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post #17881 of 19079
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Gentlemen, it has all gone too far when we talk about reviving old polish. As was suggested, by PCK1, just buy a new tin. Life is too short. 

I am thinking theres wisdom in the not reviving but for other reasons. Looking at the shoe snobs method of polishing he seems to use two tins of wax polish. One fresh one and one dried up one. Seems he needs to buy a new one AND keep the old one wink.gif
post #17882 of 19079
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post


We resole and revive old and worn pairs of shoes.

I prefer not throwing out good Tin of wax. That said, dried up wax shines easier IME.

 

Arguably, there is a bit of difference between a pair of shoes and a dried up tin of polish. :p

post #17883 of 19079

Just to clarify, this tin of Saphir wax is about 1 year old and has over half left. It's not just a few scraps of dried out gunk.

 

One reason for the wax breaking up is that I removed a chunk of it to take in a small pot for business travel and the remaining wax ended up all broken up.

 

Well worth saving IMO.

post #17884 of 19079

Should I be conditioning once a week? I cream and condition my RM Williams once a week, but I'm wondering if conditioning once a week is too much?

post #17885 of 19079
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Originally Posted by kingsolomon View Post
 

Should I be conditioning once a week? I cream and condition my RM Williams once a week, but I'm wondering if conditioning once a week is too much?

 

All depends on how often you wear them.  Once a week wear, thats way too much; 3x a week, that's slightly excessive; 5x a week, you need more than a pair of shoes.

post #17886 of 19079
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

All depends on how often you wear them.  Once a week wear, thats way too much; 3x a week, that's slightly excessive; 5x a week, you need more than a pair of shoes.

Are you talking about conditioning or wearing the shoes?
post #17887 of 19079

The frequency of shoes being conditioned/waxed depends on the frequency and environment of shoes being worn.

post #17888 of 19079
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post





Are you talking about conditioning or wearing the shoes?


Those two topics are interlinked - he's saying if you're wearing the shoes once a week, conditioning once a week is too much.  If you're wearing them three times a week you're overdoing it a bit.  If you're wearing them five time a week you're beating your shoes to death and the care routine will only minimally help extend their degraded lifespan.


Here's the short version of my take on care (heavily based on things learned here):



  • Use a shoe horn every time you put the shoes on if at all possible.  I carry a small plastic horn in my laptop bag, travel with a bigger one and have a nice natural horn one at home.  

  • Use trees with shoes when they're not being worn.  Let them breathe for a few minutes before putting in the trees

  • Brush shoes for 30 seconds or so before and after each wear.  Brushing before shines them up a bit and brings up the leather, brushing after helps keep them clean after a day's use.  I'm a fan of bags, too.

  • Allow any pair of leather shoes rest for at least 24 hours between wears if possible.  It won't kill them if you occasionally have to go back to back (e.g. when traveling), but always better to rotate. 

  • Develop a shoe rotation.  Having 3-4 pairs of shoes you rotate through helps keep your shoes happy, but even two pairs should more than double the lifespan of the shoes.

  • There are no hard rules on care routine.  Most people probably overdo it.  If your days tend to be long and hard - exposure to outdoors, lots of steps, etcs. - condition more frequently - I'd say every 3-5 wears depending on how the shoe looks/feels.  If you drive to an work, walk into a carpeted office and walk minimally around and then go back home, I'd say every 4-7 wears.  I wind up picking 1 Sunday a month and doing several pairs I wear the most. 

  • For care products.  I have one brush for each color of polish I use and one for daily brushing (which I also use for uncolored conditioner, in my case Saphir Renovateur or Bick 4).  I've got a couple welt brushes that come in handy, but 90% of my routine is handled with the big brushes and cloths.  I use 8" brushes because I tend to whack the shoes with smaller 6" brushes, though I do have one 6" I use when I travel.

  • Use cut-up old t-shirts for cloths as long as they are 100% cotton.  Cut away any seams and edges (the thread might scratch).  I put patches as well as long strips for buffing.  Allen Edmonds sells flannel polishing cloths for $2 that a very nice also (http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/shoe-care/cloths-bags/cotton-flannel-polishing-cloth/SF591.html?dwvar_SF591_color=545#start=1).


I'm probably forgetting something (and it really isn't very short wink.gif), and I'm certainly not an expert, so some may take issue with something above, but all of that works well for me.

post #17889 of 19079

Re: old tins of polish. I was fortunate in coming across a very old recipe for shoe polish, which had been hidden in the crypt of an English church for at least 200 years. 'Take ye one part lard from pork, add two part of ye soote from the chimmne, one part of the oil of olive and add ye salte to taste. Add ye one part unicorn extraction, be it to hand. Stir ye well and pour on shoe.  :p

post #17890 of 19079
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Re: old tins of polish. I was fortunate in coming across a very old recipe for shoe polish, which had been hidden in the crypt of an English church for at least 200 years. 'Take ye one part lard from pork, add two part of ye soote from the chimmne, one part of the oil of olive and add ye salte to taste. Add ye one part unicorn extraction, be it to hand. Stir ye well and pour on shoe.  tongue.gif
That is fascinating. I'm surprised that they didn't use a little beeswax.
post #17891 of 19079
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Originally Posted by mreams99 View Post


That is fascinating. I'm surprised that they didn't use a little beeswax.

 

As I understand it, they didn't like beeswax, in those days - especially on their shoes. I could, of course, be wrong...

post #17892 of 19079

Hi everyone, I'm new here. I found this place via J. Fitzpatrick's blog and I'm really excited about trying to match the beautiful standards reached by JF's Recraft service http://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/pages/recraft-services or by  http://www.dandyshoecare.it/ENG/treatments.html   So I've invested heavily in Saphir stuff and I'm ready to get started. Here's my first project, a barely worn pair of RAOC officer's boots made in 1945. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right now I'm trying to decide whether to soak them to reduce the toe curl. And I'd quite like to smooth the gouged areas of the soles - although I admit it would be rather pointless. 

post #17893 of 19079

soaking them would be a mistake. 

post #17894 of 19079
I'm no expert, but I'd think very hard before you do anything as extreme as soaking the sole - leather that old and presumably dry is going to want careful treatment and expert hands IMHO.

I don't know if they are rare or not - send a shame to wear them if they are. How much do you know about them?
post #17895 of 19079

Some conditioner in the uppers and wear them in the battle field.  Really nice boots.

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