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So, I'm getting ready to start my Alden shell family. I have black oxford cap toes and cigar LWB on order.

Here's my question:
If I'm looking for a more faded or aged patina on the LWB's, should I use a lighter polish?

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black medallion tip cap toe boot
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Great looking boots Uncle.
post #69378 of 87378
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Originally Posted by Mr Sola View Post

So, I'm getting ready to start my Alden shell family. I have black oxford cap toes and cigar LWB on order.

Here's my question:
If I'm looking for a more faded or aged patina on the LWB's, should I use a lighter polish?


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.
post #69379 of 87378
Polish, used a few times a year, helps cordovan shoes keep their color and is good for the shoes. However, if you don't want to preserve color (and want accelerated aging), just use Saphir reno a few times a year with no polish.
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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?
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Polish, used a few times a year, helps cordovan shoes keep their color and is good for the shoes. However, if you don't want to preserve color (and want accelerated aging), just use Saphir reno a few times a year with no polish.

Perfect, thank you.
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Perfect, thank you.

 

I personally actually recommend using the Neutral Saphir Cordovan Polish after the Reno if you do not want to add Pigment to the shoe. It will help to moisturize the leather and give it a nice shine, while not "slowing" down the patina process.

 

-Mike

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I personally actually recommend using the Neutral Saphir Cordovan Polish after the Reno if you do not want to add Pigment to the shoe. It will help to moisturize the leather and give it a nice shine, while not "slowing" down the patina process.

-Mike

So what does the reno do that the polish doesn't?
post #69384 of 87378

Alright, I got my Color 8 Full-Straps last night and took a few pictures.

 

They look pretty good to me. They do like they were very briefly tried on, but nothing anywhere close to bothering me. Also there is a slight scratch on the top near the foxing at the back of the shoe, but nothing that a horse hair brush couldn't remove in a few strokes and not anywhere I would even see it anyways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Mike

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Is this an older Alden logo on the insole?

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post #69386 of 87378
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black medallion tip cap toe boot
cashmere otc
Man I really want those boots. How about we get a list together and petition Kathy in DC to get them made?
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Man I really want those boots. How about we get a list together and petition Kathy in DC to get them made?

That can probably be worked. She can submit new designs in the Spring time. But a Black Shell design shouldn't be too hard. It wouldn't hurt if we could get a list of names. She is considering making me a small run of Plaza-lasted Indy's in Ravello. She already has it printed out and in her book. :-)

What last did you want to do this on?

Edit: Thought I would clarify, new designs are designs her shop hasn't done before... Not necessarily new to Alden.

P.S. I would be interested in one as well. If you talk to her, just tell her Mike from San Diego. She will know who I am.
post #69388 of 87378
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So what does the reno do that the polish doesn't?

Reno is a cleaner and conditioner of leather. The Saphir Neutral Cordovan Cream apparently assists more with moisturizing and shining.

I bought my first jar of Saphir Neutral Cordovan Cream this weekend and will be applying it to several shoes to test out some of the results. I like Saphir's black and burgundy cordovan creams.
post #69389 of 87378

Wish I could afford a Christmas present for myself, http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/12/21/alden-shoe-choco-suede-tanker-restock-lsw-ii/.

Anyone in a giving mood I take a 10.5d.

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Wish I could afford a Christmas present for myself, http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2013/12/21/alden-shoe-choco-suede-tanker-restock-lsw-ii/.
Anyone in a giving mood I take a 10.5d.

Wow, nearly $600 for a non-cordovan makeup? Actually it will be over $600 once you include shipping from Hawaii. That's pretty crazy IMO, this must factor in some new price increases from Alden.
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