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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.** - Page 887post #13291 of 189351/24/15 at 10:00ampost #13292 of 189351/24/15 at 10:05amQuote:Originally Posted by DWFII
In my opinion, if you buy a pair of oxfords that tighten down to the point the facings are closed or nearly closed on first wearing, you are buying an oxford that doesn't fit you. Not because it doesn't fit you but simply because with ordinary wear...not cinching the laces up tight...the facings will, over time, stretch and come closer together. That's nearly a given. A new oxford should, again in my opinion, not come together closer than 1cm -1.5cm when laced snugly.
I see a shaft of light! I didn't buy those with facings closed or nearly closed, on first wearing. They have become closer together since I have been wearing them (about a year). I wonder if it happened because I tied them so tightly. Other than all that, they are very comfortable and would wear them to bed!post #13293 of 189351/24/15 at 10:15amQuote:Originally Posted by Munky
I see a shaft of light! I didn't buy those with facings closed or nearly closed, on first wearing. They have become closer together since I have been wearing them (about a year). I wonder if it happened because I tied them so tightly. Other than all that, they are very comfortable and would wear them to bed!
There you go...You need to lace your shoes snug, but not tight. If they close up after a year of wearing, that's to be expected. You probably don't want the facings to come together...ever...'cuz that means you've got nothing left when you wear thin socks, but other than that, I think closer is better, appearance-wise, than way wide apart.post #13294 of 189351/24/15 at 10:31am
Amen, Aldens for me.
Speaking of Aldens, I'm looking to off load a pair and I noticed they have a specific sign of wear. Is there anything I can do to cover or have them repaired in a meaningful way? They may look unsavory here but they cleaned up extremely well and are in otherwise excellent shape. Thank you!post #13295 of 189351/24/15 at 11:00ampost #13296 of 189351/24/15 at 7:37pm
Hi, can anyone help me understand what I did to my shoes and whether it's fixable? The right shoe of the first pair (AE Kenilworths) has developed a reddish section on the inside toe that is obviously off from the rest of the bourbon finish. I really don't know how it happened. I was polishing them and noticed that they weren't getting the same color I expected them to and kept working them. When I compared the two, the right has a much redder tint than the left. I used conditioner/cleaner, then some bourbon cream-based polish. The picture below is not great, but you might be able to see how the shoe on the left is more red at the inside toe. I used Renomat then nail polish remover but neither made a difference. Any thoughts on what happened?
The second pair I somehow screwed up right after spending an hour trying to fix the pair above. After applying some renovateur and brushing it out, I started applying Saphir wax polish. The left went without a problem, but the right developed a darker area in the middle of the toe. Again, it's not a great picture, but you can kind of see it below the white light reflection. It almost looks like a scuff but under the surface if that makes sense. I don't know if it was too much water, too much polish, too little water, too little polish, bad leather or what. I didn't do anything different from what I did on the other shoe so I'm lost.
Here's the left for comparison:
Are these problems fixable?post #13297 of 189351/24/15 at 8:17pm
@Dragontail275 not fixable...Bourbon from AE is a Burnished finish meaning it is not dyed...you essentially stripped away the burnish...your only chance of making it better is to even out the other shoe.
I personally only ever use neutral polish on any burnished finish. In terms of the second shoe...just leave them alone and let them dry out and see what happens. Personally I wait 24 hours between applications on my AE shoes...getting them somewhat moist with renoveator then throwing wax on quickly is not what I would do....of course that comes from having already made mistakes.post #13298 of 189351/25/15 at 8:26amQuote:
I have had rubber soled shoes re-soled (Ferragamo). I didn't think it was possible, but it worked very well. Probably depends on your cobbler's skills.post #13299 of 189351/25/15 at 8:46ampost #13300 of 189351/25/15 at 8:51ampost #13301 of 189351/25/15 at 8:53ampost #13302 of 189351/25/15 at 8:55amQuote:
I have a 15 year old pair of I think CH shoes that never have seen anything but a wipe down with a dry rag...have not worn or looked at them for several years.....I will dig them out.post #13303 of 189351/25/15 at 9:04am
Apologies for my sentence construction. My message, above, should have read: "I sometimes ponder on what a pair of shoes would be like if they were only ever brushed. No polish, conditioner or wax just regular use of the brush".
Please do let us know what your 15 year old shoes look like, after a brushing, Kahuna!post #13304 of 189351/25/15 at 11:31ampost #13305 of 189351/25/15 at 1:14pmQuote:Originally Posted by R.O. Thornhill
With my wife away for the weekend I used the other evening to give some of my shoes (almost embarrassingly there are quite a few more that I didn't get around to) a quick polish. Nothing overly elaborate - clean, renovateur, brush, one layer of medaille d'or, brush and buff.
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r-o-t when the duchess is away i too am partial to buff and shine
nice collection there
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