Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Jul 8, 2013.
Hehehe I was going to suggest the same thing as @othertravel
Exact same thought here, why no closed channel on these, would have made all the difference. That said they look very nice indeed.
On another note I finally managed to take off my new cognac Carminas and pop these on this evening
I may have gone a little mad with the toes ...
when my new mirror shine saphir arrives I expect to be able to read in the dark by these toecaps
Nice boots C!
Be careful not to shine too heavily. While it looks good with a mirror shine, I have been taught by people who know a lot more about shoe maintenance than I, that it closes up the pores and might actually lead to damaging the leather. Like everything in life - do it with moderation (boring, I know).
I've never really understood the fascination with closed channels. They certainly do look good, but the day I receive a pair of shoes is the first and last day I spend any time admiring the sole. I'm by no means opposed to them, but closed or open stitching has never once figured into my purchasing deliberations.
I can see how sealing it might do that which is what you are doing with the mirror shine yes. I'll bear your advice in mind, thanks!
I can certainly understand this from a practical point of view, as the closed channel adds a cost/higher price to the product without a lot (or any) advantages except the aesthetic. I have one manufacturer that claims using a closed channel is actually a disadvantage as they have to use a different type of sole for closed channel soles and this leather is more porous and less resistant to wear. I have not made any such observations myself but I have a large rotation and basically never wear through a sole. But I'm going to ask the cobbler next door what his opinion is.
Like @muddy250, I love very well glazed shoes. And, as @Leaves confirmed, I had read somewhere that too much glazing was not so good.
I use Saphir Reno'Mat something like twice a year to completely strip off the glazing. And, it seems that so far so good as I have not noticed any adverse effect to glazing my shoes.
But @Leaves, would you know if this is a good regimen for those of us who are glazing crazy? Is this enough to avoid the damages to the leather that you mention?
(As a side note, I'm another person who'd love to see Skoaktiebolaget carry Loake's high end shoes)
I forgot to say that so am I. Loake's 1880 line doesn't really cut it for me these days, but I'd be very interested in picking up a pair from their Export line.
Well, I'm not an expert, I can only share my thoughts on shoe maintenance; don't overdo it. Use a mild product like BICK4 and then if you want to get a high shine, focus on the toe and heel counter only. There are many other good products of course, but fall back on BICK4 90% of the time for maintenance.
Thank you much for sharing @Leaves !
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