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Originally Posted by alexSF View Post

High quality shoes are easy to shine also because they are lasted better (especially when handlasted) and for more time.
Being the leather more stretched and adherent over the last, pores of the leather (that are less pronunced) could be easily filled with the polish.


This has not been my experience.
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Originally Posted by glenjay View Post


Thank you for the clarification on the sock liner / shoe liner distinction. I found your more detailed explanation of the insole construction helpful as well. My point being that there is a greater moisture barrier between the bottom of your foot and the leather sole, than there is between the top of your foot and the leather upper.

I am here to learn as much as I can, while also sharing my current understanding. I welcome any knowledgeable clarifications or corrections, and it benefits the membership as well.

 

Same here!  I think you are absolutely correct that the outsole doesn't take any "wear" from the interior of the shoe.  I enjoyed looking through your blog by the way.  Lots of useful information gathered in one place. 

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where is the best place to get saphir products?
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a lot of people seem to order from hanger project, but I'm shopping around at valmour.com right now, and overall cost seems to be better for me, as a canadian

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Quick question

I took my suede brogues to Midtown Shoe Repair in Palo Alto, CA after some high reviews from members on SF. I took them in because the dark brown suede is now a medium to light brown and there were issues with some "shine" from creasing or something.

Anyway, took the shoes in and the shoes look much better than before! However, I want the shoes to be as dark as they were. Is there a color applicator or stainer that I could use in order to turn these into a DARK brown?



Cheers
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Anyone use both Sno-Seal and Obenhauf's for wet/snow protection? Any opinion if one is better than the other? I am not climbing the Alps but do expect to walk around a couple inches of snow or so. Also, I am not really concerned about darkening since I plan to use them on black and dark brown boots. I am wondering how the boots react after a few seasons (e.g., leather stretching, cracking).

Any other recommendations?
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I have used Snoseal for years on boots. My first set of boots from Bean came with a small tube, and I have used it since. No problems with wet feet and the leather is in great shape after many years of hard use. The leather holds its shaoe and no cracking. I would hesitate to use it where you want a shine. Once it melts unto the leather you get a mild sheen, but that is all.
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I told myself not to buy any shoes made in china, but these were fairly inexpensive ($60 marked down clearance from $180) and had leather upper, lining, and sole. Regardless, I prepped them last night (see post at the top of this page), and wore them for the first time today. It seems evident to me that the finish is coming off. Would my waxing have accelerated this? Main question is whether or not these are salvageable. I don't mind making these beaters and no longer wearing them to work, but if I can salvage them with reasonable effort at home, I would appreciate the advice.

I'm not sure what is going on under the tongue, but further up on the shoe, I think you are having this problem because you waxed the part of the shoe that creases and the wax is cracking. You should just need to remove the wax where there are creases and you should be fine.

Notice how there is nothing wrong with the parts of the shoe that do not crease. That is also why people suggest breaking in the shoe and finding where the creases are before bulling the shoe. You typically do not bull the shoe where it creases.
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I've bought some Boot Black products, like Wax & Cordovan Cream. Really nice, especially the wax, I smell it like a fruity Gum though tongue.gif although not spread as smooth as Saphir & the smell still very chemical compared to Saphir which more natural IMO

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A Boot Black Wax Polish in Mahogany

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A Boot Black Cordovan Cream in Burgundy

I bought it from Japan. The 50mL Wax cost 1000 Yen each, more expensive than imported Saphir MDO that cost 800 Yen in Japan. Personally I prefer Saphir than BB in terms of their usability. For me BB quite sticky to leather
I have used boot black polishes and it certainly does a better job in shining than Saphir. Cant talk about the cremes though for which I prefer Saphir.
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We all know the benefits of toe taps. Anyone have input about having rows of nails on the toes a substitute? Are they effective/ineffective?

Picture from KA's Hanger Project:
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I created a thread on that very topic. Perhaps more input can be brought into this thread as well, based on the range of people that subscribe to it.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/329378/brass-nails-used-to-impede-shoe-wear

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Originally Posted by lucidream View Post

I created a thread on that very topic. Perhaps more input can be brought into this thread as well, based on the range of people that subscribe to it.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/329378/brass-nails-used-to-impede-shoe-wear

 

Thanks for posting that, I just read the whole thread.  Very informative!  I really appreciate the expertise DWFII brings to the discussion. 

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Originally Posted by lucidream View Post

I created a thread on that very topic. Perhaps more input can be brought into this thread as well, based on the range of people that subscribe to it.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/329378/brass-nails-used-to-impede-shoe-wear
Thanks for referencing. I might experiment with a pair then.
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Originally Posted by lucidream View Post

a lot of people seem to order from hanger project, but I'm shopping around at valmour.com right now, and overall cost seems to be better for me, as a canadian


Its available at FortKnight Men's Boutique in Vancouver.  I think their website is www.fortknight.ca

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I haven't been able to find a local cobbler that I feel confident to have do the work. In the meantime, I am focusing on cycling shoes, and wearing boots during bad weather days and changing at work. Hoping minimizing the duration of soft/wet leather sole usage will improve my high rate of toe wear.

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