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Had some stains on my tan wholecuts which I tried to remove with some Renomat but to no avail. Should I keep applying or use something stronger?

Here is a pic: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Now that the shoes are stripped I would soak them down with a warm wet sponge and some Lexol leather cleaner or saddle soap. Give them a good scrub with the sponge, then rinse out the sponge and wipe down the shoes again. Stuff the shoes with newspaper for support and to let them air dry. Once the shoes are dry look for the spots, if they are gone then condition the shoes with leather conditioner, let dry overnight, and polish the next day. If the stains are still there after cleaning, then you could try cleaning again, or just condition them and see if the stains are dissipated by the oil.
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Hi, does anyone know a good place to buy shoe trees from? I know I could get them from the shoe companies but I would prefer not to spend that much.. I'm willing to spend say £40-50 each.

Thanks
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post #3949 of 12422
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Hi, does anyone know a good place to buy shoe trees from? I know I could get them from the shoe companies but I would prefer not to spend that much.. I'm willing to spend say £40-50 each.

Thanks

though a bit above your budget....Dasco/Dunkelman`s Knightsbridge is among the best made shoe trees (available @ Pediwear)

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/dasco/products/5329.php
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Nutcracker, what makes those trees among the best made? Is the wood more absorbent as they write?
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I have a hard time believing the absorb much of anything with that glossy coat. I think unfinished cedar should be hard to beat. Am I mistaken?

 

You can get good cedar trees on the cheap from Jos. A Bank when they run their crazy sales. These are the same Woodlore-made shoes that Allen Edmonds sells. They should also be available at your nearest Nordstrom Rack. Also, though I haven't bought from here, this Cedarville thread has many coupon codes.

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Nutcracker, what makes those trees among the best made? Is the wood more absorbent as they write?

Among the OTC shoe trees I`ve handled, I think they have the best fit and finish. The parts (tubes and knobs) looked shiny and the whole thing felt quite sturdy.

They have a slightly wide profile with a low instep and I`ve been told they fit English shoes like EG quite well.

IMO, they are better made than my LCA beechwood shoe trees. In Japan, they go for 21K ($230 USD or so?)

Varnished Hardwood vs Unfinished Softwood shoe trees.... I suppose the pros/cons have been discussed before, but I guess it goes down to your own preference? smile.gif

some other pics I found online



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I know this might seem an odd question in a thread primarily concerned with "proper" shoes and such, which I do own a couple of, but I would be very grateful if someone could help me understand why this happened and how I could fix it:

 

 

 

These shoes are leather sneakers sold by Marc Jacobs, mainline I believe, so I feel I should be dealing with decent leather, leather that shouldn't seem to scrape off like this.  The horrible angry gray splotch on the left sneaker developed from what I thought was a scuff that I was attempting to clean.   I was pretty wary of putting anything on that might hurt my sneakers, so I researched throughout the Internet and bought what I thought was a safe choice, Jason Markk's shoe cleaner, which advertises itself as "99% biodegradable".  When I went to wipe down the left sneaker the "scuff" only grew larger and developed into that horrific grey blotch you see on the captoe of the left sneaker (rightmost in the picture).  How can I fix this?  What went wrong? I tried with haste to apply some Saphir Reno I had lying around with the fear maybe I dehydrated the leather somehow but it didn't help at all.  I'm pretty pissed that trying to be responsible somehow I've made a problem worse; this is significant amount of money down the drain if I can't fix it.  Can anyone help?

post #3954 of 12422
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post


Among the OTC shoe trees I`ve handled, I think they have the best fit and finish. The parts (tubes and knobs) looked shiny and the whole thing felt quite sturdy.

They have a slightly wide profile with a low instep and I`ve been told they fit English shoes like EG quite well.

IMO, they are better made than my LCA beechwood shoe trees. In Japan, they go for 21K ($230 USD or so?)

Varnished Hardwood vs Unfinished Softwood shoe trees.... I suppose the pros/cons have been discussed before, but I guess it goes down to your own preference? smile.gif

some other pics I found online



What do you think of these Dunkelman shoe trees available at the Armoury for just HK$400? http://www.thearmourystore.com/shoes/dunkelman-cedar-shoe-tree

post #3955 of 12422
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

though a bit above your budget....Dasco/Dunkelman`s Knightsbridge is among the best made shoe trees (available @ Pediwear)

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/dasco/products/5329.php

I have a couple pair of these, and the quality is very good.

However, they are rather wide, and I had to sand them down in certain areas to fit them into my shoes. I typically wear a rather narrow last style shoe, but I am a standard D width in US sizing.

I also felt like the finish on the wood may have impeded absorption, so I sanded the finish off while I was at it.
post #3956 of 12422
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Originally Posted by glenjay View Post

I also felt like the finish on the wood may have impeded absorption, so I sanded the finish off while I was at it.

maybe you could`ve just gotten these smile.gif


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http://www.thearmourystore.com/shoes/dunkelman-cedar-shoe-tree
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That price seems somewhat excessive...

post #3958 of 12422
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Originally Posted by InHocSignio View Post

I know this might seem an odd question in a thread primarily concerned with "proper" shoes and such, which I do own a couple of, but I would be very grateful if someone could help me understand why this happened and how I could fix it:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

These shoes are leather sneakers sold by Marc Jacobs, mainline I believe, so I feel I should be dealing with decent leather, leather that shouldn't seem to scrape off like this.  The horrible angry gray splotch on the left sneaker developed from what I thought was a scuff that I was attempting to clean.   I was pretty wary of putting anything on that might hurt my sneakers, so I researched throughout the Internet and bought what I thought was a safe choice, Jason Markk's shoe cleaner, which advertises itself as "99% biodegradable".  When I went to wipe down the left sneaker the "scuff" only grew larger and developed into that horrific grey blotch you see on the captoe of the left sneaker (rightmost in the picture).  How can I fix this?  What went wrong? I tried with haste to apply some Saphir Reno I had lying around with the fear maybe I dehydrated the leather somehow but it didn't help at all.  I'm pretty pissed that trying to be responsible somehow I've made a problem worse; this is significant amount of money down the drain if I can't fix it.  Can anyone help?

It looks like the finish of the leather has been compromised. I suspect that the leather itself was scuffed as you stated, and by your trying to scrub off the scuff damaged the leather surface even further. The initial shoe cleaner you chose is rather benign and would not have caused the problem, if anything it put too much oil into the leather as it was being scrubbed into the exposed fibers. You might be able to cover up the damage a little with some dye, but the damage to the leather is done as far as I can tell.

Someone with greater experience than I have with athletic shoes might be able to give you a better answer however.
post #3959 of 12422
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

maybe you could`ve just gotten these smile.gif


CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90
http://www.thearmourystore.com/shoes/dunkelman-cedar-shoe-tree

Had I only known.facepalm.gif
post #3960 of 12422
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Originally Posted by glenjay View Post

I have a couple pair of these, and the quality is very good.

However, they are rather wide, and I had to sand them down in certain areas to fit them into my shoes. I typically wear a rather narrow last style shoe, but I am a standard D width in US sizing.

I also felt like the finish on the wood may have impeded absorption, so I sanded the finish off while I was at it.

How do you sand down the trees?
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