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post #12436 of 19061
If you polish a pair of shoes and then wear them out in the rain...will they not get wet?

IIRC, Lexol is water based (one of the knocks against it); acrylic waxes/finishes are water based.

Ipso facto....

I use (present tense) Bick4 before, during and after. I've never experienced it not being absorbed.

But I'm a shoemaker Jim, not a chemist...what do I know?
post #12437 of 19061

I usually get all the pre-existed finishes off of my shoes before the very first polishing. I always apply Lexol before anything else gets on. However, I once tried to apply Lexol across the vamp, and it wouldn't absorb. So, I told myself not to do so. 

 

I guess I have to give Bick 4 a try sometimes.

post #12438 of 19061
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However, I once tried to apply Lexol across the vamp, and it wouldn't absorb. So, I told myself not to do so. 

All that means is that the finish on the leather was synthetic--poly urethane perhaps.

And if not, the chances are that had the shoes been walked a day or two the Lexol would have been absorbed.

And if the Lexol is not absorbed..it's not the end of the world. Probably no different than schmearing (sic) Reno on the same piece of leather.

And FWIW, taking the pre-existing finishes off your shoes, is not necessary and arguably somewhat counter-productive in many cases.


IMO...
post #12439 of 19061
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The short answer, for leather shoes at least is:

 

Thank you so much for this!

post #12440 of 19061
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


All that means is that the finish on the leather was synthetic--poly urethane perhaps.

And if not, the chances are that had the shoes been walked a day or two the Lexol would have been absorbed.

And if the Lexol is not absorbed..it's not the end of the world. Probably no different than schmearing (sic) Reno on the same piece of leather.

And FWIW, taking the pre-existing finishes off your shoes, is not necessary and arguably somewhat counter-productive in many cases.


IMO...

Thanks for the response DW.

 

Reno is sort like a polish. It will always either absorb or evaporate. It may leave a slight sticky finish, but always buffs out clean. I guess this is why patrickBOOTH would consider calling it a polish.

 

I find the original coating on the leather makes it a lot harder to absorb the conditioners, so I thought removing it would help. 

post #12441 of 19061

I've been grazing the internet. Why would anyone pay $500 for a pair of shoe brushes? Because they can, I suppose. Better brushes? I don't think so. 

post #12442 of 19061
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I've been grazing the internet. Why would anyone pay $500 for a pair of shoe brushes? Because they can, I suppose. Better brushes? I don't think so. 

 

Unicorn hair brushes with unicorn horn handles can do magic to your shoes.

post #12443 of 19061

And what you wrote, Chogall is, I think, an iambic pentameter!  Worth more than a unicorn and better than a brush. 

post #12444 of 19061
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I've been grazing the internet. Why would anyone pay $500 for a pair of shoe brushes? Because they can, I suppose. Better brushes? I don't think so. 

 

Why? To use with their $1200 socks of course.

 

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/socks/william-abraham/william-abraham-cervelt-sock.html

post #12445 of 19061
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Why? To use with their $1200 socks of course.

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/socks/william-abraham/william-abraham-cervelt-sock.html

Let me introduce you to my socks made from reclaimed Golden Fleece fibers, found in a wax sealed ivory box inside a recent archeology dig site at Colchis (present day Georgia). They are uniformly 5 nano meters in diameters, finer than all man known materials, and with superior tensil strength compared to even Spidermn silk. Each pair are hand weaved by legendary soul weaver and will take 3 years to make by bespoke makers with the long lost art of drape cut. Invitation only item, offered solely to tasteful members of illuminati.
post #12446 of 19061
Hi all, I'm very much a shoe care rookie. All I do with me shoes for the most part is use Saphir Reno every so often. I've come across a problem with a pair of Allen Edmonds Kenilworth shoes I bought on eBay.

I'm having a back-and-forth with the seller to try to resolve the issue - but I'd like some advice on how to help these shoes.

See the picture below:

LL

When I took them out of the box, they both looked good. As soon as I tried them on it was obivous one shoe was more prone to getting wrinkly than the other. They look the worst like this, not on my feet and without shoes trees - but either way one shoe is obivously different than the other.

I've tried a couple treatments with Saphir Reno in an attempt to help... this may have made a bit of difference, but the problem remains.

Can anyone offer advice on how I can help these shoes? Is there anything I can apply to soften the leather here?

Thanks in advance for your help.
post #12447 of 19061
You could try some lexol conditioner to soften the leather, but now that the shoes have been creased it is difficult to change. However, this is why you pay a premium to try shoes in a store; there is nothing wrong with these shoes - AEs does not have very high quality leather and dissimilar creasing is almost to be expected.
post #12448 of 19061

I'm not sure where the appropriate place is for this brief rant, but this seems as good as any (I never start new threads or look at forum lists, I'm just subscribed to very few):

 

Burnishing.  What a crock of shit.  What the flying fucking buggery hole is this fixation with daubing black dye on the toes of tan shoes?  It looks dreadful.  Tacky, contrived, and worthy of far greater contempt than PU "leather" and glued soles because of its apparently irresistible draw to the self-promoted iGent shoe master.  Stop it, you hideous monsters.  Stop it now.  Please. 

post #12449 of 19061
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Why? To use with their $1200 socks of course.

http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/socks/william-abraham/william-abraham-cervelt-sock.html

Ok, that is just obnoxious. You'd think The Onion wrote the product description.
post #12450 of 19061
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Burnishing.  What a crock of shit.  What the flying fucking buggery hole is this fixation with daubing black dye on the toes of tan shoes?  It looks dreadful.  Tacky, contrived, and worthy of far greater contempt than PU "leather" and glued soles because of its apparently irresistible draw to the self-promoted iGent shoe master.  Stop it, you hideous monsters.  Stop it now.  Please. 



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