A few shoe questions

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  1. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    First question, is there any place that offers as good a deals as bennies?

    Second, Shoe trees does type matter? I know you should get cedar but does a half tree v. a full tree matter?

    Thrid, Does the type of polish matter that you use?

    I feel that these questions have been answered before but i did a search for each and didn't come up with anything good. So i appologize for reposting them if that is the case.


    Nik
     


  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Depends what shoes you are looking for, the Loakes from Charles Tyrwhitt are not as good as the Grensons, but they are a bit cheaper than the leather soled grensons (about $115 shipped)

    I will let someone with more expertise advise you on shoe trees and polish.
     


  3. benchan

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    Personally I own a Loake Since 1880 model; suppose to be the best line available from Loake. The quality of leather on the shoes disappointed me. [​IMG]
     


  4. Ed13

    Ed13 Senior member

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    I prefer shoe creams over waxes and have not found any real difference between brands. I use 5 or 6 different brands and choose based on colour. I asked the local cobbler if there was any difference between brands (he carries several) and in his opinion they were all about the same.
     


  5. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Although I have no first hand experience, plal is regarded highly on this site...not as good a deal as bennies, but great prices nonetheless. I don't think the type of polish matters. I believe A Harris still uses Kiwi, Rider uses Lincoln, and I use Allen Edmonds. Others allege that more expensive polish is actually rebadged Kiwi.
     


  6. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    The type of polish matters, to me at least. I use Weston wax, which is made from beeswax, instead of carnuba. Imparts a very deep, but not overly shiny luster. Love the way it looks and have never found one to match it.
     


  7. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    I can personally guarantee noone will be better day in and day out on the breands i carry, as to the pricing...just call me.

    Use a half tree, all you need, and yes, for mens shoes, kiwiw or some type of wax, you need a protective coat on the shoe, creams are for woemns shoes.
     


  8. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    ordered from you today as i have found after hours of searching you are the best deal. So i'm looking forward to getting my first good pair of shoes[​IMG] Can i ask though why a half tree, whats the difference/affects on the shoe?
     


  9. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    honestly, none, the plastic handle vs the wood handle really is preferential, i use the half for all of my shoes because they are lighter and easier to get in and out...but some prefer the additional absorbtion in hte heel from the full....makes no difference one way or the other, just preference.
     


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    Heron Well-Known Member

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    Curious about this - I spent some time going over your site, specifically looking at Allen Edmonds and the pricing on the site is pretty much the same as most other sites and was higher than a few. Am I missing something?

    The pricing of the Grensons is great but they are all D width which doesn't really surprise me but I need a B-C.
     


  11. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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  12. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    i just bought a pair of 10C's from him and they had b's in the size that i wanted too.
     


  13. esquire.

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    I thought there was a difference between wax and creams. Cream helps to soften the leather, so you'd need to put this on first. And, wax protects the leather and you'd apply this after the cream.
     


  14. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    If you buy a good shoe, you should not have to soften the leather, it should be supple and smooth, as for the cream, if you put it on to often, then apply wax, you are going to be working a double build up and need to have them stripped more often...I personally own a reasonable collection of expensive shoes, not Lobbs mind you, but I would not use a cream unless I needed to deepen or recolor a shoe. But, then that is an opinion from someone who is not always the brightest star in the sky.
     


  15. Ed13

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    I always thought that a cream polish would help keep the shoe "hydrated" for lack of a better word. A wax polish could lead to the leather drying and cracking out over time due to lack of moisture and the inability of the leather breathing.

    Is this wrong?

    Now I wonder if I need to re-learn how to clean my shoes.
     


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