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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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    When they were still fairly new, I used wax to give them a mirror toe but decided against keeping them that way as it made them harder to dress down. It's certainly possible but IMO shell looks better with very little wax. Just my opinion of course.

    I didn't strip the wax from that little experiment last fall so its certainly possible that there is still a fair amount of wax on the cap. I applied a couple coats of Renovateur (which certainly removed some wax) and then brushed the mirror away. In present condition (as shown in the apron images above) they now work well with a SC and wool trousers and chinos or denim.



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  2. Lear

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    Patrick_b & Gerry Nelson: I now feel it doesn't work for chelsea boots. You end up with too much of a strict dividing line between between wrinkled and smooth leather. Also, on those black pics above, the rest of the boot is simply too dry to contrast well. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, it was merely an experiment. However, I very much like the way Crat manages a fading/blending in of the mirror on just the tip of the toecap. Nice :slayer:

    The whiskey RMW boots (same treatment) are now back to having just RMW saddle dressing. Not a drop of hard or soft wax. I like the look of sunlight + heat on bare leather. You see, it isn't all about mirror shining.

    Having said that, I like the look of a mirrored cap-toe. That simple row of stitches gives my eager finger permission to shine. The pics of Patrick_b's Alden boots are some of the best in this thread. Shiny or matt, they're Great.

    Off-topic: That's it, I've given up on wearing fine leather in salty/slushy conditions. This is where corrected grain shines. I have a pair of ugly Mephisto shoes that seem impervious to this corrosive stuff. Give them a quick swipe of Danner shoe gunk and I'm ready to go. I'll post some nightmare inducing pics.

    Lear (heading down the Vass/Carmina cordovan route)
     
  3. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that Patrick. I might put a little on the DCL's but I'll leave the Aldens alone
     
  4. patrick_b

    patrick_b Well-Known Member

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    Lear,
    I couldn't agree more. I remember stopping by a shine booth at the airport in DC many years ago and the guy produced an amazing mirror shine on my black calf cap toe shoes. At the time, I thought one needed a lifetime of experience to replicate such a great shine. I think what you showed me in those early attempts with the RMW boots was that a mirror polish was attainable by the average joe. It just takes a little knowledge, a lot of work and even more trial and error.

    Upon starting this journey I wanted to mirror polish everything. I put a close-to-mirror toe on both of my yearling RMW Craftsman boots. I would have tried to mirror polish our dog if he'd stay still long enough.

    For reference: Brutus the dog

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    Like a kid playing with a new toy, I went a bit overboard. However, all that experimenting was the trial and error that eventually showed me what works and what doesn't. My RMW boots now get the occasional coat of RMW's leather conditioner. I prefer the matte finish a lot of my shoes, including dress shoes. I have three pair of shell shoes & boots in the rotation and find they look their best with very little product. They get plenty of *care* just minimal products. Brush 99% of the time and Renovateur only if they need it.

    The mirror has its place and when done right it can really stand out. IMO, a shoe like these inexpensive AE bluchers are a good candidate for the mirror toe.

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  5. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Well-Known Member

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    Stunning. A museum quality shine. Almost just makes you want to not wear them.
     
  6. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Well-Known Member

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    Very handsome apron. I picked up this one from Filson and finds that it also works well. It doesn't look nearly as good as yours, though.


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  7. DrZeus

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    I prefer one of these baby's
     
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  8. Lear

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    @ Patrick_B: RMW Saddle Dressing is great stuff. I swear that once 'baked' onto natural looking leather gives a nice aged look. You retain all that lovely grain with a slight patina to boot. Any creases - problematic when covered in hard wax - simply create even more character. I've taken to leaving out the purpose bought RMW boot trees. Anything for more character.

    Give the Saddle Dressing a try on your more casual footwear. More like a hard butter than Renovateur, but tastes disgusting on toast.

    Nice dog. Where have all the cute cuddly dogs in London gone?

    Lear
     
  9. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have an opinion on how La Cordonnerie Anglaise and Saphir Renovator Creams compare to each other?
     
  10. GothamRed

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    I believe LCA creams are just rebranded Saphir.
     
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  11. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    @RedDevil10: Thank you. [​IMG]

    Another question if I may guys:

    I've got a pair of Loake Victor in tan
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    Would the Light Brown Saphir Pommadier Cream be ok for these or should I go for the neutral version instead?

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    GothamRed Well-Known Member

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  13. OzzyJones

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    Passable shine in the wild
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  14. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Well-Known Member

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    I think that's more than just passable ...
     
  15. OzzyJones

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    Thanks! They're pretty new and are only now starting to take polish properly
     
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    More lovely goop. It's like a thick grease. Comes out as very dark (almost black) blue. Dries as black. Perfect for corrected grain and other horrible snow/slush shoes.

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  17. tcideneb

    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    Hi, question on polishing brushes. Does one need a separate brush to clean and remove excess cream? So basically 2 brushes for each coloured shoe? Or is it ok to use the same brush to clean / remove dirt and to remove excess cream?

    Thank you
     
  18. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    I have three stiff brushes uses to wipe off dirt and debris and three horsehair brushes for buffing. One set for black, one set for mid colored shoes, and one set for light color shoes.

    Honestly speaking, you shouldn't need separate sets of brushes for dark brown, oxblood, and vintage rosewood shoes...
     
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  19. nickrut

    nickrut Well-Known Member

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    How much more effective is something like Saphir Reno than a Leather Lotion from Allen Edmonds? I know that's tough to answer, but if Saphir is like a 10, what would the AE rank? Trying to decide if it's worth the price hike. Then again, for what I'm paying for shoes, probably so.
     
  20. OzzyJones

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    I wonder about this too. I like the Reno but at what point does the cost/benefit ratio start going off? I do find it funny though when people will happily drop hundreds per pair on shoes but balk at a tiny fraction of that for the stuff to help make sure they last
     

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