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

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

  1. anrobit

    anrobit Well-Known Member

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    It's a suspicion, not an accusation. Something I need to look into more, considering I don't own any calf AE
     
  2. kentyman

    kentyman Well-Known Member

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    Is this an episode I don't remember?

    http://seinfeld.wikia.com/wiki/Bob_Sacamano
    http://seinfeld.wikia.com/wiki/Tim_Whatley
     
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  3. Tim Whatley

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    I am referring to natural creasing between the cap and lacing.
     
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  4. anrobit

    anrobit Well-Known Member

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    You shouldn't be using much polish on the vamp, if any. Use a thin layer of polish on the captoe and use that for a mirror shines. Mirrors will inevitably crack if you try to do them in high-wear areas.
     
  5. Tim Whatley

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    I'm going to the super bowl with Tim Whatley
     
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  6. Tim Whatley

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    No polish on the vamp? Can others confirm?

     
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    CalzolaiFeF Well-Known Member

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    We didn't say "no polish", but "ONE THIN layer of polish." :)
     
  8. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    Also, this really applies to paste wax polish. Cream polish isn't going to cause these problems on the vamp.
     
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  9. Tim Whatley

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    How about if you search this thread? This question has been answered already.
     
  11. Tim Whatley

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    I will use less in the future. This is my first month ever shining shoes, so still feeling it out
     
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  12. Munky

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    It seems to me that a lot of shoemakers (and even more so, 'shoe factories') could be more honest about the types of leathers they are using. A lot can be hidden away under various ways of describing the product. I'm not sure how the buyer is supposed to differentiate between all these different labels and descriptions. It ain't good. How to change it? I don't know.
     
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    Expecting shoemakers/retailers/factories to be honest about the leathers they're using is absolutely hopeless. Many won't even disclose where/who makes their shoes.
     
  14. konda

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    I just exchanged emails with AE about the leather on my Chesters. They call their shiny leather Polished Cobbler and when I asked if it means corrected grain or top grain, the answer to both questions was no. So go figure!
     
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  15. leetpuma

    leetpuma Well-Known Member

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    I was talking about the cream. Good to know reguardless.

    Is lexol cleaner basically the same thing as reno? I dont own any cleaners yet
     
  16. leetpuma

    leetpuma Well-Known Member

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    I was talking about the crème MDO http://www.hangerproject.com/shoe-care/brand/saphir/saphir-renovateur.html Sorry about being ambigious.

    So I guess Ill need to ge an leather cleaner and make sure that the leather does not look dry.

    Do you know if Lexol Leather Cleaner is comparable to Reno'mat?
    http://www.amazon.com/Lexol-1108-Leather-Cleaner-236mL/dp/B000QFN36M
    http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-reno-mat-cleaner.html
     
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  17. konda

    konda Well-Known Member

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    ^ Hold your horses leet. You can use a simple antiseptic solution that has alcohol in it to clean your shoes. It is just as effective as Renomat and you can wipe your shoes clean of all color with it if you so wish.

    For basic conditioning you can use either Renovateur or MDO cremes. They both contain the same stuff. Personally I condition dry leather with Renovateur and apply MDO pate as I think pate gives a better shine compared to MDO cremes.

    Then again cremes have more pigments so if you want to change the color of you shoes, cremes are a good place to start.

    Personally I only use cremes on full grain / pebble grain shoes.
     
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  18. MoneyWellSpent

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    Corrected grain has certainly been drilled into everyone's head as being "the devil's shoe leather." [​IMG] However, it isn't always that way. Sometimes it is deliberately chosen with no pretense for deceiving the consumer, because of some "desirable" property it may contain. Is it as high quality as full grain leather? No. But that may not be the point in some cases. I wouldn't be surprised if the knee jerk reaction by some less informed customer service representatives (the fact that they are less informed is a separate issue) is to answer no to such a question. AE does use some corrected grain leather, and their Polished Cobbler is one of them. They also use a "brush-off" leather that is corrected grain.

    The leather didn't come that way straight from the animal. I've never seen a species of cow that has a shiny, smooth, poreless, plastic looking hide. [​IMG]
     
  19. anrobit

    anrobit Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely agree with this assessment. For example, all country grain, pebble grain, and nearly all scotch grain on the market today is corrected. It's done so for a reason.

    It's certainly possible to still have a good corrected grain leather
     
  20. kentyman

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    Yeah, I think this CSR misinformed you.
     

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