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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Do you leave overnight and give a final buff in the morning?
     


  2. Gerry Nelson

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    I didn't with the double monks but I will with the three pairs (1 pair of wingtips, 1 pair of plain toe single monks and 1 pair of wholecuts) that I just polished tonight - not quite happy with it but perhaps it might look different in the morning. I read somewhere that it's best to do the polishing in natural light when you're trying to get that shine.

    Also, I give the shoes a final buff with some nylon stockings and that really adds to the gloss.

    I'll feel much happier once I can get a consistently good shine.
     


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  4. Gerry Nelson

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    It looks fine. When do you plan to wear it?
     


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    nice job on the polishing job, gerry. i gotta learn how to polish like that (on worthwhile shoes)
     


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    Thanks, sliq. It's nice when it comes out well like that.
     


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    Here's some plain toe shoes I polished yesterday (the tips already had a shine when I did them last night):


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    Also some wingtips:


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    Those wholecuts look amazing! i'm normally not a fan of wholecuts but they look great. I also love that C&J last


    I plan to wear the double monks a lot as apart of casual dressed up look like below.

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    I do however want to dress them up like this (I also want a suit this colour)

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    I'd go for brown then to begin with. Thanks for the kind words as well!
     


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    I agree, start with a brown. I think you'd find very little difference between a captoe dub monk and a captoe oxford from a distance when dressed 'up' with a suit.
     


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    +1 on the brown. I think your "casual" example looks great.
     


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    Also, Gerry, while you're around: Thoughts on a couple of pairs of shoes?

    http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1958

    Mid brown longwings

    http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1931

    Mid brown captoe blutchers

    http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=2342

    Black longwings

    http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1953

    Black plaintoe blutchers.

    Pick two! I'm leaning towards the mid brown longwings and black plaintoe blutchers, as I already have a pair of black shortwing oxfords, but am unsure if I'm better off with the plaintoes or mid brown captoes to expand the collection. I can't imagine I'd get a whole not of casual use out of the black blutchers, is all. Thoughts?
     


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    Gerry, Here's my attempt at some polishing from yesterday. You can see that I can get a high polish, but it's not the mirror shine you get.

    Testoni oxfords
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    Santoni monks
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    Are you using the same colour polish when you try to do this? I find it impossible to get a decent 'depth' without starting with the colour (or an alternating colour, look at some of Gdot's posts in the shoe care thread) polish, then after one or two fine coats, moving onto neutral polish. Also, be careful with the wingtips about polishing the 'wing' areas. Too far back and you will find the mirror cracks as soon as you walk.
     


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    Thanks for the tips - I"ll try those nxt time
     


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