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Originally Posted by EnglishShoes View Post
 

 

Do you mean a painted patina?

 

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

 

Yup, I know what 'painted patina' is. I was thinking more broadly than that. Some shoes are painted to give an artificial patina effect and others are painted in an even colour tone. What is the leather like, underneath?  Is it the sort that would be used to make corrected grain or can some painted shoes be made of high quality leather?

post #18212 of 19067
any thoughts on either of these for business casual wear?

loake 1880 at about $200 each



post #18213 of 19067
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

any thoughts on either of these for business casual wear?

loake 1880 at about $200 each
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I'm not sure about the "business" part, but the bottom boot is very practical for casual wear, the top shoe not so much.
post #18214 of 19067
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Originally Posted by thefastlife View Post

any thoughts on either of these for business casual wear?

loake 1880 at about $200 each




If you mean business casual in general I think they are fine and I like them. However, if you mean for a job I would definitely see what others are wearing and it depends on the industry. Business casual in finance is vastly different then business casual in IT, etc.
post #18215 of 19067
I'm trying to stretch my shoes.
How long do I need to leave my shoe stretcher in the shoe? I've seen conflicting information -- anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days.
I'm hoping that 6 hours is enough.
post #18216 of 19067
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Originally Posted by mreams99 View Post

I'm trying to stretch my shoes.
How long do I need to leave my shoe stretcher in the shoe? I've seen conflicting information -- anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days.
I'm hoping that 6 hours is enough.

Enough.

post #18217 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

 

Yup, I know what 'painted patina' is. I was thinking more broadly than that. Some shoes are painted to give an artificial patina effect and others are painted in an even colour tone. What is the leather like, underneath?  Is it the sort that would be used to make corrected grain or can some painted shoes be made of high quality leather?

 

I don't see why painted shoes cannot be made with high quality leather. Corthay comes to mind as an example.

post #18218 of 19067

I am buying my first pair of (tobacco) suede shoes this month and want to order the necessary products to keep them in tip top shape in readiness for their arrival.

 

I have always had success with Saphir Medaille D'or and as A fine Pair of Shoes are such an excellent company I have decided to use the Medaille D'or range.

 

My question is does one really need all of the available products to look after suede shoes "properly"?

 

By reading this thread it seems that...

 

https://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/products/saphir-medaille-dor-tinted-renovator-suede-spray-250ml?variant=338219026

 

...is recommended on the first wear to give the shoes some much needed moisture...

 

https://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/products/saphir-super-invulner?variant=338219022

 

...and then a spray of this to keep them repelling dirt, liquid etc.

 

If these products are used in conjunction with the crepe brush and wire brush are the erasers and shampoo required for the general maintenance or as a back up for worst case scenario?

 

The shoes will be used very infrequently (summer or dry weather use only 2-3 times a month) so unless I'm very unlucky will never get badly soiled and would (I hope) only require general maintenance.

 

The other products I have debated are...

 

https://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/products/saphir-mdo-suede-multicleaner?variant=338218926

 

https://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/products/saphir-super-gommadin?variant=338218884

 

...which I assume is for the actual removal of stains whereas if the top two products are used appropriately they will prevent such stains?

 

All thoughts very much welcomed.

post #18219 of 19067

 

 

Horse brush, coconut oil shampoo (any) water and a sponge.  No need to buy so many stuff (maybe the spray protector?)

post #18220 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Zapasman View Post
 

 

 

Horse brush, coconut oil shampoo (any) water and a sponge.  No need to buy so many stuff (maybe the spray protector?)

 

Interesting. I know with these premium products (car polishes, nutrition supplements etc) a fool and his money are often parted by clever marketing so this would seem to be the case here?

 

I had understood that a crepe brush was best for suede however you seem to have achieved good results with horsehair.

 

Thanks.

post #18221 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Steven Cash View Post

Interesting. I know with these premium products (car polishes, nutrition supplements etc) a fool and his money are often parted by clever marketing so this would seem to be the case here?

I had understood that a crepe brush was best for suede however you seem to have achieved good results with horsehair.

Thanks.

I also use a horsehair brush for suede. I find a horsehair brush to be much gentler than its brass/nylon wire counterpart. It takes a little more time, but I would rather spend an extra minute or two to keep a soft nap then have a bunch of little suede hairs sticking out.
post #18222 of 19067
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post


I also use a horsehair brush for suede. I find a horsehair brush to be much gentler than its brass/nylon wire counterpart. It takes a little more time, but I would rather spend an extra minute or two to keep a soft nap then have a bunch of little suede hairs sticking out.


​Makes sense - thank you.

post #18223 of 19067

Reading through this thread I have seen a lot of people coming to the realization they have applied too much polish and have been forced to use Renomat (or equivalent) to get rid of the build up of old polish.

 

When I bought my first pair of "proper" shoes I was a complete novice and equated more with better.

 

I used the Saphir Pommadier cream across the vamp predominantly because I was advised it was a nourishing product and secondly because the creasing bothered me and I thought the creases could be "coloured in" to reduce the appearance of the creases. Obviously both of these reasons are foolish - you live and learn.

 

I have used very little polish (cream or wax) lately on the flexible parts of the shoe and used Renovateur almost exclusively (once or twice a month) which seems to give a nice healthy lustre compared to the almost saturated look I had previously.

 

Using the Renovateur more frequently does remove a small amount of pigment each time so does reassure me slightly that any damage I may have caused is slowly being reversed however, I am conscious that any damage may be long term and should be addressed earlier rather than later.

 

Can somebody please advise whether the creasing is excessive and whether any Renomat or equivalent is required?

 

 

 

post #18224 of 19067
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Originally Posted by Steven Cash View Post
 

Reading through this thread I have seen a lot of people coming to the realization they have applied too much polish and have been forced to use Renomat (or equivalent) to get rid of the build up of old polish.

 

When I bought my first pair of "proper" shoes I was a complete novice and equated more with better.

 

I used the Saphir Pommadier cream across the vamp predominantly because I was advised it was a nourishing product and secondly because the creasing bothered me and I thought the creases could be "coloured in" to reduce the appearance of the creases. Obviously both of these reasons are foolish - you live and learn.

 

I have used very little polish (cream or wax) lately on the flexible parts of the shoe and used Renovateur almost exclusively (once or twice a month) which seems to give a nice healthy lustre compared to the almost saturated look I had previously.

 

Using the Renovateur more frequently does remove a small amount of pigment each time so does reassure me slightly that any damage I may have caused is slowly being reversed however, I am conscious that any damage may be long term and should be addressed earlier rather than later.

 

Can somebody please advise whether the creasing is excessive and whether any Renomat or equivalent is required?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personally I use more conditioner than polish as well. However I don't use Renovateur because I find that it is more harsh than other things that are just conditioners. If I don't need to add color or spit shining isn't desired then I use conditioner.

post #18225 of 19067
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post
 

Personally I use more conditioner than polish as well. However I don't use Renovateur because I find that it is more harsh than other things that are just conditioners. If I don't need to add color or spit shining isn't desired then I use conditioner.

 

I didn't realize Renovteur was harsh at all. What product do you use? Looks like I may need to do an order.

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