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post #17686 of 19073
This should suffice: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shoe-Brush-Free-Cloth-Polish-Kit-100-Pure-Horse-Hair-Bristles-Large-Size-New-/141206222252?hash=item20e08bf5ac:g:wCIAAOxyYSdTEHq0
post #17687 of 19073
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

 

This is an interesting issue!  When I brush off my shoes, I often find that I scratch the surface with my fingernails. Call me clumsy, but it often happens.. This brush seems to be the answer. However, for me, it is a bit expensive. I am thinking of buying one to brush off  all my shoes, before I go out and when I come in. In other words, one brush for all shoes. Obviously, it is important to keep a range of brushes for buffing after polishing. 

 

http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/saphir-price-asc/products/the-ultimate-polishing-brush

 

I have an 8" brush from Amazon that I like a lot.  The bristles are flared, so I don't seem to have issues hitting the shoe with the handle, etc. that I did with my smaller 6" brushes.

post #17688 of 19073

Thanks for your comments on shoe brushes, guys. I already have a few of these and they are 23 cm.  I guess I just have to be a bit more careful!

 

http://www.shoestringuk.co.uk/d/woly_collectors_horsehair_brush_23cm_3075.php

post #17689 of 19073
Or cut your nails. biggrin.gif
post #17690 of 19073

Can something like this be repaired? Or its effects mitigated in any way?

 

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post #17691 of 19073

Lots of info in this thread, almost too much. I own 2 pairs of fifth avenue AE's. Both are brand new as I baby them. One is black, the other is walnut. I bought the starter kit from AE which has 2 brushes, 2 polishes (black and brown) and 2 cloths. I also bought the waterproofer from AE though I don't plan on wearing these in the snow or and avoid rain as much as possible. My questions:

 

Should I water proof them? Before or after polish? 

Can I use the brown polish on the walnut shoe or is that a color mismatch? If not, which polish should I get?

These are my everyday shoes and I will be rotating them more as weather improves. How often should I be polishing them? (i.e. only when they look like they need it or is it a way to keep the leather 'healthier' and longer lasting and therefore I should polish them every week or something?)

I see conflicting info on saddle soap..should I get it? What do you guys clean the shoes with before polishing?

 

thank you!

post #17692 of 19073
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Thanks for your comments on shoe brushes, guys. I already have a few of these and they are 23 cm.  I guess I just have to be a bit more careful!

 

http://www.shoestringuk.co.uk/d/woly_collectors_horsehair_brush_23cm_3075.php


FWIW Munky I was having the same issues and switched to the 21CM Saphir brushes in hopes of solving the problem. It's only been a few weeks but so far so good for me and I have been using them a lot due to a recent snow storm and subsequent melt. If you are still having an issue I'd consider that Ultimate Brush if only because I understand the frustration of just wanting to keep your shoes in good condition and, instead, making matters worse.

post #17693 of 19073
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Originally Posted by Goodman View Post
 


FWIW Munky I was having the same issues and switched to the 21CM Saphir brushes in hopes of solving the problem. It's only been a few weeks but so far so good for me and I have been using them a lot due to a recent snow storm and subsequent melt. If you are still having an issue I'd consider that Ultimate Brush if only because I understand the frustration of just wanting to keep your shoes in good condition and, instead, making matters worse.

 

Thanks for this, cpfn and Goodman!  Much appreciated. 

post #17694 of 19073
Hello everyone. I have a pair of AE Lake Shore Drive slip ons in tan leather. When they were new they were a light tan, and as I have worn them they have gotten darker in spots, especially the toe and overlay plug. It is not unattractive, but I like i.e. The lighter shade. The AE website says to only use their suede waterproofing spray and nothing else. Are any of you guys aware of anything else I might try to lighten up the color back to its original lighter tan? Thanks so much.


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post #17695 of 19073
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Originally Posted by shades9323 View Post
 

Can something like this be repaired? Or its effects mitigated in any way?

 

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Yeah, with some wear.

post #17696 of 19073
If anyone is located near Syosset/Huntington, Roman at 110 Shoe Repair on Jericho is amazing. I wish I had a picture of them before, but I think they look better than they did new. Such a deep navy but I had a hard time photographing it.

post #17697 of 19073
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Originally Posted by curlyface View Post
 

Lots of info in this thread, almost too much. I own 2 pairs of fifth avenue AE's. Both are brand new as I baby them. One is black, the other is walnut. I bought the starter kit from AE which has 2 brushes, 2 polishes (black and brown) and 2 cloths. I also bought the waterproofer from AE though I don't plan on wearing these in the snow or and avoid rain as much as possible. My questions:

 

 

 

Should I water proof them? Before or after polish? 

 

Can I use the brown polish on the walnut shoe or is that a color mismatch? If not, which polish should I get?

 

These are my everyday shoes and I will be rotating them more as weather improves. How often should I be polishing them? (i.e. only when they look like they need it or is it a way to keep the leather 'healthier' and longer lasting and therefore I should polish them every week or something?)

 

I see conflicting info on saddle soap..should I get it? What do you guys clean the shoes with before polishing?

 

 

 

thank you!

 

You should really try to search, but here are my thoughts:

 

- If you're not planning to see weather/rain, etc., I'd skip the waterproofer.  I use it on a couple pairs of my shoes intended for bad weather, but don't want to add any new to the mix. If you're going to use waterproofer, the instructions are pretty simple:  Start with clean shoes (brush them), spray from a distance of 8" or so, allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.

 

- If you use brown shoe polish, you'll darken the tone of the shoes.  I'd get some walnut polish from AE. 

 

- My regimen for polish/care is every 5 - 10 wears.  I tend to condition/clean with Bick 4 or Saphir Renovateur most often - I only polish every once in a while. Pretty easy to tell when it is time. 

 

- I think you're going to find the prevailing opinion here is skip the saddle soap.  Get one of the two products above.  

 

- While we're getting stuff, I'd get a couple good 8" brushes (I got mine for around $15 each on Amazon) and use one to brush your shoes before and after every wear (I use my other for the cleaning/polishing) - I just do it for about 30 seconds.  Also get a couple pairs of shoe trees.  Jos. A. Bank has sales pretty often, or get a couple pairs from Woodlore.  

 

- Generally speaking, less is more.  Patina isn't bad.

post #17698 of 19073
I approach the village elders with a tale of woe. My otherwise delightful Edward Green Malverns sustained the injury below in an unfortunate nightclubbing incident. They are, however, soft of sole and will imminently need some kind of attention in any case. Therefore, I am wondering whether the good cordwainers of Northampton might be able to work their magic on this nasty nick, or whether a full recraft on such a badly scarred shoe is throwing good money after bad.

post #17699 of 19073
I'd ignore it personally.
post #17700 of 19073

I'd probably burnish it a bit and not worry about it.  It seems like most shoe manufacturers won't work on shoes with damaged uppers.  I've never been sure quite why - maybe something to do with the stresses of re-lasting the shoe.

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