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Marlow Cordovan Specks Normal?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LJubel328, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. LJubel328

    LJubel328 Senior member

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    I got these a couple weeks ago and the second time wearing them got caught in the rain. Luckily, it wasn't a downpour but after getting indoors noticed these dot like marks. I didn't touch them and let then dry with the shoe trees inserted thinking after a day or so they'd go away. A week after the rain and they are still like this. I am not sure if this is due in part because of the rain or something else. I have searched on here and Ask Andy with no real luck. Also, I noticed these small scratches around the lace holes on one shoe.

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  2. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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    RL cordovan is weak. I don't think RL sources cordovan from Horween.
     


  3. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    This is all normal. Just get a soft horse hair brush and brush the hell out of them. If the spots don't go away with brushing alone, take a damp cloth and slightly wet the shoe. Let it dry for a bit, then brush.
     


  4. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Marlows are made by Crockett and Jones.

    C&J gets their cordovan from Horween.
     


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    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    They use Horween

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  6. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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    Does C&J source from Horween exclusively for the RL line? For some years the leather on RL shoes were weak compared with to the leather used on Aldens, suggesting a lower grade cordovan leather. I know that Alden gets first dibs on the best grade Horween ...
     
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  7. LJubel328

    LJubel328 Senior member

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    I read this in other threads on here and other forums. I have already buffed them a lot, how long do I have to freaking buff these beauties?


    The only reason I could see this would be true is Alden is an American brand. Though, I highly think C&J leathers are just as good as Aldens if not better. I am no expert in leathers and this especially goes with Cordovan, but from what I've heard makes me believe this.
     


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    Try some Saphir Reno and rub it in with the back of a spoon.
    I've had good luck removing those welts that way.

    FWIW, my Marlow wingtips are the worst pair of shoes I own with regards to getting those welts/spots.
     


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