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

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

  1. patrick_b

    patrick_b Well-Known Member

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    I use a cut/ripped up old cotton undershirt. I get a dozen or so strips out of each tee. The call was about an hour long :) (more below).



    I got to thinking about Gdot's comment and wondered if there may be something I'm doing differently than the tutorials I see online. The RMW boots took 2-3 coats of wax.

    When I originally started polishing my shoes, I would simply apply a coat of wax until it hazed up and let it dry for a few minutes before brushing and buffing with a clean, dry cloth. The difference today is that I continue rubbing in the polish for several minutes before brushing. The polishing cloth will dry up and the toe starts to develop a shine before brushing & buffing.

    To start, I apply a drop or two of water onto a clean section of cloth (strip of old cotton undershirt), dip the damp section of polishing cloth into the tin of kiwi wax then apply the polish to the shoe in small circles. I continue to apply the small circles with the same section of cloth for several (5+) minutes without adding more wax. By the 3-4 minute mark, the cloth is no longer damp and there's very little wax polish left on the cloth. Again, the leather starts to develop a dull shine.

    I'll then take a clean section of cloth and start the process again (before brushing), i.e., dampen with a drop or two of water and apply a second coat of wax and continue polishing in small circles until there's virtually no moisture or wax left on the cloth. Note, I still have not brushed or buffed yet. I probably get 3 coats after 15-20 minutes (before touching a brush to the shoe). At that point, I let the polish dry for a minute or two (if necessary), then brush with horsehair brush and buff & polish with the microfiber cloth. Depending on how it looks at that point, I may start applying more layers or leave it as is.

    I found this youtube video referring to "bulling" a shoe which is pretty close to what I'm doing.



     
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  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    A lot of you people really need to read the fucking thread before posting questions.
     
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  3. b1os

    b1os Well-Known Member

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    Just noticed these black marks on my shoes. Is it possible too large shoe trees caused them? If not, what did? They're on both shoes.
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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    I'm not really sure what I am looking at here, but whatever it is it is probably not caused by shoe trees.
     
  5. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    Patrick_b

    Those RM's look great. Looks like a very high quality batch of yearling on those. Many don't like them highly polished. On heavy duty models I agree, but on trimmer models (screwed sole especially) I like a bit of sparkle.

    Your post has me thinking about another pair :embar:

    Lear
     
  6. Lear

    Lear Well-Known Member

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    While we're getting into obsessive detail regarding shoe care: here's what I use for polishing/mirroring Saphir wax polish. I perfectly understand that for decades the favourite has been old t-shirts, handkerchiefs etc. However, this slightly softer/fluffier stuff works for me:

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    I purchase a metre at the department store haberdasher. It's the stuff that comes on a wide metre roll. Don't know its proper name, although another SF member says it's called molton, I wrongly call it felt. Anyway, just look for the stuff that closely resembles shoe bag material (but thinner). The thicker stuff I found to absorb too much water. I stay away from darker colour, in case it bleeds onto light coloured shoes (no proof of this though).

    Remember: all posts on this subject describe what is essentially a very simple procedure. To physically show someone would take but a few minutes. It isn't a long drawn out process, nor does it take more than a couple of minutes each week. Your other option is to simply do as 99% of the population: throw a thick layer of cheap brand wax onto the shoe and brush for thirty seconds. That's been good enough for keeping mankind neat and tidy for the last fifty years.

    Lear (please forgive my obsessiveness on this subject)
     
  7. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    It's not likely to be caused by shoe trees. And only slightly darker/black on the very outside edge of the shoe upper. Did you put this pair in between two pairs of black shoes?

     
  8. patrick_b

    patrick_b Well-Known Member

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    "please forgive my obsessiveness on this subject"...it was an inspiration for me :) It was the pics of your RMW boots with the mirror shine that got me to start trying for a better shine than what I was getting at airports and in hotels while traveling.

    I use cut up t-shirts to apply the wax polish but found that the thin microfiber cloths used for car polishing do a great job buffing the shoe after brushing.

    Edited to add:

    It was these images that started me on my quest for a mirror shine on my RMW's. Images courtesy of Lear.

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  9. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Picked this up in Japan......made by a Japanese cordovan tanner Shinki Hikaku, otherwise known as the Japanese Horween

    The stuff is actually odorless (whew!), and using my fingers, it applies very smoothly on my shell shoes.


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  10. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    The Abbeyhorn Leather Stick! Why use a deerhorn anymore :D

    Works wonder in conjunction with horseoil wax. I lube the surface (of the shell) prior, and the bullet shape is actually quite functional in rubbing the scuffs off by conforming to the curves of the shoes.

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  11. hendrix

    hendrix Well-Known Member

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    looks like one of those mini vibrators...
     
  12. NAMOR

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    I fucked myself in the ass. How, you ask? Well, ill tell you how. Introducing...

     
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    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    genuine oxhorn ass-plug by Abbeyhorn. good for other uses too
     
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    haaa, this is awesome. Where did you get this? and for how much? Dont tell me you paid $.99 and $3.99 shipping. I happened to pay pay $35 for my deerboner :fu:
     
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    sinnedk Well-Known Member

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    LMAO what the hell is this for
     
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    Is there any way to make distressed/sandblasted leather a bit more shiny?
     
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    shoe polish or a leather conditioner. I like Saphir
     
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  18. UrbanComposition

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    Interested in this as well. I hate scuffs on my cordovan, but don't want to rub the hell out of it.

    And I've seen the deer bone, but then think, WTF? Deer bone?!?
     
  19. patrick_b

    patrick_b Well-Known Member

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    I promise that this will be the last of my "here's what I accomplished during my Friday conference call" posts. With that said, here's what I accomplished during my Friday conference call today.

    The AE Kenilworth is a new Fall 2011 model. I picked them up this week at the Freeport, ME AE outlet while traveling for business. I took advantage of the "Rediscover America" sale which was 15% off factory 2nd price. I also bought a small travel shoe care kit containing a small horsehair brush, 2 horsehair daubers, polishing cloths and 2 jars of the AE branded wax polish (not the tubes of cream). While in my hotel, I applied a couple coats of the AE wax. Those initial coats looked better than right out of the box however, without my cloths, brushes, etc. in my shine kit at home, results were less than stellar.

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    I figured I'd have at 'em when I got home for the week so this morning, while listening to another hour long conf call, I applied ~3 coats of regular ole brown Kiwi wax, using the 'bulling' method I outlined above. I tried the same thing while in the hotel but I didn't have my preferred cheapie microfiber polishing cloths or my BIG horsehair brushes. When I have all my 'stuff', they came out like this:

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    I liked the burnishing/antiquing on the toe. It's apparent when new but it really pops when you get a few coats of wax on it. The transition area is much less evident in person than in the above images. In any event, I'm liking these even more now that they are adequately shiny. Perhaps there's something about the droning voice of my senior VP of sales that allows me to get in the perfect rhythm to shine my shoes :). I'll have to thank him one day.
     
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  20. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    Looks fantastic. You should get the heel counters too.
     
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