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Originally Posted by irelentless View Post



K will do, what about the other stuff though? I've been seeing that Saphir Renovateur

 is a really good product. Would a process like this be good enough to keep my shoes clean and nice and shiny and looking new?

1.Clean/remove stuff using a horsehair brush(DO I ALSO NEED TO USE A CLOTH AFTER THIS?)
2.Use Saphir Renovateur all over the shoe, let dry for 3-5 minutes
3.Remove excess using horsehair brush
4.Buff out with cloth

Would that be good enough, or should I also use a polish?

Thanks

Shoe care is more of an art than a science, and some of it is just common sense.

1. Clean your shoes with a brush that has stiff enough bristles to remove any surface dirt from your shoes. If your shoes have any obvious dirt on them when you take them off, then brush them then. If you have a mirror shine on the toe or heel counter, then wipe that area with a slightly damp cloth. You can also give your shoes a quick brush before you put them on just to bring up a shine. You should also do a more detailed cleaning of your shoes every so often (see previous posts for suggested frequency) with the leather cleaner of your choice.

2. Saphir Renovateur is a great product, but it is not a replacement for shoe polish, so only use it now and then (perhaps as part of your detailed shoe cleaning, after leather cleaner), and use shoe polish otherwise.

3. Whenever you add shoe polish to a shoe it should be brushed to smooth out the wax, help drive in the oils, and remove some of the excess. The only exception to this would be when adding additional paste polish to create a mirror shine (which should not be brushed)..

4. You can get a very good polish glow with just cream shoe polish and some good brushing. Buffing with a cloth will produce more of a shine, but you never want to buff a true mirror shine, as it will impact the glazing.
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So I attempted a mirror shine using the lighter method.. except didn't have a lighter and used a heat gun.. kinda damaged my florsheims.

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Dude, wat?
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Originally Posted by Christian B View Post

Dude, wat?

Dried out my florsheim long wings using a heat gun, it dried out the toe and ruined the surface. :/

 

Edit: Sanded down the toe to try and get the leather even again, will post some pics of the semi-repaired shoe later. 

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But why? Were they wet?
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My Saphir products came in this last week, finally got a chance to try them out.

 

 

This stuff is awesome. Used 1 coat of pommadier all around, followed by coats on coats of their pate de luxe wax polish on the toe and 2 coats of it everywhere else.

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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


Yes, go ahead and use shoe trees. I use shoe trees in all of my welted and non-welted leather shoes. I understand they help keep the creasing down and aborb moisture from the shoe.
 

Many thanks - I was beginning to think that nobody on this thread had any non-welted shoes!

 

This thread is a wonderful resource. I am hooked.

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Originally Posted by Joshua Lee View Post

Dried out my florsheim long wings using a heat gun, it dried out the toe and ruined the surface. :/

 

Edit: Sanded down the toe to try and get the leather even again, will post some pics of the semi-repaired shoe later. 

I guess your leather cracked from burn shining.  Not much you can do now except maybe add layer and layer of shoe cream and wax...but eventually those will crack too.  

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Originally Posted by Joshua Lee View Post

So I attempted a mirror shine using the lighter method.. except didn't have a lighter and used a heat gun.. kinda damaged my florsheims.

 

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Originally Posted by Christian B View Post

Dude, wat?

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joshua Lee View Post

Dried out my florsheim long wings using a heat gun, it dried out the toe and ruined the surface. :/

 

Edit: Sanded down the toe to try and get the leather even again, will post some pics of the semi-repaired shoe later. 

 

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Originally Posted by Christian B View Post

But why? Were they wet?

 

Whoa, bummer.  I assume you were trying to soften the wax with the heat gun?  A heat gun is enormously hot (it will set a paper towel on fire if you hold it there for a few seconds).  Definitely an enemy of fine shoes.  The heat generated by the friction of your cloth during the bulling process should be enough heat to achieve the mirror shine. 

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Some people just want instant gratification

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Just searches for 'lighter shoe shining'; made me sad.
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I can't conceive of someone using a lighter on their shoes let alone a HEAT GUN!?!

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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

Some people just want instant incineration

FTFY smile.gif
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Why, thank you sir!

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