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I'm probably the worst offender when it comes to posting about non-vintage shoes in the Vintage Dress shoe thread, but this pair of shell cordovan Allen Edmonds Cambridge 8685s is instructive, so I'm going to bend the rules again. I had been watching the listing for a while, and the seller finally lowered the price. They're my size, I've never owned black shortwings and Cambridge is my home town, so I bought them. In the listing photos they looked lumpy and dull.
Picture 1 of 8

After using saddle soap to scrub off the old polish or wax or whatever it was, they looked alarmingly bare. Time for some vintage shoe care products, including OG Meltonian shoe cream with the memorable advertising tagline: "For Good Shoes". Fire that copywriter!
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I know that in general we don't like to add color to shell, but these looked like they needed to be reminded that they were supposed to be black shoes, so I went for it.
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I like the results so far.
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I have this shoe in #8 color as well, so I'll do a post with them side by side if no one objects.
 
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I'm probably the worst offender when it comes to posting about non-vintage shoes in the Vintage Dress shoe thread, but this pair of shell cordovan Allen Edmonds Cambridge 8685s is instructive, so I'm going to bend the rules again. I had been watching the listing for a while, and the seller finally lowered the price. They're my size, I've never owned black shortwings and Cambridge is my home town, so I bought them. In the listing photos they look lumpy and dull.
Picture 1 of 8

After using saddle soap to scrub off the old polish or wax or whatever it was, they looked alarmingly bare. Time for some vintage shoe care products, including OG Meltonian shoe cream with the memorable advertising tagline: "For Good Shoes". Fire that copywriter!
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I know that in general we don't like to add color to shell, but these looked like they needed to be reminded that they were supposed to be black shoes, so I went for it.
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I like the results so far.
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I have this shoe in #8 color as well, so I'll do a post with them side by side if no one objects.
The shoe cream worked wonders! Vintage or not, I think the post is very much in the spirit of the group. It's always great to see a nice pair of shoes, and even better to see different approaches/experiments for reviving them. Plus, those shoes will be vintage someday anyway.
Thanks for sharing!
 

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Shell AE MacNeils today... Love these…
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I'm probably the worst offender when it comes to posting about non-vintage shoes in the Vintage Dress shoe thread, but this pair of shell cordovan Allen Edmonds Cambridge 8685s is instructive, so I'm going to bend the rules again. I had been watching the listing for a while, and the seller finally lowered the price. They're my size, I've never owned black shortwings and Cambridge is my home town, so I bought them. In the listing photos they looked lumpy and dull.
Picture 1 of 8

After using saddle soap to scrub off the old polish or wax or whatever it was, they looked alarmingly bare. Time for some vintage shoe care products, including OG Meltonian shoe cream with the memorable advertising tagline: "For Good Shoes". Fire that copywriter!
View attachment 1849567
I know that in general we don't like to add color to shell, but these looked like they needed to be reminded that they were supposed to be black shoes, so I went for it.
View attachment 1849568
I like the results so far.
View attachment 1849570
I have this shoe in #8 color as well, so I'll do a post with them side by side if no one objects.
Nice work!
 

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It's a Royal Tweed Friday. Just the thing to wear when one has two doctor appointments. (Nothing serious)

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It’s been a week. Not sure what I posted and didn’t. Tried to take pictures when I remembered.

Keith Highlander shell LWBs. Vague recollection that I may have posted these
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Alden shell NST
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Bostonian vcleat LWB
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Ferragamo short wing. I believe these are fairly vintage, as Ferragamo stopped making A-width shoes a long time ago (as far as I’ve been able to tell), and these are a legit 13A. This is my first time wearing after acquiring almost 2 years ago. The color seemed to match my terracotta pants, so did a quick cleanup this morning and threw some new cordo-hyde laces in to complete the look.
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It’s been a week. Not sure what I posted and didn’t. Tried to take pictures when I remembered.

Keith Highlander shell LWBs. Vague recollection that I may have posted these
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Alden shell NST
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Bostonian vcleat LWB
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Ferragamo short wing. I believe these are fairly vintage, as Ferragamo stopped making A-width shoes a long time ago (as far as I’ve been able to tell), and these are a legit 13A. This is my first time wearing after acquiring almost 2 years ago. The color seemed to match my terracotta pants, so did a quick cleanup this morning and threw some new cordo-hyde laces in to complete the look.
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I love the colour on the Keith Highlanders.
 

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Dack’s Cambridge de-wings today
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Any advice for fixing over conditioned shell?

thanks!

I don't know that it can be "fixed" other than letting the level of conditioner reduce with time.
 

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Any advice for fixing over conditioned shell?

thanks!
You can
Put them outside if it’s relatively warm where you live. Shell will fade in direct sunlight, so keep that in mind. You can also just let them “rest” inside for a few days in someplace other than a closet. They will return to normal. Chicken soup plenty of sleep help too. OK. I’m joking about the last part.
 

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I wanted to change up the look of my Florsheim PTBs, so I sanded the edges (first with a sanding block, then with 400 grit to smooth it out), applied some neutral shoe cream, and burnished with a wooden brush handle. When I got to the heels, I discovered that this pair has a plastic heel base, so I couldn't change the color there. Now I just have to smooth these ones out a bit more and do the same to the other shoe.
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