***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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

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    OfficeLinebacke Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tip on the executive. Going to order some now.
     


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    Phi, digging your new compositions. Shoes are pretty nice, too.
     


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    Quoted for awesomeness. The third paragraph is one of the better comments I've ever read about cordovan's pros and cons
     


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    Neocork is useless in snow/ice.
     


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    Thanks everyone for the feedback and recommendations. The pictures I posted where taken after some Reno and Alden polish treatment (post scuff and deer bone) but I think I'll order some of the Saphir polish and try that. If anyone has used both the Alden and Saphir polishes and can comment on if they've seen a difference, I'd appreciate it. Thanks again for all your comments.

    Alcibiades, big thanks for your super helpful post. Up until now I didn't realize that permanent variation due to scuffs is normal and should be expected with cordovan. This explains a lot and will help me to not stress about scuffs in the future. Good to know that it won't effect the longevity of the cordovan. Thanks for the education.
     


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    I have used Alden paste wax and Saphir cordovan cream. I still use both. The Saphir will provide more moisture. Depending on your shade of cigar, the Saphir may darken it slightly (a feature of the Saphir I actually like as it gives the brown shell a richer color IMO). I have every color of Alden's paste wax and every color of Saphir. Both are good products.
     


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    This is good to know, inasmuch I've only ever used Reno on my cordovan. Thank you for the information -

    There's a Saphir Neutral Cordo creme, correct? Would prefer to just buy one to cover Cigar and #8...
     
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    Yes there is a neutral. I have used it on cigar and 8 when I didn't want to infuse any color into the shell. Just recently used it on my color 8 WT boots.
     


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    I wonder if anyone has ever compared these to the Saphir wax pastes. My understanding is Saphir is beeswax. I have numerous containers of each but do not see anything on the Aldens to suggest the root. Seven - do you have anything on this?
     
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    Thanks very much. Your posts are always very helpful.
     


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    J.Crew ravello LWB for a night on the town with the wife.

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    nephew,

    it does not matter
     


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    Anyone here in the forum use below process to protect new shell shoes? The below is pulled from the Alden of Carmel site.


    "Recently, a good customer of Alden shoes offered these care tips for brand new shell cordovan shoes, in order to help protect the leather from water and other elements.
    Using a fine cloth, apply a very thin layer of paste wax (not cream) on the shoes. Rub this paste wax in very carefully for about 5 minutes. Wait 1/2 hour and repeat process. Then wait another 1/2 hour, and repeat process a third time.
    After this, dip the same fine cloth in water, and rub thoroughly in a cicrular motion until the shine begins to appear. (The cloth should not be really wet. The cloth should just be dipped in water for a very short time, so that the cloth is damp.) But if you rub thoroughly you should see a very thin film of water on the leather for a short time.
    When dry, brush with a soft horse hair brush, then polish with a soft cloth."
     


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    nephew,

    looking good in your gunboats
     


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    Thank you, sir!
     


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