Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Mar 15, 2014.
Meermin dark brown MTO#1. The poor quality Ilcea leather unfortunately. Worn about 15 times now
Ozzy! Some close ups please,
Of which ones?
Hopefully get another sunny day tomorro and I'll try to get some decent shots. Fwiw I really like the new gold museum; I think it'll age beautifully
Kent Wang Handgrade Brogue, Navy Museum Calf
Many thanks to wurger for posting the Navy museum calf shoes by Kent Wang, those are the exact shoes I am thinking of buying.
I own 2 pairs of museum calf shoes (pics to follow after the rainstorm): 1) used JL tan color - very rich mottled effect, visibly uneven pattern in room lightning, absolutely gorgeous under bright sunlight; 2) "Burgundy" Radica (which presumably refers to Ilcea's radica...but it can mean other things too) Gravati shoes (sold by Beren Shoes) - looks like black/dark brown in room condition. Under moderate sunlight there is a "hint" of burgundy here and there over the dark brown "body". I am not sure whether the difference in mottled effect is due to the JL being second hand and thus somewhat aged, or because JL uses better quality leather
My question to you, sir, is: do the navy shoes show the mottled in room lightning? Further, do they look navy under room lightning, or black (as I see from my monitor)?
The photos on Kent's site is very accurate, as when I first got them, there is no way you can tell that there is any mottling. I had to apply some renovateur, realised some polishing is coming off, to speed that up I washed the shoe with soap to remove any black/navy polish.
and reapply renovateur after the shoes are dry, reapply navy cream polish to get a mottled effect.
So mottling in room lighting, and it's navy when you have a pair of black shoes next to it, but it's pretty dark.
Wurger, thanks for the detailed response. May I ask if you own any other pair of museum calf shoes? Do you regret buying the Kent Wang (since the Signature mottled effect is so diminished)?
Further, are you satisfied with the mottled effect after the Navy shoe cream?
I am seriously considering pulling the trigger on the Kent Wang but it bugs me beyond words how they have dimmed down the mottled effect. It seems all their shoes have the flat smooth appearance (except the Sienna monk)
Hm, some what, but they did tell me via email that the photos on the site is accurate, so Kent's team is not to blame at all.
It would be better if the mottling is more obvious, but I appreciate my own labour.
wurger - blue shoes now? You are really branching out colour-wise. These look very nice indeed. I have some navy museum on order from Vass - I sure hope the mottling is evident.
Thanks Roger, I actually have a lot of non black shoes, it's just that I decided to document the black ones first.
Closeups of dark brown ilcea by Meermin and gold museum by Vass as requested by @wurger
My pair of parisian brown museum calf william II from JL! had to save a year for these!
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