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Hi All,

 

I've bought into my first decent two pairs of shoes in the aim of having something to be proud of and that lasts instead of replacing something dodgy every year.

 

I'm looking for a good routine to get into in terms of care but there are so many different products and methodologies that it's hard to get your head around it, so I thought I'd write up a post here on what I'm thinking so I can get some opinions. I'm certainly not a fanatic and don't want to spend my whole weekends polishing shoes so I just want a routine I can easily do to keep the shoes looking good.

 

First of all all the basic stuff like cedar shoe trees, rotation and daily brushing are covered, I'm looking more at the care and polish side of things.

 

So I have 1 black pair and 1 brown pair of Loake 1880s, both calf/full grain. I have the matching (wax) polish from Loake. What I was thinking was:

 

1. Every week or two depending on how the shoes hold up apply 2 coats of the Loake coloured wax and polish with a brush or cloth. I've just moved to vancouver so I think 2 coats will better help me with the rain. Do I brush between the coats of wax or do I let 1 coat dry, then apply another coat THEN brush/polish?

2. Every month or so use saddle soap to clean then when they're dry apply some leather conditioner, then do the usual 2 coats of coloured wax.

 

That's pretty much it. Is that going to keep them in good enough shape? Is once a month for saddle soap and conditioner too much or too little?

 

I was going to use the Allen Edmonds cleaner and conditioner here:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF513_1_40000000001_-1_513

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF708_1_40000000001_-1_594

 

Although it says leather lotion so is that the same thing as conditioner?

 

They also have a cleaner/conditioner as a single product, is this generally recommended for or against (supposedly it darkens the leather, what lotions/conditioners don't)?

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/product_1150000_1_40000000001_-1?top_category=216&utm_source=SAS&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=ShareASale

 

Happy to take recommendations on other brands, there's just so much out there but the AE stuff seems generally well regarded from what I've read.

 

What do I do with my matching belt for the brown shoes as well? The polish is actually a little darker than the natural leather colour so the shoes and belt are a bit out of sync. Do I just condition the belt now and then or do I do the full shebang on them as well?

 

Cheers


Edited by yoshiwaan - Today at 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by benhour View Post
 

i dont think it dries calf out if you apply it the correct way!!  if you soak in your shoes yes probably you ll have a problem cause of the solvents!! suede is the flesh side of the  hide, at the same hide  where the calf skin comes from also!(sorry for my English i try to do my best using these term cause when i uses google translation to translate from Greek's , Greek words are f up during translation) :happy:

Yeah I guess you have a point there Ben. But, I don't really know. Chances are that it will dries smooth calf out really fast because smooth side required more lubricant to flex, whilst flesh side actually need to remain dry and being nicely separated (hence the nap).

 

And furthermore, it's OK if there is any linguistic difficulties - we'll always help ya ll the best we could.

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I used my dick to polish my shell shoes. Didn't do much for the shoes, but my dick! Wow! Try it, you'll like it!

Pat, I used to come up with the idea that someday we'll use sperm for shoe care, remember? Divine shoe care product that will make shoe last till the next millenium LOL!!!!

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Nobody talk to this predator any more!  Deer rapist!

How come you're so mean to me, sir? I don't rape no deer! I am real guy and I don't rape!

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By the way, Christian B, how are those shell cordovans that you treated with Obenaufs doing? 

 

I just went crazy and treated mine with grease.

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Pat, I used to come up with the idea that someday we'll use sperm for shoe care, remember? Divine shoe care product that will make shoe last till the next millenium LOL!!!!

It doesn't work. Ask me how I know. The weblike hymen from a virgin, that's a different story.
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I've just taken delivery of my first batch of GlenKaren products. They were a bit pricey as I had to order them from a Swedish company. Looking forward to trying them, though and it's so good to have polishes that don't smell of turpentine!

You won't be disappointed. These polish from Glen just rock the whole world.

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BTW people, I just received the water resistant polish from Glen on the same time I received the deer bone. Will try and post pictures as the polish goes.

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It doesn't work. Ask me how I know. The weblike hymen from a virgin, that's a different story.

How? ;D

 

Furthermore, you just sparked me up an idea - we may use shine cloth woven by hymen someday LOL!!!

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Originally Posted by yoshiwaan View Post
 

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Hi fellow Vancouverite! Welcome :)

 

I honestly think you're overthinking it. Brushing between wears, rotating shoes, shoe trees, occasional shoe cream and polish, and maybe some conditioner once every few months I think is good enough. This is the conclusion I've come to after reading, reading, watching, reading, and reading. Saddle soap is I believe for when your shoe gets really, really dirty like you took the grouse grind with your dress shoes...

 

How I deal with rain is not wearing calf/shell at all when it's pouring like it is these days, and instead wearing suede with dainite soles and nano protector so the rain bounces and shakes off easily.

 

When it's not pouring, I found it's ok to wear calf and leather soles around even when wet, spots go away overnight in my experience. But then I have a few coats of polish on them. So don't be afraid to wear leather soled shoes on wet pavement. They're shoes after all. What not to do is wear them on wet ground during the first few wears when it's just breaking in.

 

We should have coffee sometime, it's rare meeting anyone from anywhere living in Vancouver. :(

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What I'm really wondering is how you guys deal with getting into smaller cars. I found myself wearing my left shoe more because I use them to support myself getting in my car... Bumping my mirror shine on the car while getting in sucks too.

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