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

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

  1. ZMEH

    ZMEH Active Member

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    Hey guys, any quick remedy for these "colour runs" on my Alden cape cods?

    Thanks!

    [​IMG]
     
  2. BattlePope

    BattlePope Member

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    So, I'm going to pull the trigger on some shoe care products for my AE Park Avenue's in black. They are worn pretty infrequently (i.e. weddings, funerals, etc.) but would still like to care for them so they last a while. So far, my plan is to get:

    http://www.amazon.com/Meltonian-Cre...UTF8&qid=1374615229&sr=8-1&keywords=Meltonian

    http://www.amazon.com/Lexol-1013-Le...=1374615616&sr=8-2&keywords=lexol+conditioner

    http://www.amazon.com/Kiwi-100%-Hor...F8&qid=1374615631&sr=1-1&keywords=shine+brush

    Do I need anything else? My order of use would be:

    1) Wipe shoes down with shirt.
    2) Apply conditioner with shirt.
    3) Let conditioner sit for a few hours.
    4) Wipe off excess with dry shirt.
    5) Apply Meltonian cream to shoe with shirt.
    6) Wipe off excess with shirt.
    7) Buff shoes with horsehair brush.

    Does that process/methodology look okay? Is there anything else I should be doing? Once again, these are shoes that are worn very sparingly so I'm going to avoid a wax polish. Thoughts?
     
  3. benhour

    benhour Well-Known Member

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    yes for me too but this is the only reasonable explanation i can think for that!!(if the shoes are new and not resoled)
    you welcome Glengay! i think this is a good video to show how a goodyear -welted shoe is constracted!!
     
  4. glenjay

    glenjay Well-Known Member

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    I would probably get two of the shoe brushes, because just wiping the shoes down with a shirt will not get the dust/dirt out of the seams and welt, where a shoe brush can, and you don't want your cleaning brush to also be your polishing brush.

    Also, you will want the conditioner to soak in over night before adding the cream polish, in order for the shoe brush to buff the shoe cream properly.
     
  5. immaage

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    Hi guys,

    I'm hoping to get some advice/help. I recently purchased a pair of Alden Longwings and had them polished by a cobbler with Saphir prior to wearing them.

    This evening, I decided to clean and polish them myself. I used Kirby Allison's Basic Shoe Care Guide (http://www.hangerproject.com/shoe-care-guide/basic-shoe-care-guide.html) and cleaned the shoe, applied a coat of renovateur, and then applied a coat of pommadier cream polish (neutral) - brushing in between coats.

    After the coat of pommadier, I saw that certain parts of the shoe became darker than the normal color of the shoe (see attached pictures). I'm guessing it absorbed more of the cream than the other parts?

    [​IMG]

    My question is - is this normal or am I doing something wrong (like applying too much cream)? Is it fixable?

    Thanks!
     
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  6. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    They probably haven't fully dried out yet.
     
  7. immaage

    immaage Member

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    Thanks for the response. I checked this morning and it seems to be there still - does it take a day or two?
     
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  8. David Copeland

    David Copeland Well-Known Member

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    I had the same issue. I was brushing too much between steps. Light brushing (less heat) helped out.

    (And, with a horsehair brush)

    David
     
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  9. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Likewise, on your shoe care and leather knowledge.
     
  10. immaage

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    Ah ok. Does it go away after a few days or do I need to clean and redo the coat?

    Thanks!
     
  11. Schweino

    Schweino Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the shoes are new and worn not more than 10 times. What seems odd to me is that it looks like the uppers are just glued to the welt/sole. I cannot seem to see any thread or needle holes in the part of the uppers that have separated.
     
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  12. benhour

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    i would give them back for a refund or replace them
     
  13. Munky

    Munky Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have experience of using SAPHIR SHOE-EZE LEATHER SOFTENER?
     
  14. GMMcL

    GMMcL Well-Known Member

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    I have heard and read many things (on SF and beyond) regarding care for shell cordo shoes. I have a very simple question: I have a vintage pair that are in great shape but seem to be headed toward dehydration. Is the collective wisdom here that I should: 1) simply brush and activate the oils; or 2) use cordovan cream; or 3) use or some other product; or 4) some combination of the above?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  15. David Copeland

    David Copeland Well-Known Member

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    When going through the 3,, 4, or 5 step process - applying "less" product is better than more product. Light brushing and then a repeat should show a difference.

    Here are two links of interest:

    Link 1

    Link 2

    All my best,

    David
     
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  16. Numbernine

    Numbernine Well-Known Member

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    Speaking from personal experience I highly recommend lexol . RonRider says neatsfoot oil is better . If you use lexol and it does not buff back up to expectations a lite coat of reno , saphir cordo cream or venetian will help .
    These are 30 + yo shoes w/ 2 coats lexol and 1 lite coat reno
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  17. kloss

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    I can see a few stitches on the bottom of my leather sole. The rest of the stitches are somehow hidden (they look like they were pulled so tight that they are inside the leather. ) Should I be worried about the exposed stitches?
     
  18. red81

    red81 Well-Known Member

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    any negatives about storing my ae's in plastic tupperware style shoe boxes?
     
  19. Numbernine

    Numbernine Well-Known Member

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    I would not store shoes in an environment that prevents the circulation of air this would encourage the growth of mold for one thing
     
  20. GMMcL

    GMMcL Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I will give that a try. Interestingly, the shoes in question are a pair of Lloyd & Haug PTB v-cleats, from the 1980s or, more likely, much older, and look very much like the ones you're wearing. They were completely unworn when I found them.
     

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