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Keeping an eye on these,too pricey for their condition IMO. I’m perplexed however that I can’t find them in the vintage AE catalogs though I swear I’ve seen them in one before. They seem to be from the 60’s with the “Nailess Cushioned Heel” but no mention of “Ostendo”.They are the “Saddle”,pre Polo or Oakmont or Shelton etc. Anyone have info on these?
Are you going to make a move on these?
 

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Was this a thing at one point? I’ve had several pairs of vintage #8 shell just absolutely smothered in thick black polish. It’s really a pain to remove.

Why would you spend all that money on shell and then do that???
And I'll have to keep at it until it's all off. Going to be a while.
 

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Was this a thing at one point? I’ve had several pairs of vintage #8 shell just absolutely smothered in thick black polish. It’s really a pain to remove.

Why would you spend all that money on shell and then do that???
I imagine (speculate) that some previous owner felt a "dress shoe" needed to be black and acted accordingly.
 

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The NOS Nettleton received yesterday was good timing. It needed time to absorb some nourishment while I was still admiring the McHale bombers from Jim. After rounds of Bick4, Pure Polish and VSC, it starts to show less rigidity. For old shell, my approach is to slowly fit & stretch while applying generous oils/cream/condition/prayers along so that the moisturizer could penetrate stressed areas; hence, reinforcing them before they became irreversible damage. I prefer to underestimate the “end feel” when fit/stretch. It could take an evening or a few days, depending on the shoes’ condition.

This pair wasn’t as dry out as I initially thought. After a day, it seems to be good enough for some glamour shots.

I had high hope for Nettleton shell loafer. Unfortunately, this pair was made in the tail end of the company’s existence. It’s 270, not 360 bench. The SPI is low. The pair is on par with today’s AE quality, imo.

Here are some pics for your enjoyment

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Are these welted? Most of the nettleton shell loafers I've had are partial moc construction.
 

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Are these welted? Most of the nettleton shell loafers I've had are partial moc construction.
That’s a great question. I thought the welt stitching was more medial than usual (pic attached). I thought moc construction is referred more towards upper? I don’t have much experience with loafers, and would definitely love to know more
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The camel Dacks arrived today, just in time for Wingtip Wednesday. A little drink of Bicks, welt cleaning and some edge dressing and they are good to go. They date between late 1983 and 1987 based on the sock liner.

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