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  1. VegTan

    Leather Quality and Properties

    About leather grades and tensile strength; From Direct Selling Shoe Manual (1940). From Analysis of Leather and Materials Used in Making it (1931).
  2. Athomas

    Saphir Renovateur + Mink Oil

    Hi, Does anyone have any thoughts on how Saphir Renovateur is Mink-oil based? A simple search will yield many posts touting the quality of Renovateur, but at the same time, you have, probably just as many people bad-mouthing mink oil. So what's the deal? Is Renovateur good for high-end...
  3. ~whip~

    Wanna clean my shoes so I can return them...Shhh

    I've bought a pair of Clark's Wallabees. I don't like 'em, they're rubbing the hell out of my right foot and they just feel awkward to wear. Problem is, I've already worn them outside, not much just a bit of walking but the crepe sole has blackened. Is there anyway I can clean them up so...
  4. Ward

    mink oil....bad for good leather?

    So I used to use a quick wipe down of mink oil on my EGs or C&Js every morning and the other day the shoe shine guy who comes by my work scolded me. He said that the oil is not good for nicer leathers.....and said it makes it harder to polish the shoes. Is he just trying to get me to need a...
  5. Dan9019

    How should new loafers fit?

    Hi, I just bought my first pair of nice shoes, some Allen Edmonds loafers. They are part of the line made from Italian leather, not US. The guy at the store seemed very knowledgeable, and eventually I settled on size 9. I wear a 9.5-10.5 in sneakers. He said these shoes should stretch quite a...
  6. EViS

    Leather Gucci Shoes - Leather Care & Protection

    I have just returned from Florence, Italy, with two new pairs of leather Gucci shoes. One pair is a tan colour whilst the other is brown with brown suede on the top part of the shoe. From my research so far, I believe the leather used by Gucci is aniline (unfinished) and thus marks easily from...
  7. appolyon

    Reversing the effects of mink oil ...

    I have used a neutral polish on my chestnut shoes that contains mink oil (I know I should have looked up mink oil first before using it)... but it has now changed the colour of the shoes. They are slightly darker but no longer match the belt I had purchased to go with it...is there anyway to...
  8. ikemen

    Mink oil

    most of the reputable sites i saw didnt mention anythign about using mink oil when polishing/cleaning their shoes -- i find this rather odd as my regular shoe service store highly recommended using this as thye said it is the best thing you can use to nourish the leather...
  9. wpeters

    How to remove shoe polish?

    I polished my brown shoes with a slightly darker polish, hoping to darken them. Unfortunately, they didn't turn out as well as I'd like. I'd like to remove the wax and start over. What is the best way to do this? From reading the threads, it seems that acetone would be overkill. Are there other...

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