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High Shine Quality Shoes that are Not Corrected Grain?

miurasv

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I've always liked shiny shoes and the shinier the better. I remember as a kid I got some platform shoes that were stunning (about 1972) for a day at the most. They were plastic and the shine rubbed off the same day. I was so disappointed. Anyway, since then I've always looked for quality shoes with good and shiny leather.

In the last few years I have treated myself to some Church's Polished Binder Monk Shoes amongst others thinking these were the pinnacle of high shine quality shoes without spending really really stupid money (actually most of my friends think, and they may be right, that £360 GBP is really really stupid money) but I learn here that they are made from inferior and frowned upon corrected grain leather so please can the shoe experts here point me in the direction of some high quality high shine shoes not made from Corrected Grain for purchase in the UK. They must also be wide fitting. Thanks in advance.
 
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Originally Posted by miurasv
I learn here that they are made from inferior and frowned upon corrected grain leather so please can the shoe experts here point me in the direction of some high quality high shine shoes not made from Corrected Grain for purchase in the UK.

The monks you bought from Church's will most likely also be available in calf leather (certainly the case for the Westbury and Becket), which won't be corrected grain and won't be any more expensive than the polished binder. You can then get working with the shoe polish on them to build up the shine.

Church's corrected grain is still good leather, if you like them then I wouldn't be put off just 'cos some people on the internet don't.
 

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Polish binder Church shoes are corrected grain. AE shoes in the polished calf are also corrected grain. There are different grades of corrected grain just like anything else. Church's polished binder is a very good leather, obviously better than Kenneth Cole corrected grain.

My advise to you is just to learn how to bull your shoes. There are a billion threads on getting a "mirror shine".
 

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If you want some high shiny shoes without having corrected grain, try some TLC on a regular basis.
I.E. cream them and wax them, yeah, even spit shine them; takes time but the result is not only nice to look at, it also adds to the longevity of your shoes.


Adrian
 

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Originally Posted by ajv
If you want some high shiny shoes without having corrected grain, try some TLC on a regular basis.
I.E. cream them and wax them, yeah, even spit shine them; takes time but the result is not only nice to look at, it also adds to the longevity of your shoes.


Adrian


agree. takes a lot of time but worth it in the end.
 

Harold falcon

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Prince Charles does not wear corrected grain, yet somehow his staff is able to polish those shoes up despite decades of use.

http://www.life.com/image/88897005

I suspect the secret is a lot of work, and maybe some industrial floor wax.
 

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Originally Posted by ajv
If you want some high shiny shoes without having corrected grain, try some TLC on a regular basis.
I.E. cream them and wax them, yeah, even spit shine them; takes time but the result is not only nice to look at, it also adds to the longevity of your shoes.


Adrian


Oh yeah! you've said it all. That is exactly what you need to do. It may take some good amount of your time, but it is completely worth it.
 

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waxed country shoes - PRL, tricker's jodphurs, barker black, i think some sanders models, santoni.
 

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