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post #8821 of 19038
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post


Oh btw if you only use invulver I would suggest getting the spray I linked as well. Invulver only protects it does not condition. :)

post #8822 of 19038
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Originally Posted by TweedyProf View Post

No I mean shoe bags it came with. But just a brush? Or also condition:Polish then bag?

Well, if you're not going to wear them for a time then by all means give them a light coat of conditioner...can't hurt.
post #8823 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

PCK1 has one view on what to do with new shoes - put shoe trees in them and leave them alone. I seem to remember views on this thread, from a while ago, suggesting conditioning them out of the box. Can anyone else offer views on this?  Yours faithfully, Munky. 
My actions/opinions are to treat new shoes/boots as though they have been in my collection for some time.
Cleaning and conditioning as I would normally.
I feel that this type of treatment removes any manufacturing goo, as well as makes them more intimately mine.
Hope this helps, Jim
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Thanks, Jim, that's helpful.

post #8825 of 19038
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post

My actions/opinions are to treat new shoes/boots as though they have been in my collection for some time.
Cleaning and conditioning as I would normally.
I feel that this type of treatment removes any manufacturing goo, as well as makes them more intimately mine.
Hope this helps, Jim

Why clean them? New shoes are not dirty by any standards. You could always polish them to make them yours but I don't see the points of doing any cleaning besides brushing, let alone any recommendation of using striping products like deglazer or renomat.

Just lightly wax the welt threads and wear them.

Or in the rare case of vintage shoes that's been sitting in inventory for decades, condition before wear.
post #8826 of 19038
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Originally Posted by leetpuma View Post

I thought you gents might be able to help me understand why I am so bad at shining shoes. 





(Disclamier this shoes have had Obenof's LP on them about a year ago. I stopped using that and now just just regular Lexol. The tackyness of the LP is gone)

I don't know how you have come to this end. All I can do is speculate...

First, the shoes don't look like dress shoes. The stitching is too coarse for one thing and the leather itself does not appear to have either a finish or a smooth and dense enough surface to actually shine. I wouldn't be surprised if the leather was oil stuffed to begin with--not meant to be shined, IOW.

Second, what I'm seeing in the photos looks like Obenof's being moved around. If it is not, it is way, way too much polish perhaps mixed with Obenof. AFAIK, the Obenof is a waterproofer based on beeswax (the streaks in your photos) and mink oil? It is intended for use on oil stuffed and open grained work leathers. it is not intended for use on fine calf or kangaroo or exotics. Once you put such preparations on a shoe you play hell getting them out...good if it is indeed a work boot, not so good if not...and/or actually achieving a polish over it.
post #8827 of 19038
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


 

I don't know how you have come to this end. All I can do is speculate...

First, the shoes don't look like dress shoes.
You are correct they are wolveriene 1K mile boots. I was using these b/c I did not want to mess up my dress shoes.
They are made of CXL leather which is an high oil leather  http://horween.com/101/chromexcel-2/



The stitching is too coarse for one thing and the leather itself does not appear to have either a finish or a smooth and dense enough surface to actually shine. I wouldn't be surprised if the leather was oil stuffed to begin with--not meant to be shined, IOW.
I was hoping to layer and layer until I was able to get a shine.

But you are right this is an high oil leather that probably not meant to shine.

 

 

Thanks for the help, I guess I just need to try again on a non-oily leather.

post #8828 of 19038
^^^ I would strip them clean...
Condition them with what Wolverine recommends.
Then shine them to your hearts content.
Just my opinion, Jim
post #8829 of 19038

Step 1 - place shoe trees in shoes

 

Step 2 - brush shoes

 

Step 3 - lightly apply minimal wax polish to cloth and rub in circular motions throughout shoe with medium pressure

 

Step 4 - let sit for 10 minutes

 

Step 5 - brush shoes vigorously

 

voila...polish complete

post #8830 of 19038
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post

^^^ I would strip them clean...
Condition them with what Wolverine recommends.
Then shine them to your hearts content.
Just my opinion, Jim

He he. That Obenof's LP is some potent stuff.

Adding on to that being an oily leather I think I chose the worst possible surface to practice on :(

What are normal cleaning solutions? Renomat or Lexol Leather cleaner?

 

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Originally Posted by PCK1 View Post
 

Step 1 - place shoe trees in shoes

 

Step 2 - brush shoes

 

Step 3 - lightly apply minimal wax polish to cloth and rub in circular motions throughout shoe with medium pressure

 

Step 4 - let sit for 10 minutes

 

Step 5 - brush shoes vigorously

 

voila...polish complete


Thanks I will try this.

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Most people will probably have grasped this if they have spent any time on this site. 

post #8832 of 19038
^^^ Those are but two of many products/methods for cleaning off the goo.
Good Luck & Keep us posted.
Jim
post #8833 of 19038
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Most people will probably have grasped this if they have spent any time on this site. 


Lol I thought I had.

But i think i just choose the worst possible leather surface to practice on. 

 

Next time i try Ill be sure to snap up a few pics.

post #8834 of 19038
I would recommend against stripping the leather. Wear them for a few months and try to build a shine then, the levels of oils and waxes in the leather should have minimized. However, a mirror or high shine on a work boot like 1Ks look ridiculous IMO.
post #8835 of 19038
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Originally Posted by cbfn View Post

I would recommend against stripping the leather. Wear them for a few months and try to build a shine then, the levels of oils and waxes in the leather should have minimized. However, a mirror or high shine on a work boot like 1Ks look ridiculous IMO.

 

I was mainly practicing on those boots. B/c no matter what I screw up it just ends up being "character" on those boots :)

 

But as i have figured out oily leather + obenof's LP is basically unshine-able.

 

I just made a small attempt on some dress shoes from meermin and it is much better  (No crazy mirror or anything. But def not what was in those pics above. That was like shoe poishing gore.)

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