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post #17101 of 53196
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Originally Posted by Karl Drogo View Post

Now that I've put the task of polishing my Brooks Brothers black Park Avenue behind me (seen earlier in this thread), my current challenge is polishing my Brooks Brothers walnut Strand.

The broguing and embellishments are making it difficult to apply polish. FYI, I am using neutral-coloured polish, spit-shining thin coats with a polishing cloth.

The shoe's design is trapping polish in the little broguing holes and the little "stair-steps" between the lower and raised surfaces of this particular style, leaving a whitish residue in those spaces.

Consequently, it's taking longer than I thought to polish, unlike the Park Avenue which is mostly a smooth shoe without any raised surfaces or broguing to trap the polish.

Any advice polishing brogues would be greatly appreciated! smile.gif Thanks in advance! smile.gif

 

I think I mentioned it the last time you posted about this, but a horsehair brush can really help knock polish out of those crevices.

post #17102 of 53196
I hadn't posted about polishing my Strands until now, but nonetheless, a horsehair brush sounds like the magic touch I so desperately need. I gently tried a toothbrush but didn't want to get too vigorous with it; looks like I'll have to get a proper brush. wink.gif

Many thanks TheSizzle! smile.gif
post #17103 of 53196
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Originally Posted by Karl Drogo View Post

I hadn't posted about polishing my Strands until now, but nonetheless, a horsehair brush sounds like the magic touch I so desperately need. I gently tried a toothbrush but didn't want to get too vigorous with it; looks like I'll have to get a proper brush. wink.gif

Many thanks TheSizzle! smile.gif

 

I would suggest you use nothing but horsehair, of course unless you have a soft cotton or microfiber clothe.  It didn't take long to get in the habit of buying the following every time you get a pair of shoes.

 

1 horsehair brush per leather type for cleaning the dirt off.  So, i have a "dirty" brush for my calf shoes, and for my cordovan.  I'm sure the cordovan isn't necessary, i'm just ocd with my only pair of shell.  I also have a "clean" brush for pretty much every color shoe I have.  Dirty brushes i'll spray with a tad of water to give the shoe the initial cleanse.  The clean brushes are used strictly for removing conditioner/polish. 

1 dirty corodovan, 1 clean cordovan (brown)

1 dirty calf

1 clean walnut, merlot, brown, navy

 

The brown is good for the regular browns and bourbon

The navy is good for black shoes.

 

In addition to getting a "clean" brush with every pair, get a dauber and shoetrees.  This is the best habit I can suggest to anyone purchasing shoes worth taking care of...

post #17104 of 53196
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Originally Posted by jjr4884 View Post

I would suggest you use nothing but horsehair, of course unless you have a soft cotton or microfiber clothe.  It didn't take long to get in the habit of buying the following every time you get a pair of shoes.

1 horsehair brush per leather type for cleaning the dirt off.  So, i have a "dirty" brush for my calf shoes, and for my cordovan.  I'm sure the cordovan isn't necessary, i'm just ocd with my only pair of shell.  I also have a "clean" brush for pretty much every color shoe I have.  Dirty brushes i'll spray with a tad of water to give the shoe the initial cleanse.  The clean brushes are used strictly for removing conditioner/polish. 
1 dirty corodovan, 1 clean cordovan (brown)
1 dirty calf
1 clean walnut, merlot, brown, navy

The brown is good for the regular browns and bourbon
The navy is good for black shoes.

In addition to getting a "clean" brush with every pair, get a dauber and shoetrees.  This is the best habit I can suggest to anyone purchasing shoes worth taking care of...

100% overkill and a complete waste of money and space.

I have two brushes...browns/tan and black and thats with 30+ pairs of shoes
post #17105 of 53196
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post


100% overkill and a complete waste of money and space.

I have two brushes...browns/tan and black and thats with 30+ pairs of shoes

 

Quadcammer - is there a reason why you're so condescending and pretentious? I don't think I've read a single post of yours that wasn't either snarky or rude.

 

To add to discussion, I think having a multitude of brushes is a matter of personal choice and should not be considered "overkill" - some people like to be very meticulous when caring for their investments. I myself have two brushes, but I also only have two pairs of shoes. I do agree with you that two or three tops should be good, as similar shades should be fine with the same brush.

 

You know what some people might call overkill? 30+ pairs of shoes.


Edited by PerCC - 3/10/13 at 4:57pm
post #17106 of 53196
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

100% overkill and a complete waste of money and space.

I have two brushes...browns/tan and black and thats with 30+ pairs of shoes
+1.
Also to shine a calf nothing works better than a old cotton t shirt.
post #17107 of 53196
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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


+1.
Also to shine a calf nothing works better than a old cotton t shirt.

 

Agreed. I put a light coat of Kiwi on my new Cliftons last night and shined it off today with a piece of an old T-shirt.

 

post #17108 of 53196
Ordered from the shoe bank Friday... Got a fraud alert for multiple charges in Wisconsin on my card today from Chase... Check you statements...
post #17109 of 53196
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Originally Posted by PoundSand View Post

Ordered from the shoe bank Friday... Got a fraud alert for multiple charges in Wisconsin on my card today from Chase... Check you statements...
Thanks for the heads up. I just checked and mine is ok. Sorry man.
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I ordered my Walnut Strands on Friday morning and they arrived Saturday morning (apparently The Flash is doing delivery work now - I wasn't expecting them until next week!). Regarding polishing them, I simply clean them off with a cotton rag and the AE cleaner/conditioner then wait about 15 minutes or so for them to dry. Then, I used a moderate amount of the AE Walnut polish on the whole Strand shoe, including the medallion on the cap. After applying the polish, yes, my shoes also had the 'little holes' fill in with polish as well. However, I let them dry for around 45 minutes or so (which I realize is overkill) and the extra polish in the holes disappared, although I have no idea how. I next used a horsehair brush (so far only used on Walnut shoes) to remove much of the polish. The brush also did a great job getting most of the (relatively little) polish from the shoes' brogueing (sp?) holes. Then, I used a clean cotton rag to really buff them. I don't see any polish left over anywhere, including the holes themselves. I will say that I tried their stencil dauber to work the little holes but the hairs fall out of the dauber like crazy. Honestly, I don't see any advantage of using it vs. a regular brush. As far as number of brushes go, right now I have one for Walnut and one for black as those are the only two shoes I own. When I eventually get Bourbon I'll probably get one exclusively for that color as well. Could be overkill, but brushes are no more expensive than a nice treat from Starbucks and I'd rather be cautious. Hope this helps!
post #17111 of 53196
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Originally Posted by PoundSand View Post

Ordered from the shoe bank Friday... Got a fraud alert for multiple charges in Wisconsin on my card today from Chase... Check you statements...

I just checked mine, and fortunately I had no issues with multiple charges. However, I did have a lot of charges for various amounts... Oh wait, that is for the multiple pairs of shoes I have ordered in the last month. :)

post #17112 of 53196
I am seriously thinking of passing this sale. Purchased 6 pairs of shoes so far this year(including 3 pairs of shell Marlow’s).
Damn such an addiction. I have 1 more hour to think about it !I Already narrowed down 2 pairs That I want to buy.

Yes/No ?
post #17113 of 53196
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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


Yes/No ?

 

 

Yes or no?... (Click to show)

 

 

Seriously though, nobody can tell you whether you should or shouldn't. Just assume you got whatever answer you wanted to hear.

post #17114 of 53196
Just called AE to place an order. Stores closed early tonight. So yep barely passed !
post #17115 of 53196
Hey all,

I have posted a few times on here, but few and far between. The question I am asking is not really AE specific, but figured I'd get some input. I have bought five or six pairs of AE this year because of this thread, like most here, but their slip on/tassel loafers don't fit, so here it goes.

I went to BB to try to find a Grayson like shoe. Tried on not the Alden made tassel loafer and a peal (possible C&J) kiltie/wing tassel loafer (pics attached). I was really hoping to find something fairly versatile, so the Alden makes sense there. But something is drawing me to the burgundy loafers. Fit is similar, although the peals felt a bit better off the bat. What are everyone's thoughts on these shoes? Thanks!!





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