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Great looking boots Uncle Mac.
I want to get into boots, but the last time I tried some the shaft was really constricting on my ankles. Yours look pretty tight kinda like the way I wore mine. Maybe I'm just not a boot guy? Is there some kinda secret to them not being so tight on the ankles?
Not sure which boots exactly you've had bad experiences with, however some boots can be better than others. Really hard to tell exactly what your problem maybe. I can't personally imagine it myself, but some people may just not prefer to wear boots. Besides how you lace them and how tightly you are accustom to lacing your boots the way they've cut the tongue can also have an impact in regards to how comfortable a boot may or may not wear as well. Are there any particular styles of boots you don't mind wearing?
In case anyone is interested... some shell J. Crew captoes next to these WWII Impressions US Marine Service Shoes (paid $220 for these and they're reasonably well made):
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They appear to be cxl.
I am not keen on the edging.
I kindly suggest spending some time searching the thread and googling the care of shell cordovan. You will see that you should really not polish at all. The patina comes with time. Polish is not good for cordovan.
I've read quite a bit, especially concerning the Mac method. IIFC, he recommends polishing every 15 or so wears. I have also seen him recommend "Brown" Alden polish, which I am assuming is because it matches the original color of the shoe.
My questions is: If I want the shoe to develop a lighter patina should I choose a a lighter polish?