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Hate to beat a dead horse, but...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Renault78law, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Like many on this forum who have a newly acquired fetish for fine shoes, I find myself purchasing more and more quality shoes. Â So I figure I should learn how to properly take care of them. Â I've read the posts about general care so I know how to condition and shine with a cloth, but on a whim I decided to buy a basic shoe care kit with brushes: [​IMG] Unfortunately, it didn't come with instructions, so I'm asking you all how to use these brushes. Â Are you supposed to apply polish with one brush? Â With water? Â Then let it dry? Â Then buff with the other brush? Â Than polish with the cloth? Â I'm just guessing here... Btw, did I just waste some money on these brushes? Â Are they better than using just a cloth? Finally, what other products should I buy? Â I already have a leather conditioner; should I buy some sole dressing, mink oil, anything else? Thanks in advance.
  2. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Stockholm, Sweden
    These are really two sets of brushes, the smaller ones are ment for applying shoepolish and the bigger for brushing it off when it has dried. Then you've got one set for your black shoes and and another for the browns. The cloths are probably ment for final buffing of the shoes to get that glossy finish.

    I usually use two extra cloths as well; a wet one for cleaning the shoes before polishing and another to wipe off some of the polish before brushing so the brush does not become full of it.

    Neutral shoecream or mink oil is the thing for the soles and then you'll need some edge dressing for them in brown and black.

    My full routine is something like this:

    1) Clean shoes with a wet cloth and let dry - don't forget the edges of the heels and soles
    2) Apply polish with the small brush. Don't use too much it's like polishing a car- less can be more. Some people use a moist brush but I don't bother.
    3) Allow to dry and wipe excess polish off the shoes with a cloth
    4) Brush the rest of the polish off and try to reach all those crevices.
    5) Use the soft cloth to buff up a shine
    6) Clean the soles with a brush, if needed, and apply neutral creme or mink olil.
    7) Dress the edges of the soles.

    Does anyone have additions or corrections ?
  3. hermes

    hermes Senior member

    Jan 27, 2003
    having just cleaned and polished 10 pairs of black leather shoes yesterday, i have to say it's pretty well the exact same thing i do

    i would only change the wet cloth to a slightly damp one, just wet enough to clean it but not wet the leather
  4. AskAndyAboutClothes

    AskAndyAboutClothes Senior member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Manhattan Beach & Palm Desert, CA
  5. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Mar 23, 2002
    London, UK
    I haven't got a great deal to add, to the good advice that has been posted here already. Just decide what needs doing on a "necessity-basis". No need to use a damp cloth if a dry brush is sufficient to remove some dust; no need to apply a new coat of polish if a bit of buffing will give the required shine.
  6. sjimison

    sjimison Member

    Aug 6, 2003
    query: how long between wearings should one polish thier shoes?
  7. Steve B.

    Steve B. Senior member

    Mar 2, 2002
    San Antonio
    I've got an even better idea- have a reputable local shoe shine shop do them. Mine does them for $3.00 each, well worth the price.
  8. vero_group

    vero_group Senior member

    May 16, 2003
    I go to a barber shop in Highland Park that charges only $2.00 per pair. I tip the guy $3.00 per pair though because I think $2.00 is insanely too low for such a service.
  9. Stu

    Stu Senior member

    Mar 12, 2002
    I'm with Vero and Steve here. I take mine to a cobbler and she does a hell of a job for $3 per pair. She buffs them on one of those big machines that look like they came out of a car wash. My life is too busy to spend time ironing shirts or shining shoes. I hate those kinds of chores.
  10. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

    Aug 24, 2002
    Cygnus X-1
    I beg to differ; one of the enjoyments in my life is personally taking care of and maintaining the fine clothing apparel I have through ironing and polishing (not to mention brushing one's suits). And I'm firmly entrenched in the school of thought that "if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself."

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