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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. PapaRubbery

    PapaRubbery Well-Known Member

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    Don't know how you guys are struggling shining your shooz

    I brush, renovatuer, let dry for like 10-15min, brush hard, dampen a cloth, half a pea-sized polish and a spray of water, rub it in circles, and then repeat until mirror. Easy.
     
  2. LonerMatt

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    Lots of SW bros wear tights under shorts. Common enough.
     
  3. Oli2012

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    Tbh I've never done a mirror shine.

    I just give my shoes a lick of conditioner when they need it.
     
  4. ryanohare

    ryanohare Well-Known Member

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    A guide to 'shoeshine products for beginners' would be nice if somebody could be arsed...
     
  5. fxh

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    I have a Garry Nelson come to my house and do my shoes each week. He brings a female in panty hose.
     
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  6. Oli2012

    Oli2012 Well-Known Member

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    Btw I just bought a Seiko Sub

    [​IMG]
     
  7. fxh

    fxh Well-Known Member

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    Set up sophisticated shoe care kit.**

    Get one large ice cream container - empty - tear one old white cotton T shirt into 4 pieces.
    Buy cheap shoe brush from supermarket.
    Buy tubes of Collinol with sponge top/applicator, in 3 or 4 basic colours, (mid brown, dark brown, black, burgundy/mahogany), apply to shoes, in various combinations as mood takes you.
    Brush to dull shine, wear shoes.
    Buy BIG tube of WAPRO leather furniture conditioner - slather on shoes every 3 months or so and leave for 24 hours before brushing off.
    If you have suede shoes.
    Buy tin of suede spray-on protector - spray on before wearing first time and every few months afterwards.
    Buy or purloin from child a soft white rubber/eraser to remove stains.
    Pinch soft pumice stone from a beauty kit to remove stains.
    Use old stiff tooth brush to brush up suede.

    Most important: Spread newspaper on kitchen table to perform the cleaning every couple of weeks or so.


    Note: this will not necessarily impress people or make a good photo on a menswear tumblr. But it will cost very little and look after you shoes as well as anything more expensive.

    ** it is assumed that, unless you are a total idiot, you will have Topy on shoes sole unless they are rubber or Dainite.
     
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  8. JohnsNotHere

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    Guilty as charged. More of a lurker these days.
     
  9. ovlov

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    If you follow one of the million add links around here to the hangar project the have a very comprehensive guide to shoeshining and the use for all their different products. That's how I taught myself. They only sell sapphir though so starting out with their gear will be pretty pricey.

    http://www.hangerproject.com/shoe-care-guide/basic-shoe-care-guide/

    There you go
     
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  10. smeggett

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    A couple of photo's in today's Government Gazette outlining the process for making of RMW boots - thought Oli might be interested if he hasn't seen it already!

    Here...

    Oh, and a loooong story about the business and a cash injection from LVMH...
     
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  11. ryanohare

    ryanohare Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to all for the shoecare replies. Much appreciated.
     
  12. nabilmust

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  13. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Well-Known Member

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    "...The pair put mutton fat in the soles — a practice that continued until the late 1970s — to condition the boots, which were made to last for months in the Australian bush without repair. They were intended to be worn without socks (just some baby powder on the feet), mainly because ringers couldn’t afford them and didn’t have time to darn or sew."
     
  14. TimelessMan

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  15. tchoy

    tchoy Well-Known Member

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    Nice article Andrew! The internal works on Bijan's jackets are simply a work of art.
     
  16. Thanasi

    Thanasi Well-Known Member

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    With the sales now on at David Jones - is Anthony Squires considered a quality suit?
     
  17. Oli2012

    Oli2012 Well-Known Member

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    Overpriced, no canvas lining and blocky. The colour range is boring even by my standards.

    You could do worse though.
     
  18. thebrownman

    thebrownman Well-Known Member

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    What's worse than your standards?

    Jokes. But experiment a little. YOLO, or whatever..
     
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