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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

good to know, thanks for the info. seems I'll have to grab some saphir cream for future use

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

^^ yes, good input, Bakes. I will also have to get some Saphir neutral cream. I've found that sometimes Reno or VSC don't seem to moisturize enough. And I usually don't want to add any color.

After experiencing success using saphir cream on my whiskey LWB's, I decided to try it on my BB color 8 LHS's. These were my first shells and I got them off of eBay before I knew what shell was. When I couldn't get them to pop I kept polishing with regular shoe polish after almost every wear. By the time I knew what I had I had done considerable damage. I've used almost everything to bring them back to life, including renovateur, a deer bone, and my wife's stockings, among other things. I have been able to undo the damage but was still not able to get them to pop. Well today I tried the saphir cream and boy do they pop.

I was so psyched about the results that one by one I ended up hitting my entire color 8 family. Below is a family shot. Unfortunately my iPad really doesn't do a good job of taking pictures, but here goes:






My babies. They grow up so fast.....

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post #64967 of 79179
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post



After experiencing success using saphir cream on my whiskey LWB's, I decided to try it on my BB color 8 LHS's. These were my first shell' sand I got them off of eBay before I knew what shell was. When I couldn't get them to pop I kept polishing with regular shoe polish after almost every wear. By the time I knew what I had I had done considerable damage. I've used almost everything to bring them back to life, including renovateur, a deer bone, and my wife's stockings, among other things. I have been able to undo the damage but was still not able to get them to pop. Well today I tried the saphir cream and boy do they pop.

I was so psyched about the results that one by one I ended up hiring my entire color 8 family. Below is a family shot. Unfortunately my iPad really doesn't do a good job of taking pictures, but here goes:
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My babies. They grow up so fast.....

 

They look awesome! Keep up the great work! Man, I think I am going to order some Saphir Reno and Neutral Cream!!!

 

-Mike

post #64968 of 79179
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Sir, you bring up many good points that I probably should have mentioned.

I live in Southern California, so I do not need warm or cool weather shoes, as the weather just doesn't fluctuate much here.

For rainy days, I have two sets of Bostonians that I wear (a set at home and a set at the office). For lighter raining days, or days with a decently low probability of rain, I wear my Alden Perforated Cap Toes in Color 8 or my Allen Edmonds Cambridges in Burgundy Shell. Those two are also my travel shoes. I picked them solely because of their age and the darker color can withstand more of a beating without showing flaws.

I am not unhappy with any of my shoes in particular and I do a decent job of rotating through my shoes. I am unhappy with how long I take to phase my shoes in though, but that is more a issue with me wanting to baby my new shoes. My main predicament is that I am honestly running low on places to store them... :-)

Thanks,
Mike

Yeah, I should have figured you lived in a warm weather climate given the relative lack of high boots. I definitely cycle through shoes seasonally. I wore my cigar LSH multiple times a week during the summer and have stopped wearing them. Right now I am wearing boots (wore Leffot tankers today, will wear Context tankers tomorrow, wore AoC wingtip boots and Alden black captoes last weekend, etc) so my casual bluchers aren't getting as much wear. I try to break them out on Fridays. Come summer, boots will be sparingly worn.

If you rotate your shoes, then clearly you get value out of all of them. There are some shoes (mainly ones that I bought because they were "special makeups" or "rare" or something like that) that I wore once or twice then sat ignored for weeks or months, largely because I prefered an other older pair (these include cigar PTBs, cigar Indy boots, Leffot antique color 8 naval boots, whiskey NSTs, etc). Those types of shoes I sell.
post #64969 of 79179
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Originally Posted by BWV988 View Post

Breaking in my first pair of Aldens today. Color #8 Plaza last slip-on chukka from LS. I still have a long way to go as far as Mac-ing them.

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Not everyone's cup of tea, I realize, but I'm pleased with them. Next week my second pair (Whiskey NSTs) arrive!

wear in good health
post #64970 of 79179
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post

Do I Have Too Many Shoes?

Good Evening All,

I wished to pose a question to the forum to see what everyone has to say. I also thought that it would be fun to post my shoe family one at a time. I will save you the task of counting, I currently have 21 pairs of shoes (16 in Shell Cordovan, 4 in Calfskin, and 1 in Suede) with four more on the way (3 in the mail, 1 on order). So, how many shoes is too many?

Here is my entire collection, the shoes that are still on their way or listed below.

On their way (literally in the mail right now):
-Allen Edmonds Harrison in Black Shell Cordovan (MTO)
-Alden Leisure Handsewn in Ravello Shell Cordovan
-Alden Plain Toe Blutcher in Ravello Shell Cordovan

On order (shipping someday):
-Alden Shortwing Balmoral in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

What do you think?

Thanks,
Mike

That's a lot of shoes but what makes this collection so special is not the quantity but the quality. Amazing.
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post #64972 of 79179
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Hate to deadhorse-a.gif ...but  damn!! These so stunning. For me, they fall in the top three shoes/boots in the thread...or any thread!

And another nicely composed birds eye shot.

Agreed - Mr DV, these boots are out of control !
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Uncle - great combo and super shine!
post #64974 of 79179
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

After experiencing success using saphir cream on my whiskey LWB's, I decided to try it on my BB color 8 LHS's. These were my first shells and I got them off of eBay before I knew what shell was. When I couldn't get them to pop I kept polishing with regular shoe polish after almost every wear. By the time I knew what I had I had done considerable damage. I've used almost everything to bring them back to life, including renovateur, a deer bone, and my wife's stockings, among other things. I have been able to undo the damage but was still not able to get them to pop. Well today I tried the saphir cream and boy do they pop.

I was so psyched about the results that one by one I ended up hitting my entire color 8 family. Below is a family shot. Unfortunately my iPad really doesn't do a good job of taking pictures, but here goes:
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




My babies. They grow up so fast.....

 

Very very nice! I've used Reno, but now it appears that I'll be experimenting with the cordovan cream in the future.

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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Uncle - great combo and super shine!

nephew,

thank you
post #64976 of 79179
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Originally Posted by scb View Post

besides Alden Madison (don't have my size), who has navy suede chukkas?

Call Alden San Francisco.  They had some navy chukkas last time I was there, I just can't recall if they were suede or CXL.

post #64977 of 79179
mdubs - you have a great collection. It's evident you take great care of them.

I often ask myself the same questions when I look in my closet.

Honestly, I can't imagine any man needing more than 7 pair of shoes : 3 dress, 2 casual, 1 boot, 1 sneaker. I bet more than 75% of men have 7 or less.
That being said, this thread is not about shoes that we "need". So if you're happy with the collection, wear them and enjoy them.
post #64978 of 79179
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Saphir Cordovan Cream in Neutral infuses very much moisture into shell.  More so than Reno/Venetian.  I have all 3.  It is said that it will temporarily darken whiskey, but that once it dries it will return to its original shade.  For this reason, I hesitate to suggest it for your situation.  All that I can attest to is that the stuff really moisturizes.

No. It's be disputed repeatedly on here.  Nobody has been able to offer any concrete evidence that it has adverse effects.  The best that has been offered is theorization.

You should get the Lexol wipes for your leather furniture.  I know that doesn't help you use up your VSC.

Reno vs VSC has been debated repeatedly on this thread.  Nobody has been able to offer any proof that one is superior to the other.  One smells better, one is cheaper.  As far as results, there really is no discernible difference, and I would be skeptical of anyone who says otherwise.

Yes, this is one of a few common problems that occur with speed hooks.  Also one of the reasons why they are a deal-breaker for me every time, except for non-alden boots.

I used a reasonably heavy application of Saphir neutral cream on a pair of my whiskeys in an effort to slightly darken them. It worked.
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For the whisky nst 24061 anyone know why sole looks so much sleeker than your typical Barrie? Heel is definitely narrower and waist looks to be as well. Fit feels the same though
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I've gotten great results from the Saphir cordovan cream in black, brown and color 8, and it looks like I will be trying neutral now. I prefer Alden's brown on cigar, but for black and color 8 I still use Saphir when I want to add color.
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