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post #16501 of 19083
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hello all. what color wax would you recommend to keep this shade of red/brown. i just bought these and would like to match the color and get a good toe shine.
i was thinking Lincoln's Marine Cordovan,with a light brown.
can you wax with two colors to get a different shade? or does the wax not work that way?
thanks for any answers. I love all the shoes here!
-elías
post #16502 of 19083

Shoe tree sale at Jos A. Bank! $10/pair

 

http://www.josbank.com/jos-a-bank-cedar-shoe-tree 

post #16503 of 19083
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Originally Posted by elote View Post

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hello all. what color wax would you recommend to keep this shade of red/brown. i just bought these and would like to match the color and get a good toe shine.
i was thinking Lincoln's Marine Cordovan,with a light brown.
can you wax with two colors to get a different shade? or does the wax not work that way?
thanks for any answers. I love all the shoes here!
-elías

   you can mix wax shades!(try to be from the same manufacturer and from the same line)! as for brands  any brand judging from the shoe ll do the trick just try to use products without silicon or petroleum distillates!

post #16504 of 19083
Anyone have any advice on how to start cleaning and shining these shoes? I've never really gotten any of my shoes this dirty and scraped up so I'm not sure how to begin or if I should be buying any special cleaners like saddle soap / lexol cleaner & lexol conditioner or soaking them in water.

I'm thinking:
  1. use a moist paper towel to get the dirt off uppers and shaft. (water or maybe rubbing alcohol?)
  2. brush uppers and shaft
  3. use renovateur on uppers only and wait 30 minutes
  4. use neutral cream or light brown cream on uppers only
  5. brush
  6. buff
  7. 50 coats of neutral wax



Thanks for any help!
post #16505 of 19083
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Originally Posted by Ironist View Post

Anyone have any advice on how to start cleaning and shining these shoes? I've never really gotten any of my shoes this dirty and scraped up so I'm not sure how to begin or if I should be buying any special cleaners like saddle soap / lexol cleaner & lexol conditioner or soaking them in water.

I'm thinking:
  1. use a moist paper towel to get the dirt off uppers and shaft. (water or maybe rubbing alcohol?)
  2. brush uppers and shaft
  3. use renovateur on uppers only and wait 30 minutes
  4. use neutral cream or light brown cream on uppers only
  5. brush
  6. buff
  7. 50 coats of neutral wax
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Thanks for any help!

 

I know boots are meant to be worn but I don't know if I'd be brave enough to do that to a pair of Galways, the king of boots.

post #16506 of 19083
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Originally Posted by Ironist View Post

Anyone have any advice on how to start cleaning and shining these shoes? I've never really gotten any of my shoes this dirty and scraped up so I'm not sure how to begin or if I should be buying any special cleaners like saddle soap / lexol cleaner & lexol conditioner or soaking them in water.

I'm thinking:
  1. use a moist paper towel to get the dirt off uppers and shaft. (water or maybe rubbing alcohol?)
  2. brush uppers and shaft
  3. use renovateur on uppers only and wait 30 minutes
  4. use neutral cream or light brown cream on uppers only
  5. brush
  6. buff
  7. 50 coats of neutral wax



Thanks for any help!

Here are my suggestions to you:

1. Wipe them off thoroghly with a clean cotton rag and water, removing all dirt, dried mud, dust and debris.
2. Allow them to dry.
3. Use a conditioner to moisturize the leather. I prefer Bick 4 because I like its results best, and it seems gentle. But Lexol or Saphir Renovateur will work as well.
4. Buff with a clean rag; you can brush at this point also.
5. Apply whatever combinations of cream and/or wax polishes you prefer. Use colors that are lighter than the leather, if you wish to preserve the antique burnishing. Neutral polish is safe as well, but scuffs may remain visible with neutral polish, which some like as age/patina. Brush and buff with cotton rag between coats of polish. Multiple coats likely will not be necessary, but they can add visual interest.
7. Cover the boots with dust bags, and store them in a cool and dry place.

*avoid alcohol or saddle soap - these can be harsh on some leather. Consider using a toothbrush or other small welt brush to clean dirt along the sole edge.

For more detailed instructions, you may wish to refer to the many previous posts in this thread on the subject of care and shining.

Good job for wearing your boots and roughing them up a bit! They will look as good as new after a shine. Cheers!
post #16507 of 19083
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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

Here are my suggestions to you:

1. Wipe them off thoroghly with a clean cotton rag and water, removing all dirt, dried mud, dust and debris.
2. Allow them to dry.
3. Use a conditioner to moisturize the leather. I prefer Bick 4 because I like its results best, and it seems gentle. But Lexol or Saphir Renovateur will work as well.
4. Buff with a clean rag; you can brush at this point also.
5. Apply whatever combinations of cream and/or wax polishes you prefer. Use colors that are lighter than the leather, if you wish to preserve the antique burnishing. Neutral polish is safe as well, but scuffs may remain visible with neutral polish, which some like as age/patina. Brush and buff with cotton rag between coats of polish. Multiple coats likely will not be necessary, but they can add visual interest.
7. Cover the boots with dust bags, and store them in a cool and dry place.

*avoid alcohol or saddle soap - these can be harsh on some leather. Consider using a toothbrush or other small welt brush to clean dirt along the sole edge.

For more detailed instructions, you may wish to refer to the many previous posts in this thread on the subject of care and shining.

Good job for wearing your boots and roughing them up a bit! They will look as good as new after a shine. Cheers!

Thanks smoothie! I will try following your advice. I'm going to try neutral for now. I was trying to build patina but I don't want it to look awful.
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

I know boots are meant to be worn but I don't know if I'd be brave enough to do that to a pair of Galways, the king of boots.

Lol, this was actually all just from one wear... Impromptu cliff climbing and trail hiking.
post #16508 of 19083
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Originally Posted by shoelover View Post

Shoe tree sale at Jos A. Bank! $10/pair

http://www.josbank.com/jos-a-bank-cedar-shoe-tree 

Is it over? Looks just like regular pricing?
post #16509 of 19083
Can anyone comment on what the ill fit of these boots is caused by? Instep of the boots too low for my feet maybe?

I have never experienced this before so I am puzzled.



post #16510 of 19083
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Originally Posted by Schweino View Post

Can anyone comment on what the ill fit of these boots is caused by? Instep of the boots too low for my feet maybe?

I have never experienced this before so I am puzzled.

 

your foot seem to sit a little back in the shoe (if i see the stretching mark of your pinkie correctly) !i think they are a little bit too tight (judging from the pics ) maybe you ll had to go to a narrower fit (D-E maybe)!

post #16511 of 19083
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Can anyone comment on what the ill fit of these boots is caused by? Instep of the boots too low for my feet maybe?

I have never experienced this before so I am puzzled.



 

 

 

Are the stitches attaching the quarters to the vamp ripped?

From what can be ascertained in these pictures, it looks like you sized up in length to accomodate your high instep.

Also your foot looks like it's over-pronating (at least a little), which can cause discomfort with unsupportive shoes such as unlined (?) suede chukkas.

post #16512 of 19083
Thank you for your responses.

My feet aren't over-pronating, I was sitting in an awkward position to make these shots with my phone :-)

Also, the stitches aren't ripped, it just looks as if my foot is too big for the vamp to cover weirdly enough. I'm guessing they indeed are too tight unfortunately, which is odd since these are made by Grenson on their masterpiece last 91 which is usually a perfect fit form me.

This is the exact same pair by the way (in a different size though): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Mens-Poulsen-Skone-Gieves-Hawkes-Brown-Suede-Chukka-Boots-UK-9-5-EU-43-5-/361199477916

Here are some more pictures of the boots:



post #16513 of 19083
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Originally Posted by Schweino View Post



Also, the stitches aren't ripped, 



 

I have never seen those "intercoolers" in a shoe.  Interesting

post #16514 of 19083

the stay stitches on the side seems to be gone so the quarters are not properly sewn to the front vamp/facing piece?

post #16515 of 19083
Hi folks,
Finally got my first pair of AEs and am already delighted. However I noticed fairly prominent creasing has developed almost immediately (the photos are after walking perhaps 50m in them - they were new in box).

Is this just what happens normally? Was hoping that the cap at least would retain form.


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