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post #13186 of 19061
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Originally Posted by dbhdnhdbh View Post

DW,
As I said, I don't have any shoes that NEEDED stretching. But I do have some that, after wearing for a while, are still tighter in the toes than I would like. So I stretch.

Generally speaking if shoes are tight in the toe there are only two reasons--the shoe is too short for your foot or your foot is too wide for the toe shape. Bear in mind that the toes stiffener takes up roughly 20-25% of the shoe and is, for all intents and purposes, unyielding. It is usually either plastic (or celastic--another form of plastic) or stiff veg tanned leather. Neither will stretch, one might try but the plastic will crack and the leather rip before any real ease can be effected. IMO...

[Parenthetically,@j ingevaldsson recently said that "Toe stiffener is plastic or celastic for pretty much all factory made RTW brands, even Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling and the likes." I don't keep track of what the factories do, so I have no reason to doubt it.]
post #13187 of 19061
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Gents, would anybody have a recommendation for Mrs. Hedonist? Driven mad with jealousy from my recent trickers acquisition, she now endeavors to find a pair of knee-length suede boots of similar quality (but sleeker of course). I fail to think of a recommendation for her. Any brands to get started looking at?

Other than getting a MTO pair of Saint Crispins, or some kind of bespoke boot, no, but that's a whole difference price point.
post #13188 of 19061
I asked this question in another thread, but this might be a better place for it. I have a pair of pigskin loafers that look great, but are still stiff after 1.5 years of wear (maybe 20-30 wears). Any idea on how to get them to soften up, or was this simply a bad choice for loafers?

TIA
post #13189 of 19061
I would try using some Lexol conditioner or Bick4.
post #13190 of 19061

What is your new shoe treatment routine? I usually get them shined right away. 

post #13191 of 19061
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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post

I asked this question in another thread, but this might be a better place for it. I have a pair of pigskin loafers that look great, but are still stiff after 1.5 years of wear (maybe 20-30 wears). Any idea on how to get them to soften up, or was this simply a bad choice for loafers?

TIA

Maybe pm kelicho? He has a pair of pig skin G&G.

Or alternatively, lard and a slow cooker.
post #13192 of 19061
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post



Or alternatively, lard and a slow cooker.

It might come to this....
post #13193 of 19061
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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post

I asked this question in another thread, but this might be a better place for it. I have a pair of pigskin loafers that look great, but are still stiff after 1.5 years of wear (maybe 20-30 wears). Any idea on how to get them to soften up, or was this simply a bad choice for loafers?

TIA

If they are not a real "dressy" shoe, something like R.M Williams Saddle Dressing or Lexol-nf will almost certainly help, esp. with time and repetition, but be aware such products can darken the leather...permanently.
post #13194 of 19061
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

If they are not a real "dressy" shoe, something like R.M Williams Saddle Dressing or Lexol-nf will almost certainly help, esp. with time and repetition, but be aware such products can darken the leather...permanently.

Okay, thanks for the input. I'll try that.
post #13195 of 19061

Have you tried Creme Universelle from Saphir?

post #13196 of 19061
I have some. It is a lighter reno. Uses jojoba oil rather than mink oil. Doesn't impart as high of a shine as reno. For all of these reasons I tend to like it better.
post #13197 of 19061

I'd regard it as one of the best conditioner out there. Maybe when I'm done with Reno, I'm gonna use Creme Universelle and Lotion for cleaning and conditioning. At some point Reno is getting more like a pain in the ass.

 

Creme Universelle is safe for all types of leather, even synthetic, as far as I know.

post #13198 of 19061
Well I would think you can literally put anything on "synthetic" leather without any problems...
post #13199 of 19061
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Well I would think you can literally put anything on "synthetic" leather without any problems...

Well, Pat, I was talking about the glue pressed nylon strings stuffs (urethane leather), not corrected grain. 

 

Would CG take these conditioners?

post #13200 of 19061
I guess it depends on the type and thickness of the finish.
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