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  1. Redbird13

    Redbird13 Active Member

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    Shoe question: do any of you have any recommendations for a good leather conditioner? I'm putting together a shoe care kit and need some. After browsing through some other topics, I've noticed that AE and Lexol sound good. Maybe one of those?

    In addition, is it alright to use conditioner that isn't made specifically for shoes? I would think so but confirmation would be nice.
     
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    Lexol comes highly recommended by several of the more knowledgeable shoe-care experts on the forum (including DFWII, whose knowledge of shoe construction probably surpasses that of anyone else here).

    The AE conditioners (which are just rebranded forms of Colonil, a German product, occasionally available on Amazon for cheaper than AE's prices) are decent.

    Most forumites will swear by Saphir products, as do I. They're not cheap, but they tend to work wonders. They can be strong, however, and should not be overused.


    Quote: In general, this is not a great idea. There are many different types of leather, and many different types of leather goods. Hence, there are many different formulations of leather conditioner. Some contain ingredients that will dull or stain dress shoes.

    Most likely you won't do any great harm by using a general-purpose leather conditioner on dress shoes (I believe Lexol, for instance, brands itself as such). But why risk it?
     
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    How does Lincoln compare with the aforementioned products. Thanks.
     
  4. LogicalQuant

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    What are the go to premium brands for high quality dress shoes? I've checked out AE and Carmina I'm sure there are plenty of other options. Also, is it typically this difficult to find shoes in a size US12?
     
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    AE and Carmina are mid-grade, not premium. Look at Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling, John Lobb, St. Crispins...
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Lincoln is ok. About par with Kiwi. Not even in the same boat as Saphir.
     
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    Awesome, thank you.
     
  8. cptjeff

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    I prefer web belts as a D ring option, but those would certainly be fine, if rather nautical. If that's what you like, go for it. There's nothing wrong with having seasonal pieces in a wardrobe. I wouldn't want one as my only belt, but thankfully, I'll never be in a position where I have to make that choice.
     
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    Not really. Most of the shoe manufacturers seem to do half sizes up to size 12, along with a size 13 (but no 12.5). There are exceptions, of course - same way that there are clothing designers who don't offers suits that'll fit anyone but the slender, there are undoubtedly shoe manufacturers who choose not to cater to men with feet even slightly on the large side - but this is a pretty common size line-up. So a size 12 isn't particularly unusual or difficult to find.

    It's people needing wide or extra wide shoes, who are much more likely to face a challenge. I wear a size 13-EEE, and while the size 13 part isn't all that scarce, the triple-E part isn't even offered by most manufacturers. And while it is offered by some - Allen Edmonds, for example - many stores choose not to carry them in inventory, or to carry them only in a tiny handful of styles. Hey, I understand how this might be a sensible business decision for them, but it's inconvenient for me.

    Although I'm led to understand that in most countries other than the US, finding a retail establishment that carries good quality, reasonably priced dress shoes in the equivalent of a triple-E width is even more difficult. (Again, exceptions exist. And, of course, for enough money one can obtain shoes that'll fit a baby elephant.)
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    it's just not correct, sorry.
     
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    Bump. :)
     
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    Your reply has confounded me, fritzl; I am not sure if you mean to say that AE and Carmina are mid-level, or you are saying that Carmina is of a higher quality. I received my first pair of Carmina shoes last week, and it appears to me that they are quite well made, as they have a number of details which my Strands do not. I would very much like to know what you mean, could you please clarify?
     
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    ^Absolutely. Belts don't need to match exactly. Brown with brown, black with black. Minor color variation is perfectly fine as long as they're in the same larger family, same with texture. As long as both shoes and belt are within the realm of "brown", you're good.
     
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    I think it's fine. I would make an effort to match color/shade, but it suede is an easy way to add texture.
     
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    Thanks, guys, I appreciate the responses!
     

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