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

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

  1. vim147

    vim147 Member

    Nov 19, 2016
    East Midlands, England.
    Also do i go for flat or round wax laces ? any good stockists to buy them from in UK.
  2. Satmoche

    Satmoche Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2014

    I know that Justin Fitzpatrick - the Shoe Snob - sells flat ones, I have not tested myself so I could not comment on the quality.
  3. EnglishShoes

    EnglishShoes Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2014
    Newcastle, UK
    Look at what you already have on the shoes. Church's tend to have flat waxed laces. Crockett & Jones tend to use round laces.

    I just bought a batch of flat and round laces from A Fine Pair of Shoes in the UK and they are a very good match for the originals. Very pleased with my purchase.

    Take a lace of your current shoe and measure the length before ordering the right one.
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  4. mreams99

    mreams99 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    IMG_0229.JPG I've got an older pair of cordovan shoes (Allen Edmonds MacNeil) that are in great shape. I thought that I should clean them up a little, using a damp cloth (water) at first. There were still some darker blotches of polish, so I went over them again using a little rubbing alcohol on the water-dampened cloth. That helped get rid of most dark blotches of polish. One shoe is darker than the other now. These are burgundy (color #8).

    I had planned to use a little VSC, but I'm wondering if I should apply some of the Allen Edmonds cordovan cream (in burgundy) first, to help even out the color. Any suggestions?
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  5. The Heat

    The Heat Active Member

    Nov 18, 2015
    Hey everyone, I need some help. I have some Loake Buckinghams in dark brown. For the first few months I committed the cardinal sin, I used a shoe cream that was too dark. After a few applications, I noticed that on the left shoe I was getting some irregular darkening. So I cleaned them, then put on better matching cream, and they were still there. I tried a few more times, until I used Lexol to basically take the leather down to a raw, no color state. I then used the new cream. The right shoe looks amazing, but the left shoe now has ugly color irregularities, but they're different than before. The shoe is darker where I cleaned them most vigorously leaving no color behind. It's also a lot duller in those areas. Did I take of some base protective coating or something? Not sure how to proceed, obviously kicking myself...

    I've attached a photo that makes it look worse than usual, since I got some rain on them a few days ago, but am waiting on cleaning them until I can figure out what to do with the main problem. Is there any hope? IMG_3758.JPG

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