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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by the_butler View Post
A thing I would not have expected was the demand I have for shoes cleaned by post. It is taking over the Butling side as my main activity. Very popular with Army officers and the odd Police Officer.
Ther are a number of these services in some european cities, one is this in Paris. They also offer patina and such. Your services do of course go beyond that. http://laurentdimascio.com
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by the_butler View Post
I always polish the instep of good leather shoes as it preserves the leather which is prone to cracking over a long period of time.

Not patent leather BTW.





Would it be possible to post a video of your polishing technique?
post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by blackplatano View Post
Would it be possible to post a video of your polishing technique?
I would assume it would be along these lines:http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Bulling_boots But there is a decent vid on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDF18Ob8bhc Not partial to the gloss my self, but the vid looks good. And a vid from the current Sf butler would be outstanding
post #34 of 43
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Originally Posted by speedster.8 View Post
I would assume it would be along these lines:
http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Bulling_boots


But there is a decent vid on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDF18Ob8bhc

Not partial to the gloss my self, but the vid looks good.

And a vid from the current Sf butler would be outstanding
The wiki was written by me and copies are available in word format on the tips page of my site.
The bulling video is I believe done by an ex guardsman for the company he works for. His technique is fairly accurate but the Household Cavalry teaches a technique that speeds the process up due to the size of a pair of Jackboots.
As for my own video it is work in progress after I finish my napkin folding guides.mmmm
post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by the_butler View Post
I always polish the instep of good leather shoes as it preserves the leather which is prone to cracking over a long period of time.

Not patent leather BTW.
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Originally Posted by the_butler View Post
...A thing I would not have expected was the demand I have for shoes cleaned by post. It is taking over the Butling side as my main activity. Very popular with Army officers and the odd Police Officer.
Very impressive. Are the boots above the Sanders George? I've been thinking of getting a pair -- or the version by Shipton and Heneage if their quality justifies the higher price. Any thoughts on these two boots, or on a third option?
post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by the_butler View Post
I always polish the instep of good leather shoes as it preserves the leather which is prone to cracking over a long period of time.

Not patent leather BTW.

Wow that's crazy. I would shine my black shoes that way...
post #37 of 43
My Alden captoes have a black sole, and I'll use polish to re-blacken the sole. Also, on all of my shoes, I use mink oil on the sole in the area where the heel meets the larger part of the sole. This has a tendency to crack over time.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post
Very impressive. Are the boots above the Sanders George? I've been thinking of getting a pair -- or the version by Shipton and Heneage if their quality justifies the higher price. Any thoughts on these two boots, or on a third option?
Yes they are Sanders George boots. A very popular maker at the moment 90% of the George boots I am sent to beeswax in fact. I think tis may be because of the price though, £100 less than the Shipton and Heneage, Visualy both are very similar though Sanders do a patent leather pair for an extra £15.

Gieves and Hawkes do a similar George boot for £175. Popular with the Household Cavalry Officers
post #39 of 43
The G&H looks much nicer IMHO Chaney made?
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by alflauren View Post
My Alden captoes have a black sole, and I'll use polish to re-blacken the sole. Also, on all of my shoes, I use mink oil on the sole in the area where the heel meets the larger part of the sole. This has a tendency to crack over time.
The cracking is caused or prevented by the mink oil?

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Originally Posted by speedster.8 View Post
The G&H looks much nicer IMHO

Chaney made?
I does look nice, and is less expensive than the S&H model.
post #41 of 43
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Originally Posted by adagio View Post

I only polish the edges of the soles. Can't see the point in polishing any part of the bottom of the sole.

I saw a video on you tube recently in which a butler was illustrating how to polish one's shoes. He did polish the part between the heel and the sole.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeScJ_Hemno

His rationale was that it is better if one's legs are crossed or if one is kneeling, that part of the sole is exposed, and the dirt on the sole shold not be seen, a polished sole being better. I just think this is likely to ruin any piece of carpet that you might walk on.

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Excellent video.

post #42 of 43

Appears to be a well maintained polished sole.  The heel looks to be used, but in good shape.

post #43 of 43
Edge dressing, yes. Sole polishing? Never. As for the 'kneeling in Church' rationale, who wants to look at the soles of someones shoes whilst kneeling in church when there are chicks butts to look at instead wink.gif (mea culpa shog[1].gif ).
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