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A few shoe questions

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
First question, is there any place that offers as good a deals as bennies? Second, Shoe trees does type matter? I know you should get cedar but does a half tree v. a full tree matter? Thrid, Does the type of polish matter that you use? I feel that these questions have been answered before but i did a search for each and didn't come up with anything good. So i appologize for reposting them if that is the case. Nik
post #2 of 27
Depends what shoes you are looking for, the Loakes from Charles Tyrwhitt are not as good as the Grensons, but they are a bit cheaper than the leather soled grensons (about $115 shipped) I will let someone with more expertise advise you on shoe trees and polish.
post #3 of 27
Personally I own a Loake Since 1880 model; suppose to be the best line available from Loake. The quality of leather on the shoes disappointed me.
post #4 of 27
I prefer shoe creams over waxes and have not found any real difference between brands. I use 5 or 6 different brands and choose based on colour. I asked the local cobbler if there was any difference between brands (he carries several) and in his opinion they were all about the same.
post #5 of 27
Although I have no first hand experience, plal is regarded highly on this site...not as good a deal as bennies, but great prices nonetheless. I don't think the type of polish matters. I believe A Harris still uses Kiwi, Rider uses Lincoln, and I use Allen Edmonds. Others allege that more expensive polish is actually rebadged Kiwi.
post #6 of 27
The type of polish matters, to me at least. I use Weston wax, which is made from beeswax, instead of carnuba. Imparts a very deep, but not overly shiny luster. Love the way it looks and have never found one to match it.
post #7 of 27
I can personally guarantee noone will be better day in and day out on the breands i carry, as to the pricing...just call me. Use a half tree, all you need, and yes, for mens shoes, kiwiw or some type of wax, you need a protective coat on the shoe, creams are for woemns shoes.
post #8 of 27
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I can personally guarantee noone will be better day in and day out on the breands i carry, as to the pricing...just call me. Use a half tree, all you need, and yes, for mens shoes, kiwiw or some type of wax, you need a protective coat on the shoe, creams are for woemns shoes.
ordered from you today as i have found after hours of searching you are the best deal. So i'm looking forward to getting my first good pair of shoes Can i ask though why a half tree, whats the difference/affects on the shoe?
post #9 of 27
honestly, none, the plastic handle vs the wood handle really is preferential, i use the half for all of my shoes because they are lighter and easier to get in and out...but some prefer the additional absorbtion in hte heel from the full....makes no difference one way or the other, just preference.
post #10 of 27
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I can personally guarantee noone will be better day in and day out on the breands i carry, as to the pricing...just call me.
Curious about this - I spent some time going over your site, specifically looking at Allen Edmonds and the pricing on the site is pretty much the same as most other sites and was higher than a few. Am I missing something? The pricing of the Grensons is great but they are all D width which doesn't really surprise me but I need a B-C.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by nightowl6261a,09 Dec. 2004, 10:46
I can personally guarantee noone will be better day in and day out on the breands i carry, as to the pricing...just call me.
Curious about this - I spent some time going over your site, specifically looking at Allen Edmonds and the pricing on the site is pretty much the same as most other sites and was higher than a few.  Am I missing something? You must be...did you read the full quote?
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...just call me.
Suprising I would be higher, I must surf a little more, but restrictions being what they are, if you want the best deal, you have to call.....and if you read the threads here, you would know there are great discount codes for certain things that are full retail on our site like AE and Cole Haan...and who else announces up front on their page how to get a 10% discount on just about anything if they shop with us.
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...The pricing of the Grensons is great but they are all D width which doesn't really surprise me but I need a B-C.
No, there are B's and C's, maybe you jumped in at the wrong time, and there are still some left depending upon your size.
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
i just bought a pair of 10C's from him and they had b's in the size that i wanted too.
post #13 of 27
I thought there was a difference between wax and creams. Cream helps to soften the leather, so you'd need to put this on first. And, wax protects the leather and you'd apply this after the cream.
post #14 of 27
If you buy a good shoe, you should not have to soften the leather, it should be supple and smooth, as for the cream, if you put it on to often, then apply wax, you are going to be working a double build up and need to have them stripped more often...I personally own a reasonable collection of expensive shoes, not Lobbs mind you, but I would not use a cream unless I needed to deepen or recolor a shoe. But, then that is an opinion from someone who is not always the brightest star in the sky.
post #15 of 27
I always thought that a cream polish would help keep the shoe "hydrated" for lack of a better word. A wax polish could lead to the leather drying and cracking out over time due to lack of moisture and the inability of the leather breathing. Is this wrong? Now I wonder if I need to re-learn how to clean my shoes.
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