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

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

  1. Darell John

    Darell John Active Member

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    Shrugs yea could look a tad cliched, but in my opinion looks better than scuffs,
    Well to each their own 8)
     
  2. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    Yup. Personal preferences.

    You can tattoo over your scars or wear them proud. I like the latter. :)
     
  3. westie187

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    Little Boy Blue... He needed the money. OOOHHH
     
  4. BostonHedonist

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    Now this is a disappointing pair of Trickers... [​IMG]

    It's been just two weeks!
     
  5. Munky

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    Sorry to see that, Boston; that's sad.
     
  6. EnglishShoes

    EnglishShoes Well-Known Member

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    Ouch!

    Are they a particularly tight fit? Could it be a manufacturing/materials fault?
     
  7. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    It was definitely the manufacturering. I'm still not convinced I didn't get a half size too large. But this would explain the heel slip on the right side. Trickers had been contacted but, since these are the made in Italy line and on final sale... Expectations are low.
     
  8. bambang

    bambang New Member

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    [​IMG]

    i had my shoe being wax,after cleaned it with renovatuer there was a spot like in the picture
    after let it dried i continued to put some cream and it the spot get darker. after leaving it for 1 day to dry the spot still right there. anyone ever happen this thing before?
     
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  9. Te3k

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    Hey guys,
    I wore my Chippewa workboots kayaking today: Chippewa Men's Six-Inch Chocolate Apache Steel Toe Lace-Up Boot.

    Here are some pictures of what they looked like new:
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    Although they stayed mostly dry during the trip, they got soaked in salt water during the landing phase, with the saltiest of water going over and into the uppers and getting my boots wet inside and out. I've rinsed them as best as I can with fresh running water (cold), and they're currently drying in a cool place indoors with the insoles out.

    The only protectant I had on them before the trip was a stain-blocker/water repellant spray. Clearly, they're going to need some reconditioning. Before I washed them, the leather felt dryish and tough, as though it had lost some oils, and as though it would dry into a crispy/inflexible, damage-prone state. Here they are now, currently soaked through after just having been hand-washed:
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    (Sorry for the shit lighting, but you get the point.)

    I'm not sure which products to apply. What's recommended? I'm considering Obenaufs, neatsfoot oil, and Preservation Solution's leather rejuvenator.

    Would you stuff them with paper while they dry?

    I remember reading a thread on I think StyleForum a while ago about a guy who took what I think were Wolverine 1Ks (maybe Iron Rangers) out into salt-water all the time, fully soaking them, while looking around for rocks (he was a hobby geologist or something). He'd totally soak them in the ocean water, and always restore them back again. I forget what his regimen is and I couldn't find the thread, but the fact that he does that and succeeds in doing so again and again gives me hope that with proper care, my boots will be fine.
     
  10. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum, te3k. Hopefully @Crat will chime in because he is a pro at this.
     
  11. Te3k

    Te3k New Member

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    Thanks, Murlsquirl!

    The advice I got so far is to let them dry naturally for a few days, swapping paper out of them nightly. Once dry, make a solution of half vinegar and half water and wipe them down to remove leftover salt that was missed by my freshwater rinse. Then, apply Lexol cleaner and conditioner.

    Another guy said to hit it with a couple coats of coconut oil.

    What do you guys think about these suggestions?
     
  12. rbhan12

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    Today for the first time I used Saphir wax, and I am absolutely blown away. It simply lives up to the hype and love it gets on this site. I had been trying to get a proper mirror with Kiwi and did not get the results I wanted. Long and short is I'm never using anything but Saphir wax again.
     
  13. Kimistry

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    Hi all,

    Been trying to figure out which Saphir cream and wax polish to get for these shoes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    [​IMG]
     
  14. garland

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    I would say medium brown. You could alternate some mahogany occasionally if you want a slightly red tint.
     
  15. Stemo79

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    The medium brown is more chocolate coloured, i'd me more inclined to say Havane brown.
     
  16. EnglishShoes

    EnglishShoes Well-Known Member

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    I've been using Cognac Saphir cream and wax on my Chestnut Church's. It gives a nice warm finish.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. elote

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    Hello. New member here with a shoe question. I have my first pair of brown shade dress shoes, a tan pair. I am going to grab the Saphir Renovateur for conditioning and am wondering if you all would suggest i get the tan wax or the neutral wax from Saphir? I am currently using a kiwi tan. I would like to build my polishing skills and kit with the most recommended products along with my shoe collection which sits at a whopping one pair (aside from my black pair that do not see any real use). Any and all advise is greatly appreciated.
    thanks
    -e
     
  18. benhour

    benhour Well-Known Member

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    i would stay with the kiwi but if you want to switch to saphir go for the tan!! (only if you want it for mirror shine go for the neutral) [​IMG]
     
  19. BostonHedonist

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    Would it be foolish of me to buy a pair of Ferragamo drivers that I don't intend to wear while driving, but rather as an all-around summer slip-on? Would they hold up to some walking or are drivers really only for driving?

    Not a great deal of walking. But some air travel, around hotels and resorts. Maybe during some light shopping or business meetings, etc.
     
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  20. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    Its foolish for sure, but go for it.

    Personally I prefer those cheaply made in China suede drivers found on eBay for less than $50 a pop. They last about a year or so before the rubber studded bottom got worn out. At that point, either resole/slap a rubber bottom on, or get a new pair.
     

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