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Thanks for the shout out, PS, but I'm not in the same league as Christian and Gerry. They are shoe shine monsters smile.gif

My shine is the Amaro filter on Instagram. I use Hefe for food to get maximum nutrition. Perhaps we could share Instagram filters? I'm not sure I'm getting maximum shine...
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Ps. Spent a good hour on PS's tumblr this evening passing time. The 170+ pages is a treasure trove of menswear. It's a carefully curated selection and having met with Mr. PS a few times now, I'm beginning to notice how I perceive his tumblr reflects his sense of dress, if that makes sense. Anyway, hope the others here look at it - I certainly enjoy it.
post #30168 of 53666
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Guys I know I'm a massive pest, but I've got some questions regarding shoe care and am having trouble finding answers. 

1) What are the 'must reads' on polishing/conditioning shoes? What stuff do I need and where am I best to order it?

2) I'm unhappy with the shade of my shoe. Originally I wanted a dark brown, but went a chestnut because that was all they had. Is there any way for me to darken my shoes a shade or two?

 

Pink Socks did a good job explaining, I don't like a super high shine on my calf from day to day, so tend to skip the wax step, or just add one coat to toe/heel for some protection/glow. 

 

In regards to changing colour, long term you can impart significant amounts of colour with polish, and control where the colour is/how it blends as it's a slower process. A quick change is dye, but this tends to tricky unless you're dying black. You might have to practice some first.

post #30169 of 53666

Thanks a tonne pink and joiji :)

I'll have to message gerry when he gets back!

Quick question - do you have a favourite site to order from? should I get a wax and cream or just a cream?

post #30170 of 53666
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Thanks a tonne pink and joiji :)

I'll have to message gerry when he gets back!

Quick question - do you have a favourite site to order from? should I get a wax and cream or just a cream?

 

If you can justify the shipping cost I've used Valmour in the past with good results. If you're wanting to dip your toe, so to speak, Double Monk stocks most of Saphir's line, think this was noted above. 

 

I'd get  cleaner, conditioner, cream, and a neutral wax if you aren't sure. Ideally you want a decent range of waxes because you can glaze different colours ontop of each other to add hues, but I'd start with neutral ontop of same-colour-cream for a while.

post #30171 of 53666

This weeks specials from Huddersfield Cloth are up on the Affiliate Thread.

 

In this weeks there is a very nice navy "Cool Wool" that's worth a look at

post #30172 of 53666
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Ps. Spent a good hour on PS's tumblr this evening passing time. The 170+ pages is a treasure trove of menswear. It's a carefully curated selection and having met with Mr. PS a few times now, I'm beginning to notice how I perceive his tumblr reflects his sense of dress, if that makes sense. Anyway, hope the others here look at it - I certainly enjoy it.

He be creepin'
post #30173 of 53666
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Guys I know I'm a massive pest, but I've got some questions regarding shoe care and am having trouble finding answers. 


1) What are the 'must reads' on polishing/conditioning shoes? What stuff do I need and where am I best to order it?


2) I'm unhappy with the shade of my shoe. Originally I wanted a dark brown, but went a chestnut because that was all they had. Is there any way for me to darken my shoes a shade or two?

If we are talking RM's here leave them out in the sun for a bit to soften them up and make them more absorbent and then apply Oakwood Leather Conditioner and leave to dry in the sun. I have used this method to darken on oak bark tanned belt with good results. Another method is to apply a Collonil self shine in a darker shade or another quality brand of polish.
post #30174 of 53666
Like Rob and Nabil, I too am experimenting with a less spread collar (from cottonwork for me) after the great tearing of 2013 (I've torn 4 shirts under the arms in as many weeks). So with measurements changed I'm pretty happy with this. This is the semi-cutaway with the softest interlining, but I think for the next batch i'll see if I can get them to add 1.5cm more tie space at the button and also lengthen the points by 1cm.


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Coat: Herringbone Sydney
Shirt: Cottonwork oxford stripe
Tie: Henry Carter Navy Cashmere knit
Trousers: Benjamin
Shoes: Carmina Burgundy derby
post #30175 of 53666
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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

If you can justify the shipping cost I've used Valmour in the past with good results. If you're wanting to dip your toe, so to speak, Double Monk stocks most of Saphir's line, think this was noted above. 

I'd get  cleaner, conditioner, cream, and a neutral wax if you aren't sure. Ideally you want a decent range of waxes because you can glaze different colours ontop of each other to add hues, but I'd start with neutral ontop of same-colour-cream for a while.

Valmour are great, particularly if you are ordering a lot as they have a "degressive" pricing policy, where the price of an individual item decreases if you buy more of that item. It applies to all colours of a particular item so if you order 10 tins of polish in different colours, you still get the discount. It works best for a group buy, of course.

Shipping is, however, expensive, which is also why a group buy is good - shipping glass jars of shoe cream from Europe isn't cheap!

Another place to get Saphir Medaille d'Or products is Torquato, which is another Euro site. I'm not sure of their shipping costs. A Fine Pair of Shoes in the UK also sells Saphir, and The Hanger Project in the US sells it too, but the latter is a bit too expensive, as far as I can see.

I'm not sure if Double Monk in Melbourne has an online store as yet, but if not, I suppose that you could always try phoning them to see if they can post some Saphir stuff to you.

Get some of the following:

- Saphir Medaille d'Or cream

- Saphir pate de luxe Medaille d'Or shoe polish

- Saphir Renovateur leather renovator


Some people also recommend getting some Renomat but I'd be careful about using it as some leathers (such as those used by C&J) don't take well to it.
post #30176 of 53666
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Originally Posted by Henry Carter View Post

Like Rob and Nabil, I too am experimenting with a less spread collar (from cottonwork for me) after the great tearing of 2013 (I've torn 4 shirts under the arms in as many weeks). So with measurements changed I'm pretty happy with this. This is the semi-cutaway with the softest interlining, but I think for the next batch i'll see if I can get them to add 1.5cm more tie space at the button and also lengthen the points by 1cm.


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Coat: Herringbone Sydney
Shirt: Cottonwork oxford stripe
Tie: Henry Carter Navy Cashmere knit
Trousers: Benjamin
Shoes: Carmina Burgundy derby

HC, that's one very nice jacket mate, really impressed.
post #30177 of 53666
Some al fresco fits:




Herringbone suit, RLPL Keaton shirt with Oroton silver and mother of pearl links, Bvlgari tie, C&J Hallams.

Not sure if the grey with pale orange is too washed out...

Also, uploading mobile pix is not working for me so well today: either they're tiny or distorted...
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Yeah always a popular one. Herringbone from a few years ago (the good old days). I think Thebrownman and journeyman have the same coat also off memory. It came with suede patches on the elbow which I removed to make it a bit more versatile.
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I can confirm that Double Monk are happy to accept phone orders and post them.
 

post #30180 of 53666
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Originally Posted by Henry Carter View Post

Yeah always a popular one. Herringbone from a few years ago (the good old days). I think Thebrownman and journeyman have the same coat also off memory. It came with suede patches on the elbow which I removed to make it a bit more versatile.

Close! I've got an even older one (four or five years back) that was (from memory) made by Ring Jacket in Japan. It didn't have the suede elbow patches but has somewhat unusual, self-fabric patches on the elbows.

I noticed the other day that Herringbone has a new version in their Autumn-Winter range, made in Italy this time, so they've now done at least three versions of the grey, herringbone-weave jacket - which makes sense, as it's a great jacket that looks fantastic with a pair of navy trousers.

How did you manage to tear your shirts under the armholes, by the way? It sounds like the sort of sartorial problem that the Incredible Hulk would encounter!
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