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post #1 of 14
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I just got my first pair of nice leather shoes, the Indianolas from Billy Reid (http://www.billyreid.com/?cat=73#403.0655). It's pull-up leather with a calfskin interior. What sort of conditioner should I get for them? Do I need a specific sort of shoe tree? Any general tips?
post #2 of 14
Nothing overly special. Shoe trees, Saphir Renovateur will do great.
post #3 of 14
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no polish right, just conditioner?
post #4 of 14
pull up leather will change colour when it bends- and it will react with the oils in your skin causing a colour change- they will age nicely, but drastically i'd be interested to see them in a years time definitely keep them away from water, and condition them with any leather conditioner. I don't think you'd need anything specific edit: yeah i'd keep polish away from them, uncoated leather and polish don't mix too well- if you need to restore the colour you have to use special dye designed for pull up leather
post #5 of 14
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I know that this a totally ridiculous question, and these things have been discussed here before, but how exactly are shoes like this suposed to fit (I'm so used to sneakers). Is it OK to have a little bit of looseness around the ankle?
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by clemente21 View Post
I know that this a totally ridiculous question, and these things have been discussed here before, but how exactly are shoes like this suposed to fit (I'm so used to sneakers). Is it OK to have a little bit of looseness around the ankle?

judging from the shape of the shoe the high ankle is a bit superflous compared to a desert boot so a bit of looseness is fine. But I see they're unlined shoes, which will stretch, so i'd go too small and let them stretch out rather than too tight.

Wear them for a day (in the house) and it'l be obvious if they fit or not. if they are indeed too big and you can't return them, spray the inside with water and dry it with a hair-dryer, this will shrink the shoe
post #7 of 14
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it just doesn't seem obvious. they don't wiggle, but at the same time really aren't fully clinging to my ankle when I raise my foot.
also - if i wear socks with them, will they not get the oils they need to change color?
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by clemente21 View Post
it just doesn't seem obvious. they don't wiggle, but at the same time really aren't fully clinging to my ankle when I raise my foot.
also - if i wear socks with them, will they not get the oils they need to change color?

aha, the oils come from your hands not your feet

if you can walk around without them feeling like they're going to slip off then you walk then they're probably fine, You can always slip some padding in round the top if you think it would help, maybe go talk to a cobbler/bootmaker


don't worry, there is no way these will look anything other than amazing- pull up leather ages well
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
Nothing overly special. Shoe trees, Saphir Renovateur will do great.

Can you apply Saphir with your hands? (now that i know that's where there the oils are. which is a shame - I liked the idea that my foot oils were somehow doing something useful for me).
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by clemente21 View Post
Can you apply Saphir with your hands? (now that i know that's where there the oils are. which is a shame - I liked the idea that my foot oils were somehow doing something useful for me).
You should at the very least use a rag. Ok, serious answer, yeah you can but probably gloves or feet stand would be good.
post #12 of 14
i always apply renovateur with my hands- seriously, I do all my polishing with just my hands except for wax polish which I use cotton wool for
post #13 of 14
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i always apply renovateur with my hands- seriously, I do all my polishing with just my hands except for wax polish which I use cotton wool for

Polish can sometimes be toxic, and can also stain skin.

I always wear glove and use brush. Then buff with Cotton Cloth. Only use the Brush on shells and suedes.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by mrjames View Post
if they are indeed too big and you can't return them, spray the inside with water and dry it with a hair-dryer, this will shrink the shoe

just a sprinkle of water will do it? any other tips on this?
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