Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.
Could transportation be an issue? Mongolia is landlocked, if memory serves.
Wanted to post my experience with some Alden Leather Defender I just purchased. I was Mac methoding my shell Alden captoes (which I bought new) and the shell Townleys (also bought new). I bought the Defender to prevent the dots that form when you get some water spots, etc.
You're supposed to apply the Defender with a cloth and then remove it AFTER you mac method or shine your shell shoes. For the Alden's it was no problem. I added the Defender and the same luster and shine remained. For the AEs. the white cloth I used had brown stains that were removed by the Defender. Even more, the shoes were murky and lost the luster. The shine definitely was reduced. It was like applying butter to some previously shiny shoes. The Alden cloth had no stains after I used it.
So, I reMac'd the Townleys and re-attained the shine. Did not re-apply the Defender. I probably removed the Defender, but not sure. It may be that the polish that AE adds on came off a bit, but I don't know.
I've probably Mac'd the Aldens 2-3 times and the Townleys 5 or 6. I've never applied any Saphir products or Venetian creme to either of these. Just Mac'd and some flannel cloths to bring out the shine.
Why not just use we cordovan care cream?
Cappucino is a subset of brown/cigar, which do need better hides than color 8 or black. Horween likely produces very little of cappucino-finished shell, relegating those hides for brown, cigar, and dark cognac.
So I just took a look at my ("Dark Brown") Cognac McTavishes after my trip to Europe and realized the double butyl soles took a real beating. It seems that broken glass shards in the streets and/or pubs of Basel, Switzerland found their way into the outsole and really did a number on them. It looks like they've been through a cheese grater.
I've since taken as much of the glass out as I could, but I wonder if there's anything I can to do the damaged sole. Perhaps Conditioner/Cleaner or Leather Lotion to replenish the dry fibers?
Right, with glass, with flash:
Right, with glass:
Right, with glass, closeup:
Left, no glass:
Should I use shoe trees in my AE Bayfield (CXL leather)? My feet tend to sweat more with these than with any others - I've just been wearing them around the house trying to get the new-boot squeak out of them and my socks are damp.
I'd like to dry them out with shoe trees, but I'm afraid they'll deform the boots. Please advise.
Yes. Always shoe trees in leather shoes/boots.
If the shoe trees are the correct size they shouldn't deform the shoes.
My McTavish soles look just like that after 3 days in London last weekend. Was wondering what to do about it (if anything)...
Reviews on that cream are not that good esp. in the SF community.
However, my purpose for the Leather Defender is to waterproof the shell as much as possible. I avoid wearing shell when we are having rain in the forecast. However, you can get water sprinkles during surprise showers and in public toilets etc.
I'm confident that the Macmethod is all you need to get the best shine on your shell shoes.
Let us know if you will be able to apply a Vibram outsole to the butyl sole. I am interested in the outcome, since I was told a few times it won't adhere to the butyl sole, which is soaked in oil.
If you're worried about the soles that much pick one of the following:
1) Don't look at them.
2) Budget for a resole job.
I like a combo of 1 and 3 personally.
The spots come off with a cloth after a sprinkle right?
Sometimes. I will wipe the shoes down with the back of my pants to wipe the surface of the shoes dry. However, that's not exact. When I miss them, I will push them down with a metal spoon, then mac method (at the end of the day). The raised bumps aren't visible to 99.99% of the population, but I KNOW they're there.
I guess people have different reasons for applying a topy (sole guard) but I like them because they protect the soles from water specifically. I like butyl soles, however, because the the oil is supposed to provide that protection thereby negating the need for a topy.
That said, never had to worry about broken glass before.
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