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post #1966 of 3025

NC, I'm trying to look for a good leather conditioner/cleaner for calf. I just want to confirm, is this the one that you've been using?

 

http://tinyurl.com/kkkh5w2

 

It just says leather lotion on the bottle (just like in your picture), so I want to make sure this is what you're referring to as the leather conditioner/cleaner. Also, there's a "mild" version -- have you any experience using that? Thanks!

 

http://tinyurl.com/p5a3pnp

 
post #1967 of 3025

How would a leather sole conditioner differ from the ones you use on the shoe itself?

Aren't both "leather" ?

post #1968 of 3025
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jasonmx3 View Post

NC, I'm trying to look for a good leather conditioner/cleaner for calf. I just want to confirm, is this the one that you've been using?

http://tinyurl.com/kkkh5w2

It just says leather lotion on the bottle (just like in your picture), so I want to make sure this is what you're referring to as the leather conditioner/cleaner. Also, there's a "mild" version -- have you any experience using that? Thanks!

http://tinyurl.com/p5a3pnp
 


Yes that is it. Never tried the mild version (brown) though.

The one I actually use now is the M. Mowbray Stain Remover. Similarly light, water based cleaner. Cost a lot less than BB version. smile.gif

Amazon.jp link
post #1969 of 3025
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by takashi78 View Post

How would a leather sole conditioner differ from the ones you use on the shoe itself?
Aren't both "leather" ?

The BB leather sole conditioner is thick and creamy. I suppose it contains lots of oils to penetrate and moisten the sole. It also contains some mildew-proof agents? (not exactly sure what chemical that is) It works quite well for dry, flaky soles.

Here is a link to some pictures I took.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/355694/testing-ingenuity-shoes-by-kamioka/15#post_6520943


p.s. but yes, a specialised sole conditioner is not a necessity. 'Regular' leather conditioners like the two mentioned above (BB and Mowbray) should do an adequate job cleaning/moistening the soles too, IMO.
Edited by nutcracker - 12/3/13 at 8:49pm
post #1970 of 3025
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post


Yes that is it. Never tried the mild version (brown) though.

The one I actually use now is the M. Mowbray Stain Remover. Similarly light, water based cleaner. Cost a lot less than BB version. smile.gif

Amazon.jp link

 

Thanks, NC. I believe both these brands are available at Hankyu Mens and Daimaru. I just might drop by this week and get it from there instead.:nodding:

post #1971 of 3025
Quote:
Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

The BB leather sole conditioner is thick and creamy. I suppose it contains lots of oils to penetrate and moisten the sole. It also contains some mildew-proof agents? (not exactly sure what chemical that is) It works quite well for dry, flaky soles.

Here is a link to some pictures I took.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/355694/testing-ingenuity-shoes-by-kamioka/15#post_6520943


p.s. but yes, a specialised sole conditioner is not a necessity. 'Regular' leather conditioners like the two mentioned above (BB and Mowbray) should do an adequate job cleaning/moistening the soles too, IMO.

Does it really make a difference?
post #1972 of 3025
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post

Does it really make a difference?

The soles of the shoes I have on the link looked quite bad (dry and flaky fibers), days after waddling through several monsoon storms. I think the conditioner (contains oils) did make the leather look healthier.

Here is an interesting product called the Leatherstick by Abbeyhorn. Yes, made in the UK (buffalo horn) and sold in Japan.



Perhaps not its intended purpose, the leatherstick can be used in conjunction with the sole conditioner, for pressing the loose fibers down on the sole.


Dry sole


Sole conditioner applied


The laetherstick is wrapped in cloth and rolled firmly on the sole.


Pressing the fibers down flat




See the difference? Maybe?

Link (in Japanese)
post #1973 of 3025

Marquess by Shoji Kawaguchi

 

Double Monk Strap in Navy Calf

 

Photos from:  RU READY TO≫ RAID ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #1974 of 3025
Thread Starter 
Beautiful. Looks like they're one piece!
post #1975 of 3025
The 89th Tokyo Leather Fair will be held for two days from tomorrow. This is free, but I feel there are few English speakers inside this fair.
Quote:
http://tlf.jp/english
Date & Time
Thursday 5th December, 2013 9:00 to 17:00
Friday 6th December, 2013 9:00 to 16:30
Please enter by 30 minutes before closing each day

http://tlf.jp/access_english
TLF is open for everyone. Visitor will need to register at the entrance. No admission fee is required.

First comer
Please submit two namecards at the entrance.
Otherwise, please fill in the registration form at the entrance and submit.


Here are pics of the 88th:

Leather exhibition

Demonstration by curriers

Columbus' booth: shoe care and leather dyeing lessons

Japan Institute of Leather Research's booth
post #1976 of 3025
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The 89th Tokyo Leather Fair will be held for two days from tomorrow. This is free, but I feel there are few English speakers inside this fair.

Fascinating! Looks like quite a few tanneries from overseas are exhibiting too!

Thanks for the info!
post #1977 of 3025
Buckles look to me very prominent, but this is very beautiful. Most of photos of Kawaguchi-san are real shoes for clients and look pretty good.
post #1978 of 3025
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

I've tried several of their products before. Not so much a fan of their signature high-shine regimen (base, coat, polish water), but their cleaner/conditioner, leather sole conditiner, and their edge coloring ink proved to be very useful.


Light cleaner/conditioner (clear color). Quite easy to use without fear of over stripping.


Leather sole conditioner.


Edge coloring ink, with an applicator attached to the lid. Pretty bottle


Their premium shoe cream ('Collections' series) looks promising. Apparently they contain more pigments and fewer solvents vs other brands.


Bootblack website

Thanks nutcracker, how does this compare with Saphir?
post #1979 of 3025
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

Fascinating! Looks like quite a few tanneries from overseas are exhibiting too!

Thanks for the info!

Unfortunately, only some leathers come from Lineapelle

http://tlf.jp/feature/561.php
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post #1980 of 3025
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Originally Posted by bamboo View Post

Buckles look to me very prominent, but this is very beautiful. Most of photos of Kawaguchi-san are real shoes for clients and look pretty good.

The buckles seem to be transplanted from Chrome Hearts^^

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Edited by VegTan - 12/4/13 at 7:11pm
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