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I think chukkas are a viable, classier alternative.
post #722 of 12294
So I took a pair of John Lobbs I bought on the ebay to a local cobbler to remove some salt damage that the previous owner had neglected. They took care of that well enough, but then they 'conditioned' and waterproofed them with a silicone spray (that I didn't ask for of course). I've never put such a waterproofer on my shoes before, but I know its not considered a good thing to do around here.

Should I be losing sleep over this???

But seriously, can or should I remove it and will it effect my ability to shine the shoes?
post #723 of 12294

Ahoy gentlemen.

 

My fiancee recently got a nice new pair of boots from Frye (whose leather I believe is pretty solid quality, especially compared to what they usually try to sell to women at outrageous prices), and I want to help her take care of them properly, but am a shoe novice myself. They're in the "cognac" color, but they're a little lighter than that and they have a more consistent color (i.e. they don't appear as antiqued as those sample boots).

 

She had seen a pair on display with a more antiqued-looking toe and wanted that look. My question is which color would be best to get a subtle antique going on these: Navy? Black? Dark brown?

 

I also plan to use some Renovateur from time to time and I suppose I'll need to use a more properly matched polish to keep the rest of the boot up.

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This is what I'm talking about...

Anyone knows how to prevent these discolorations due to shoe polishing?
post #725 of 12294
You may be forcing the wax into the leather, and using wax that are too dark for the shoes.
post #726 of 12294
Any Saphir users with a pair of regular Alden Indy boots know the best color to keep the slight red tone to the leather? The medium brown is too chocolatey, unfortunately.
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I don't have an answer for you, but when you say "regular" Indy boots do you mean 403 or 405?

post #728 of 12294
I'd use neutral polish and renovatuer if I didn't need any color added. You can go a long time without any added color polish pretty often.
post #729 of 12294
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Originally Posted by NotClever View Post

I don't have an answer for you, but when you say "regular" Indy boots do you mean 403 or 405?


405
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I'd use neutral polish and renovatuer if I didn't need any color added. You can go a long time without any added color polish pretty often.

Well I figure I'm going to need it anyway so I might as well buy it now
post #730 of 12294
I was digging through the garage and found a box I have been lugging around from place to place, city to city since I was 18. It has been unopened. Inside I found a bunch of old shoes. A pair of RL boots that I haven't worn since I was in 8th grade still fit but were in pretty ragged shape:

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They were dry, crushed and they were scraped to total shit - especially the toes. I can't be that mad at my 13 year old self.

After reading the tips I found on this thread over the past few months I thought it was worth a shot to try and refurb them. Used a combo of Lexol, Saphir creme and Saphir Medaille d'Or paste. Put shoe trees in and replaced the old two-color boot laces with some brown waxed laces. Not quite done yet, but here's how nice they look at this point:

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Still needs some more Lexol/Saphir creme. Will try antiquing them after they are fully "healthy".

Thanks SF for all the insights and wisdom. Had I found these a year ago before reading this thread, they would have ended up in the trash or at Goodwill.
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Wow. That's really fucking impressive.
post #732 of 12294
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Wow. That's really fucking impressive.

Yeah. I wish I had been that stylish in 8th grade!
post #733 of 12294
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Any Saphir users with a pair of regular Alden Indy boots know the best color to keep the slight red tone to the leather? The medium brown is too chocolatey, unfortunately.

Saphir as a "cordovan" colored wax that is reddish. Also they have a "Mahogony" cream, which has an amazing color. My friend uses it on a pair of dark brown boots and they look fantastic now.
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Originally Posted by PL92106 View Post

I was digging through the garage and found a box I have been lugging around from place to place, city to city since I was 18. It has been unopened. Inside I found a bunch of old shoes. A pair of RL boots that I haven't worn since I was in 8th grade still fit but were in pretty ragged shape:
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They were dry, crushed and they were scraped to total shit - especially the toes. I can't be that mad at my 13 year old self.
After reading the tips I found on this thread over the past few months I thought it was worth a shot to try and refurb them. Used a combo of Lexol, Saphir creme and Saphir Medaille d'Or paste. Put shoe trees in and replaced the old two-color boot laces with some brown waxed laces. Not quite done yet, but here's how nice they look at this point:
263
Still needs some more Lexol/Saphir creme. Will try antiquing them after they are fully "healthy".
Thanks SF for all the insights and wisdom. Had I found these a year ago before reading this thread, they would have ended up in the trash or at Goodwill.
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Wow. That's really fucking impressive.

Here is a quick job that I did for my girlfriend some time ago:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/221634/i-couldnt-take-looking-at-my-girlfriends-boots-anymore/0_20
post #735 of 12294
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Originally Posted by PL92106 View Post

I was digging through the garage and found a box I have been lugging around from place to place, city to city since I was 18. It has been unopened. Inside I found a bunch of old shoes. A pair of RL boots that I haven't worn since I was in 8th grade still fit but were in pretty ragged shape: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
263
They were dry, crushed and they were scraped to total shit - especially the toes. I can't be that mad at my 13 year old self.
After reading the tips I found on this thread over the past few months I thought it was worth a shot to try and refurb them. Used a combo of Lexol, Saphir creme and Saphir Medaille d'Or paste. Put shoe trees in and replaced the old two-color boot laces with some brown waxed laces. Not quite done yet, but here's how nice they look at this point: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
263
Still needs some more Lexol/Saphir creme. Will try antiquing them after they are fully "healthy".
Thanks SF for all the insights and wisdom. Had I found these a year ago before reading this thread, they would have ended up in the trash or at Goodwill.

Cool, lots of character, and they have lots of life left it seems!
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