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Cordovan Care

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

  1. 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!!
     
  2. 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...
     
  4. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    ^^^This is good to know, thanks.
     
  5. jhcam8

    jhcam8 Senior member

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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.
     
  6. Steven Aver

    Steven Aver Senior member

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    Do most people agree with the above statement?

    Yes 100%.
     
  7. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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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.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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

    JayJay Senior member

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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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    Poshak Man Senior member

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    I use the AE cordovan cream and am happy with the results.
     
  12. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    I used a bit of Allen Edmonds brown shell polish on my cigar shell Aldens. It worked well but did darken them slightly.
     
  13. Chips

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    I was very grateful that Mr Horween was willing to seek me out and offer his advice. I know cordovan can be tricky. I just think its interesting that there seems to be such varying advice. I do like the feel of them now that I've had them for nearly a year. In that time I've probably only worn them a total of 8 times.

    I confess, I commited the worst of sins though. When I couldn't get the dark scuffs off, regardless of method or time spent, I took them to a cobbler who hit the rear quarters with essentially cordovan paint made for shoes. I told him I couldn't stand the scuffs, and he said that if he did apply the spray, it would be a bitch to clean and remove.
     
  14. Busa Dave

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    I was very grateful that Mr Horween was willing to seek me out and offer his advice. I know cordovan can be tricky. I just think its interesting that there seems to be such varying advice. I do like the feel of them now that I've had them for nearly a year. In that time I've probably only worn them a total of 8 times.

    I confess, I commited the worst of sins though. When I couldn't get the dark scuffs off, regardless of method or time spent, I took them to a cobbler who hit the rear quarters with essentially cordovan paint made for shoes. I told him I couldn't stand the scuffs, and he said that if he did apply the spray, it would be a bitch to clean and remove.




    WOW---could not bring myself to ruin a pair of shoes like that!
     
  15. MellonC

    MellonC Well-Known Member

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    I use it dry - just for the welting area where the leather meets the sole.
     
  16. JayJay

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    I use it dry - just for the welting area where the leather meets the sole.
    Sounds good... I'll try this.
     
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    the.chikor Senior member

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    Do you apply anything on the brush, or just use it dry?

    Aquafresh or Rembrandt.[​IMG]
     
  18. sf_esq

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    Is the consensus opinion not to do anything before first wear? I'm itching to bust out my Darltons, but polish all my leather shoes before wearing. I'm new to cordovan and recognize that a little wax polish goes a long way, but is it necessary to use any prior to wearing the first time? Thanks in advance, fellas.
     
  19. Don Carlos

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    Is the consensus opinion not to do anything before first wear? I'm itching to bust out my Darltons, but polish all my leather shoes before wearing. I'm new to cordovan and recognize that a little wax polish goes a long way, but is it necessary to use any prior to wearing the first time? Thanks in advance, fellas.

    No. Buff them up with a brush or a cloth before your first wear if you really want to, but they don't need polish right out of the box.
     
  20. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    No. Buff them up with a brush or a cloth before your first wear if you really want to, but they don't need polish right out of the box.
    I usually wipe mine with a damp cloth and then brush them before the first wearing. However, I don't use any polish until after the first dozen or so wearings.
     

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