Hello Benhour! I haven't got them in front of me but one is the 1909 leather conditioner (in the tall green tube) The other is the wax polish. Both smell of turpentine, while the Supreme Creme doesn't. I will use them up, next summer, when I can use them outside! The Supreme Creme is excellent and I think I will use it for all of my shoes. Thanks for your help.
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Is it a reasonable thing to use only neutral cream/wax on most of your shoes? Or should coloured products be used every so often? My reasons for asking are three-fold. First, it would simplify the cleaning routine. Second, I have some shoes with white stitching round the edge that I would prefer not to (accidentally) colour. Third, I could use only Collonil's turpentine free polish. I have mostly tan shoes.
I turn the shoes upside down at an angle, (the shoe opening pointing towards the ground with the sole at about a 45 degree angle) and I literally pour Lexol on the underside of the tongue so it acts as a slide for the conditioner into the shoe. Then I just get my hand in there and blindly wipe it on the ball area of the upper lining and everywhere else. It does a good job of absorbing everything just using your hand. If it doesn't you can just shove an old t shirt in there to absorb the rest. I don't over think it really, doing this is better than doing nothing. I then put the trees back in so that should absorb extra as well.
I would be careful doing this on shoes that use gemming. If you get too much conditioner in there and it seeps in between the insole and upper lining it can loosen the glue that holds the gemming in place causing it to shift when you get a resole.
Thanks on the edge dauber suggestion!
Yes, all Goodyear-welted shoes use gemming. They use a canvas "tape" that is stuck to the bottom of the insole which serves as the foundation for stitching the rest of the shoe to. The upper/lining and welt are directly stitched to it, and then the sole is stitched to the welt. So, if the canvas gemming comes loose from the insole, your shoe will have problems.
The use of this canvas tape is the modern definition for gemming. Originally, gemming was a reinforcement to a thin leather hold-fast that was cut and turned up on the bottom of the insole to serve as the stitching point. The cut and turned leather was relatively thin, so they glued a sheet of canvas to the bottom of the insole to reinforce the leather. As time passed, however, this practice has nearly become extinct in favor of the canvas tape that is now used. The modern canvas tape has a rigid piece of fiber or plastic embedded in it that gives it the standing rib for stitching. JM Weston still uses the original method of gemming on some of their shoes, but I don't know of anyone else who does. See examples in photos below:
And here are some photos of it in place:
This is a photo of insoles using the original method for Goodyear-welted shoes using the cut and turned leather that was reinforced with canvas:
If you are unfamiliar with how Goodyear-welted shoes are made, there are great videos to be found on Youtube.
The use of gemming is one of the things that makes a hand-welted shoe quite superior to Goodyear-welted shoes. Hand-welted shoes use a carved hold-fast under a very thick leather insole to serve as the stitching point for the inseam rather than stuck-on canvas gemming on a much thinner leather insole.
True. Fortunately it's the exception to the rule with "SF approved" brands. AE has increased the number of shoes that use a Poron covered fiberboard insole, but it's easy to tell with simple observation which ones are which.
It might just be a terminology issue though because unless I'm mistaken a shoe can be handwelted using the GY construction. That would make gemmed and non-gemmed shoes different types within the goodyear family.
See pic below. I think St. Crispins also hand welt their GY constructed shoes, not sure though.
MoneyWellSpent, I wouldn't say that all GY welted shoes have gemming. I know for a fact that Bontoni's hand welted GY construction isn't gemmed.
It might just be a terminology issue though because unless I'm mistaken a shoe can be handwelted using the GY construction. See pic below. I think St. Crispins also hand welt their GY constructed shoes, not sure though.
I was under the impression that goodyear welted shoes had to be done with a Goodyear machine.
I might be wrong here but from what I know a shoe is GY welted when its upper, insole and the welt are stiched together and the outsole is stiched to the welt. Oldskool would be by hand and (modern) industry standard would be with gemming. The basic principle is the same on both though, as opposed to norvegese, blake or bentivegna constructions. Like I said though, I may be wrong and GY might only refer to gemmed, machine made shoes.
Edited by Crat - 10/7/13 at 3:16pm
Crat beautiful shoes and nice shine at the toe are!!!
btw the shoe trees are lasted or just plain shoe trees? because they are too pointy at the top of the heel causing ecxesive stretch at the top line leading to cracking!(i had the same isue once with a pair)
i think the leather at the vamp area and at the topline looks a little bit dry!!
some photos of G.Y (i think a have posted a video too from Barker shoes)
and one Blake-Rapid
apillai, sent me a pair of shoes that had a bad water stain on the inside upper. He asked if the Hiver-Winter Salt Stain Remover could help remove the water stains. I was able to use some Saphir Shoe Polish products to help reduce the appearance of the water stain, and then thoroughly polished and then antiqued the shoe to further conceal the dark water stains. After spending about an hour on the shoes, I'm pretty happy with the results.
These are the steps I followed:
1. Use Saphir Reno'Mat to remove any residual polish (there was none) and reduce the appearance of the water stains.
2. Condition with Saphir Renovateur (two coats)
3. Apply three coats light brown Saphir Cream Polish
4. Antiqued the toe box and vamp with a medium brown polish
Before and After Photograph
I was able to reduce the appearance of the water stains by using Saphir Reno'Mat Cleaner (the Hiver-Winter didn't have much of an effect). But it did not eliminate them. Apillai purchased these Allen Edmond shoes on eBay, so they desperately needed to be polished. I conditioned the shoe using the Saphir Renovateur and then polished the shoe using a matching cream polish (light brown). Because these shoes have never been polished, they required between three and five coats of polish to really smooth the finish.
The light brown cream polish worked wonders for smoothing the finish, but it did not do much to conceal the darker water stains. This is where the antiquing came in, and it worked fantastically. By applying several (three) coats of the next darker polish, a medium brown, I was able to add some antiquing to the toe box and side vamps. The darkened leather almost totally concealed the water stains while adding an additional patina to the shoe that I think goes well.
Take a look at these before and after pictures of the water stain:
Moral: a little Saphir goes a long way! And don't be afraid of experimenting with different colors of shoe polish.
Nice job, Kirby.
I got schooled by DWFII on the very subject of goodyear welting versus hand welting versus goodyear hand welting. Here is the simple answer:
Goodyear welted shoes only use a canvas ribbing.
Hand welted shoes may use a canvas ribbing, but will always include a leather lip to which the welting attaches.
Goodyear, hand welted shoes do not exist. This would be like saying you have an automatic manual transmission in your car; it is not possible to have both.
On the question of whether a good year machine has to be used, it doesn't. The definition of goodyear welted shoes necessarily includes all shoes which use only a canvas rib to attach to the upper. This can be done by hand, but the construction is what defines the type of shoe, not the use of machines.