- Sep 16, 2007
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Whiskey cordovan Skye
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Nice looking shoe for sure! Can you please elaborate? "It helped that Wayne at Leather Healer taught me the ‘pen method’ to pre-make the crease at where the leather would bend, so that the waves are in the shape and place you desire"Sharing with ye good chaps my CJ Harvard in dark brown (or I’d rather call dark cigar) unlined cordovan, last 314. It was gifted from my fiancée.
I have to confess I was fascinated by its rich colours in greenish brown and its shimmering lustre from its rich oil. Shinier than calfskin, but not as vulgar as patent leather. Calling it ‘dark brown’ just doesn’t do it justice. It has to be ‘dark cigar’.
Being unlined, it was so soft that I felt no breaking-in for my first-time horse-butt-wearing feet. Which was to my surprise. Then I was told that this model was less likely to produce the big waves typical to shells.
But I kept on wearing it, for every other day during the Chinese New Year break.
And it worked out rather fine:
It helped that Wayne at Leather Healer taught me the ‘pen method’ to pre-make the crease at where the leather would bend, so that the waves are in the shape and place you desire. I also attached Vibram half soles and metal toe caps - the latter a must, the former my choice (as I walk a lot and oftener wet ground / rough muddy grounds, which means leather soles wear out in less than 2-3 years).
I wear them with wool trousers in the suns and cords in the snows (cordovan is indeed hard-wearing, being originally meant for army boots):
Finally, enjoy some sun-kissed indulgence of deep cigar!
This interested me also. I would imagine to some extent fit and your foot might dictate the creasesNice looking shoe for sure! Can you please elaborate? "It helped that Wayne at Leather Healer taught me the ‘pen method’ to pre-make the crease at where the leather would bend, so that the waves are in the shape and place you desire"
Can you set the crease irrespective of where the shoe flex? I have a issue sometimes where the shoe creases at my bigtoe which of course is super uncomfortable.
Worth a try I suppose. That link was quite interesting, thanksSee second question http://aldenofsandiego.com/alden-faq/break-in-care-and-maintainence/
What is the “pen trick”?
You put a pen where your foot joints are and then crease the shoe. This way the crease is set exactly where your joint bends and the crease is nice and even. People report varying levels of success with this, and it is generally thought to be more important for the PTB.
Personally I don't think it really does anything. When I bought a pair of cordovan Aldens in store at Leather Soul in Hawaii, the guy helping me insisted on doing this. It was a nice ceremony though.