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St. Crispin's Appreciation Thread - Page 378post #5657 of 61655/12/16 at 7:09amQuote:Originally Posted by Cuebert
Dear St. Crispin's addicts,
my pair of brown Derbys has built up some excessive polish, especially around the toe area.
Has anyone of you ever used Saphir's Reno Mat with their pair of Sain Crispin's? If so: is this advisable?
I am not sure whether this is a good solution, as I think that the shoes are hand painted?
Here they say on Saint Crispin's webpage:
Wash your shoes four times a year with water and saddle soap and every time they have
become wet or abnormally dirty. In order to do this, insert the shoe trees into the shoe, use
the moistened household sponge to take some saddle soap from the tin, squeeze the sponge
a number of times until a lather appears and then rub the shoe vigorously. Neither the edge
of the sole nor the sole itself should escape this treatment. Now, without removing the lather,
let the shoe dry for about 15 minutes and brush away the remains of the lather.
Saddle soap alone is often not enough in order to remove the old, thick layers of wax. For this
purpose use naphtha (lighter fuel) or better still pure spirits of turpentine. Both of these are
available in art supply shops. Put a few drops of naphtha or spirits on a ball of cotton wool and
rub the shoes vigorously. Do not starve the cotton ball! Oil and grease stains can usually be
removed using this method. Please do not ever use acetone or paint remover to clean your
shoes.post #5658 of 61655/13/16 at 11:27am@AzumiI saw that too, good share. Has anyone actually done the prescribed routine?
I just can't imagine needing to do that much to the shoe.
**Stop reading now if you don't want to hear an opinion**
My pairs get a lot of use, most that are over a year old have been resoled and all I have ever needed to do is bush after every wear, condition if they seem dry (although I was told not to by Phillip!), and then just add a little wax and buff along won't bring the shine back.post #5659 of 61655/13/16 at 11:56ampost #5660 of 61655/13/16 at 1:58pmQuote:
Wow. More pics of the spectator? Beautiful!post #5661 of 61655/14/16 at 9:23ampost #5662 of 61655/14/16 at 10:26amQuote:
Whenever I see such photos I feel like Michael Corleone...
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in".post #5663 of 61655/14/16 at 6:28pmQuote:Originally Posted by Pliny
Just to add to that last post, the Russia Calf from the sunken brig looks beautiful, but I recall one purchaser saying that his was quite dry and had eventually cracked. I guess u buy it for the historical significance and romance; for durability, not so much. YMMV
As to crust hides, there are positives and negatives. AFAIK EG uses them because they allow a deeper penetration of dyes and allows them to apply a wonderful variegated finish to all of their non-black shoes.
And to think, they've already endured for 230 years, one can't be that unhappy if they crack!post #5664 of 61655/16/16 at 6:22amHey Guys. The time has come for me to condition my RUS calf boots. Normally not an issue, but I'm curious about the highly polished toe cap and heel counters from the factory...is conditioner even going to make it's way through all that wax?? Especially the toes are like glass with not a hint of the leathers printed grain on the surface.
If it's buried under all that wax do I even have to worry about it being conditioned? Do I need to remove the wax and start over? If that's the case I'm just selling them, hahaha, I can't replicate this finish.
I knew I shouldn't have worn these....hahapost #5665 of 61655/16/16 at 10:24amSaint Crispin's MOD 645 from Skoak got them a month and half ago and gave self Patina to my taste love them so much. I find this is The only dressshoes that are much more comfortable than runners. I have 8 pairs from Carmina , Carlos Santos and AE, but this is it .
After wearing them for whole day, and took it off, my bare foot feels very awkward. I love how much it supports my foot:)
Here is before after of my Stc patina
I added tinny touch of navy Cream to give slight purple tone on it. Felt it is little too red. Then finished with navy wax + black wax on toe area to darken them:)post #5666 of 61655/16/16 at 10:27ampost #5667 of 61655/16/16 at 10:32am
They really do! It is like an magic. Human ment to stand with bare foot and it should be the most comfortable to be with, but Stc some how found the way to make our feet much more comfortable with their shoes on our feet.post #5668 of 61655/16/16 at 10:34ampost #5669 of 61655/16/16 at 10:37ampost #5670 of 61655/16/16 at 10:40am
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