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Alden Cordovan Shell - cleaning issue

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by b3nder, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. b3nder

    b3nder New Member

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    Hello everybody

    I recently got a nice pair of Alden cordovans (dark burgundy). When I got the shoes they were already shined. I was wearing them every 3rd day for about two weeks, and was brushing them as soon as I came home from the office. One day after light rain, I wiped them dry right after I came home.

    After they dried (48 hours), I noticed small "stains" on the leather which felt also rough like dried out leather. I tried to brush the shoe and work on it with a deer bone and more brushing. However, the stains didn't seem to go away. I also tried to apply a small amount Alden's fine paste wax... without any satisfying result either.

    I attached two photos of the spots on the shoe. Does one of you know how to get rid of those spots?

    Thank you in advance


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  3. SoGent

    SoGent Senior member

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    those aren't stains . . . . they're welts from the rain.
    had the same problem with my first cordovan, which happened to be one of my favorite boots

    all you need do is 'press' the welts out ( for lack of a better word ) using either an abbeyhorn sleeking bone or a spoon.

    my experience - which some may disagree with - is to lubricate the sleeking bone / spoon with a tiny bit of saphir crème delicate. the only reason I mention that particular brand is that it is all I've ever used for this process. contrary to what some may say, the deer bone is crap - it's bulky and ineffective for the natural curvatures of a pair of shoes.

    the more pressure the better because what you will actually be doing is re-compacting the shell fibers
    using a tiny bit of saphir as a lubricant more than anything. if you still encounter some discoloration, you can do the same thing with a tiny bit of cream polish in an appropriate color.

    if you choose to use a spoon, make sure you don't drag the 'edge' of it across the leather or you will scratch what you've already done. if you choose to use cream polish . . . . tiny tiny amounts also known as using only what you need, you aren't trying to re-color the shoe.

    take your time, keep at it, you'll be fine - it will lessen the appearance of the welts
     
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    Thanks for the hint. I will try the Abbeyhorn bone.

    Is it normal for cordovan shell to be that fragile when it comes to water? Till now I thought that it can take water drops quite well...

    Cheers
     


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    shell is notoriously susceptible to these welts from rain etc
     


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