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post #16396 of 19840
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Originally Posted by Stemo79 View Post
 

The medium brown is more chocolate coloured, i'd me more inclined to say Havane brown.

 

I've been using Cognac Saphir cream and wax on my Chestnut Church's.  It gives a nice warm finish.

 

post #16397 of 19840

Hello. New member here with a shoe question. I have my first pair of brown shade dress shoes, a tan pair. I am going to grab the Saphir Renovateur for conditioning and am wondering if you all would suggest i get the tan wax or the neutral wax from Saphir? I am currently using a kiwi tan. I would like to build my polishing skills and kit with the most recommended products along with my shoe collection which sits at a whopping one pair (aside from my black pair that do not see any real use). Any and all advise is greatly appreciated.

thanks

-e

post #16398 of 19840
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Originally Posted by elote View Post
 

Hello. New member here with a shoe question. I have my first pair of brown shade dress shoes, a tan pair. I am going to grab the Saphir Renovateur for conditioning and am wondering if you all would suggest i get the tan wax or the neutral wax from Saphir? I am currently using a kiwi tan. I would like to build my polishing skills and kit with the most recommended products along with my shoe collection which sits at a whopping one pair (aside from my black pair that do not see any real use). Any and all advise is greatly appreciated.

thanks

-e

i would stay with the kiwi  but if you want to switch to saphir go for the tan!! (only if you want it for mirror shine go for the neutral) :happy:

post #16399 of 19840
Would it be foolish of me to buy a pair of Ferragamo drivers that I don't intend to wear while driving, but rather as an all-around summer slip-on? Would they hold up to some walking or are drivers really only for driving?

Not a great deal of walking. But some air travel, around hotels and resorts. Maybe during some light shopping or business meetings, etc.
Edited by BostonHedonist - 8/6/15 at 7:41pm
post #16400 of 19840
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Would it be foolish of me to buy a pair of Ferragamo drivers that I don't intend to wear while driving, but rather as an all-around summer slip-on? Would they hold up to some walking or are drivers really only for driving?

Not a great deal of walking. But some air travel, around hotels and resorts. Maybe during some light shopping or business meetings, etc.

 

Its foolish for sure, but go for it.

 

Personally I prefer those cheaply made in China suede drivers found on eBay for less than $50 a pop.  They last about a year or so before the rubber studded bottom got worn out.  At that point, either resole/slap a rubber bottom on, or get a new pair.

post #16401 of 19840
But since they're not nubs, but little pads, the sole will last longer... right?....
post #16402 of 19840
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But since they're not nubs, but little pads, the sole will last longer... right?....

It's not the nubs or the pads that get worn out quickly, but rather the little bit of leather at the front to the underside of your drivers. My friend learnt it the hard way when he wore his Tod'a out on concrete ground and they were destroyed within a couple of months
post #16403 of 19840
But tods have those tiny nubs. Surely the more robust sole pads, including a slightly curved one under the toe box, would enhance the durability of the SF drivers.




Yes, I just don't think I can be talked out of this one. Guess I just need to decide on brown or blue.
post #16404 of 19840

You will be fine.  Blue might be too eye catching for some business meetings.

post #16405 of 19840
I have one thing to share and one question.

Since buying my first AE a few weeks ago I have been reading that Mink oil is the worst you can do to them and that it will make them impossible to shine. The more you search online for how to shine the more you read this it seems. Yet, the shoe snob blog does use mink oil renovator. It took me forever to get some shine on my toe area and its not a mirror shine yet, but I can report that mink oil totally doesn't make it impossible, but apparently harder (or its because it's the first time I shine shoes in my life).

Now on to the question. I use Kiwi polish and I do have a nice shine on the toe. However, behind the toe area, where the shoe creases, I have a problem. The creases look like I have sand in them. I polish the shoe in the evening and in the morning, when I walk to the car the creases look like someone put sand in the creases. I have to brush the shoe with my horsehair brush and I might need to redo it at the office, when I arrive. Then its usually fine for the day.

Why? Can I get rid of that? I use neutral polish. I use cream polish from time to time for the pigments
post #16406 of 19840

Dont use wax polish on the creases.  That's most likely from neutral polishes on your vamp cracking into bits.

post #16407 of 19840
My recent purchase now has me wondering, how does one care for a woven leather shoe? I imagine a cleaner/conditioner and a good brushing is about all one can do...
post #16408 of 19840
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

My recent purchase now has me wondering, how does one care for a woven leather shoe? I imagine a cleaner/conditioner and a good brushing is about all one can do...

Yeah I wondered that too, was applying conditioner to a woven leather belt and it was getting stuck between all the nooks and crannies.

Are there any type of conditioner sprays out there?
post #16409 of 19840

Just received a pair of shoes .Everything looks great except that the shoes are unbalanced. 

 

Returning to the company is a pain as they're an international shoemaker.

 

1) Just how easy is this to fix? 

2) Is this a common problem? Shoes can be "slightly unbalanced right? I'm guessing this is more on the extreme case. 

 

 

 

post #16410 of 19840
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Originally Posted by 1up View Post


Yeah I wondered that too, was applying conditioner to a woven leather belt and it was getting stuck between all the nooks and crannies.

Are there any type of conditioner sprays out there?


Lexol Conditioner is sold in a spray bottle. 

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