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Styleforum Top Pickspost #25487 of 2936912/28/13 at 7:28amQuote:Originally Posted by AmericanGent
Well, Kiwi is the most available brand in the US. It has a higher wax content so if you are looking for a shine then perhaps brown Kiwi will do the trick. Their colors are pretty basic, but even using neutral polish will build layers on the shoe and keep it protected from the elements, including the occasional booze shower.
Yes, polish the whole shoe- if you like a high gloss look you can focus on the toe with a cotton flannel cloth and some spit. The spit (or cold water) will create heat from friction as you buff vigorously and essentially melts the wax a little and fills the pores or the leather. The added benefit of a shine is that the wax will also repel liquid- to a certain extent.
Other shoe polishes like Allen Edmonds' brand and of course Saphir will also do the trick. In the military we use Kiwi because #1 it's all we have, and #2 it gives us the best shot at a high-gloss shine. We also will sometimes use a lighter and lightly and quickly melt the polish a little- then cold water and buff. There are lots of videos on how to bull up your shoes on You Tube if that is your desire. But for healthy shoes that will make it through your party years Kiwi will be fine.
Cedar shoe trees, a horsehair brush and some polish. That should be all you need.
The other posters were right, Chatre should have reviewed all of the information in the shoe care thread, all of this info is in there.. To the advice you provided I would note that the wax should be used very lightly on areas where the shoe creases as it will crack when the shoe is being worn normally.Quote:
I'm assuming there is a seam and that is what he is measuring to. Otherwise if that is not the case, I am not sure how it could be different from the front and back.post #25488 of 2936912/28/13 at 10:16amQuote:Originally Posted by Churchill W
The other posters were right, Chatre should have reviewed all of the information in the shoe care thread, all of this info is in there.. To the advice you provided I would note that the wax should be used very lightly on areas where the shoe creases as it will crack when the shoe is being worn normally.
I'm assuming there is a seam and that is what he is measuring to. Otherwise if that is not the case, I am not sure how it could be different from the front and back.
There are loads of other shoe care bits to learn and employ- but to answer the OPs question on how to make a average pair of shoes bulletproof- some basic polish should do the trick. Of course there are repellants and other methods- mink oil, etc, but I'm not a huge fan of these products and what they can do to finer shoes. Booze galoshes might be ok with some mink oil I guess.post #25489 of 2936912/28/13 at 1:42pmpost #25490 of 2936912/28/13 at 2:24pmQuote:
It's logical that you would want more fabric at belly then on the back, isn't it?post #25491 of 2936912/28/13 at 4:07pm
I want to use this tie by Drake's - a purple grenadine tie: http://www.drakes-london.com/online-shop/ties/grenadine/untipped-woven-large-knot-grenadine-solid-8cm-silk-tie-5987
I'm also quite bent on using it with my navy suit, but for shirt; white or light blue? I think maybe the light blue is a better match, but my dress shirt is a much better fit than the light blue one. (getting a new light blue from Luxire shortly, but not in time for NYE)
And secondly - can a purple tie be in (relatively) good taste? I bought the tie without really thinking about how to use it, I just loved the shade of purple and the texture of the tie, and as a result I haven't used it once. It's a quite modest purple, but still I often think it's a bit "too much".post #25492 of 2936912/28/13 at 5:47pmpost #25493 of 2936912/28/13 at 6:02pmpost #25494 of 2936912/28/13 at 6:20pm
You can have shirts darted. I think that's what you're asking for. It'll take the excess fabric and dart it.
Like so:post #25495 of 2936912/28/13 at 7:40pmpost #25496 of 2936912/28/13 at 8:18pmpost #25497 of 2936912/28/13 at 8:21pmpost #25498 of 2936912/28/13 at 11:49pmpost #25499 of 2936912/29/13 at 6:50am
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