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I have a few questions and I've posted a few pages back but didn't get much response...I've read through a lot of this thread but there is just so much information that it is hard to get straight.

I want to order some cleaner/condition, creams, and polish to get me started. I recently just purchased this brush set and it seems to be decent: http://www.amazon.com/FootFitter-Classic-Shoe-Brush-pieces/dp/B000Q7SVQ2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1461877578&sr=8-2&keywords=footfitter+brush

 

Now I know Saphir are very good, if not the best, however they are not easily available to me and I wanted to get the supplies ASAP before I start my internship next week.

 

I have a couple of black shoes, two brown shoes and possibly going to be ordering another brown shoe not sure on dark brown yet or a lighter/orangier/tan brown. I usually like to buy everything on Amazon because I have prime shipping but some polishes are not available. I can definitely get the Lexol cleaner and conditioner set but not sure if I should get that or the Allen Edmonds cleaner/conditioner. How fast is their shipping from their website usually?

Do I need creams and wax polish? I have seen mixed opinions if cream is really necessary. If it is I was thinking about just getting some Meltonian creams and then the Allen Edmonds wax polish. Is Edge dressing from them useful?

 

I have these shoes...they are just from Aldo but I would like to clean them up if possible. You can see in the pictures that they have some dark stains. Should I be getting a neutral or lighter/darker brown for these? If you know which color from Allen Edmonds polish would match best let me know. Also for the suede how can I clean it and should I be using a brass or nylon brush? They have both in that brush set I bought.You can see in the first picture some decoloration at the top not sure if it's fixable.

 

 

Lastly I have these PAul Edmonds Wholecuts in marrone. They are brand new. I know some people like to wear them first before doing anything however I would like to protect them as much as possible. I read in another thread about Paul Evans that they recommended not using renovator on their shoes as it can remove the hand painted finish. Can I use the Lexol or Allen Edmonds cleaner/conditioner? Is it recommended to use a neutral cream/wax with these?

 

 

 

Thanks guys

post #18197 of 19068
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Damn, thanks guys-

post #18198 of 19068

Considering whether to send these Park Aves for a recraft. Got caught in the rain a few times and the sole needs replaced. Any suggestions for the bubbling on the toe of the right shoe? It appeared after they got wet one day.

 

 

 

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Considering whether to send these Park Aves for a recraft. Got caught in the rain a few times and the sole needs replaced. Any suggestions for the bubbling on the toe of the right shoe? It appeared after they got wet one day.

 

 

 

Bubbling as far as I know is permanent as the leather has split internally. You may be able to lessen the appearance of the bubbling by massaging the affected area with the back of spoon or I do believe there are special bones you can buy (deer bones?) for polishing cordovan leather that can be used in the same way. However having never used the bones I really cannot attest to how effective they are.

 

I suppose building a decent mirror shine on the toe may also even it out but I am just speculating at this point.

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How is produced that bad bubbling?. Never seen that before.

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How is produced that bad bubbling?. Never seen that before.

From what I understand of this kind of bubbling, the leather has to be completely saturated. Then as the leather dries, salt from either the chrome tanning process, sweat, pavement grit etc crystalizes under the surface leather pushing the layers apart leaving the uneven surface.

 

So I guess the quality of leather in the shoes comes into question as much as what they have been exposed to.

 

Although I am by no means an expert or scientist.

post #18202 of 19068

Thanks for the response. I guess I'll get Dainites sewn on and keep them as my rain beaters. 


Edited by CaptainCat - 4/29/16 at 6:34am
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Does anyone know where (if anywhere) I could buy saphir products in Arizona?
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Does anyone know where (if anywhere) I could buy saphir products in Arizona?

Amazon.com
post #18205 of 19068
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Amazon.com

Lol thanks but I meant in person... And saphir on Amazon is not prime and the wax polish is still 2.99 shipping so not any different buying from there or any other online place that sells it
post #18206 of 19068

Are painted shoes similar to corrected grain ones?  Yours truly, Munky. 

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Depends on what you mean with painted shoes; if they look like these I would say yes:

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Depends on what you mean with painted shoes; if they look like these I would say yes:

 

These do look very attractive. I think our kitchen was painted in this colour, with this paint. :bounce2: 

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These do look very attractive. I think our kitchen was painted in this colour, with this paint. :bounce2: 

Impossible to wear those, impossible to cook in your kitchen.:confused:

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Are painted shoes similar to corrected grain ones?  Yours truly, Munky. 

 

Do you mean a painted patina?

 

That is where various leather dyes are painted onto the shoes using a brush or sponge.  

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