Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Harrydog, Mar 11, 2012.
glad to hear. give skoak a chance.
Moosic, I really think that was a one off situation. I honestly would not write Skoak off. I know we can tell you until we are blue in the face, but if you aren't comfortable then I understand.
Thanks Tifosi, as fellow shoe enthusiasts (addicts) I trust the recommendations, and criticisms, offered by members on here, as we all share similar interests and have similar concerns.
EG dark brown works fine for me. I haven't noticed much, if any, change in color other than the initial darkening expected from any polish.
Very nice collection, CT.
Skoak has provided me with exemplary customer service before and after my shoe purchases. I have no hesitation recommending them.
Thanks for the input, I'm definitely leaning in this direction.
Nice, very nice.
I've read that Lexol is real good, but I'm concerned it might darken the leather. Is this something I should be concerned about? Would you use this on shoes as well as boots? Is it difficult to achieve a high shine on something you have applied Lexol too?
Where/how can I get EG polish (in the US)?
Lexol is excellent. I started using it some time ago based on recommendations in the official shoe care forum. Lexol is an all purpose leather conditioner. I have used Lexol on leather, cordovan, and exotics of all types. It is great on leather goods, luggage, shoes, etc.
Lexol has not darkened any of my stuff heretofore, and it seems like straight leather lotion. But, I would just double check with other people in the official shoe care forum. In my opinion, Lexol gets absorbed quickly, hydrates, and restores old, dry, and/or neglected leather more effectively than anything else I recall trying. I suspect some here may be skeptical because Lexol is downright cheap compared to the fancy luxury shoe and leather care products. Give it a try on those dark boots; just confirm that it is cool for really light colored leather and shell cordovan, which I believe it is. Cheers.
Thanks for the strong recommendation. I think I'll give it a try. By the way VSC leaves shoes with a bit of a shine, does Lexol do the same?
Try Bick 4 from Bickmore. It's made in the US and is available both online and at many specialist stores in North America. We carry it in our brick and mortar store but not online, so I have a commercial interest in this product, just so you know. It was recommended to me through SF. Bick 4 is good for Cordovan too. Leaves a bit of a shine, especially when buffed.
Lovely boots, I found that the some of the waterproofing waxes when used over time can lighten the colour of the leather. I just use the EG regular polish and saphir cream if needed.
A few Shannon vs. Galway thoughts after wearing this weekend:
1. I completely understand bal boots not being for everyone. I at least had to have one though, and it can easily work in my rotation.
2. Comparing both on 82, I think the true cap of the Shannon better balances the pigeon toed aspect of the 82.
3. With a thinner heel, the Shannon's heel cup is a much better fit for me than the Galway's. I know others have also mentioned a loose heel on the Galway. The cup of the Shannon comes up 2 3/4" before meeting the back leather strip. The Galway only comes up 2 1/8" and the unlined country calf does not provide the same support as lined calf.
4. Not a specific boot comparison, but the new EG laces seem to have a hard coating, which is great for durability with speed hooks, but a PITA pulling through blind eyelets.
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