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

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

  1. laufer

    laufer Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, would this mean I would be better off using shell cream for maintenance instead of paste wax.
     
  2. patrickBOOTH

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    I don't know, maybe. Give it a shot.
     
  3. kentyman

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    So after a week of "drying", the shoe looked the same. I decided to see whether more vinegar/water solution would slowly lighten them. It didn't seem to, so I decided to finish darkening that one panel. Surprisingly, the results are that bad:

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    I'd say this photo is a little more flattering than real life, especially at some angles, but it does get the point across. I think I have enough tools now to perhaps do a little more work in evening it out. I actually might give Reno'Mat a try on one of the darkest areas to see whether it will lighten it at all.

    Thank you all for the advice in minimizing the damage of one stray onion from an oily Greek salad! ;)
     
  4. patrickBOOTH

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    It looks like a non issue at this point
     
  5. laufer

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    I will, I am not shell enthusiast but I bought a pair just to see what is it all about. I seem to remember Ron Rider specifically saying that shell should be worn in the rain. In addition some people claim that shell is virtually maintenance free but lately I have been hearing a different stories. I guess I will try it and see it for myself.
     
  6. smoothie1

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    In my experience, shell is very low maintenance. If you buy whiskey or other lighter colored shell and want to keep it perfectly pristine, you might think/find shell to be high maintenance. Otherwise, all it takes is a brush and some wax polish, and it's all good. Despite what others might contend, shell is a sturdy material, perfectly suited for rain, work, or winter boots/shoes. Also, it definitely wears warmer than leather. But it can look plasticky and unappealing in some contexts. Cheers.
     
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  7. laufer

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    It is a whiskey, MTO Harlech. Thanks for the tip.
     
  8. smoothie1

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    Funny. I have been wearing my whiskeys more than ever this summer/fall, and the only consequence is an ever so slight darkening overall.
     
  9. PCK1

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    I only use wax...it will darken that navy up....
     
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  10. laufer

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    Good to know I would like them to darken a little bit.
     
  11. SushiOfTheGods

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    It's those little ripples in the reflection that makes it so that the reflection isn't completely flat.

    Bingo~ I don't know the cause but it doesn't seem to get better as I add more layers.

    Thanks for the tip! I tried that but I think I may need to add more layers. Either that or I need to strip it down and start over... Maybe the leather's too new? The shoe itself is only half a year old and I haven't worn it all that much.
     
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    So my dark brown linderick boots in shell are always very bumpy where ever the creases are in the shaft and on the vamp. Are they just dry? I rub them every time after I wear them with my deer bone, but still they end up super bumpy.
     
  13. MasonAndSmith

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    take a picture for all of us to see, super bumpy due to crease or due to inconsistency of the wax. or could be the previous layers of wax/ residue left uncleared
     
  14. aglose

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    I will wear them tomorrow and snap a picture at the end of the day. Just kidding, my denim today ended up bleeding on my suede carmine chukkas. Here is a picture that shows them at the beginning of the wear. You can see the right boot has a bit of bumps that get progressively worse as the day goes on.
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  15. medinfoto

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    Found me a pair of bespoke Trickers (which thankfully correspond to my feet quite well!) for 25 quid; though they looked a bit rough the leather itself looked quite good all things considered. Brought them home and started a Saphir treatment. You can see before/after here. Even with a future resole I think I'll have a lovely pair of shoes for not a lot of money. Three coats of Renovateur and one of cream.

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  16. patrickBOOTH

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    Welcome to shell.
     
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  17. Isolation

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    I see people putting the shoe bags on their shoes on their shoe racks, or have cases with dust covers/glass, but it's actually perfectly fine to have the shoes on your rack in open air right? Because I am sick of having bits of cloth everywhere when picking my shoes.
     
  18. patrickBOOTH

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    I don't cover mine, but I do give them a quick brush before putting them on just to get some of the dust off. Especially the vamp gets a bit dusty and I don't want that dust to settle in the creases and cause unnecessary wear.
     
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  19. medinfoto

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    A local shoe salesman (who is around 76 now) made a very long term bet with his son (who runs another shoe store) about whether storing shoes in bags or boxes vs "in the open" made a difference over time. A decade or two later they came to the conclusion that it _did_ make enough of a difference to settle the bet, though I do not have any objective data from this particular test...
     
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    Interesting, thanks.

    I wonder if exposing it to "the elements" of your house is what causes it or if it's the dust, and if so, would the fact that you wear and brush them now and then be enough to counteract that.
     

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