Cordovan Care

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CommercialDoc, May 22, 2006.

  1. well-kept

    well-kept Senior member

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    I've been reading about shell cordovan and have stumbled across several posts that warn against the use of shoe trees with shell cordovan shoes. Any idea how valid this claim is?

    Not valid at all. Just be sure the trees aren't overly large, in which case they'll stretch the shoes out of shape. Same goes for calf, of course.
     


  2. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    Remember though to let the shoes cool off first before putting in the trees.

    Do most people agree with the above statement?
     


  3. MellonC

    MellonC Well-Known Member

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    I am resurrecting this thread because I found a new way to clean the welting - Sonicare toothbrush. Works like a charm!
     


  4. JayJay

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    I am resurrecting this thread because I found a new way to clean the welting - Sonicare toothbrush. Works like a charm!
    Do you apply anything on the brush, or just use it dry?
     


  5. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Senior member

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    Use only wax polish, and use it very sparingly. I polish my cordovans about once every two months. In the interim a brush and buffing with cloth keep the shine going strong.

    Exactly!! I have 13 pair and this is the way I treat them...
     


  6. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Senior member

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    Do most people agree with the above statement?


    No as soon as they come off of my feet in go the trees!! Helps wick away the moisture faster!!
     


  7. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    Not to stir up a pile of dust, but I received a pm from one of the Horween VP's ( guys last name was Horween) , when I posted in another thread about problems I was having with my #8's wingtips, where I can't seem to get rid of the very light scuffs despite my best attempts. And his recommendation was to use a bit of creme conditioner and the back of a spoon to rub it in, building up enough heat and friction to do the job.

    I haven't tried it yet, so I can't comment as to its effectiveness. But it raises the question that many people seem to have varying beliefs on how to care for shell cordovan. Most of what I've read and seen tells us not to use a creme conditioner at all, just a very thin coat of wax. To paraphrase him, it would be an attempt to replicate the old deer bone trick for removing scuffs.

    I plan to give it a try soon and report back. I'm wearing them now and hope to get more use out of them, but I can't stand to see the hundreds of small scuffs, simply from my heels kicking the rear quarters. The scuffs aren't deep or anything other than superficial, but they wont buff out regardless of the technique or pressure applied.
     


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    ( guys last name was Horween)

    The trick that I gave you is to remove stubborn scratches, and definitely would not be beneficial or practical to do on the entire shoe. Also, I said be careful in regards to the heat!

    The less product you can put on shell the better, since it allows the character of the leather to show. This link was posted before, but this is a good guide to go by:

    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...l_cordovan.htm

    Everyone likes their shoes to look and wear a little bit differently, so if something works for you, keep doing it...
     


  9. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    ^^^This is good to know, thanks.
     


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    I just got my second pair of cordovan shoes, thanks to the MAY18 polo discount, brown wingtip darltons, to go along with my alden cordovans. Any advice on whether to polish before the first wearing?

    Don't polish them until you've worn them a year or so, or at least 15x - or until the white residue stops appearing. Brush, rub w/finger and cloth to get out scuffs, etc. Only polish as a last resort.
     


  11. Steven Aver

    Steven Aver Senior member

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    Do most people agree with the above statement?

    Yes 100%.
     


  12. JayJay

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    Do most people agree with the above statement?
    I agree, but it's not what I do in practice. If I wait, then I tend to forget.
     


  13. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    It took a long time before the dull waxy finish on my Polo cordovan shoes disappeared. I would use a brush to hasten this transformation to a shine.

    +1. Don't polish early on, but brush as needed. An old toothbrush can be handy in getting rid of the white waxy build-up in the seams.
     


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    KObalto Senior member

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    Does anyone else use the AE cordovan cream instead of wax?
     


  15. JayJay

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    Does anyone else use the AE cordovan cream instead of wax?
    I have some in #8 and have used it a few times. However, more often than not, I use wax.
     


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