I didnt consider the rust factor until after I put them in. The following day I went to another hardware store where I found the #2 (thinner than 4) flat screws in addition to #2 phillips screws. You can also get treated screws but again, I didnt consider it until afterwards.
As far as durability goes, I have worn them twice thus far and they are rock solid. They havent budged at all.
Your nitpick is a worthy one. Why do you prefer flat over phillips? Does it have to do with the G&G/Vass recessed metal toe taps? they use flat screws, no?
I guess it's because shoes have been around for ages and therefore need 'old school screws'. I remember that when we were putting up some shelves in the kitchen of my house (from the 1950s), my contractor suggested I'd use the (-) variety. Never thought about that before, but he was right: looked much better/more appropriate.
Also, I'm used to them because my cobbler uses them for toe taps:
I think these are brass screws.
Originally Posted by Louis XIV
Should I just coat them in the same way I do the leather or is there any other treatment needed?
Yes. Just put some polish on a cloth around your finger and run along the edges. There are special products (they look like big "felt-tips") for it, but it's easy to do without.
Originally Posted by Louis XIV
I like torx. Why do you prefere - over + I think both of them are not very userfriendly as you tend to destroy the profile of them easily when the screws are too soft and let's be honest, most screws are to soft.
For suede, is it just a simple designated cleanser and brush?
depends on what is on the shoe. If its not dirty, I usually just brush the suede after several wears. If you got something on it, then it depends. The key to suede shoe care is to pretreat the suede with waterproofing/dirt resistant spray when you first buy them. The stuff I use is silicon based spray. Just a warning, it does darken the suede slightly.
haa. speaking of which, I didnt bring my make up box and the RL Darltons were dry after I was caught in a rain storm last night. I let them dry out but now the leather looks dry on the left shoe. I applied a little dab of "mega-rich" body lotion to the vamp. is this okay?
for what its worth, it smells nice. reminds me of saphir but more citrus and less honey
I've been getting quite a few personal messages regarding my mirror shined shoes and boots. Seems that many are having problems doing it themselves.
You need to get a feel for the wax. Know the signs. This is not a 'How To' post, but just to reinforce how blindly repeating the same mistake on every coat is a recipe for matte shoes. Analyze your methods. Experiment with slightly more/less, quicker/slower, longer/shorter etc. You need to discover your own recipe. Do read posts by many of the experts here. Also, if you Google 'mirror shine', it'll bring up plenty of videos. Just remember that everyone has a slightly different twist on how it's done. Stay away from naked flames for now, especially if you live in the United Kingdom.
Don't forget to lean your shoe into the natural light. Have the toe pointing away from you, slightly downwards. You'll now be able to see the swirls quite clearly. All the information you need is out there on the Web. The world probably doesn't need another 'How to Shine Shoes' instruction manual. If you still don't get it, then I'd suggest tracking down a friend (ex-military) who does. Ten minutes of hands-on instruction will equal hours of disjointed reading.