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Russian Leather shoes.....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MoosicPa, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. brax

    brax Senior member

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    Those bags are awesome. MoosicPa!
     
  2. MoosicPa

    MoosicPa Senior member

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    Thank you.
     
  3. MacktasticGDogg

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    @MoosicPa Awesome Metta Catharina shoes and leather goods!

    I noticed that you've used Saphir leather balm on your Russian reindeer leather. Does it alter the scent of the leather at all? My only experience with this leather is in the form of a watch strap I recently commissioned. My favorite aspect of the leather was unexpectedly its great smell, which I hope would not be suppressed down the road when the leather needs to be conditioned.
     
  4. MoosicPa

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    No the Saphir balm does not suppress the smell of the birch, and there is a leather wax with the birch scent if you wanted to pursue. However, the odor does start to dissipate over time. It is always there to an extent, but after a couple of years it becomes less noticeable. The oldest pair of Russian Leather shoes I have the birch scent is hardly noticeable.
     
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    Thanks for the response. I did notice that the scent from my strap is not as strong as when I first received it, so I guess I should expect it to dissipate over time. It's great while it lasts though.
     
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    Looks like Estonian tannery TripleSkin begins to sell a replica next October, not just embossed finish.


    Very small calfskin (5.4 sq.ft.) if a whole skin.

    Same announcement by Estonian bespoke shoemaker Kriuks.
    https://translate.google.com/transl...s-news/mis-yufte-ja-mis-ta-meist-motleb-4137/


    Does anyone happen to have read a detailed identification of the Metta Catharina leather as reindeer hide by British Leather Manufacturers’ Research Association? Ms. Valeria Tsygankova writes in her MA work that she couldn't find out a Russian source in which Yufte (Russia leather) was made from reindeer hide.


    The Industries of Russia (1893) was published by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Empire and translated into English for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago.

     
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  8. Keller

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    Great article, thanks
     
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    MoosicPa, you know you're one lucky style addict, right? I have a thumb-sized patch of this hallowed leather and the smell is a wonderful experience to get in this life.
     
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    xpost from C&J, sadly smell was gone otherwise I probably would have purchased

    Russian Calf for New & Lingwood
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  11. jerrybrowne

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    Does N & L have any other styles left in the Russian Calf? They have been removed from the website for some time now.....
     
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    Very limited not sure if they had anything else. This was the only pair they had in my size
     
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    Very nice... Cleverley?
     
  15. jerrybrowne

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    Thank you. Yes, from the folks at Cleverley.
     
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    Crosspost. These were a little controversial when I received them several years back. Russian calf slip ons by Cleverley. I've had lots of use out of these. Still v. comfortable and a great casual shoe.

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  17. MoosicPa

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    Some nice aging on those Jerry, looks like you enjoy wearing them!
     
  18. MoosicPa

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    While not the 1786 Russian leather, some St. Crispin's 575 in 075 Russian calf....

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    with a split toe derby made of 1786 Russian Leather from New & Lingwood....

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    I understand the historical appeal of the real deal but I'd rather the St C
     
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    While the leathers used by StC and G&G are modern leathers with the look of the historical Cuir de Russie. (whose tanning secrets, allegedly, got lost during the Russian revolution) here is a product from an Estonian tannery who claims to have recreated the original methods:

    http://tripleskin.com/en/projects/yufte/

    I have never seen the leather, so I have no opinions about it, but at 40 EUR per sq foot, it costs a pretty penny.

    There is also an interesting article on the history of the leather:

    http://yufte.com/yufte.pdf
     
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