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post #8101 of 10404
Just wanted to post an experience here. New York has seen some disgustingly snowy weather recently and a pair of high boots I have were looking awful. Covered in salt and such. I used Glenkaren's cleaner/conditioner and they got out all of the salt stains and seemed to really "plump up" the leather, especially in the creases. It was the first time I used it on my shoes actually. In the past I have only used it on my briefcase, and box calf travel bag.

It brushed to a low glow shine. Venturing out into yet another snowy day they seem to be repelling water really well. I guess that coconut oil does very well. One thing that I noticed though is in areas where it might be even slightly heavy dry whitish. I am guessing because it is neutral, so it is important not to over use. I only really saw this in hard to get to areas such as in the inseam area between the welt and upper.
post #8102 of 10404
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Just wanted to post an experience here. New York has seen some disgustingly snowy weather recently and a pair of high boots I have were looking awful. Covered in salt and such. I used Glenkaren's cleaner/conditioner and they got out all of the salt stains and seemed to really "plump up" the leather, especially in the creases. It was the first time I used it on my shoes actually. In the past I have only used it on my briefcase, and box calf travel bag.

It brushed to a low glow shine. Venturing out into yet another snowy day they seem to be repelling water really well. I guess that coconut oil does very well. One thing that I noticed though is in areas where it might be even slightly heavy dry whitish. I am guessing because it is neutral, so it is important not to over use. I only really saw this in hard to get to areas such as in the inseam area between the welt and upper.

The whitish residue you see is likely a bit of excess that has solidified due to coconut oil's low freezing temperature. However, your experiences with coconut oil based products are in line with mine. Highly rejuvenating and bolsters the water resistance as well

post #8103 of 10404
pB,

Hell, I get the same thing with Bick4, if I put it on too heavy. It's a hassle cleaning it out form under folded edges. DAMHIKT.

Glen told me not to use even half as much as you would use of another Cream like Saphir or Meltonian.

Speaking of GlenKaren ...I really like the Cleaner/Conditioner and the High Shine. You want to bull a pair of shoes, it happens right now.
post #8104 of 10404
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Originally Posted by azumi View Post
 

What color of Saphir shoe cream and wax polish I should use for this color of shoes?

 

Now I have Dark and Medium brown, Neutral, Mahogany, Hermes Red, Burgundy and Black. The neutral color is safe but I don't know if I can use another color that match the original color of this shoes.

 

You should mix light and medium brown. Using only medium brown would make them darker.

post #8105 of 10404

Hello, first post here so be gentle on me.  I have been lurking for a while and decided to try out mirror shining my Chelsea boots after being inspired by this post http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/1590#post_5274516 .

 

This is the first time I have ever tried a mirror shine and I was wondering if you guys could tell me if my attempts are any good or not  :)

 

Also in the final picture there is a deep scratch.  Any advice on 'softening' its appearance or even magically removing it (I await the usual 'chuck and buy new' replies on this. lol)

 

I have to admit that I did get carried away and the attempted mirror went up too high, hence white cracks in neutral polish toward the top of the cap.  I am sorting that out at the moment with renovateur and wearing the brush out.  When I get back to mirroring I will only be able to do an inch and a half from the toe :)

 

The rest of the shoe is polished with Saphir creme surfine polish in light tobacco.

 

 

 

 


Edited by GreenNeedle - 2/17/14 at 1:23am
post #8106 of 10404
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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

My boots (AS Fordhams) after a salty Chicago long weekend where they were worn and not cleaned until I returned (about 4 days worth of wear):
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After a simple cleaning with white vinegar/water and conditioner/polish: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Nothing like Crat's shine but I did want to show the durability of leather.

What are you using to protect them in the winter?  

post #8107 of 10404

A Fine Pair of Shoes has started to stock La Cordonnerie Anglaise wax polish and shoe cream. Do these have any advantages over Saphir products or any other shoe products (apart from GlenKaren)?

post #8108 of 10404
Hairy suede?

I just received these new and unused Vass Suede oxfords and was about to apply nano protector... I lightly brushed my shoes but the central "panel" of suede on the inside left foot looks like the pics below... It's the only section on both shoes that looks like this. And neither of my other suedes (Tricker's Aldo Chuka and BC Made in Italy boots) has this problem.

Is this a defect in the suede used in that part of the shoe? Can it be fixed? uvadusyz.jpgseda4eda.jpgy7a2ezej.jpg

Rest of the shoe:
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Many thanks!


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post #8109 of 10404
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Originally Posted by agbassano View Post

Hairy suede?

Is this a defect in the suede used in that part of the shoe? Can it be fixed?

It's marginal leather--cut from areas of the hide that are not prime. When manufacturers cut a hide to maximize yield, this is almost inevitable. As you get further away from the prime areas of a hide the corium contains more adipose cells and the flesh...the fiber mat...is looser. If the shoes were grainside out, that piece leather would wrinkle up and crease differently from the rest of the shoe.

Can it be fixed? No.
post #8110 of 10404
that's not necessarily a defect, but it is a surprisingly poor choice in cutting for such a good workshop......nothing can be done, unfortunately. As least not that I know of -
post #8111 of 10404
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

A Fine Pair of Shoes has started to stock La Cordonnerie Anglaise wax polish and shoe cream. Do these have any advantages over Saphir products or any other shoe products (apart from GlenKaren)?

I could be wrong, but I always thought that La Cordonnerie polish was just rebranded Saphir.

I am most curious about Burgol polish as allegedly it is the "best" polish, but very difficult to find. Also a lot of the materials that exist on the stuff is in German.
post #8112 of 10404
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Originally Posted by RIDER View Post

that's not necessarily a defect, but it is a surprisingly poor choice in cutting for such a good workshop......nothing can be done, unfortunately. As least not that I know of -

The honest (grumpy nod[1].gif) part of me says "depends on how you define defect."

Is it a defect in the hide?...no, no more than a big piece of gristle is a defect in a steak. It is not prime leather and that suggests a poor call on the part of the clicker, and the upper man, and QC.

All of which further illustrates the priorities that dominate some parts of the Industry.

I saw a bumper sticker the other day...it said:

"Freedom or free stuff...choose one"

Similarly, "Quality or quantity---one or the other"
post #8113 of 10404
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


"Freedom or free stuff...choose one"

Quoted for awesomeness.
post #8114 of 10404
I always like to say, "Picky or cheap... choose one".
post #8115 of 10404
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

The honest (grumpy nod[1].gif) part of me says "depends on how you define defect."

Is it a defect in the hide?...no, no more than a big piece of gristle is a defect in a steak. It is not prime leather and that suggests a poor call on the part of the clicker, and the upper man, and QC.

All of which further illustrates the priorities that dominate some parts of the Industry.

I saw a bumper sticker the other day...it said:

"Freedom or free stuff...choose one"

Similarly, "Quality or quantity---one or the other"

Thanks Gentlemen,

Yeah it's disappointing, I'll contact the merchant.
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