Saphir cordovan wax. Brushed some more and buffed. Then brushed some more. I'm finally happy with the results. Unfortunately I don't have any before pictures, but here is the after.



Again, thanks to all for some very good advice.

a job well done

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post #55367 of 91527
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post
I applied a tiny amount of Saphir cordovan wax. Brushed and buffed

^^^This^^^

 

(That Saphir Cordovan Cream could literally make a turd shine)

 

Of course brushing and buffing are also two of the main active ingredients in every good shine.

 

 

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^^^This^^^
 
Noice combo. Specially the pantalon.
post #55368 of 91527
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I'm intrigued by the Grant lasted wingtip bals. I wonder if this differs all that much from the look of the Hampton.

Everything else appears to be on the Barrie. mad.gif

These - 974 and 9741 - are marked incorrectly, and are not on the Grant.. I am 100% sure of it. They are on the Tremont. I have emailed them in the past about it, to no avail.
post #55369 of 91527
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Does anyone know who carries an nst tanker boot on a double leather soul?

I received an email from Yenni today at Alden Carmel. He is currently accepting (very limited) preorders for a color 8 NST boot on the Plaza. Not sure if its double leather sole though.
post #55370 of 91527
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Ravello from AofC.  

beautiful lwbs.

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Wore my new snuff suede flex-welts today.  They will take some getting used to.  I'm so used to wearing 1lb 10oz boots with lining and double leather soles that these feel like I have nothing on.  Almost "squishy" and insecure.  blush.gif  I think they will be super comfortable for lounging about but not for any heavy walking.

I like that picture. great colors, great boots.

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I certainly agree...  summer casual

 

An evening out with jeans...

 

 

Trust me my friend, you can not go wrong with color 8!!  icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif(esp since you can't find any ravello or hardly any cigar)  Happy hunting...

nice look rtp, that's a confident combo right there, I like the brooks brothers patchwork pants.

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AWESOME boots uncle. not fair.

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

From yesterday:

Color #8 and alpine grain saddle shoes from Leffot along with some Nantucket Reds that my wife brought me back from a recent trip to the East Coast: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

confident combo there mp. very nice work.

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And I like those trousers.

nice looking saddles. bold combinations.

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You mean these ones? mwink[1].gif






I was getting dressed for work this morning and decided to take them out of the closet and off the market. nod[1].gif

After not wearing them for months, I think I suddenly like them much much more. I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

off the market for sure. I wish I had a pair.

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great looking sw uncle. perfect as usual.

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B] Fok's edit: I'm sorta sick of this guy, so I edited out the quoted text. Essentially, when he was informed of his infractions, he decided to insult the mod, who was just doing his job, and gave some BS story about how he may or may not have been shilling his own sales. So he was booted. End of story.


Wow.

"He explained that he used Style Forum more to read about and learn than to write and sell items."

However...


"...he informed me that 98% of his time was spent in the Alden Thread and that he was a very reliable seller, who always sold top quality items and made sure that his products were well kept and shipped immediately."
post #55372 of 91527
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Wow ! NICE!
sazon, thank you vey much sir.
post #55373 of 91527
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
looking good and good shine on your boots
I like your bordeaux
Thank you Uncle.
post #55374 of 91527
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post


wow.

I wonder if I could get my AE brown patriots to look that good. they are very hazy, seems some renomat might be in the works for them

Elbow power my-man (and definitely view the Mac Method you tube video). Mine are nice shoes but they were definitely abused as I had no idea of what shell cordovan was when I brought them used off of ebay. My instinct was to shine, shine, shine. If I can get these shoes to pop, there is definitely hope for your AE's.
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a job well done

Thanks mcarthur. Again, it was your you tube video that gave me the instruction and confidence to see this through. I would have never ever thought of applying a damp cloth to good shoes as a regular method of cleaning. Additionally, it made me feel less silly about my purchase of a deer bone. When I did it, it reeked of desperation but I very glad I took the plunge.
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

^^^This^^^

(That Saphir Cordovan Cream could literally make a turd shine)

Of course brushing and buffing are also two of the main active ingredients in every good shine.

I'm going to take your word on the turd thing smile.gif, but you have been consistent in your advice on brushing and buffing. They are definitely key.
post #55375 of 91527
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Perfect. Just perfect.
Thank you very much
post #55376 of 91527
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

I received an email from Yenni today at Alden Carmel. He is currently accepting (very limited) preorders for a color 8 NST boot on the Plaza. Not sure if its double leather sole though.

just an fyi - Yenni is a woman and works at J. Gilbert (Adam is the fellow that runs AoC, and he helps J. Gilbert with their orders). If I had to guess, I'd say the boots are on commando sole as this is one of the shop's "standard" makeups. I have the plain toe version.
post #55377 of 91527
^ it seems context and leffots versions also have commando soles
post #55378 of 91527
All if this is correct. The plaza last color 8 nst

Thos boot is one of j gilbert's standard make-ups and every time I have seen it, it comes on commando, not double leather, sole.

In fact, just weeks ago j Gilbert received a run of these boots in store that it had ordered last Winter. I do not know if every pair j Gilbert received was pre- sold, so anyone interested in this boot may benefit from calling to ask if the store has his size in stock.

I participated in this preorder, and the boots are magnificent. The Nst style looks great on the plaza last, and the color 8 color on the boots I received was uniform and deep. Personally, I prefer the commando sole on boots - allows them to be functional in bad weather and the low profile of this sole - unlike a vibram sole, for example - makes them almost as dressy as double leather sole. In case it is not clear, I am very pleased with this particular make-up.


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just an fyi - Yenni is a woman and works at J. Gilbert (Adam is the fellow that runs AoC, and he helps J. Gilbert with their orders). If I had to guess, I'd say the boots are on commando sole as this is one of the shop's "standard" makeups. I have the plain toe version.[/quote]
Edited by aldenwear - 7/20/13 at 3:35pm
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I like the commando sole and appreciate its ruggedness. I just don't require ruggedness in my current environment.
post #55380 of 91527
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

I received an email from Yenni today at Alden Carmel. He is currently accepting (very limited) preorders for a color 8 NST boot on the Plaza. Not sure if its double leather sole though.

It is on the commando.

Yenni at JGilbert is a pleasure to work with.
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