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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post


Hmm, this is interesting. I guess I've never seen sole conditioning included in shoe care guides, so even if it is beneficial, it's probably not essential.

 

Well the specific products made by manufacturers to condition soles require re-application after each wear, as they are not intended to saturate the sole as the aformentioned products do.

 

The results of using these sole oil type products is inconclusive at best.

post #3437 of 10236
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Originally Posted by Stirling View Post

IME leather soles don't require any conditioning through their natural lives. The use of products like mink oil, obenauf's etc will soften the soles and cause them to wear more quickly. 

I wanted to adopt a can't hurt principle but now you're suggesting it would actually lead to more damage? We should induct a double blind randomized controlled study in SF on the matter!
post #3438 of 10236

It's entirely up to you.

post #3439 of 10236
Flat leather shoe laces. Anyone know a good online source?

I'm looking for laces suitable for dress shoes. Not the chunky laces that are intended for boots.
post #3440 of 10236
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

Flat leather shoe laces. Anyone know a good online source?
I'm looking for laces suitable for dress shoes. Not the chunky laces that are intended for boots.

AFPoS has them. How soon do you need them? i should be getting a pair of boots in a couple of weeks or so if you want to "piggy" back and get some laces.

Let me know.
post #3441 of 10236
Thanks for the offer but I didn't see any made of leather.
post #3442 of 10236
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Thanks for the offer but I didn't see any made of leather.

My bad, even the bold fond did not catch my attention. Good luck on the search!
post #3443 of 10236

Putting in my own experience here. I've used mink oil on the soles of one of my shoes and they seem to have held up well. I should note that at one point, I also gave the soles a round of Kiwi neutral polish. The soles are pretty seasoned at the moment and the mink oil doesn't appear to make them any softer. The soles have become quite hardwearing by now.

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By the way, I've just started using Renovateur a few weeks ago and my experience hasn't been up to expectation so far. I've tried applying with both a cloth and also with bare fingers and I find it tends to make the leather feel sticky and look a bit matte.

 

Is this normal? Or perhaps am I applying too much of it?

post #3445 of 10236
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

By the way, I've just started using Renovateur a few weeks ago and my experience hasn't been up to expectation so far. I've tried applying with both a cloth and also with bare fingers and I find it tends to make the leather feel sticky and look a bit matte.

Is this normal? Or perhaps am I applying too much of it?

Sounds like you're applying too much ("a little goes a long way!") and not brushing/buffing enough afterwards.

ps - I thought it was crazy when I first heard it, but I am now a finger applier too. Much better control, less wasted product, and I feel more zen with the process.
post #3446 of 10236
SWIMS Mobster Galosh Overshoes:

1. Will their smallest size US 8.5 fit? I usually am a size 8, I'm wondering if the extra .5 size is accounted for the overshoe purpose.
2. Can I war it with dress shoes other than boots? Suede material?
post #3447 of 10236
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Originally Posted by razl View Post


Sounds like you're applying too much ("a little goes a long way!") and not brushing/buffing enough afterwards.
ps - I thought it was crazy when I first heard it, but I am now a finger applier too. Much better control, less wasted product, and I feel more zen with the process.

 

Thanks, that was my gut feel too after inspecting the leather. I'll try to keep it to a minimal amount in the future.

 

Having said that, after leaving the Reno for the specified ~3 minutes, is there a difference between brushing with a horsehair brush or buffing with a soft cloth? I tend to prefer using the brush myself as I find it easier than a cloth.

post #3448 of 10236
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Originally Posted by Pieceofsand View Post

SWIMS Mobster Galosh Overshoes:
1. Will their smallest size US 8.5 fit? I usually am a size 8, I'm wondering if the extra .5 size is accounted for the overshoe purpose.
2. Can I war it with dress shoes other than boots? Suede material?

I don't know about those particular ones, but with the regular SWIMS I have size L for my 9D shoes.
post #3449 of 10236

How many time should I use Saphir Saddle Soap on my shoes? I mean this soap has the same function as the Saphir Reno Matt, is this true? I read on Hanger website that the Reno Matt should only be used once or twice a year.

post #3450 of 10236
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Originally Posted by nickwjd View Post

Thanks, that was my gut feel too after inspecting the leather. I'll try to keep it to a minimal amount in the future.

Having said that, after leaving the Reno for the specified ~3 minutes, is there a difference between brushing with a horsehair brush or buffing with a soft cloth? I tend to prefer using the brush myself as I find it easier than a cloth.

Brush then buff it. Brushing it with a horsehair brush helps the Reno further permeate the leather (same goes for Medaille D'or creams), but a horsehair brush can never get all the Reno off from the shoe, thus buffing it afterwards or else you will end up with residue/stickyness.
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