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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. paskaldjay

    paskaldjay Active Member

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    I found that Renovateur in France (Country of Origin) sold for about 11-12 Eu. Collonil 1909 Lotion (COO Germany) sold for about 10-11 Eu, much more like the Reno. & other Collonil products (The premium one) priced same as the Saphir too. By this comparison in price, could we assume that quality of shoe care products not absolutely crowned to Saphir alone? There's a lot of good quality care too in other part of the world, not only in France :p
     
  2. sdolina

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    Okay, now i'm prepared for some hand job. Don't know what to start with...

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  3. edmorel

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    interesting, most people use hand lotion/vaseline etc. Hopefully that stuff you are using won't burn.
     
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  4. sdolina

    sdolina Well-Known Member

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    You got the idea right [​IMG]
     
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  5. hendrix

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    Whatever you do, don't try tanning lotion. That was a beginner's mistake back when I was 14. Some might say I was caught orange handed.
     
  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    I stopped putting as much stuff on my shoes. I think it is better for them.
     
  7. ThatGuy

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    They are mostly cow hide, or calf leathers. She has some nice shoes i n calf and others in patent.

    I'm planning on giving my shoes a thorough cleaning and then working on spit shining them. I can see that shoe care can take up a lot of one's time, but it is highly relaxing.
     
  8. ErikW

    ErikW Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a pair of suede bucks and I need to grab some suede care cleaner, etc. I was looking at the Saphir products and they have a bunch of different suede care products. Anyone have any recommendations on which one I should buy?
     
  9. Gdot

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    The best line of defense with white or dirty bucks is the gommadin eraser. You can buy the equivilent suede eraser (lesser brand) at any cobbler or Nordstrom.

    I would also recommend using the protector spray.

    I would not use the spray on cleaner.
     
  10. Gdot

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    I wouldn't use saddle soap on those handbags without knowing more about them. Definitely not on patent leather.
     
  11. ErikW

    ErikW Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know where I can buy the suede protector? Can't find any in stock... Is there another brand?
     
  12. rokr32

    rokr32 Active Member

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    I got both of these for my suede loafers the other day at Clarks..

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    thing is, i still don't know when to apply either one :p
     
  13. Gdot

    Gdot Well-Known Member

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    apply the spray protector now (assuming the shoes are clean).

    Brush lightly after wearing. Use the 'eraser' on any stains or dirty spots that turn up.

    Enjoy!
     
  14. kirbya

    kirbya Well-Known Member

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    Use the suede & nubuck brush to brush out the suede before and after wearing. It is like vacuuming carpet. Makes the suede look nicer by "fluffing" the fibers. The gummy texture also helps remove dirt.

    Spray the protector on at a distance of 12 to 18 inches. Highly suggest doing this outside. Once you see that water drops no longer form, re-spray the shoes. Should help protect against water and, in theory, stains.

    If you shoes *really* get dirty, wash them in the sink. Use a brush and a tiny bit of soap to remove dirt. Allow to dry. Brush, then spray.

    Good luck!
     
  15. rokr32

    rokr32 Active Member

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    thanks for the tips guys! so the spray protector i just spray anytime?
     
  16. Gdot

    Gdot Well-Known Member

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    It's a 'preventative' measure - spray them while they are new and clean to prevent future staining. ????Reapply every six months or so?????
     
  17. rokr32

    rokr32 Active Member

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    ah ok. Now i understand. Thanks so much :)
     
  18. fritzl

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    almost. depending on your wearing habits every second or third wear. much better.
     
  19. kirbya

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    Reapply once water stops balling when it hits the leather. This means that the waterproofing has worn off.



    Agreed.
     
  20. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kirby,

    I've enjoyed the Saphir products you carry.

    Question for you: Is there a point to buying NEUTRAL colored Saphir cream polish for black shoes? My goal is just to get a good shine. I currently already possess the Renovateur and a neutral color Saphir wax polish.
     

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