RL Marlow Cordovan Loafers - patina or defect?

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  1. dreamtripper

    dreamtripper Senior member

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    Even after a good polishing, the cordovan on my loafers get a dry, hazy, dull look very quickly. They look worn out vs. having a nice wear patina. Anyone else experienced this? Do you think the cordovan might be defective and if so would RL do anything about it? Seems odd if defective because all 4 loafers were bought over a period of 2-3 years directly from RL so it is unlikely they are the same batch.

    This has happened with all the 4 loafers I own. I have several of the RL cordovan shoes and boots and have not experienced this with my wingtips or boots.
     
  2. yeknal

    yeknal Senior member

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    Mine get dry very quickly also. Just brushing with a horse hair brush will dry them out. I just hit them with neutral cream more often than my other shoes and they are fine.
     
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    I think you'll find it hard to argue a defective product on 3 year old shoes and as you say, its impacting multiple products bought over a period of time and so increasingly points at a user issue.

    Not an expert on this leather so wont put forward my own suggestions but looking at the brands well known for their cordovan they all have a section on how to look after the leather - interestingly the two I looked at say not to use creams and not to use neutral but to use wax and of the appropriate colour.
     
  4. dreamtripper

    dreamtripper Senior member

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    The interesting thing is when I take them to my shoe shine person, they are able to get them to almost new state. However, in just a matter of 2-3 days, they get back to the to the same dull lackluster look I mentioned. They are just unable to maintain a good polish or shine. Very odd as my Marlows & Lindricks are not like this.

     
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    bdavro23 Senior member

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    Bick 4. Repeat.
     
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    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Saphir neutral cordovan polish will give them some moisture and shine them right up.
     
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    Go to your "shoe shine person" then. He can clearly do the job better than you.
     
  8. dreamtripper

    dreamtripper Senior member

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    If you have nothing constructive to add, don't reply - quite simple really. These sort of snarky comments discourage occasional posters from posting and contributing to the forum.

    I have about 15 pairs of RL cordovan shoes. The 4 loafers are different. Regardless of who polishes them, they end up looking dull in a few days. The other RL cordovan shoes I have don't exhibit this behaviour.



     

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