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post #16 of 27
the best way to do it, is follows: first step: use a good saddle soap, wash and rinse, but not soak, then dry the shoes off, use a paste, applying with gentle rubbing in a circular motion just like a car, the use a horse hair brush and brush dutifully in both directions, then using a moist, not wet, buffing cloth, buff side to side through the toe area and then down the sides rub briskly...you should acieve a good glossy shine after a few good atempts. hope this helped
post #17 of 27
When I mentioned the need for cream and wax, I was talking about when you first get the shoes. How often would one need to wax the shoes after wearing them?
post #18 of 27
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(nightowl6261a @ 09 Dec. 2004, 10:46) You must be...did you read the full quote?
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. 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.
I did read the full quote and I was asking for clarification - based on your reply I have to assume that prices on the web page are not necessarily the prices offered. I would have no way to know this unless I asked. Sorry, I should have chosen better wording for my post. I can only assume you are referring to pricing requirements by the manufacturers when you speak of restrictions - I was unaware such restrictions existed. I have read many threads but must have missed the discount code ones for your site. Thank you for making me aware of those. I did notice the 10% offer on your site on the first internet purchase. Is there another one that offers 10% on everything after the first purchase? Re. the Grenson sizing I was looking at this page http://www.benniesshoes.com/grenson.htm and all sizes refer to D. I looked for another link to Grenson on the site (down the left hand frame) but there isn't one that I can see. I am looking for 10.5's.
post #19 of 27
At first there were only a few odd widths, so I advertised the D as a place to start, it was easier to leave the width on than change the page names, however, if you will investigate each size regardless of the width characterization from the link, you should find some B's and C's listed, depending again on the size you need. Each style should have a pic with the width listed first, followed by the size. As to the pricing of other shoes on the site, if you use the 10% first buyer discount, no there would be no other discounts that would be valid, however, if you call me or email me, there are certain code available for the shoes that are full retail. Even though it is against the law to prescribe pricing, everyone has to follow a MAP pricing list for certain companies to be allowed to sell on the web, pretty ridiculous way to treat the consumer, but as they say, "we are trying to protect the integrity of the brand", whatever...the consumer is the one who looses, because it keeps them from getting the best value for their money when shopping if everything is price protected. Whatever happened to good 'ole American capitalism, evry man for himself and the retailer makes it or breaks it when they decide the pricing. One answer, Nordstrom.
post #20 of 27
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When I mentioned the need for cream and wax, I was talking about when you first get the shoes. How often would one need to wax the shoes after wearing them?
I personally go by the theory of, how does the shine look, what conditions were the shoes worn, how often, etc. If for example I lived in NY and wore my shoes twice weekly, and it was snowing a bit during the winter, I might sjine them after every wear....however, if I were in an office all day, and it was summer and dry, I might not shine them but every 3-4 wearings. The biggest worries should be to keep them clean of grime etc, and especially salts, the most destructive element to a shoes life is the salt and amino acid from not only the foot, but also from snowy conditions etc. For better life, use good cedar trees, and keep them clean. And never, never wear a pair 2 days in a row.
post #21 of 27
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however, if I were in an office all day, and it was summer and dry, I might not shine them but every 3-4 wearings. .
I don't need to worry about snow or rain really. I'll admit that I don't even wax my shoes enough it seems. Somebody told me that waxing too much was even worse than not waxing enough, so it seems I haven't been waxing the shoes enough. And, I'm a lazy slob.
post #22 of 27
I understand the lazy slob theory when it comes to shining my shoes, that is why we have an in-store shine man, makes sense huh?
post #23 of 27
I used to polish my shoes with kiwi wax. Then there was this once when my leather on the shoes started to crack. I found out that the wax had built up until the surface of the leather hardens and cracks eventually. I have switched to cream from then and very satisfied with the result for years. My dress shoes had lasted up to 15 years. Weekly burshing with a good horse hair brush + buffing it with a light coat of the cream has made it lasting. Even though one may be lazy, but at least once a fornight of shoe maintenance can really make a difference in the shoe's appearance and longevity. No point having a nice luxury shoe with unkept appearance...
post #24 of 27
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I used to polish my shoes with kiwi wax. Then there was this once when my leather on the shoes started to crack. I found out that the wax had built up until the surface of the leather hardens and cracks eventually. I have switched to cream from then and very satisfied with the result for years. My dress shoes had lasted up to 15 years. Weekly burshing with a good horse hair brush + buffing it with a light coat of the cream has made it lasting. Even though one may be lazy, but at least once a fornight of shoe maintenance can really make a difference in the shoe's appearance and longevity. No point having a nice luxury shoe with unkept appearance...
I find it so hard to understand why anyone would doubt the techniques I recommend. When a biuild up occurs, just as you would if the shoe were dirty, you strip and clean...you would not just continullay put body lotion on your skin to protect it without cleaning it as well....leather is SKIN, just like a human, only tanned...listen or don't, but believe me in this...I would not tell a lawyer how to fight a case, and I definitely would not tell a doctor how to operate, but, after spending the entire adult working life in the shoes biz, oh, and I am 42, I do know one thing, leather.
post #25 of 27
Please do not find it hard becoz I think there is nobody who is doubting what you are recommending. I am just stating my own experience and having fine results with it. I acknowledge your vast experience in shoes. Thanks.
post #26 of 27
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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.
Actually, I've seen many a B or C in the larger sizes of Grensons. Unfortunate for me, perhaps good for you.
post #27 of 27
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For better life, use good cedar trees, and keep them clean. And never, never wear a pair 2 days in a row.
Certainly sound counsel. I might even extend that to wear them only once a week (and either wear another pair (or 6) or go barefoot).
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