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Quasi-ruined Lobb's -- suggestions on how to fix!

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Hey --

A friend of mine has a pair of Lobb loafers which he wore quite hard, and then subsequently 'ruined' on a trip -- I haven't seen them but it sounds like there were worn in rain, mud, etc., and look pretty crappy now.

He wants to fix them, and I thought I'd come to the SF for suggestions.

I've read all about polishing here, etc., and thought the best plan of action would be to clean them w/a leather cleaner, and then apply many layers of a conditioner (Saphir, Crema Alpina, Lexol ? Which is best for this purpose), and then once they're feeling softer start w/a few layers of polishing cream, and end w/wax.

I don't think he stores them w/trees as they're just sort of bumming around shoes but obviously he'd like to see them in good condition once again.

Any extreme or non-extreme suggestions welcome!
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Originally Posted by brokentelephone View Post
Hey --

A friend of mine has a pair of Lobb loafers which he wore quite hard, and then subsequently 'ruined' on a trip -- I haven't seen them but it sounds like there were worn in rain, mud, etc., and look pretty crappy now.

He wants to fix them, and I thought I'd come to the SF for suggestions.

I've read all about polishing here, etc., and thought the best plan of action would be to clean them w/a leather cleaner, and then apply many layers of a conditioner (Saphir, Crema Alpina, Lexol ? Which is best for this purpose), and then once they're feeling softer start w/a few layers of polishing cream, and end w/wax.

I don't think he stores them w/trees as they're just sort of bumming around shoes but obviously he'd like to see them in good condition once again.

Any extreme or non-extreme suggestions welcome!

This thread is useless without pictures, but I doubt after getting them wet and muddy they are "ruined". They most likely just need to be cleaned, conditioned and a new finish applied. He can always send a message to RIDER on this forum who can fix just about anything, or just wipe the mud off with damp cloth, Saphir Renovateur like nuts and then apply some layers of wax and buff like nuts.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
This thread is useless without pictures, but I doubt after getting them wet and muddy they are "ruined". They most likely just need to be cleaned, conditioned and a new finish applied. He can always send a message to RIDER on this forum who can fix just about anything, or just wipe the mud off with damp cloth, Saphir Renovateur like nuts and then apply some layers of wax and buff like nuts.

I'll try to get some pics. They have just been worn rather hard in the past and are looking worse for wear!
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You might find this article of interest.

I very much did! Thanks a lot!
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1. Give them a good wash with saddle-soap. 2. Let them dry, brush; 3. Put them on shoes trees; 4. Apply conditioner - Saphir renovateur Crema Alpina - I've tested. Let the shoes drink the conditioner, apply another time if necessary. Brush; 5. Apply shoe cream (from pot) color to match. Saphir Medaille d'Or is the best, Creme Surfine also good. Let dry for 1 day. Brush. 6. Apply Crema Alpina. Let dry. Brush; 7. Apply wax (tin) same as for cream, let dry (1hr) Brush, Buff with a pantyhose! Normally it will restore a muddy shoe and the whole regimen will teach the owner not to neglect his shoes another time. A small brush and a pair of travel shoe trees would have prevented the work after. Alternative way, give them to a competent cobbler, pay alot of money, same result!
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