One leather shoe darker and shinier than other

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oysters, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Oysters

    Oysters Active Member

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    So I bought a pair of dress shoes about a month ago, and just noticed that one was darker and shinier than the other (I have been applying an equal amount of shoe cream every 2-3 days and Dubbin every week or two to each shoe). I believe this is because one was on display, and the other was hidden away. The display one has a more rough texture and is lighter in color. I want to make the one that was on display as shiny, smooth, and dark as the new one.

    How do I do that?
     


  2. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Are you sure this isn't from over-polishing them? How often are you wearing them?
     


  3. Oysters

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    I wear them every weekday, 7-9 hours a day. Sometimes I wear them on weekends. These (http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/20351174) are the shoes if that makes any difference (the black ones). I also spend a good deal of those 7-9 hours outside, under London humidity and rain. If not for Dubbin they would have been cracked and garbage by now.

    I read on multiple other sites and on Style Forum that I should polish shoes every time I wear them. I tried that once and they started looking... over-polished, if you know what I mean, so I decided to polish them every 2-3 days instead. No matter what I do one shoe always comes out with a more rough-looking texture and less mirror-like shine.

    If you look on the photos on the website - that's what my right shoe looks like. My left shoe, on the other hand, (the one that was on display, I believe) looks just a teeny bit worse. It's pretty hard to tell the difference unless you look close, and considering winter is starting and it will always be dark and rainy no one will ever notice, but it's just bothering me knowing that my shoes are hiding an imperfection that could show its ugly face anytime the sun comes out...

    Sorry for the OCD. [​IMG]
     


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    Shoe cream every 2-3 days? wow...
    It does sound like there was a color difference when you purchased the shoes. The sun/light can alter the color.
     


  5. Oysters

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    Well I'm not a very careful walker, and I walk around a lot outside, so my shoes get new scuff marks everyday. I have to shoe cream every 2-3 days.


    On a different note, why is it taking moderators several hours to approve my posts? Am I that risky that all my posts must be carefully perused for possible forum rule-breaking?
     


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    It sounds as if you are wearing the same pair of shoes every day? You get far more life out of them by letting them rest AT LEAST 24 hours between wearings.
     


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    [​IMG]

    Okay.
    Actually, I did post something about 4 hours ago, and it appeared, and then it disappeared and has been gone since. Will I ever see it again? I wrote a lot in that post.
     


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    Instead of researching proper maintenance you decided to saturate the leather with dubbin and then overpolish? Oysters, I have no sympathy for you. and where are the photos of said shoes?
     
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  10. Oysters

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    I hear that a lot. The question is, how much more life? I only intend on keeping them a year or so, as I believe my foot is still growing (my foot is a bit too big for them already). I don't want to buy any more nice shoes only to grow out of them in a year.
     


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    Every forum I join, everyone always hates me. I'm used to that. [​IMG]

    I don't have a good camera and there's no point in taking pictures because you won't be able to catch the difference anyway (especially with my bad camera). The problem is more in the texture.

    And I was researching for 2 weeks looking for every site possible. I don't have time to dedicate hours of research to shoes. I just need a quick solution. Dubbin has been working great. And, in fact, by the time I had bought my Dubbin the shoes had already cracked on the back from all the water in London. Dubbin healed the cracks into small scuffs after 1 application, and after the second application today it's looking even better.
     


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    Fair enough - if your foot is still growing stick to your current plan of wearing them every day. Work in a second pair that fits a bit large soon. If they are a bit too large when you purchase them put in a set of drug store insoles.

    As for dubbin - it should rarely, if ever be applied to dress shoes. Stop using it and stick to cream polish - no more than once or twice per week. If your shoes looked scuffed, first brush buff them thoroughly to see if that evens them out. If not, then apply cream polish and buff.
     
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    'Tis all sounds great, but what I failed to mention is that the main reason I dubbin'd them in the first place was to waterproof them. I read on multiple sites that dubbin was great for waterproofing leather. As I said, it rains almost every day here, and since I spend a good portion of my day walking around outside, they get thoroughly wet every day. How do I waterproof my shoes then? Another issue: within a month, the shoes had already cracked from the daily rain-lashing that they had been receiving. Dubbin has helped the cracks tremendously; now they are virtually gone. Without dubbin, I'm afraid the cracks will re-appear again.

    Jesus Christ, never in my sneaker-wearing life did I think dress shoes required this much attention.
     


  14. KObalto

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    Shoes are cracking because you are not letting them rest and dry properly between wearings. If you are getting them that wet daily, you need to put shoe trees in them and let them dry for at least a day. If they are really soaked, you should stuff them with newspaper and let them dry for awhile before putting trees in. You can not wear the same shoes every day.
    Your feet are still growing? How old are you?
     


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    Your foot is still growing? How old are you?
     


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