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

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

  1. MrChris

    MrChris Well-Known Member

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    Can't belive I haven't noticed this thread until now.
    Loads of great tips and inspiration in here, nice stuff gents!
     
  2. chogall

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    I opt for five fingers with pull tabs.
     
  3. Munky

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    1) I have had excellent results with Saphir Shoe-Eze with suede shoes - even better than with 'ordinary' leather. Spray it on, walk about, Shoe-Eze disappears, shoes fit better.

    2) Does anyone use Saphir Smooth Leather Balm, on shoes, and for what reason? What does it do?
     
  4. Yowzer

    Yowzer Well-Known Member

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    suede shoe leather tends to stretch more for some reason, as least that's my experience.
     
  5. ScottyBoy920

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    Thinking about pulling the trigger on a pair of Allen Edmonds Tan Cronmoks.

    What would be the best way to add some color to them, mink oil or neutral wax? I have seen images like the ones below (yes I know they are not the same shoes, but are the same leathers and color) and both members used different techniques. I guess I am trying to find out which is the best option?

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    Thanks guys
     
  6. David Copeland

    David Copeland Well-Known Member

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    New or used?


    To keep the original color by enhancing how it was made? Or changing the color?
     
  7. ScottyBoy920

    ScottyBoy920 Well-Known Member

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    They will be new. I want the color to be richer possibly a little darker. As you see in the images provided.
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

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  9. MrChris

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    I can't seem to get a mirror shine on the toes of my new EG Chelsea's (black calf). I've used the same procedure that has been sucessfull for my other shoes: A couple of layers of Saphir Creme Pommadier mixed with a drop of water every now and then, followed by several layers of Saphir Pate De Luxe combined with a few drops of water.
    I've even applied more layers of wax than normally (5-6 this time) and still not even the slightest sign of a mirror shine. Any tips besides continuing with more small layers of wax combined with water drops?
    Usually once done with the layers of the creme, the mirror has started to appear, this time nothing. I'm thinking that might be the problem.
    It's a bit frustrating since I've usually been able to achieve a mirror shine with less effort.
     
  10. clee1982

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    I am usually a layer of cream+reno (just a bit), then all wax with water after that.
     
  11. niklasnordin

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    Some deer bone action on my Crockett and Jones Finsbury 2 dark brown cordovan.
    This is the first time I have ever used it, so I was a bit sceptical, but after watching some instructional
    videos on youtube I have to admit that it seems to work :)
    I have only used the bone and the brush.

    Wife came and in and asked me if she could use the bone for the wrinkles in her face :)

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  12. patrickBOOTH

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    There is another type of bone you could use for that.
     
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    hahahaaaa :)
     
  16. BCer

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    Guys, these are on ebay, for a stupid-low price. They have an obvious serious defect. Any input into whether they could be treated hard, and salvaged as a bad-weather sort of shoe? Copious amounts of Reno or leather lotion? Or will they disintegrate anyway? Interested to hear your input.


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  17. Snoogz

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    Is the infected area on the rear quarter of a Chelsea boot with a natural welt?
     
  18. benhour

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    thank you for your kind words!! i thing we all here try to help each other!

    nice work on your shoes!!
    this looks like a glue stain!!(that's why the leather cracked so easily there)! if its glue ( like one sec super bond) leather cant be saved!! it ll crack!!
    i wouldn't go for it!!
     
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  19. BCer

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    Yes it's the Allen Edmonds Ashbury, and I'm too worried now to take a chance on them. If they lose their integrity in the heel area, they're useless. Thanks for your advice benhour!
     
  20. chogall

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    Usually shoe stretching sprays are just rubbing alcohol, water, and maybe some other staff. Maybe saphir has their own secret recipe. Either way, I think it's probably necessary to clean and condition after stretching just to replenish the extracted fat from the alcohols.
     

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