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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    try this- use a damp smooth cloth and hand rub the area
     
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    +1 - this works wonders. As I go learning, I'd also recommend not putting any sort of wax over the creases. Just brush the crap out of them. Otherwise it starts caking in and will look awkward. Mac's method only ever calls for wax very sparingly - so if that's a standard thing for you, you're probably using too much.
     
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    thank you sir! will try tonight.
     
  5. mcarthur

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    please post results
     
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    Cigar Indys today. Very nice weather we are having here in the NW.

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    If you're ever in Nashville and need a good shine on your Aldens, head to the Marriott on West End Avenue and talk to the shoe shine guy there, Charles. When I told him I didn't want anything but wax and I wanted him to brush the hell out of them, he responded with, "Must be Aldens, huh?" The picture below doesn't do it justice, but he put a wicked shine on them... #8 Shortwings. Excuse the terrible hotel room carpet.

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    Nice. What shirt, btw?
     
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    isn't there a separate thread for that?
     
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    If you used wax, you did not "do the Mac method".

    Mac method = wipe down with a damp cloth, then brush until your arms fall off.

    If you want to "shine" shell, you could use Saphir Renovateur.
     
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    I thought the mac method called for a wax every 15 or so wears, no?
     
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    If it is a rough and chalky area I had this on my #8 cap toe boots. I used Saphir Renovateur on it and it made it better. If you do not have that you can use a lot of similar shoe care products.
     
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    I do not recommend using renovateur on shell. It contains turpentine which opens the shell's pores. If one religiously follows the Mac method then the shoes shouldn't need any additional help shining.
     
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    I don't think you need to be puritanical when it comes to paste wax. Alden itself markets paste wax for cordovan shoes - you just have to use it correctly. You can use wax on your cordovan, but they key is to use it lightly and sparingly... Also, don't apply too much to the creases. Between using wax, maintenance with the Mac method is key.


    Edit - Also, a lot of people like to use Reno on your shell (including myself)

    With shoe care, there seems to be a lot of disagreement - I think the key is that cordovan looks best when wiped down, brushed and buffed regularly. Some people will use product, some won't, but whatever product you use, don't use too much
     
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    This is the first I've ever heard anything negative about using renovateur on shell. I use it on mine once a year and then do nothing else save the mac method minus the wax polish step. I get great results.
     
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  18. phototristan

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    I just use a wax about once a year on my shells and Venetian Shoe Cream in between 'mac methods'. The Venetian has a bit of wax in it and I find it does an excellent job of adding some shine. I like it better than Saphir, plus it's made in the USA and cheaper to buy too. It's also what Horween themselves use.
     
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    Brushing never seems to do anything for me - what am I doing wrong?
     
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