Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The process of obtaining a gleaming shine from waxed calf is an arduous one and the men who could afford shoes made from the stuff would literally (have someone else) shine their new shoes daily for some months before wearing them for the first time (and if you did not already you now understand why boxed calf has taken over the market). That polishing process included boning, which is the vigorous application of a deer bone to the surface of the boot or shoe after polish is applied to give said polish a gleam. Deer bone you see has the appropriate density and the natural oils to smooth the rough surface of waxed calf without damaging it.
Now if the good firm of Horween had not convinced so many of us to like shoes made of cordovan, deer bones and the process of boning would probably have vanished into the mists of time by now, preserved only by those few who still get their riding boots made the old fashioned way. But cordovan you see is also a somewhat difficult surface on which to raise a shine and a deer bone works its magic there as well, which is why I mentioned deer bones the other day. And that raised enough puzzled looks so as to warrant an explanation.
And so, cordovan shoe-wearing readers of ASW no longer have an excuse for the dull surface of their shoes. All it takes is a generous coat of Saphir, a deer bone and vigorous rubbing.