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Originally Posted by phantom_lord View Post

Hi, just looking for advice about a pair of shoes I have. They're a fairly new pair of Loakes, I've probably polished them more times than I've worn them. I was out one wet day and they have picked up serious stains. The leather has risen in a ridge where it's gotten wet. I've never had this happen a pair of shoes before. Is there any way I can repair them?
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Yes, it can be fixed. You can emulate this problem with a porous kitchen sponge, by only getting half of the sponge wet and letting it dry. The cellular area that is wet expands, but when it dries it does not match the exact same compactness as the area that remained dry. It's not less or more necessarily, just different. If you then soak the whole sponge and let it dry, everything is consistent.

The same is true with shoe leather. When you discover a ridge like this take a damp sea sponge (soft sponge) and soak the surface of the entire shoe (not dripping wet, but damp to the touch). Let the shoes dry overnight, then condition them with leather conditioner (to add the lost oils back in), and the shoes should be fine. If salt was absorbed when initially exposed, then you may also want to use a little saddle soap, when getting the shoes damp with a sponge, to allow the sulfides to flush out the salts. Be sure to rinse out the saddle soap with a clean damp sponge before allowing to dry.
post #4592 of 8967
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Originally Posted by roquesoon View Post

Cross post from the random question thread:

Does anyone in the NYC area have empty Saphir renovateur containers that they would be willing to part with? (the short glass ones, square on bottom, round opening, in case there is any confusion)

I am a musician (bassoonist) and usually use shot glasses to soak my reeds in (anyone who took band in high school is probably familiar with the concept).  I was doing my shoe polish routine when I realized that the renovateur container would make a perfect reed soaking apparatus. It holds a decent amount of water, has a wide opening, but is squat, and made of sturdy glass, so it will resist getting kicked over and shattered (I have been through a lot of shot glasses...)

Just 1 would be great, 2 even better, and 3 would be like Christmas.

I'll pay for shipping, or I can pick up in person or whatever if you're close to/in Manhattan. And certainly if someone further away has one, I'm interested as well, just figured I might save the trouble if you are in NYC.

Thank you, gentlemen!

You could also go to a candle supply store and pick up a 3oz Tureen jar for about $1. It's not square, but it is similar is size, and the opening is a little larger.
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I have my first pair of RM Williams yearling leather boots soon to arrive, and also Saphir Renovateur, creme polish, and wax polish. What should I do if I do NOT want them to look "shiny", just a matte finish, black leather boot that is well-protected??

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Question, a lot of us are talking about fine shoe care, now what can I do to overhaul these beat up Red Wings? They have tons of life left but I want to condition and clean them!


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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Question, a lot of us are talking about fine shoe care, now what can I do to overhaul these beat up Red Wings? They have tons of life left but I want to condition and clean them!



If you don't mind, I would like to send you a free jar of my GlenKaren leather Cleaner/Conditioner to try on your boots. I think this would be a perfect test of the product on boots by a member of this forum. You could do a before (as shown above) and an after picture, and give your opinion of the product in this thread.

If this idea appeals to you then just give me a PM with your address, and I will get a jar out to you right away.
post #4597 of 8967

that's a pretty slick offer. excited to see the results if it goes down!

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Excited to see how well the stuff works smile.gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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what color edge dressing do I need for these?

http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4360407

Im thinking either Neutral or Brown??
post #4600 of 8967
Gents,

Accidentally stained my suede shoes with cream shoe polish. What's the best way to fix or reduce the stain?

Suede shoes so far really feels higher maintenance...
post #4601 of 8967
^ pics?
I'd try something that dissolves fats but isn't too aggressive.
In my (limited) experience suede doesn't need much maintenance. Just don't spill fatty substances on your suede shoes. (Suede in the kitchen= no go)
post #4602 of 8967
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Originally Posted by Crat View Post

^ pics?
I'd try something that dissolves fats but isn't too aggressive.
In my (limited) experience suede doesn't need much maintenance. Just don't spill fatty substances on your suede shoes. (Suede in the kitchen= no go)

Suede shampoo would be a good start, imo.

post #4603 of 8967
Pix later. Tried the saphir suede shampoo (the clear glass bottle one), not much help. Maybe I should wash again.
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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

BOOM! Good job!

Good luck! That's a military approved spit shine!
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A drastic method, and an amazing result:
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