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** Quintessential Crockett & Jones Thread ** (reviews, quality, etc...)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Well-Known Member

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    Your biggest worry is blotchiness. If you have a conditioner I'd use it first. If the conditioner looks blotchy when first applied stop after conditioning and report back.
     
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  2. ap10046

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    Ok, I conditioned them..let them dry for about 5 minutes and then buffed them..maybe its the Nubiana, they have a nice shine on. No blotchiness that I can see.
     
  3. Gdot

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    Great! No blotchiness is a good sign. It generally means that the leather has absorbed the conditioner evenly.

    If you have a cream polish that is just a couple of shades darker brown than the boots you can start. I recommend doing two coats. Rub it in with vigor as previously mentioned - I cannot overstate how important this is. The professionals use a buffing wheel which really heats up the wax and drives the pigments and oils into the leather - to mimic this by hand takes a good bit of effort. Brush lightly between coats. If that goes on without blotchiness you can do two more coats of regular brown cream polish.

    After that I'd stop, and do nothing more than brush them for a few wearings to see how it all settles in. You can easly get too much wax which will lead to cracks in the color. Hopefully by this point they will be quite a bit less bright anyway.

    Again, if at any point you are uncomfortable stop, take a photo, and post.

    To offer you some inspiration here's some not so great photos of a finish I recently created on a pair of C&J Drummonds.

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  4. Tarmac

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    Mine are a makeup for Barneys US and are a true dark brown, not the same color as yours. Probably not due to age.

    I would not try to make them darker. Your color looks fine, many igents here prefer the lighter tans. there are plenty of dark brown boots you can get if that is what you want.

    I believe the Grenson are called Smith.
     
  5. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    Dandie you really need to work on your white balance or to get a artificial light to daylight filter for your camera.

    This is what your shoes should look like!

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  6. Tobacco Man

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    Nice. I've got a pair of these that should be arriving in a week or so. :slayer:
     
  7. ap10046

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    Those look great. I suppose that would be the colour I would like to achieve!
     
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    Tarmac,
    No wonder..i think when I started my search for a pair of Cottesmores, a search brought yours up and thats what inspired me. I love them..but the C&J Chestnut, in my opinion is just a bit too burnt orange? Thank you for clarifying that your's is a completely different shoe, but I just have to tone these down a bit...or sell them...
     
  9. NAMOR

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    ^ polish with brown. chestnut takes darker polish well. ive only applied a single coat on my cottesmore but the change is noticeably better, darker, richer
     
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    Don't know if you will be able to get them this dark. But you should be able to get them quite a bit less bright than they are now.
     
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    Sup G! Cottesmore with a single application of brown saphir creme [​IMG]
     
  12. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    It's a shame they don't do the cottesmore in a very dark brown as I'd definitely buy it then!
     
  13. Gdot

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    'sup N!

    Where you been man!

    Cottsmores look terrible!


    :hide:


    Just kidding! They look good! It's amazing what a few coats of color can do!
     
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    I agree. My goal is to darken them to resemble a dark brown. thus every application of creme/polish will be a burgundy or brown. looking forward to the progression
     
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    I have this same shoe in a lighter cinnamon color. I love it. But I also like the color of yours. I've owned a lot of suede shoes and your color can be very forgiving. I recommend spraying them with a water proofing spray. It will keep them looking their best fo a very long time.


     
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    work, stuff, life, etc. SF wise, im spending a lot more time on the SW&D side. i guess you could say im spending more time with the sneaker crowd. today i wore these:

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  17. Gdot

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    Them shooz has they own purse!

    :lol:

    Traitor!

    :slapfight:
     
  18. ap10046

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    Namor, Those look Much better!! How did you apply the polish? Brush? Cloth? Would the darker polish "streak"? Have you attempted to darken further?
     
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    First off, I totally encourage you to experiment with coloring if you want to try. It's pretty hard to completely ruin a shoe. But I don't think you will be able to get it this dark unless you do one of those acetone strip and restain, etc.

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    I used to have a very light tan pair of CJ Polo Jodhpurs, they were one of my favorites but they fit odd, that is the only reason I got rid of them. The color was great.
     
  20. NAMOR

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    lol. im 25 so whenever I go out, I attempt to dress age appropriately. cant wear my C&J austerity broque wingtip in cavalry brown at da clubz. da purse comes in quite handy... chapstick, credit card, keys, etc


    not yet. ill post a pic after the next application

    Tarmac, I agree with your point. Im not looking for a brown. a light brown will be just fine for me
     
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