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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. cyc wid it

    cyc wid it Stylish Dinosaur

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    Hmmmm wonder if black cordovan chukkas are worth picking up. Seems like a shade of brown would be more versatile.
     
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  2. NAMOR

    NAMOR Stylish Dinosaur

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    Wrong thread
     
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  3. zippyh

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    I got a pair of those too, but just a warning on them.
    They're death slippery on a wet concrete floor. I was kind of surprised they were so slippery. Worse than a plain leather sole.
     


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    Anyone have a pic of these in the flesh? I'm considering these or may wait until a snuff indy restock
     


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    Super slick and the leather toe portion gets destroyed in the wet. The crepe sole was suboptimal for me in every way.
     


  6. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    i would be negative
     


  7. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    whiskey lhs
    argyles otc
     


  8. scb

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    thanks. unfortunately not the answer i was hoping for :(
     


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    I have tried this and it did not work for me. The shoes stretched a little but not enough so I sold them on eBay
     


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    What's your take on the patina effects on Black Shell Cordovan? We are all familiar with the awesome Color 8 pix like these....

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    ....but how do black shells turn out after a reasonable amount of wear on them?

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    I'm confused between Color 8 and Black from Carmel.

    AF53 - Color 8 Shell Cordovan High Lace Boot
    AF43 - Black Shell Cordovan High Lace Boot
     


  11. Grolsch

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    Same story here. The stretch is there but only marginal, and will never get to the next width's comfort level. I tried it with a RW1907 D to E.
     


  12. NewYorkIslander

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    Unless you have a plethora of #8 and no black, I'd stick with number 8. I could be wrong but I do think that the black will age and patina to a sarker brown #8 color, especially with application of #8 polish, but would take a long time. I have one pair of black cordovan, BBBF LWB. I wear them occasionally. If I didn't feel the need to own at least one pair of black shoes, I;d probably get rid of them.
     


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    Quick question here:

    Just pulled out a pair of #8 shell boots hat I haven't worn in a long time (maybe about 6-8 months), and there was a fog on a part of one of them on the side and along the lace holes (think wax buildup because it was like the fog when I used to wax my car in HS- '89 Lincoln LSC for those who care). It basically buffed off with a brushing but want to make sure that is in fact what it was....
     


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    I think you'll have a vary hard time getting the cordovan to stretch at all to be honest. Nevermind a whole width size. It's not like calf or chromexcel imo.
     


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    I think you are correct about it being wax build up. I had the same thing on a pair of shell AE longwings that I recently pulled out of the closet. I gave them a quick buffing then hit them with whatever polish was left on my rag from my previous polishing attempt and buffed it out and they looked like they did when I stuffed them away at the start of the spring. (I think it also might have something to do with them sort of drying out over time too)
     
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