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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Jakezero

    Jakezero Senior member

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    I haven't had too many opportunities to wear my Vass boots recently, due to the weather. Just tell me which pair you want pictures of and I'll take some when I wear them the next time.

    When it comes to saddle vs. whiskey, I've never seen whiskey cordovan in real life. From what I've seen in pictures, it would appear that saddle is a bit closer to natural shell cordovan, a bit more tan-ish perhaps.
     
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  2. RogerP

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    That's facking nuts and facking cool in roughly equal proportions. [​IMG]
     
  3. sdolina

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    Hi NAMOR, thanks, mine are doing well [​IMG]

    similar to Jakezero's pair, but only 2 eyelets+6 speedhooks instead of 4x4 on his pair and mine has 270 grad goyser.

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. NAMOR

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    could you post pics of both? would love to see the creases and change in color (if any). I cant tell the difference between whiskey and saddle? My whiskey norwegers resemble sdolina's saddle
     
  5. NAMOR

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    these loook great! thanks for posting. i love how saddle has darkened over time. pure class. austerity brogue shows off shell cordovan very well
     
  6. NAMOR

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    vass whiskey vs saddle

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    saddle looks like it has more "life" in it. a little more red and and slightly darker. whiskey can look "pale", resembling natural shell
     
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  7. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    good [​IMG]
     
  8. NAMOR

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    lol another size 12, is already one too many
     
  9. agedashidofu

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    Thanks...which one is which?
    The first (top) looks more orange...is that one the saddle?
     
  10. NAMOR

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  11. Jakezero

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    I wore my burgundy wingtips today, so I took a picture. Perhaps not the best one, but I had limited time and equipment.
    A bit more creasing, which is to be expected, since I had barely touched the boots in my first photo. Colour hasn't really changed, it's just a matter of light conditions.

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  12. NAMOR

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    @Jakezero just noticed the metal eyelets. love it!
     
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  13. rydenfan

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    Rancourt espresso shell ranger mocs

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  14. El Argentino

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    Ebayed a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperial LWBs in #8 last week. Arrived w/ a lot of dark polish caked on, so have been getting rid of that over the last little bit of time. Still waiting for my bone to get here to work the creases a bit, but they're definitely looking more deep and brilliant in the meantime.
     
  15. partyof6

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    Congratulations. Great find. Those are outstanding. Hope you'll post updates as you continue working on them.
     
  16. RanMan

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    Nice find indeed. The deer bone tip is interesting and I hope it works well. Like you, I Ebayed a pair of #8 Royal Imperial LWB that have great color, but develop these hard contrasts at creases after just minimal wear. A dab of Saphir Neutral Cordovan Creme and they brush right out, but I think I'm gonna try that deer bone tip, thanks.:satisfied:
     
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  17. Cheuk

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    Nice Florsheims!

    I have a pair, also ebayed, that are shell and in good shape, however they are very shiny, almost plasticky looking. Any suggestions for why this might be the case and what to do? They are vintage florsheim imperial (still have v cleat).
     
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  18. RanMan

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    A deer bone does seem to help, rather easy to scratch the leather if you're not careful though.

    Ebayed these last year , #8 Royal Imperials.
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  19. ajain05

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    Wow I ebayed a pair of those royal imperials in shell as well, how'd you get such a great shine on them?
     
  20. RanMan

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    Thanks, these came to me barely worn, but being older cordovan I was concerned with dryness. Initial treatment was taken from Ron Rider's advice for cleaning up shell.
    http://riderboot.com/2012/03/24/shell-cordovan-clean-up/

    I've been using Saphir Neutral Creme Cordovan as a spot treatment on the creases to try remedy the large color contrast in the creases, that with the deer bone El Argentino mentioned has helped smooth this out.

    But most of the time, it's the Mac Method!
     
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