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Use


Used




Cleaned, rinsed and dried.


Obenauf'ed




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That is truly awesome! Thanks for that great post!!
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That is truly awesome! Thanks for that great post!!

You're very welcome. satisfied.gif
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Boots look great! Obenauf's is magic. I beat up a pair of Red Wings during the winter here, and a fresh coat of Obenauf's leave them looking like new.

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Boots look great! Obenauf's is magic. I beat up a pair of Red Wings during the winter here, and a fresh coat of Obenauf's leave them looking like new.

Exactly Nick. As I said above ^ icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Does it make sense to condition leather soles with, say, Renovateur or a similar product? They're leather, so why wouldn't they require the same care and attention that the uppers require?
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

The thing is these oils and waxes are non-polar substances. They just kind of hang out on the leather rather than bond to the protein fibers. Leather protein fibers have a positive ionic charge and the fatliquors from the tannery have a negative ionic charge so they attract each other. Over time the the fatliquors evaporate and the leather fibers stick together, become abrasive to each other and eventually break. Things like water on leather only makes this happen faster because the relatively neutral ph of water is above the isoelectric point of the protein fibers thus shifting them to ionic negative repelling the fatliquors. Oils and waxes are uncharged so they just sort of linger. Of course they are better than nothing, but essentially are just like Ron said, making your shoes "look" better, but aren't doing much as to benefiting the protein fibers on the inside.

This is pretty fantastic partrick. Thanks for posting it again as i missed it the first time.

The mechanic in me loves this.
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Originally Posted by ChiliPalmer View Post

Does it make sense to condition leather soles with, say, Renovateur or a similar product? They're leather, so why wouldn't they require the same care and attention that the uppers require?
The only time I treat soles is after they get wet and I use Lexol after they dry naturally. You don't want to do anything that overly softens soles as they will wear faster.
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The only time I treat soles is after they get wet and I use Lexol after they dry naturally. You don't want to do anything that overly softens soles as they will wear faster.

Great point. Thanks.
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I have a pair of AEs which I condition with Lexol (once / month) and apply meltonian cream (once / week). I've noticed that whenever I condition them, they acquire a smell which persists for weeks. It's kind of musty and somewhat acrid, but not altogether unpleasant -- kind of a old-leather-jacket smell. It is coming from the outside of the shoe, not the inside. It is quite strong to the point that every once in a while I am aware of it while walking down the street. What can I do about this?
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Maybe your Lexol has gone bad. It had a shelf life of about 5 years. Also you should look into saphir or Glenkaren creams as they are all natural and don't contain silicones.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Maybe your Lexol has gone bad. It had a shelf life of about 5 years. Also you should look into saphir or Glenkaren creams as they are all natural and don't contain silicones.

Maybe...but I've had Lexol in gallon jugs around the shop for close to ten years.
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Have anybody used a similar shoe stretch solution? This probably work on shell and calf, but does it harm the leather in any way? Say from going one width size higher, from C to D. 

 

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I don't mean to spam these everywhere but I thought I would include them here as I used what I learned from this thread, from all of you, to shine these beautiful shoes.  I obviously shine all my regular shoes but the outcome never looks as good, and there is more pressure shining a pair that you know will have to go for sale.  But I did so with confidence because of this forum thread.  :bigstar:

 

If anyone is curious I used to GlenKaren paste wax for the toes and quarters/heels and maybe a layer or two on the remainder of the shoe.  I actually got a bit over confident and wanted to put a thin layer or two on the soles for good measure but they began to discolor quickly from any hint of moisture (evident in the bottom of the left shoe).  :embar:

 

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A cross post from my Marketplace posting.  These are my pair of G&G St. James II, rather painfully for me the UK6.5F width is just not wide enough for me so I'm forced to let these go.  If you are interested, please see the link in my Sig for more information otherwise enjoy the pictures! 

 

 

More pictures from the Marketplace posting. (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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