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I actually just posted about mine elsewhere. A few light coats of coconut oil fixed the dryness for me, and I'll build up the glaze over time with wear and perhaps a bit of shoe polish.

Interesting. I never heard of coconut oil as a shoe product. Is there a particular brand that you used as I would certainly be willing to consider it. Either way, thanks for the tip.

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Interesting. I never heard of coconut oil as a shoe product. Is there a particular brand that you used as I would certainly be willing to consider it. Either way, thanks for the tip.

 

I was wondering the same thing!

 

-Mike

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I was wondering the same thing!

 

-Mike

 

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Interesting. I never heard of coconut oil as a shoe product. Is there a particular brand that you used as I would certainly be willing to consider it. Either way, thanks for the tip.

Coconut oil is used as a conditioning base in several top of the line conditioners. GlenKaren is probably the best one that comes to mind. I use a 100% pure virgin coconut oil. Whatever brand floats your boat.

 

As with most pure conditioners you have to be rather sparing in your application, but there tends to be quite a bit of leeway with shell and my non-Alden shell was quite dry in comparison to Alden

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^^^ El Argentino, I definitely have got to get a pair of cxl Indy boots. I've got the Innsbruck Indy's in brown cxl and now I'm a huge cxl fan because of its toughness and amazing comfort. Thanks for posting those. Your shoes always look great.

Thanks Spiff. I love the Innsbruck too - that's one of my "ones that got away"
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Dry shell cordovan is easily remedied with conditioning.  Coconut oil could do the trick, while adding a pleasing aroma no doubt.  I have always opted for paste wax, some Saphir or other conditioner, and a deer bone. 

 

Non-Alden shell, which lacks the glazed finish and deeply infused fat/conditioning of Alden's shell, is an opportunity to add patina, color, and conditioning to your liking immediately. 

 

Shell cordovan can be factory tanned, finished, and even embossed in various ways; the product is versatile and robust.  Treat it with kid gloves, or beat it down, just wear the stuff.

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Shell cordovan can be factory tanned, finished, and even embossed in various ways; the product is versatile and robust.  Treat it with kid gloves, or beat it down, just wear the stuff.

Much agreed. The important note with all shoes is to wear them, and wear them hard.

 

I find Saphir a little lacking on the conditioning front, but it certainly shines well

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I live in a snowy, icy climate that can lead to treacherous walking even when I must wear a suit (and they are conservative ones).  Previously, in those times when I had to dress, I took my chances and slid around on Alden double leather soles.  

i am not getting any younger, but am getting smarter:  This Fall I bought a pair of cordovan shortwings with commando sole from Alden of Carmel to wear in the Winter when I must wear a suit.  This Winter I have had the need to wear them more extensively than I would like and I am as sure-footed as a mountain goat in the Andes.

Being shortwings on the Leyden last, they look just fine with suits.  While I would not choose to wear commando soled shoes with suits in normal conditions, I don't think it is any more obvious than with dainite soles and they certainly look more appropriate with suits than snow boots.  
I want to see photos!
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Dry shell cordovan is easily remedied with conditioning.  Coconut oil could do the trick, while adding a pleasing aroma no doubt.  I have always opted for paste wax, some Saphir or other conditioner, and a deer bone. 

Non-Alden shell, which lacks the glazed finish and deeply infused fat/conditioning of Alden's shell, is an opportunity to add patina, color, and conditioning to your liking immediately. 

Shell cordovan can be factory tanned, finished, and even embossed in various ways; the product is versatile and robust.  
Treat it with kid gloves, or beat it down, just wear the stuff.
Amen brother smoothie. Amen!
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Originally Posted by anrobit View Post
 

I actually just posted about mine elsewhere. A few light coats of coconut oil fixed the dryness for me, and I'll build up the glaze over time with wear and perhaps a bit of shoe polish.

I would avoid the use of shoe polish on shell.  You'll accumulate a nasty build up that will look awful.  I would stay with paste wax.  Coconut oil sounds interesting...

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Amen brother smoothie. Amen!

+1, Enjoy often and in great health!

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Black Shell is soooooo classic...and that's port and starboard - not Merry Christmas!

 

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Black Shell is soooooo classic...and that's port and starboard - not Merry Christmas!
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Beautiful PTB's with a great shine TT. 9901's? I'm stealing your dual colored laces look, it's very fashion forward.
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Beautiful PTB's with a great shine TT. 9901's? I'm stealing your dual colored laces look, it's very fashion forward.

 

Thank You BeSpiffington!

 

They are indeed 9901s
It also makes the TSA people much nicer when you have "goofy" laces. :D 

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I'm really sorry if I'm slamming anybody's auction, but some of the descriptions on Ebay really floor me:
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This is not "lightly used, but in good condition!!"

But slamming someone's auction is exactly what you are doing.  And if you were really sorry about doing that, you simply would not do it.  

 

(And not mine by the way.)

 

What does it matter if the seller calls them potato?  As you have shown so well, the seller included a very clear picture of the shoes so that, as you have shown so well, one can make one's own judgment about the condition.  Descriptions are necessarily subjective and, often, open to dispute.    

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^ Yeesh. El Argentino was pointing out a pretty common phenomenon - eBay sellers misrepresenting products. I thought it was funny. The pictures are there, yes, but not all buyers know how to reconcile discrepancies between the pics and the written descriptions. They SHOULD and they need to be careful, but there is a lot of mislabeled stuff out there. The seller SHOULD NOT "call them potato" as you say, when they are not potato. Regardless of pics. So, respectfully, I disagree with your take.
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