or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › **The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.** - Page 829

post #12421 of 19067
Creme universelle is pretty decent. As a conditioner I actually like it better than renovateur. It seems to sink in the leather more and have less beeswax. In general I don't like conditioners that contain too much beeswax, seems somewhat counter productive. Lexol has no waxes and no solvents.
post #12422 of 19067

Crème Universelle is the one product that I haven't a chance to try, although I've heard of its reputation, such as being able to use on exotic and delicate leather. I am using the MDO lotion though. 

post #12423 of 19067
Quote:
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Creme universelle is pretty decent. As a conditioner I actually like it better than renovateur. It seems to sink in the leather more and have less beeswax. In general I don't like conditioners that contain too much beeswax, seems somewhat counter productive. Lexol has no waxes and no solvents.

Thanks, Patrick. I just picked up a bottle at my local shoe shine place and look forward to giving it a go. Have also been reluctant to use products with too much wax...

post #12424 of 19067

Remind me, please. When people talk about Lexol, are they mostly talking about the conditioner (brown bottle or the cleaner (orange bottle)?

post #12425 of 19067

Stuff in brown bottle most. 

post #12426 of 19067

Would you say all of them darken the shoes same way?.  Thanks and Merry Christmas to all, specially to patrickBOOTH.:cheers:

post #12427 of 19067
Quote:
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Hanger project has some of the worst guides on the Internet.

Do you know of a good beginner shoe care guide? Where they talk about which products to use, how often, how to apply, ...

post #12428 of 19067
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zapasman View Post
 

Would you say all of them darken the shoes same way?.  Thanks and Merry Christmas to all, specially to patrickBOOTH.:cheers:

Depends on how you apply the product to your leather item, how often, and even how much per application. It then comes down to brushing, wear, and chemical reactions.

 

Best bet for applying anything on your leather is to embrace the cosmetic outcome. Darkening is part of patina development, which, in any case, should be appreciated. 

post #12429 of 19067
Quote:
Originally Posted by joachim92 View Post
 

Do you know of a good beginner shoe care guide? Where they talk about which products to use, how often, how to apply, ...

Sorry to say, but, it is best to go through the last 12,000+ posts and evaluate what's best for you.

post #12430 of 19067
Quote:
Originally Posted by traverscao View Post
 

Sorry to say, but, it is best to go through the last 12,000+ posts and evaluate what's best for you.

Haha ok, was kinda hoping I could avoid having to do that.

post #12431 of 19067

The short answer, for leather shoes at least is:

 

- wear them, but not normally on consecutive days

 

- put trees in them, usually at least

 

- if they get wet, let them dry slowly.

 

- polish them with any old polish, when they really look like crap.  

 

- use some kind of renovator or leather conditioner when they really really look like crap, or maybe when they've been very wet, before polishing

 

- leave some time between those two steps

 

- when the sole or heel wears through the first layer, even in a small part e.g. the edge of a rubber heel guard or the end of the toe, get them re-heeled/soled as appropriate

 

- mainly, just brush them with a soft horsehair brush, just a little, before and after wearing.  I also use a stiff brush for a few seconds on the sole after wearing, but I'm uptight

 

- and most of all, stop worrying about them; shoes are designed to be worn 

 

N.B. shell cordovan requires special treatment, which can be simplified to "brush more, polish less, avoid water especially when unpolished".

 

That is pretty much it.  Enjoy your shoes, and don't start reading this thread.  

post #12432 of 19067

P.S. That wasn't a short answer.  But it's shorter than reading all the stuff the preceded it, much of which is pretentious nonsense, often bordering on the bizarre.

post #12433 of 19067

Very well summarize!!!. It should be the the first post here.

post #12434 of 19067
I have never seen Bick4 darken leather. I've never seen Lexol darken leather (although Lexol-ph has the potential). I have had Lexol remove the acrylic wax / finish from the odd leather.
post #12435 of 19067
Quote:
Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

I have never seen Bick4 darken leather. I've never seen Lexol darken leather (although Lexol-ph has the potential). I have had Lexol remove the acrylic wax / finish from the odd leather.

Some of the conditioners, like Lexol, can only be applied before a polish is exist, to my experience. I don't know what it's like for you and the Bick series, or Lexol series as well, in that matter.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › **The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**