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

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

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Well-Known Member

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    horses for courses.
     
  2. fritzl

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    i'm sorry for your experience. nvm.
     
  3. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    Re: slipping ,

    I find that even now, with rubber dove-tailed toplifts that the shoes are slippery, until I scuff up the sole (most often on purpose)

    I was just curious why flushed metal heel taps are not done, considering all the other extraneous pimpering that are done (sole edge dressing, polishing/conditioning soles....etc)
     
  4. patrickBOOTH

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    Why don't we metal plate the entire bottom of the shoes?
     
  5. joiji

    joiji Well-Known Member

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    Just going to leave this here partick.
     
  6. Wrighty

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    HI all

    I am new to the forum and shoe care, but have recently purchased a pair of brown Church's brogues (S/H) and begun to restore/polish them.

    1. Renomat
    2. Reno
    3. Saphir brown cream x 3
    4. Saphir MDO brown wax

    In trying to shine the toe caps I keep hitting up against the same issue (see photo) of a damp stain / patch appearing on applying polish. Even with no water, the polish still seems to make the dark mark. I waited for it to dry overnight and tried again - same thing happened.

    Can anybody advise whats happening here and what my best course of action is to get a mirror shine.

    I would also appreciate any input on what this leather is - I am assuming calf but if its polished binder that may explain?

    Thanks..
     
  7. patrickBOOTH

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    See what I mean? This is every 10 posts.
     
  8. Wrighty

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    How has this been answered 40 million times?

    Just looking for some advice, and thought this was the place I was most likely to get it..

    To date I've read 168 pages of this thread but certainly haven't seen anything along these lines.

    Sorry to have bothered you.
     
  9. BrizzleCizzle

    BrizzleCizzle Well-Known Member

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    Ignore all of that. You're in the right place. At least you did some reading. I'm not a shoe care expert, but I had a damp rough patch work itself up when I was doing a pair once, I had to switch away from the polish and go straight to saphir wax for the mirror shine. Try getting the shoe back to base level. Light reno. ONE coat of polish, just for color, and then use the wax+water technique for your shine. If i'm reading you right, the patch comes up from the polish portion. So cut that part out, at least down to only one coat, and see what you get. It's important to not put too much stuff on at once, you CAN overdo it if you keep thinking your starting over by going back to reno, but aren't getting the built up layers off... it's asking for trouble. So try that: light reno, one polish, wax+water technique the rest of the way to the shine.
     
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  10. patrickBOOTH

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    I am saying search the thread. Everything he needs is in this thread.
     
  11. BrizzleCizzle

    BrizzleCizzle Well-Known Member

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    I won't disagree with that. But if he's lost, I can appreciate asking for help.
     
  12. Gerry

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    Typically that kind of stain can be caused by using to much water in an effort to create a spit shine but as you say this happens when you use no water it may be a different cause or the water you previously used has not been allowed dry out properly. I would use the reno on the offending toe cap and let it dry out completly (at least 24hrs). Then apply very light coats of the wax checking that the stain is not reappearing.
     
  13. Wrighty

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    Many thanks..

    In fact I may have been misleading in my description. It's when I apply the wax that the marks appear. Initially I used a little water with it, then thinking that was the issue, tonight I tried again after a nights drying with only wax and no water. The result was the same however, with whatever moisture is in the wax making a damp mark.

    I was tring to avoid a re- start, but will do so if needs be....just not sure what do do differently as I was very careful to clean all finish off and start from scratch last time round.
     
  14. Wrighty

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    FYI I have spent three days trying to find the answer in this thread before posting...

    Care to point me to it?
     
  15. Wrighty

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    Thanks, will give that's go...

    At 45 deg outside now at 7pm I reckon it should dry pretty quickly ;-)
     
  16. Wrighty

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    Don't know how I missed it, lots to learn still...
     
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    goodlensboy Well-Known Member

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    hahahahaa, well said
     
  19. goodlensboy

    goodlensboy Well-Known Member

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    Some1 should think about organizing the info in this thread better

    its getting difficult to find exact info in the big thread - who can read 100 pages for an answer
     
  20. mymil

    mymil Well-Known Member

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    They key to learning how to shine your shoes is to shine your shoes. Assuming you've already read all 191 (and counting) pages of this thread.
     
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