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post #18676 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Lucido View Post

I'm wondering if anyone has experience of having a pair of GYW suede shoes that have been resoled and refurbished?

There seems to be no shortage of information and videos online about leather shoes that have been resoled, put back on their original last and been refurbished to near new condition but I can't seem to find anything for suede.

It makes so difference of the materials of the uppers if they are goodyear welted. They can be resoled.
post #18677 of 19050
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post


It makes so difference of the materials of the uppers if they are goodyear welted. They can be resoled.

 

Obviously, yes.

 

My point is that it's very easy to see before and after reviews/videos of shoes with leather uppers that have been resoled and refurbished to almost new condition. There is a distinct lack however of information on suede shoes have gone through the same process and I am curious as to the extent that dingy, clapped out suede can be restored to it's former glory.

post #18678 of 19050
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Originally Posted by Lucido View Post

Obviously, yes.

My point is that it's very easy to see before and after reviews/videos of shoes with leather uppers that have been resoled and refurbished to almost new condition. There is a distinct lack however of information on suede shoes have gone through the same process and I am curious as to the extent that dingy, clapped out suede can be restored to it's former glory.

If you understand what "suede" is, then it becomes clear that once the nap has worn down and weeks and months and even years of grit and grime have been ground into the fibers, the likelihood of it ever coming back to anything close to original appearance is slim to none.

Can it be cleaned and made to look "good?" Relative to "dingy" and "clapped out", yes...maybe. Relative to new...highly doubtful.

And, just to cover all bases, it depends on the quality of the leather, the dye work, and on who is doing the cleaning and how much effort they want to put into it.
post #18679 of 19050
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Originally Posted by mycloud View Post
 

Hello everyone. I've just bought a horsehair brush and a jar of Saphir MDO Pommadier shoes cream color black for my dress shoes.

 


Picture: This is my first Oxford.

 

Next, I am going to buy a pair of lasted shoe tree in couple of months. However, what makes me wonder is that whether it is necessary to add Saphir Renovateur into my basic shoe care kit ? I know Renovateur can nourish and condition leather but even MDO shoes cream can nourish leather too? If I buy, should I buy Saphir Renovateur (jar) or Saphir MDO lotion (bottle) ? Both are conditioner but I don't know which is suitable for my shoes only?
 

Asking about when to nourish, I think once  per one or two weeks is okay for me after 2 or 3 wears with shoe cream. And for Saphir conditioner product, maybe one ore two months is all right? 

 

I guess it depends on the shoes, but every 2-3 wears is a lot for conditioning.  Based on what I've learned here (thanks to pB and DWF, among others), I posted the following the other day as my personal "universals"

 

  • Brush often - I brush a bit before I put shoes on and pretty thoroughly after (to make sure I getting a day's worth of whatever off the shoes).  I also bag my shoes when I put them up, but I'm crazy.
  • If the shoes are particularly dirty or just every once in a while (every couple weeks if I'm wearing the shoes), wipe the shoes with a slightly damp cloth and brush for a while.  What you're trying to do here is make sure you're getting dirt and grime off the leather, so think of it as a "cleaning" kind of action and don't grind the dirt into the leather.
  • Don't overdo it on conditioning - that applies both to how often you do it and how much you use when you are doing it.  Do it because the leather needs it - you should be able to see and feel it - not just because you've worn the shoes.  And wipe/brush the shoes really thoroughly before you do.
  • I polish some of my shoes, but rarely.  If I had more formal/dress shoes I'd probably do it more often.  Also something that shouldn't be overdone IMHO.
  • Get a good horsehair brush for each color of polish/cream you use, and one for daily brushing.  I prefer 8" brushes to 6", and brushes that "flare" a bit on the ends.

 

Net: less is more.  Brush often.

 

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Originally Posted by Lucido View Post
 

I'm wondering if anyone has experience of having a pair of GYW suede shoes that have been resoled and refurbished?

 

There seems to be no shortage of information and videos online about leather shoes that have been resoled, put back on their original last and been refurbished to near new condition but I can't seem to find anything for suede.

 

You got answers from two of the best resources here.  I'd only add that it really depends on the quality of the suede and how much abuse it has taken.  A good cleaning, brushing and spray-dye of the suede can really perk it up.  PB and DWF could probably give you better answers if you'd post some pix of the shoes in question.  


My guess is that if the shoes are of good quality and aren't trashed, it is probably worth it and you'll be pleased. How "new" they'll look is a question mark - I don't expect them to look new when I go through that process.

post #18680 of 19050


As previously mentioned, my poor scuffed Meermin's. Any guidance on how to repair much appreciated.
post #18681 of 19050
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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post
 

 

I guess it depends on the shoes, but every 2-3 wears is a lot for conditioning.  Based on what I've learned here (thanks to pB and DWF, among others), I posted the following the other day as my personal "universals"

 

  • Brush often - I brush a bit before I put shoes on and pretty thoroughly after (to make sure I getting a day's worth of whatever off the shoes).  I also bag my shoes when I put them up, but I'm crazy.
  • If the shoes are particularly dirty or just every once in a while (every couple weeks if I'm wearing the shoes), wipe the shoes with a slightly damp cloth and brush for a while.  What you're trying to do here is make sure you're getting dirt and grime off the leather, so think of it as a "cleaning" kind of action and don't grind the dirt into the leather.
  • Don't overdo it on conditioning - that applies both to how often you do it and how much you use when you are doing it.  Do it because the leather needs it - you should be able to see and feel it - not just because you've worn the shoes.  And wipe/brush the shoes really thoroughly before you do.
  • I polish some of my shoes, but rarely.  If I had more formal/dress shoes I'd probably do it more often.  Also something that shouldn't be overdone IMHO.
  • Get a good horsehair brush for each color of polish/cream you use, and one for daily brushing.  I prefer 8" brushes to 6", and brushes that "flare" a bit on the ends.

 

Net: less is more.  Brush often.

 

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Thank you so much. It means that more brushing than conditioning. It sounds good at the moment because the leather is still new, fresh and not fade. Maybe after two weeks or one month, I will need to apply shoe cream on my shoes again. 

post #18682 of 19050
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As previously mentioned, my poor scuffed Meermin's. Any guidance on how to repair much appreciated.
 

 

 

If you create a mirror shine over the toe-caps, the process of building layer upon layer of wax polish should smooth over the graze. From looking at your shoes it is going to take many layers to cover it.

post #18683 of 19050
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Originally Posted by JohnnyMarr View Post



As previously mentioned, my poor scuffed Meermin's. Any guidance on how to repair much appreciated.


Do what the "professionals" do:get a "repair crayon"--made specifically for leather and shoemaking and also for furniture repair...or as a less desirable but considering it's black, possible alternative, a regular crayon...and fill the "hole."

Gently warm the crayon and apply liberally and firmly to the damaged area. When fully cool, take a soft cloth and "burnish' off the excess--til the fill is level with the surrounding leather. Now you can spit-shine over the damaged area. Or in your case just shine with regular shoe polish.

This usually only works over areas of the shoe that are stiffened--the toe and heel to be more specific.

Shoe factories keep repair crayons in 10 million colours (probably an over-statement despite that being what the human eye can see) and the shade and tonal variations between a big box of red red crayons, for instance,are very subtle and for all intents and purposes nearly infinite.
post #18684 of 19050
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It may be hard to discern in the pic. I went over the upper portion(everything except the front toe and vamp) of the left boot with a deer bone, then brushed and buffed. The deer boned portion is now slightly dull. I have buffed repeatedly trying to get the shine back to no avail. These are new boots and I couldn't resist messing with them. Any ideas?

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post #18685 of 19050

After thinking about it I guess it makes sense.  I bought some Saphir cordovan cream polish and will give it a go.

post #18686 of 19050

Hi Everyone

 

I decided to polish my Cole Haan shoes today and Meltonian London tan creme polish and in the process of wiping, the color basically came off....

 

What do I need to do in order to bring these back or are they a lost cause?!

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #18687 of 19050
@geekhou05
I'm no expert, but my $.02 is that it's not a lost cause. I would clean them well first ( I use saddle soap on cheaper shoes,though I know some here say it's not good for the leather). Then I would apply again with very little cream polish per layer, brush, apply, brush, apply etc. and finish with a buffing. If that doesn't work, try a different brand of polish. I use Saphir
post #18688 of 19050
The shoes were spray painted brown, so I guess you could just spray paint them brown again.
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post #18690 of 19050

Wow

 

Is that normal for Cole Haan? I have other pairs and they are fine.

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