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post #7831 of 10200
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Alright, thanks.

 

I know this is kind of dumb, but would you say the level of glossiness/general look of my shoes is about standard of how a well maintained pair of shoes is supposed to look? It's just half a year ago, it never occured to me that I should try to polish my shoes unless they are literally falling apart so I don't know if what I'm doing is enough or too much or what. I mean I think it's okay, I like that it's somewhat glossy and looks nice/neat etc even if it's not an actual mirror shine (which I'd like to try get to see if I like it).

 

Flash and no flash.

 

 

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Speaking of which on my boots (light tan on the right) the sides of it are somewhat creased, and I've applied some conditioner, is that the way to go about it? Is it normal that the shoes just... has creases? I find that parts of it just creases either when I am wearing it or not wearing it no matter what, especially on the boot shaft, and it doesn't stand out ridiculously or anything, but I noticed it once when inspecting them and I can't unsee it whenever I look down. Is that just how shoes/boots are? I sound dumber by the minute but yeah.

 

You are hilarious!  thanks for a good laugh on a Friday night.

post #7832 of 10200

Yeah maybe I'll do that after I've polished my new shoes, I just don't have proper lighting here (just flash, and it's past midnight)

 

And yeah I'm using shoe trees. I'm just trying to find out if it's normal for some creasing to happen, I assumed so, but, you know.

 

Thanks guys.

 

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 You are hilarious!  thanks for a good laugh on a Friday night.

I hope it's not funny because I am actually sounding dumber by the minute :/

post #7833 of 10200
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Originally Posted by Isolation View Post
 

Yeah maybe I'll do that after I've polished my new shoes, I just don't have proper lighting here (just flash, and it's past midnight)

 

And yeah I'm using shoe trees. I'm just trying to find out if it's normal for some creasing to happen, I assumed so, but, you know.

 

Thanks guys.

 

I hope it's not funny because I am actually sounding dumber by the minute :/


Yeah, if you have the time to shoot something in daylight, that might help.

 

The only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask.

post #7834 of 10200

Amazon UK sell some Lexol (brown label) quick wipes. They describe them as follows:

 

'There are 25 Wipes in each Lexol Quick Wipe pop-up dispenser. They are prepared for immediate use, with the exact amount of solution already in the super-absorbent, heavy duty cloth'. 

 

With postage, these are about £10. Are they suitable for shoes and if so, is this format ok? They don't elaborate on what constitutes 'the exact amount'.

 

Any thoughts would be welcome. 

post #7835 of 10200
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Amazon UK sell some Lexol (brown label) quick wipes. They describe them as follows:

'There are 25 Wipes in each Lexol Quick Wipe pop-up dispenser. They are prepared for immediate use, with the exact amount of solution already in the super-absorbent, heavy duty cloth'. 

With postage, these are about £10. Are they suitable for shoes and if so, is this format ok? They don't elaborate on what constitutes 'the exact amount'.

Any thoughts would be welcome. 

Munky,

I don't think you want to soak your shoes in Lexol but beyond that the "exact amount" is probably closer to "what the leather will accept" than any specified quantity. Don't leave it pooled on the leather.

The wipes are hypes...just marketing ploys...IOW, IMO.
post #7836 of 10200

Thank you for that, DWF. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I won't buy these Lexol wipes. The problem is that Lexol, on this side of the pond, seems only to come in giant sizes. Thinking positively, I guess, if I bought one of these huge bottles would mean that I never have to buy another one! Thanks again.

post #7837 of 10200
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Thank you for that, DWF. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I won't buy these Lexol wipes. The problem is that Lexol, on this side of the pond, seems only to come in giant sizes. Thinking positively, I guess, if I bought one of these huge bottles would mean that I never have to buy another one! Thanks again.

You have such easy access to Saphir, comparatively. Why not go that route?

post #7838 of 10200

Just to be clear, given the discussion about Lexol on here, am I looking for 'Lexol Leather Conditioner'?

post #7839 of 10200
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Just to be clear, given the discussion about Lexol on here, am I looking for 'Lexol Leather Conditioner'?

Wasn't following the discussion that close but I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes." See my post #7838.

If you buy the big jug, pour some of into smaller bottles and sell it to unwary passerbys from under your ankle length coat at the mouth of dark alleys. That's what I always do...lol8[1].gif
post #7840 of 10200
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Thank you for that, DWF. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I won't buy these Lexol wipes. The problem is that Lexol, on this side of the pond, seems only to come in giant sizes. Thinking positively, I guess, if I bought one of these huge bottles would mean that I never have to buy another one! Thanks again.

Here is a smaller bottle, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summit-Industries-lexol-1008-Leather-Conditioner/dp/B0061VUY94/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1390673900&sr=8-9&keywords=lexol+leather+conditioner

 

I am gonna go ahead and buy this one, you essentially get the cleaner for free which is very useful to remove old polish build up. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexol-Leather-Care-Kit-8oz/dp/B005H7DRQA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390673900&sr=8-2&keywords=lexol+leather+conditioner

post #7841 of 10200

dlind, It seems alike a lot of money to pay out for something that won't be used very much. If you are 18, it will no doubt last you a lifetime, but I am a bit older than that...

post #7842 of 10200
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

dlind, It seems alike a lot of money to pay out for something that won't be used very much. If you are 18, it will no doubt last you a lifetime, but I am a bit older than that...

Fair enough, mainly posted that since you where talking about buying the big can which is more expensive.

post #7843 of 10200

Gents,

 

We made an article about polishing to a mirror shine with champagne (and using a brown liquor - in this case whisky - for the base coats). Sorry to say it is in Finnish but you can use Google to translate it.

 

http://tyyliniekka.fi/blogi/kengat-peilikiiltoon-samppanjalla/

post #7844 of 10200
These are some 7ish year old black AE Taunton Chelsea's that I use when the weather is terrible and overshoes cannot be stashed at the door of my planned destination. For as long as I can remember I've been fighting these subtle, irregular ridges in the areas pictured. I assume this area got wet with salty slush at some point.

Is the best approach simply to mask this damage with many layers of black polish? I assume this is the case as even a few layers does seem to help. I don't however want to put in the work if an alternative (i.e. more "subtractive") approach such as stripping/sanding would be better?

Thoughts Gentlemen?

If all else fails, I'll just ignore the damage and continue to use them as described.






(FWIW, from more than a few feet away without perfect light, one would never be able to notice anything at all.)
post #7845 of 10200

Some more shoecare questions; I read somewhere about too much wax clogging the pores of the leather, is this a reversible issue, is it a big problem that needs to be avoided or just something that occasionally happens?

 

Is there anything that needs to be done to the inside of the shoe, ie. do I have to condition from the inside?

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