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Care and Polishing for JL Dk. Brown Misty Calf

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, first post so here goes.

I'm looking for any advice or experience that someone may offer in taking care of the John Lobb Dark Brown Misty Calf finish. I've done some research here and have seen some problems with sustaining the museum calf finish but have not seen anything similiar said about the Misty. When I say problems I'm specifially talking about this thread.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/124463/lobb-chestnut-museum-calf-cream-polish-recommendation

I have a pair of the 2010 St. Crepin in Dk. Brn. Misty and really want to preserve the finish as best as I can, understanding that all shoe care products change the color of the shoe slightly over time. I'm not a newbie to polishing shoes but taking care of the appealing subtle antiquing is something that is outside of my lane.

So with that said I have worn them probably ten times in six months and just tonight went over them thoroughly with Renovateur, so I'm ready to start actually polishing. I have the JL Dk. Brown creme and wax along with JL Neutral creme.

Any advice specifically regarding the Dk. Brn. Misty would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to screw up the finish on a $1500+ shoe due to my ignorance.

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Use the polish sparingly. I have chestnut museum calf Phillip IIs that are over 2 years old and the finish looks great. About the 3d time I polished them, however, I used too much polish, ruined the finish, and it took forever to get off. Just apply a thin film of polish and brush and buff vigorously.
post #3 of 6
I also have the JL 2010 St Crepin in dark brown misty. I use the JL dark brown creme sparingly after every wear, and use the JL neutral wax about every other month. The shoes have held up nicely.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys I appreciate the quick replies.

JayJay I don't have the neutral wax, just the creme. Do you find that the neutral wax adds a significant final touch that the dark brown creme doesn't have? My experience is limited to spit-shining black shoes and boots in the military so the cremes and use of neutral products is a new route for me. I had really good luck using Renovateur followed by black creme then wax on my JL Black Museum Calf Chapels.
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Guys, I have the 2010 St Crepin and used Alden Leather Defender on it, and I'm worried I may have ruined the antiqued finish.  

 

This sounds stupid, but I never really noticed the antiquing, so once I finished applying the Defender, I noticed a lot of blemish-looking areas on the leather.  Can someone tell me if this looks normal, or whether I somehow messed up the finish?  In the past, I have used Defender on all my shoes, but then again, this is my only pair of antique finish shoes.

 

I'm a bit worried I may have messed up my $1,500 shoes...

 

 

 

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Guys, I have the 2010 St Crepin and used Alden Leather Defender on it, and I'm worried I may have ruined the antiqued finish.  

This sounds stupid, but I never really noticed the antiquing, so once I finished applying the Defender, I noticed a lot of blemish-looking areas on the leather.  Can someone tell me if this looks normal, or whether I somehow messed up the finish?  In the past, I have used Defender on all my shoes, but then again, this is my only pair of antique finish shoes.

I'm a bit worried I may have messed up my $1,500 shoes...





they'll be fine. the finish on shoes is a 'living' thing. The whitish spotting will most likely disappear with a coat of cream or wax polish. The mottling looks swell to me as is but if you want to minimize it a bit just use some brown cream polish after every wear. Brush buff. After a few coats the color will start to even out a bit. At which point you are more or less back to where you were?
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