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post #121 of 129

do you need a separate deer bone for every color or can you use the same deer bone far all the colors? Same question for the designated dirt horse hair brush?

post #122 of 129
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Originally Posted by OTM View Post

I have a small tear near the little toe on my Park Avenues. Now I am afraid to use them, because I think it will just get worse.

What on earth should I do?

 

Take them to a good cobbler.

post #123 of 129
I have tried two different deer bones and i just can't notice any magic oils on the shoes. How does it work?
post #124 of 129

^ Where'd you get the bones? If it's just a random deer bone, I wouldn't be surprised if it's depleted of oils. On mine you can feel the oil on your fingers just from touching it, and it clearly deposits a thin layer of slightly cloudy oil (it's not really cloudy, just needs buffing).

post #125 of 129
They are Abbeyhorns so it's good brand. Can they be depleted of oils? Is that normal?

post #126 of 129

Sure, why not? I was thinking of some random old bone you might in a forest—not like what you clearly have. Mine looks like the left one in your picture.

post #127 of 129

I just received my first pair of black cordovan shoes from Vass.  I was expecting shiny new pair of black shoes but instead received some nice but very dull black shoes.  Perhaps my expectations were out of line but any suggestions on how to get a glossy shine on these new shoes?  I have already brushed and used a buffing cloth and had some improvement but nothing drastic.  I was thinking of using some renovator but this thread seems to discourage doing anything but brush/buffing new shell.  thanks for the help. 

post #128 of 129
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I just received my first pair of black cordovan shoes from Vass.  I was expecting shiny new pair of black shoes but instead received some nice but very dull black shoes.  Perhaps my expectations were out of line but any suggestions on how to get a glossy shine on these new shoes?  I have already brushed and used a buffing cloth and had some improvement but nothing drastic.  I was thinking of using some renovator but this thread seems to discourage doing anything but brush/buffing new shell.  thanks for the help. 

 

One thing to consider before trying to make them shinier yourself: shell tends to get shinier as the natural oils seep out of the shell through creases, so wearing the shoes will slowly but surely build up a shine.

 

That said, if you're looking to get them shinier sooner, you can try the Mac Method (google it). I do a slightly modified version of the Mac Method when I'm trying to build up a better shine. It cleans the shoes, conditions them, and gives them a nice shine (and a delicious smell - VSC is intoxicating...)

 

(1) Get the shoes very damp with a damp buffing cloth.

(2) Brush the shoes vigorously until the shoes are no longer damp or wet.

(3) Apply Bick 4 to the shoes liberally using a buffing cloth, and buff the Bick 4 into the shoes.

(4) Brush the shoes vigorously until the Bick 4 is nicely absorbed.

(5) Apply a very light coat of Venetian Shoe Cream to the shoes using a buffing cloth.

(6) Buff the shoes and enjoy the lovely shine.

post #129 of 129

great thank you for the tip! Ill give it a few more wears and see what how things look....I actually received 2 pairs of shell shoes, one black and one #8...the #8 is glossy and shiny as expected the black is much more matte....I was told that the black shell is tanned differently, hence the difference between the two.

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