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Based on the pictures below, do you think I require toe/heel taps? The toes seem to be taking a lot of wear, probably because of the elongated toe of the Simpson last on Carmina.

 

 

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ball point pen marks on suede. Any ideas chaps?
post #9348 of 18202

In the end, are there really important differences between shoe care products that can make or break our shoes?

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ball point pen marks on suede. Any ideas chaps?

http://www.leatherdoctor.com/servlet/the-Leather-Stain-Remover-%28Ballpoint%29-–-Prep-dsh-4.4/Categories
post #9350 of 18202
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In the end, are there really important differences between shoe care products that can make or break our shoes?

Short answer is yes, but the long answer is the 99.9% of the products out there simply put, don't do anything except for aesthetics. Reading a lot about how leather is made and its properties educated me in this arena recently.
post #9351 of 18202

What's an elaboration of the short answer, then, Patrick? What is the Holy Grail?

 

By the way, where have you been, of late? On vacation, in a mental institution or quietly dementing? Whatever, you have our best wishes. :)

post #9352 of 18202
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I used Saphir mid-brown wax polish on the toes of my Vass antique cognac austerity brogues. The wax left a black spot on the side edge of the toe on each shoe...not uniform at all. It is much too blackened for my liking.

Can I remove the dark spots with Renomat, or will that harm the Italian polish that Vass puts on the shoe? 

Any update on this issue?

I was planning on getting some Vass in antique cognac and I have some Saphir mid-brown wax polish I was going to use so this is concerning to me. I'm surprised that a wax would leave such a dark/black dis-colouration as usually it's the creams that have the higher pigment content.
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What's an elaboration of the short answer, then, Patrick? What is the Holy Grail?

By the way, where have you been, of late? On vacation, in a mental institution or quietly dementing? Whatever, you have our best wishes. smile.gif

I posted about it not too long ago on here. Didn't get much of a response.

I have been very busy at work and my personal life. Thanks for the inquiry.
post #9354 of 18202
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Depends on how patient you want to be.

Crud? Wipe/dust/brush off.

Gum? (a) struggle to prise off when tacky and leave annoying residue... (b) leave for a few days to dry out, it then just pings off with the flick of a knife.

what about getting gum off the side of my ALDEN cordovan # 8 longwings?? i recently got gum on side of shoe and can't seem to get it off!!!!   

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what about getting gum off the side of my ALDEN cordovan # 8 longwings?? i recently got gum on side of shoe and can't seem to get it off!!!!   

Let me be honest Mike, no freakin idea!

My experience extends to sole o shoe only, sorry shog[1].gif
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Bump only because I'd like to bring them to a cobbler tomorrow morning if it's needed. Thanks! :)

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Based on the pictures below, do you think I require toe/heel taps? The toes seem to be taking a lot of wear, probably because of the elongated toe of the Simpson last on Carmina.

 

 

post #9357 of 18202
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It would help to know exactly what you're taking about. Do you mean metal taps or plastic nail ons? If metal, what's a heel tap? A new heel? It's also to tell how much wear has occurred from your photo. A front/rear view would be useful.

It looks like you have the brass nails in to protect the toe. It's hard to see from the bottom how much wear you have to both toe and heel.

For the heel I certainly recommend platic inserts/taps etc. For the toe however, I would only purchase if you are serious about evening the wear in your shoes because some find it looks strange.
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I'd say no at this point of time. The damage or wear has already happened in the toe area so unless you are going to have the brass nails removed and sunken toe taps put in I dont think its going to help. The heel already has a rubber tap.
post #9359 of 18202
Thanks for the response. I guess you can gather I don't know much.

If it makes sense, I'm referring to the plastic toe taps. Was just doing some reading and saw a lot of recommendations for them.

I'll try and take better pictures tomorrow. Maybe I'll drop by the cobbler and ask his opinion. I appreciate your answers.
post #9360 of 18202

Hello SF shoe care experts. I have a two part question:

 

I recently picked up a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperials that are unworn and in-box. They look factory fresh, but having sat in a box since the 1980's (and I am pretty sure they haven't been given any care during that period), I am wondering what sort of immediate action I should take before wearing them (I assume it would be a bad idea to just put them on).

 

Which brings me to part 2 of my question, should I always take some action before wearing any new shoe? Generally I have worn new shoes until a reasonable interval elapsed, or the shoe needs some attention, and then performed fairly standard care (leather treatment, polish).

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