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post #466 of 10232
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Originally Posted by Naka View Post

0:00 - 0:25 Removing laces, Brushing to remove dirt and dust.
0:25 - 0:45 Applying conditioner.
0:45 - 1:10 Shoe cream? Or maybe a form of applying pigment.
1:10 - 1:25 Second Brushing, preparing the surface for wax.
1:25- 1:40 Quick buffing to remove extra cream/pigment. Note the excess collected by the cloth when he removes it.
1:40 - 2:20 Application of wax. He seems to be using coloured and neutral wax. He intermittently dabs water onto the cloth. The water dispenser is pictured at 2:20.
2:20 - 2:32 Brushing again, this shoe won't even need to visit a dentist.
2:32 - 2:55 More water, more buffing.
2:55 - 3:15 終

Just on a side note:

The maestro is Hasegawa Yuya from Brift H:

He works very quickly (like you can't tell) biggrin.gif
He uses a very mild cleaner (own recipe)
The shoe creams are also home made
He uses thin strips of flannel cloth to apply wax (a Saphir medaille d'or and a neutral Kiwi Parade Gloss)
The brush he uses between and after applying wax is made of extra soft Goat hair

You can see the maestro work in person (and buy some of the original shoe shine products he uses) at his chic little shoe shine boutique at Aoyama Tokyo

www.brift-h.com
post #467 of 10232
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post


Just on a side note:

The maestro is Hasegawa Yuya from Brift H:

He works very quickly (like you can't tell) biggrin.gif
He uses a very mild cleaner (own recipe)
The shoe creams are also home made
He uses thin strips of flannel cloth to apply wax (a Saphir medaille d'or and a neutral Kiwi Parade Gloss)
The brush he uses between and after applying wax is made of extra soft Goat hair

You can see the maestro work in person (and buy some of the original shoe shine products he uses) at his chic little shoe shine boutique at Aoyama Tokyo

www.brift-h.com

Thanks for the extra info, the finer details are always interesting.
post #468 of 10232

How soon after you get your shoes should you start the polish and cream routine? 

post #469 of 10232
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Originally Posted by mustardontoast View Post

How soon after you get your shoes should you start the polish and cream routine? 

New shoes should be conditioned before wearing. Use a conditioner such as Saphir Renovateur, Allen Edmonds leather lotion etc. etc. or at least a cream polish.
post #470 of 10232
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

New shoes should be conditioned before wearing. Use a conditioner such as Saphir Renovateur, Allen Edmonds leather lotion etc. etc. or at least a cream polish.

Should one leave trees in after polishing or Reno-ing? Or do the trees soak up some of that moisture in a bad way?
post #471 of 10232
Leave the trees in when conditioning/polishing.

The amount of moisture added by the conditioner is not that great and it is in the form of oils. It will not soak all the way through the leather, the lining and into the tree.

The tree will soak up the moisture from your feet however. Put the tree in as soon as you take your shoes off.
post #472 of 10232
Tried my best. Max I could manage was this.

263

263
post #473 of 10232
AJ

These are looking good. If it's a mirror shine on the toe you are going for you are almost there.

I advise to let them sit for a day or two. Then give them a thin coat of wax, apply a few drops of water and gently rub until the shine comes up. It looks like you have a good base going and are almost there. I find that sometimes letting the first coats harden up is the only thing that works for me in terms of coming up with a mirror toe.

If you aren't going for a mirror then I'd say you are there!
post #474 of 10232
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Originally Posted by aj_del View Post

Tried my best. Max I could manage was this.
263
263


If you are trying to bull the caps, spit works great.  Otherwise scotch, champagne, or water with a bit of alcohol work wonders in breaking down wax polish compound.  Just water is fine but will take the longest.

post #475 of 10232
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Originally Posted by aj_del View Post

Tried my best. Max I could manage was this.

When I feel that I'm getting nowhere, I usually just walk away. I had a shoe that I couldn't get to bull. No matter what I did, the damn thing continued to defy all attempts. Too boring to list, nor can I remember exactly what I did... but got there in the end. It's usually that the micro-bumps haven't been leveled out sufficiently. My tried and tested lip trick will help (no joke). Rub the fleshy part of your lip across the toe-box. If it feels normally warm and your lip slides off it easily, you ain't there yet. However, if it feel colder, wants to grab you lip and feels almost sticky (although it isn't), you're getting there. When I say sticky, think of a glass mirror and how that would behave if you ran your lip over it. As weird as it sounds, this helped me in the beginning.

Warning: don't mention this to anyone. Friends and family will never understand. I usually do at night, but always lock the door first.

Once there's a proper mirror going, you have the luxury of regularly applying just a single coat, allowing the previous layer to well and truly harden. It's impractical to do this at the beginning, as it would take a lifetime to achieve any kind of result.

Lear
post #476 of 10232
Who makes burgundy wax (not polish)?
post #477 of 10232
Saphir makes a cordovan colored wax.
post #478 of 10232
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Originally Posted by Lear View Post

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Originally Posted by aj_del View Post

Tried my best. Max I could manage was this.
When I feel that I'm getting nowhere, I usually just walk away. I had a shoe that I couldn't get to bull. No matter what I did, the damn thing continued to defy all attempts. Too boring to list, nor can I remember exactly what I did... but got there in the end. It's usually that the micro-bumps haven't been leveled out sufficiently. My tried and tested lip trick will help (no joke). Rub the fleshy part of your lip across the toe-box. If it feels normally warm and your lip slides off it easily, you ain't there yet. However, if it feel colder, wants to grab you lip and feels almost sticky (although it isn't), you're getting there. When I say sticky, think of a glass mirror and how that would behave if you ran your lip over it. As weird as it sounds, this helped me in the beginning.
Warning: don't mention this to anyone. Friends and family will never understand. I usually do at night, but always lock the door first.
Once there's a proper mirror going, you have the luxury of regularly applying just a single coat, allowing the previous layer to well and truly harden. It's impractical to do this at the beginning, as it would take a lifetime to achieve any kind of result.
Lear

I do the same thing, but with my balls.
post #479 of 10232
I use something a lot more sensetive, this way I actually can feel the irregularities in the leather. teacha.gif
post #480 of 10232
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Saphir makes a cordovan colored wax.

Thanks - by the way, I just answered a very old question of yours in the Rubinacci thread!
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