Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Harrydog, Mar 11, 2012.
My grail shoe. Bar none. Gorgeous
Thanks gents. Just my luck I got caught in the 5 minutes of drizzle in Southern California today while wearing these guys. A little deer bone, Saphir Renovateur, and elbow grease with a horsehair brush and they're looking back to normal.
I've got a serious case of EG lust for the Walcot oxford in Dark Oak antique on the 808 last. Can't seem to find it anywhere but am on a major hunt. If anyone has any leads, I'd be grateful.
For those of you with suede shoes, what is your shoe care routine? Do you:
- brush it after every wear (ala calf)?
- what kind of brush is best (crepe, natural bristle or brass)?
- use a cleaning product such as Saphir Omni-Nettoyant suede cleaner? If so how often? For comparison I uses renovateur on calf uppers ~*2/yr
I have stayed away from suede since I've found that it tends to stain easily (Gucci and Tod's) but would consider adding a pair of EG or GGs in suede for variety.
Saphir makes a water/stain-repellent sort of like Scotch-Guard. Make sure the shoes are clean -- by using the Saphir shampoo, if necessary-- and then go outside to apply the other stuff. (Let it air out for a while-- it smells pretty foul.)
One of the benefits of suede is its low care requirements. It is more similar to shell that way. I don't brush my suede shoes after every wear, that's too much. Others may but I certainly don't. When I get a new pair of suede shoes I brush to raise the nap, spray with Saphir Suede Conditioner, let dry, lightly brush to raise the nap, then spray with Saphir Invulner and let dry. Then I brush to raise the nap and wear frequently. If they get particularly dirty or the nap looks too flattened out I'll lightly brush, but not super frequently. If I've worn them a lot I'll reapply Saphir Invulner to help protect them. If they are REALLY dirty I'll shampoo with the Saphir product, let dry, and do the new-shoe routine I mentioned above. One of the benefits of quality suede is its resilience. Don't baby them too much.
Return from a rather arduous day at the local EG truck show, 3 whiskies and only 2 pairs commissioned... I'm growing up!
^Whimsical commission from a TS i attended in the U-states-A years ago, thought fit for the occasion!
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