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Originally Posted by Layered Player View Post

I'm taking back the Centaur hoof cordovan conditioner I bought last weekend.

Do they have centaur's spits? I bet those do wonder for spitshine. In addition, a shine cloth woven out of hymen is much likely going to pwn Selvyt shine cloth.

Boy, beyond my wildest dream.
post #14837 of 19046
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Originally Posted by traverscao View Post

By my logic, places with extreme humidity should limits, not completely ditching, the use of conditioners. One still needs to use a little bit of lubrication for the leather fibers, and the rest is up to a hard wax sealant to prevent excessive moisture. 

Natural material is one thing, the fact that it is dead, had lost its cognitive ability, and with its self-suffice nutrient system removed, means that it does not adapt anymore. Unless we are talking about heavily stuffed and curried leather, which would require less amount of care, or else, all adaptation is up to the owner(s), not the material itself. 

It still rapids moisture because it is dead. Even living people need moisturizer sometimes.

There is wear and tear put on the leather and our sweat is not great for it with the salt content that we have discussed before, not to mention what gets in the upper from the outside environment. UV radiation from the sun also can damage the leather over time. It won't cause cancer since the animal is dead, but it still can dry it out and bleach the color.

If you don't wear the shoes you could potentially go years without treating if they are kept in a nice environment. I have had a few pairs for 5+ years without treatment and they look perfect but I have only worn them once or twice.

If they are being worn I suggest that you use conditioner at least once every 5-10 wears. I use it more than that but I want things to last my lifetime, but then again I hope to keep them for a good 60-70 more years. Haha. I also have a good shoe and boot rotation.
post #14838 of 19046
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Originally Posted by mw313 View Post


If they are being worn I suggest that you use conditioner at least once every 5-10 wears. I use it more than that but I want things to last my lifetime, but then again I hope to keep them for a good 60-70 more years. Haha. I also have a good shoe and boot rotation.

I think that is key right there, although I'm sure most on here have a decent shoe/boot collection a lot of people don't and probably wear the same shoes over and over again then wonder why they wear out quickly. Then again the way fashion is going these days a lot more people especially the younger generation buys a cheap fashionable shoe then replaces it later when the style changes. 

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I bought these on sale as a beater shoe during winter poor weather - http://www.ebay.com/itm/MASSIMO-DUTTI-MAN-NAPPA-LEATHER-DRESSY-ANKLE-BOOTS-2115-022-ALL-SIZES-2015-/321674381087

what is nappa leather? is this corrected grain? any care tips or are these not even worth it? thanks!
post #14840 of 19046
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I bought these on sale as a beater shoe during winter poor weather - http://www.ebay.com/itm/MASSIMO-DUTTI-MAN-NAPPA-LEATHER-DRESSY-ANKLE-BOOTS-2115-022-ALL-SIZES-2015-/321674381087

what is nappa leather? is this corrected grain? any care tips or are these not even worth it? thanks!

I cannot see how it's CG, but the quality is definitely not high. 

post #14841 of 19046
So I found a pair of Florsheim Imperials I am thinking about picking up, but someone glued an insole on top of the Florsheim insole. Is there something safe I can use to get the glue/padding off of the factory inole?
post #14842 of 19046
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Originally Posted by Yellowevo84 View Post
 

I think that is key right there, although I'm sure most on here have a decent shoe/boot collection a lot of people don't and probably wear the same shoes over and over again then wonder why they wear out quickly. Then again the way fashion is going these days a lot more people especially the younger generation buys a cheap fashionable shoe then replaces it later when the style changes. 


i know what you mean and that is a shame. I'm still in my 20's but I guess I am the extreme minority to be going for high end QUALITY shoes, not to mention taking such good care of them. 

 

there is no need to look for fashion if you learn your style. Style can hold up for many years vs the brief time for fashion. 

post #14843 of 19046
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Originally Posted by mw313 View Post


It still rapids moisture because it is dead. Even living people need moisturizer sometimes.

There is wear and tear put on the leather and our sweat is not great for it with the salt content that we have discussed before, not to mention what gets in the upper from the outside environment. UV radiation from the sun also can damage the leather over time. It won't cause cancer since the animal is dead, but it still can dry it out and bleach the color.

If you don't wear the shoes you could potentially go years without treating if they are kept in a nice environment. I have had a few pairs for 5+ years without treatment and they look perfect but I have only worn them once or twice.

If they are being worn I suggest that you use conditioner at least once every 5-10 wears. I use it more than that but I want things to last my lifetime, but then again I hope to keep them for a good 60-70 more years. Haha. I also have a good shoe and boot rotation.

 

YMMV, for office workers or suburban warriors that sounds excessive.

 

The only sure way to prolong shoes useful life is to have a lot of them.

post #14844 of 19046
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post
 

 

YMMV, for office workers or suburban warriors that sounds excessive.

 

The only sure way to prolong shoes useful life is to have a lot of them.

If you choose quantity over quality, your choice, but for what I know, having too much of them doesn't do much good either. Five pairs of quality shoes? Reasonable number. However, anything beyond 10 pairs is only absurd. Twenty pairs of shoes that lacks of quality? Tough luck.

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Other than that, if I had to choose, I would have two pairs of bespoke shoes from DW, wearing in rotation, and that is it. Keep them clean, as per necessary, make them look sharp, and they can go on for a century plus, I guarantee. 

post #14846 of 19046
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post
 

 

YMMV, for office workers or suburban warriors that sounds excessive.

 

The only sure way to prolong shoes useful life is to have a lot of them.

 

Yes.  5-10 wears for polish.  5-10 months more like it for "conditioning".  A quick brush after wearing is 90% of shoe maintenance in my world: a stiff brush on the sole and welt to knock any grit out, and a tickle of horsehair on the upper.  They're shoes, not children. :)

post #14847 of 19046
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

 

Yes.  5-10 wears for polish.  5-10 months more like it for "conditioning".  A quick brush after wearing is 90% of shoe maintenance in my world: a stiff brush on the sole and welt to knock any grit out, and a tickle of horsehair on the upper.  They're shoes, not children. :)

Depends on the climate, conditioning more frequent is more beneficial than polishing. Even so, 5 to 10 wears for polish is too frequent. 

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And you are right about hard wearing. If a pair of shoes was heavily conditioned, I would expect to walk more miles in it as well.

post #14849 of 19046
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Originally Posted by mw313 View Post

. I use it more than that but I want things to last my lifetime, but then again I hope to keep them for a good 60-70 more years. Haha. I also have a good shoe and boot rotation.
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Originally Posted by mw313 View Post
 

 I'm still in my 20's but I guess I am the extreme minority to be going for high end QUALITY shoes, not to mention taking such good care of them. 

 

Hope you reach a 100 years in good health  like my grandmother with all your beauties around. And bear in mind to find the right space where to store all of them!!.:)    

post #14850 of 19046
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Originally Posted by traverscao View Post

If you choose quantity over quality, your choice, but for what I know, having too much of them doesn't do much good either. Five pairs of quality shoes? Reasonable number. However, anything beyond 10 pairs is only absurd. Twenty pairs of shoes that lacks of quality? Tough luck.

Welcome to styleforum, where many owns more than 10 pairs of good shoes.

Oh, and low quality plastic shoes will last longer than leather. Ugly tho.
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