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Originally Posted by krackpot View Post

I picked up my first pair of shell #8 captoe commandos a few weeks ago and have been looking for an answer that will help me with break in. I stare at them daily pondering how I should go about doing this and if I'm missing anything... I did pick up a horsehair brush, cedar shoe trees, Saphir Renovateur, and color 8 cordovan paste wax (both of which I've not used yet).

I've read Mac's break-in guide to wearing them for 3 sessions on carpet (which I've yet to do), but also flipping through some of the pictures in this thread have noticed that the shine on most of the boots I see are crisp and extremely polished, but out of the box, mine seem like they have a light oily sheen on them. I've tried brushing it out with no application of any creme or product. Some parts of the boot still look a bit "oily" while some parts are a little dull (as opposed to having a wet nail polish look I see in a lot of the pictures in this thread).

Is this shine developed over time? Does anyone apply anything prior to wearing them for the first time ever? (Sorry for asking questions that may have already been asked and answered)

I'll try to post some pics to show what I mean when I can. Thanks!


Brush with horse hair brush and buff with a soft cloth, out of the box.  With commando soles, I don't think you need to wear several times on carpet if you are already sold on the fit. Wear and enjoy them my friend!

 

Many of the pictures here look "glass-like," "dipped in liquid chocolate," etc... due to the correct outdoor lighting and sometimes manipulative electronic apps.  Wipe down with a damp, soft towel, brush, and buff before wearing (or after).  They will look great!  Apply wax or conditioning cream a couple of times each year.  The conditioning and wax doesn't do a whole lot to make them shine, imho.

 

These are pics of mine that have not seen any wax yet...

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post #62807 of 94227
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 


Brush with horse hair brush and buff with a soft cloth, out of the box.  With commando soles, I don't think you need to wear several times on carpet if you are already sold on the fit. Wear and enjoy them my friend!

 

Many of the pictures here look "glass-like," "dipped in liquid chocolate," etc... due to the correct outdoor lighting and sometimes manipulative electronic apps.  Wipe down with a damp, soft towel, brush, and buff before wearing (or after).  They will look great!  Apply wax or conditioning cream a couple of times each year.  The conditioning and wax doesn't do a whole lot to make them shine, imho.

 

These are pics of mine that have not seen any wax yet...

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Really great looking.  A man taking care of his things.  

post #62808 of 94227

Nine-Eight-Six, EP Linen & OTC
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Ultimate Jumpers at the Topsfield Fair.




Surprisingly I haven't seen much shell smile.gif
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post #62810 of 94227
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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post
 

Really great looking.  A man taking care of his things.  

Thank you my friend.  It's actually much less maintenance than I originally anticipated.

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Nine-Eight-Six, EP Linen & OTC


Great looking fall ensemble my friend...

post #62812 of 94227
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 


Brush with horse hair brush and buff with a soft cloth, out of the box.  With commando soles, I don't think you need to wear several times on carpet if you are already sold on the fit. Wear and enjoy them my friend!

 

Many of the pictures here look "glass-like," "dipped in liquid chocolate," etc... due to the correct outdoor lighting and sometimes manipulative electronic apps.  Wipe down with a damp, soft towel, brush, and buff before wearing (or after).  They will look great!  Apply wax or conditioning cream a couple of times each year.  The conditioning and wax doesn't do a whole lot to make them shine, imho.

 

These are pics of mine that have not seen any wax yet...

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RTP you have an outstanding collection and very well cared for. Keep up the love.

post #62813 of 94227
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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post

Really great looking.  A man taking care of his things.  
+1 RTP. Really showing a lot of shell today.
post #62814 of 94227
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


black WT
argyles otc

Welcome back Uncle, so good to see you. I need to add a black shell to my collection and am tied between these wingtip bals and black PTBs. Which way would you swing?

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Nine-Eight-Six, EP Linen & OTC
great looking penny's sir.
post #62816 of 94227
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Great lineup.  FWIW, I didn't like the pull tabs, so I called Alden HQ and asked them if they would remove for me, and they did, free of charge.  Mr Sazon originally turned me on to the idea, and it's really helped with my trousers riding up on my legs, esp after sitting.

BTW, haven't posted for several months, but surprised to see how much tougher the exotics are to find compared to this time last year.  A friend of mine is in the market for anything in Cigar or Ravello in a size 12, and I can't point him toward one source.  Fortunately for me, I stocked up last year with the purchase of 15 pairs of shell in about every model I fancied (props to SFTG for his counsel throughout that process...)

Hope everyone's enjoying the weekend!

Thanks for the kind words. Welcome back.
post #62817 of 94227
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

They also sell Saphir Reno and Cordovan creme
http://horween.bigcartel.com/

Both work well think VSC gives more of a shine

I agree both brands work well. In my experience, I would put VSC and Saphir cordovan cream on equal footing for shine, with Reno a bit better than both of them for shine.
post #62818 of 94227

what does this forum think of the double monk alfred sargent from j. crew?  I'm looking for a brown dress shoe around that price point.

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Originally Posted by newbiealden View Post

what does this forum think of the double monk alfred sargent from j. crew?  I'm looking for a brown dress shoe around that price point.

If you can get a coupon that works, they're a no brainier. Also do a search for the Ramsey model. I've got that in whiskey cordo and navy calf.
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

Good sir, your wingtips are quite sublime and very well polished.

nephew,

thank you
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