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Curious has wearing these harsh weather helped even out the coloring? I have a couple shell pairs with color differences between left and right -- all more noticable than your pair though
Well something has evened out the color to the point I was comfortable wearing them in public on a sunny day 😅..but.. I couldn't say if it was taking them out in wet conditions or simply time taking its toll or all brushing ,or a combination of everything, or whatever..to my eye they aren't quite as different in color as they were.

The guy I have do my re-soles and put on taps gave me a jar of something labeled as "special cordovan. Uncolored. Made in France". My thought was that it was a something from Saphir that my guy was familiar with. Of course I've heard a thousand times not to use regular neutral on cordovan. But this was "special cordovan". I tested it on some old throwaways and then spot tested it on the monks..seemed ok..but when I did them in their entirely the right side stayed dark. Was it the product? Was it something hidden in the leather that the product brought out? I can't say. My hope in wearing them out to get soaked was that whatever chemical l/product might get out..but I wasn't basing that on anything but hope..
So no, I wouldn't go around on the threads recommending anyone follow my example. I was willing to take a loss on these. I wasn't wearing them due to the color difference. An unworn pair in the closet is just as good as a pair in the garbage. Rain doesn't really bother shell all that much anyways. My go to bad weather boots are Alden shells that I've had around 15 years now..and while perhaps not showpieces, they've held up quite nicely.


The offending jar..my cobbler sells only Saphir so I figured the stuff being made in France was also from Saphir. Needless to say..never used again..
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i have a pair of natural shell longwings that arrived with the colors all over the place. the nyc 45th st store assured me they'd even out to the same color. It's been 6 years and I still have 2 multicolor shoes. I should have just refused them when they arrived
 

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Well something has evened out the color to the point I was comfortable wearing them in public on a sunny day 😅..but.. I couldn't say if it was taking them out in wet conditions or simply time taking its toll or all brushing ,or a combination of everything, or whatever..to my eye they aren't quite as different in color as they were.

The guy I have do my re-soles and put on taps gave me a jar of something labeled as "special cordovan. Uncolored. Made in France". My thought was that it was a something from Saphir that my guy was familiar with. Of course I've heard a thousand times not to use regular neutral on cordovan. But this was "special cordovan". I tested it on some old throwaways and then spot tested it on the monks..seemed ok..but when I did them in their entirely the right side stayed dark. Was it the product? Was it something hidden in the leather that the product brought out? I can't say. My hope in wearing them out to get soaked was that whatever chemical l/product might get out..but I wasn't basing that on anything but hope..
So no, I wouldn't go around on the threads recommending anyone follow my example. I was willing to take a loss on these. I wasn't wearing them due to the color difference. An unworn pair in the closet is just as good as a pair in the garbage. Rain doesn't really bother shell all that much anyways. My go to bad weather boots are Alden shells that I've had around 15 years now..and while perhaps not showpieces, they've held up quite nicely.


The offending jar..my cobbler sells only Saphir so I figured the stuff being made in France was also from Saphir. Needless to say..never used again.. View attachment 2154159 View attachment 2154161


Just cause it says it's from France....

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Just cause it says it's from France....

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Well..mostly because I trusted the cobbler..he's the only one I know of in the area that handles higher end footwear.. ..but yes..the spurious connection was a poor assumption on my part..I never asked. It was a guess. I would have still used it off of the cobblers advice if it was named Skoda and made in the Czech Republic. Not that it would change much of anything anyways being saphir or skoda. I used a product a professional leather worker gave me for a specific type of leather. It didn't work as thought. That I guessed it might be saphir due to his stocking saphir and it being from France was a secondary consideration at best. Saphir is great and my go to product line..but they're not the only ones making decent shoe products either.
 
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burgundy marbled cordovan. can't decide between whole cut shoe, single or double monk
 

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burgundy marbled cordovan. can't decide between whole cut shoe, single or double monk
If it were me, I would choose a single monk. Shows off the leather more than the double monk, and maybe a bit more versatile than a whole cut. Do you have a picture of the shell?
 

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If it were me, I would choose a single monk. Shows off the leather more than the double monk, and maybe a bit more versatile than a whole cut. Do you have a picture of the shell?
not yet. i was leaning towards single monk. now which one?...
 
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Hi All,

I'm making my first custom order of Carmina chelsea boots (80216). The leather color will be Bourbon codovan. What I'm having a difficult time choosing is the elastic band color.

I would appreciate some advice (especially if you've gone through this process before) considering the website order page is all rendered in 3D and I have no clue if any of that is accurate.

I iniitially thought I'd go with chestnut which looks unoffensive

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But then I saw red...

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And orange...


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And camel...


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...and now I'm suffering from some serious decision fatigue. They all look good, but I can't tell if these are truly reflective of what the actual colors will look in general, and against the leather. The rendered lighting look like it's in a studio or a Carmina store.

Would appreciate any advice you can give. I'm leaning towards orange but I've never seen orange rendered in a way where it looks like it's almost a dark ruby.

Thanks!
 

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Hello!
It seems to me that Carmina has raised prices?
I have a custom design that the designer estimated at 610 USD, but now it costs 640 USD.
Has anyone else noticed this, or is my memory failing me?
 

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Hello!
It seems to me that Carmina has raised prices?
I have a custom design that the designer estimated at 610 USD, but now it costs 640 USD.
Has anyone else noticed this, or is my memory failing me?
Your memory is trustworthy. They raised their prices a couple days ago.
 

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Hi All,

I'm making my first custom order of Carmina chelsea boots (80216). The leather color will be Bourbon codovan. What I'm having a difficult time choosing is the elastic band color.

I would appreciate some advice (especially if you've gone through this process before) considering the website order page is all rendered in 3D and I have no clue if any of that is accurate.

I iniitially thought I'd go with chestnut which looks unoffensive

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But then I saw red...

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And orange...


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And camel...


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...and now I'm suffering from some serious decision fatigue. They all look good, but I can't tell if these are truly reflective of what the actual colors will look in general, and against the leather. The rendered lighting look like it's in a studio or a Carmina store.

Would appreciate any advice you can give. I'm leaning towards orange but I've never seen orange rendered in a way where it looks like it's almost a dark ruby.

Thanks!

Personally I would go for camel that provides a nice and subtle contrast, but all options look good. Follow your instinct.
 

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