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

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

  1. Gilmour

    Gilmour Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for this information benhour
     
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    When you don't care about your Carminas, Carmina shell boots no less, you've lost your way.

    That said, I'm glad your repairs were successful.
     
  3. mymil

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    Are you trying to change the color of a pair of SHELL cordovan shoes? Or cordovan-colored calf? Because if they're shell, stripping them with renomat or another solvent is probably NOT a good idea. Shell doesn't really take pigment, and most people would say you shouldn't use regularly-formulated cream polishes on it. I don't think there's an advisable method for changing the color of shell, except for getting a pair in a different color.
     
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    have a pair of church's oxfords i picked up from a friend. pretty bad, dry creasing on the left shoe and was wondering if there are recommendations i can do to improve it. i've tried using some of the repair cream from saphir but doesn't help too much.

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  5. patrickBOOTH

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    You can condition them often to try and slow down further damage, but cracks like that only get worse.
     
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    Looks like corrected grain/low quality leather as well as a bit too small, so it will probably don't get better.
     
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    I did my best to search for this already, but please excuse if this question has been beat to death: I feel good about my strategy for polishing my dress shoes, but what do you all do for cleaning your more casual leather shoes and boots? I have a pair of the W&H/Dayton service boots and some Clarks desert boots that I've worn into the ground. I use Obenauf's LP, but they need some good cleaning first (basically some stains, and spots). The service boots are in good shape, it's the Clarks that look like crap right now. Any suggestions for cleaning them before using conditioner?
     
  8. Gilmour

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    Thanks for your input mymil
    They are Shell Cordovan, I do not have them yet they are second hand, but yes I was hoping that I could introduce some Red to the dark Brown color but if it can not be done simply then I shall most likely leave them as they are and just use the Saphir Cordovan(71) color pigmented polish cream on them periodically in the hope that over time they may take on hints of red into the dark Brown
     
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    When you refuse to change a tire out of fear of damaging your shoes, you've lost your way. :fence:
     
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  10. mymil

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    Regular cream polishes are not recommended for shell. If you're talking about the cordovan-colored shell cordovan cream polish, that should be fine. But I don't think you're going to get the effect you want.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I've seen Horween say no to Lexol on shell... In fact I think it was followed by multiple exclamation points.
     
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    Received my shells today, and WOW, I NEED MORE SHELL! I started with brushing for about 10 minutes, then some saphir, and then more brushing; and they now look beautiful. I stayed away from lexol due to the uncertainty, only used some on the sole. Horween has said both; that it may be used and that it may not be used, but I'm waiting for my neutral saphir shell cordovan cream instead.
     
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    Wow. Well done!
     
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    I don't think that's Nick Horween, though... Is it? Why would he be linking to B. Nelson?
     
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    100% correct, sorry for the mixup. No lexol on shell then!
     
  18. Gilmour

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    Cheers

    Yes i was talking about the Cordovan cream polish and also the Cordovan color [​IMG]
     
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    So here is a shoe care question:

    Pulled a shoe tree out of my favorite Cheaney's (purchased new from Herring's) and was met with a big green puff of mold. This recently started and I took to wiping down the inside with an alcohol soaked rag prior to treeing. I also stopped treeing after taking them off and began treeing them the next morning. I also wipe down the trees which is killing the ceder smell.

    After a month, none of this has helped much and the footbed looks like a forest.

    I usually have a three day shoe rotation, never wearing the same shoe twice in a row, they are treed and I don't have a moisture problem in my house.

    And yes, I wash both my socks and feet daily. Sometimes twice. And have no issues with my feet.

    Oxygen bleach is out, will dissolve the leather (been there with a pair of Church's quarter brogues last year, I cried. They had the same problem). Alcohol will most likely remove tannins and salts making the leather more brittle over time. Tried bleaching some thrifted shoes in a mild chlorine bleach soak (learned from the church's) and (again) disolved the shoes.

    Thankfully, my Aldens have been wonderfully free of complaint.

    Is there a fix to this? I'm running it of money to buy new shoes and never had this happen to my cheap Timberlands I wore every day in highschool.
     
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    Is it only one this one pair? I imagine it's possible that the the leather was insufficiently or improperly tanned, so it wasn't appropriately preserved.
     

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