Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Reviving a Classic | Alden Whiskey Cordovan Wingtips

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So thanks to Joe Mancuso at Alden, I was finally able to get some new stuff to take care of my inherited Alden wingtips. These shoes are now on their third owner; proof that quality is worth the price...

10 comments:

Kevin said...

And what is this new stuff? I have some old whiskey shell that I would love to revive a bit.

jerry said...

...those are beautiful.

Ryan said...

Kevin- new brush, boot cream, and the elusive tan wax paste polish... hard as hell to find...

Process was:
1.) Damp cloth wiping, fully dry
2.) Brushing
3.) Super light application of boot cream, wipe clean
4.) Brushing
5.) Apply very light application of wax paste
6.) Brush
7.) Polishing cloth
8.) Enjoy

*Still never "spit" polish my shoes... anyone do this?

unitedstyle said...

That's fantastic that these shoes have lasted 3 owners. A testament to their quality and pride in ownership.

David P. Hanesana said...

Have you seen this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io2KFwZ5B8w

Ryan said...

yeah that dude can shine some shoes, and look cool doing it... although his 200,000Y shoe cleaning kit is a bit much for my taste...

Kevin said...

Thanks Ryan. I've got some neutral paste wax that brings a nice shine but it doesn't cover a couple of scuffs that won't brush out. A tan paste wax would be great. The hunt begins.

Ryan said...

call Joe, he's a big help, $5, huge help...

202-347-2308

lineageofinfluence said...

Beautiful shoes and it's nice to see them looking good as new.

With regard to spit polishing the only person I know who does this is my old man and his shoes shine like nothing else!

Kevin said...

Tan paste wax is on the way from Joe in DC.

Thanks Ryan.