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post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by Euxeus View Post

I read that it was a good idea to polish new shows as it gives them extra protection. My new C&J Malton shoes didn't look like they needed a polish but I thought I would try it anyway to be on the safe side. I had not polished shoes before but I'd a few read guides here and watched videos online to get an idea of what I was doing.

However I think I made quite a few mistakes:
  1. I applied drops of water directly on to the shoe.
  2. I rubbed the leather quite hard with a cloth and for quite a long time (at least 15 mins)
  3. I applied at least 7 layers of polish as I couldn't see the leather getting any shinier.

The result of these mistakes is that the toecap on one of the shoes has became noticeably darker than the toecap on the other shoe. At first it was a dull brown whilst the other shoe's toecap was a uniform colour with the rest of the shoe. 


The day after attempting to shine my shoes I went to my local shoe-shine, the girl there told me not to worry about them as the dark mark  was probably water retained in the leather (from mistake 1), she said that it should be gone in 24 hours. She shined both shoes up to how they look now,  6 days later:










In real life the dark mark and the difference in color is more noticeable than what the photos show. 

So what's the diagnosis now? Is the leather still drying our or have I done some more serious damage? If I have damaged them then is there anything a decent cobbler could do?

Thanks.


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post #17 of 43
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Originally Posted by Latour View Post

You should aways use a neutral or lighter colour paste.And btw, you don't need to do anything to new shoes but wear them.You probably stained the shoe in thatpot by using a darker paste. Nothing you can do about that so next time don't be a shoe neurotic. It's just a piece of leather you put on your foot.You wear it a few years or when the sole wears out,throw it out, and buy a new pair.No one resoles shoes anymore.People who buy expensive shoes have numerous pairs and the soles don't wear out(they wouldn't waste money to resole an old shoe andwoud just buy a new one)The lower classes wear Nike  etc. and they too just buy a new pair when it's worn.

I respectfully disagree. I do resole my shoes and keep them for years and years... I think old worn shoes are very elegant and in a way I develop a connection with them... But I am just be a shoe neurotic as you said... :)

post #18 of 43
Boston Cracked Shoes...

"Newly-minted lawyers and bankers climbed their respective ladders in spit-shined brogues; the old partners at the top of the ladder had the luxury of comfortable shoes. Cracked shoes meant success.

“The message inherent was three-fold: first, the men who subscribed to the look were, despite success, generally frugal and prudent. Second, they were too well-heeled and removed to be bothered with such banalities as cobblers. And finally, that their primary care was for taste, things well-used to the point of smooth burnishing, and not for high fashion.The first time this stubborn Yankee frugality came to the attention of the public was during the 1952 presidential campaign,” wrote Ivy-Style contributor Bill Stephenson. ”LIFE Magazine ran a picture of Adlai Stevenson with his feet propped on a chair, and there was a large hole in one of Stevenson’s shoes. The press was dumfounded at what they considered to be a huge faux pas.”

What LIFE failed to note was that Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (he declined “Jr.”), scion of a wealthy family of New England politicians, was merely at ease in his own environment, cracked shoes and all. So at ease that novelist Tom Wolfe was inspired to coin, in Bonfire of The Vanities, the phrase “Boston Cracked-Shoe Look” …and it stuck."

OP - I think the difference will most likely become much less noticeable as the shoes develop a patina. Often brown shoes patina at different rates anyway. Only the darkest browns look absolutely uniform.
post #19 of 43
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Originally Posted by Latour View Post

You should aways use a neutral or lighter colour paste.And btw, you don't need to do anything to new shoes but wear them.You probably stained the shoe in thatpot by using a darker paste. Nothing you can do about that so next time don't be a shoe neurotic. It's just a piece of leather you put on your foot.You wear it a few years or when the sole wears out,throw it out, and buy a new pair.No one resoles shoes anymore.People who buy expensive shoes have numerous pairs and the soles don't wear out(they wouldn't waste money to resole an old shoe andwoud just buy a new one)The lower classes wear Nike  etc. and they too just buy a new pair when it's worn.


You are wrong on resoling many people do resole - especially expensive shoes.
post #20 of 43
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Originally Posted by JHadley360 View Post

What does this mean?

Polish/shine it. Military term
post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by Latour View Post

That's a gimmick to pretend he's a common man and thrifty and the naive fall for it.Probably cost more for the patch than a new pairlol8%5B1%5D.gifWhy doesn't he patch his clothes too to get the full effect?
Look at real aristocrats not this one numbskull.If he was shagging Diana rather than painting watercolours on the moor in his kilt and pining over horseface(who he later married-she's 65!)Diana would have behaved.
And btw, no one's going to mistake for anything other than you are just because you're wearing some beatup ill fitting Lobb you bought for $50 at Goodwill or fleabay.It will just make you look poorer and more pathetic.

I regret to say more nonsense.
post #22 of 43
Stop feeding the troll.

OP, there is an entire lengthy thread on shoe care I suggest you post this in. It gets a lot of traffic from people who know what they're doing and the tone has managed to remain (mostly) helpful and respectful. Also just spend some time perusing said thread for general advice on how to treat your new shoes.

Congrats on the purchase, by the way.
post #23 of 43
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post


The comment that "no one resoles shoes anymore" is just flat out wrong and is absolutely awful advice. Allen Edmonds offers a recrafting service that many use, and it is way better to spend $100 getting a pair of shoes resoled than spending a multiple of that on a new pair. If the uppers look like hell and are beyond repair, that's one thing, but it's idiotic to throw shoes out if the uppers are in good shape.

^^^This is very true.  With good shoes, they tend to look better as they age, no? 

post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by dapperdoctor View Post

^^^This is very true.  With good shoes, they tend to look better as they age, no? 

+1.

OP: wear the shoes, polish as needed, and once you become more familiar with the leather's characteristics, you'll get better at it. Another advantage of owning shoes for a long time is you'll know how they react.

The shoe care thread is a great resource. If you are very concerned you can always use Renomat which is a great product to take out wax/polish build-up. However, I would say give the shoes some mileage. I'm in NYC and put on 3 to 5 miles daily on my shoes. I personally feel a sense of satisfaction when I get to the point of resoling knowing that the purchase was money well spent on items that provide regular use.
post #25 of 43
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Originally Posted by Latour View Post

That's a gimmick to pretend he's a common man and thrifty and the naive fall for it.Probably cost more for the patch than a new pairlol8%5B1%5D.gifWhy doesn't he patch his clothes too to get the full effect?
Look at real aristocrats not this one numbskull.If he was shagging Diana rather than painting watercolours on the moor in his kilt and pining over horseface(who he later married-she's 65!)Diana would have behaved.
And btw, no one's going to mistake for anything other than you are just because you're wearing some beatup ill fitting Lobb you bought for $50 at Goodwill or fleabay.It will just make you look poorer and more pathetic.

Does anyone else think this is actually some guy living in his mother's basement? Nothing about him suggests high class.
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by Euxeus View Post

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3. I applied at least 7 layers of polish as I couldn't see the leather getting any shinier.

 

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Thanks.

 

LOL! I literally laughed my @ss off when I read this. I'm glad that I signed on today.

post #27 of 43

To the OP, you were right that is a good idea to give a new pair of shoes some polish. You started with very good intentions, and it's a shame about the slight water stain on a new pair of good shoes, but don't worry too much. Using water was probably a bit too much for your first polishing attempt, and unless you've got Dress Parade first thing in the morning you don't 'need' to John Bull your shoes.
 

As somebody else said, the colour, or tone of your shoes is actually an ongoing thing (unless they're black). Also, you can manipulate that colour yourself in many ways. I've changed quite a few pairs of my shoes, the second I've taken them out of their new box. I've got a pair of brick coloured boots where I used some Saphir Renomat and took a little colour off the toe area -very carefully (7 coats of anything isn't usually a benefit). They now have a subtle bit of tan colour, in that toe area, which I like -and that's all that matters. In the age of dorky, insecure, internet bullies, it's too easy to over-worry what some troll thinks.

 

I've got some other brogues that looked very flat and dull, a drab shade of mid-brown (on sale) when new, so I used navy blue Saphir creme on them. With a tiny brush, I quickly worked the blue into all the brogueing, brushed them off, then another quick polish in mid-brown (changing for a clean cloth a lot), which took off all the excess blue. It has given them a beautiful, deep nut shade, with dark accents in the brogued areas. I've done yet another pair of mid-brown shoes with dark brown tonality, a different effect again.

 

So basically, you've not got off to the best start, but there are a ton of ways to go. They're certainly not ruined!

post #28 of 43
That's only because you can't afford new onesQuote:
Originally Posted by BerlutiLover View Post

I respectfully disagree. I do resole my shoes and keep them for years and years... I think old worn shoes are very elegant and in a way I develop a connection with them... But I am just be a shoe neurotic as you said... :)

That's only because you can't afford a collection of good new ones.Develop a relation with something important not dead skins you wear on your feet and walk on the dirts treet with.

post #29 of 43
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

 

LOL! I literally laughed my @ss off when I read this. I'm glad that I signed on today.

I know what you mean, I read SF for laughs and to occasionally give a kid some useful advice.But like all kids and noobs they think that they know better than the Professor and have to learn the hard way.

post #30 of 43
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Originally Posted by manchambo View Post


Does anyone else think this is actually some guy living in his mother's basement? Nothing about him suggests high class.

You're projecting again,son. And stop getting your impressions of "class" from Hollywood films.In real life we are quite different. In others words, you're not capable to judge anything and I can prove it with a few questions.

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