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That's useful and interesting info. Thanks, PParker! I mostly do a lot of brushing of my shoes and that tends to keep them in good shape. 

 

The reason I mentioned turpentine is that some people (including me) are allergic to it. 

 

What would be your preferred option for stuff to put on your shoes?

 

With best wishes, Munky. 

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Hmmm well for tan leather I rely on buffing when necessary and neutral wax Polish when buffing won't bring them back enough. If they're looking a bit dry I'll use delicate leather balm, this tends to be every few month or longer. I do have saphir light brown cream but this I only use if I must, to correct a nick or scuff.

I once used solely light brown cream and Polish regularly on a pair of tan shoes, they had completely changed colour in 6-7 months. Never again.

Having several pairs of tan shoes over the years (favourite colour) I've had chance to see what works best at maintaining the original colour.

Less is more is definitely my approach to tan leather.
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Hi all, Does anyone know what colour Saphir shoe creme and wax I should buy to polish a pair of tan Loake Edwards and cover over the scuffs? Would appreciate any advice...

Personally I use Saphir Yellow wax on my Tan shoes it does slightly lighten the colour of the shoes over time and after a number of polishes, I always use the saphir renovateur neutral cream first before the polish as  I feel it's better than the Saphir Pommadier cream.

 

Regards Carl.

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Personally I use Saphir Yellow wax on my Tan shoes it does slightly lighten the colour of the shoes over time and after a number of polishes, I always use the saphir renovateur neutral cream first before the polish as  I feel it's better than the Saphir Pommadier cream.

 

Regards Carl.

 

I dont wish to seem argumentative but as far as I am aware that is technically impossible, you cannot lighten shoe leather unless you bleach it. What I feel is more likely is that the sun has bleached them or possibly dried them out somewhat rather than anything associated with the cream you used. 

 

When it comes to leather colour, you can darken the shade or change the colour to a different darker colour depending what the original colour was. You cannot lighten, try using a different lighter colour on black leather, or dark brown leather, see what happens.

 

Or ask the question on the shoe care thread, I'm pretty sure you'll get the same answer.

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Nothing to see here. Move on, please.


Edited by Munky - 8/19/16 at 11:31am
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Well guys, I've been an Allen Edmonds person on this forum for the last year, but I ordered my first pair of Loakes yesterday.   I got the Aldwych in dark brown.  I normally wear 8 D in AE, so I hope 7 F fits me okay.  

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Well guys, I've been an Allen Edmonds person on this forum for the last year, but I ordered my first pair of Loakes yesterday.   I got the Aldwych in dark brown.  I normally wear 8 D in AE, so I hope 7 F fits me okay.  

Maybe a little snug, i would have suggested a 7.5. But everyone is diFforest, good luck!
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Just a thought about tan shoes and their being darkened. It may be worth bearing in mind that shoemaking companies apply polish and wax before the shoes leave the workshop. Thus, some - perhaps major - darkening will already have taken place before you buy the shoes. 

 

It seems unlike that subsequent polishing is going to increase the darkening in any major way. If there was an incremental darkening, we would all end up with dark brown shoes.  Which, we don't. 

 

I have to say that, looking at my 5 year old tan Chester's, I can't see that they are particularly darker than when I bought them. I even compared them to a new pair, in the shop. Not much different. 

 

PParker, clearly you cannot make darker shoes lighter. And, as it has been discussed on this thread, ad nauseam, over the years, we probably know that 'less is more'.  

 

Yours, as always, Munky. 


Edited by Munky - 8/20/16 at 10:32am
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Maybe a little snug, i would have suggested a 7.5. But everyone is diFforest, good luck!

 

Thanks.  I read that a lot of people complained that going 1/2 size down from AE was too big, so I hope I made the right decision.  I'll find out one way or another if 7 F is too small or if 7.5 F is my size.   

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Which US retailers carry Loake? The only one I know is East Dane. Still sucks so much that you can't buy them from UK distributors any more
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Which US retailers carry Loake? The only one I know is East Dane. Still sucks so much that you can't buy them from UK distributors any more

 

I bought mine from an ebay acount in the UK that sells Loake seconds.  However, you can buy from Ireland for pretty good prices.

 

www.robinsonsshoes.com/
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I just took a gamble and ordered my first pair of Loakes - Highgate tan grain loafers from the 1880 range

 

I tend to have fitting issues, especially around my bony ankles, so I'll have to see how these fit when they arrive.

 

I went for my usual size but I have later read that this "loafer" last tends to be a little snug/narrow. 

 

Did anyone here have to size up for the loafer last?

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I would not say the Loafer last is narrow, more standard if anything.

 

In my opinion though loafers should be purchased on the snug side. If you get them just right to start with, once you break them in they have a tendency to become a little sloppy…. And with no way to tighten them….

 

Always better to put up with an initial period of discomfort and then enjoy the fruits of your labour once they are nicely broken in. 

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Damn, those Highgates were a tad too roomy for me so I've had to send them back.  They seemed really well made too - much better than the basic Loake ranges I have seen in the department stores in the UK.  I would have asked them to send out a pair a half size smaller, but this was from a clearance sale so the sizes were limited.  Oh well.

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Damn, those Highgates were a tad too roomy for me so I've had to send them back.  They seemed really well made too - much better than the basic Loake ranges I have seen in the department stores in the UK.  I would have asked them to send out a pair a half size smaller, but this was from a clearance sale so the sizes were limited.  Oh well.

 

Sorry to hear that sir, I cannot say that I am surprised though once you hinted at having narrow ankles/heels

 

IMO though it may be worth trying a full size down in order to achieve a tight fit; that is if it is available. Many people buy Loafers in this way as per my last post. 

 

In regards sizing in general, I would always direct your question to a reputable retailer, they should have enough experience to know what the trends for the last shapes are as they deal with size issues every day. They should also take your own foot shape into consideration.

 

The problem with listening to your average person is that they are only advising you on how a last fits THEIR own feet and that really is not a good guide to base any decision on because you have no idea of said person’s foot shape.

 

The people that stated this shoe fits narrow, may have broad feet or high insteps, if you then have a narrow heel or a slender foot their advice simply won’t apply to you.

 

If you did get the advice from a retailer then… they clearly don’t know what they’re talking about. The Loafer last has never been narrow to what would be considered a standard foot.


Edited by PParker ESQ - 8/25/16 at 6:30am
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