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Polishing/restoring scuff on cordovan(?) shoe


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Dec 15, 2008
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I recently found my Hanovers which had been haphazardly stuffed into a closet (not by me) after a move. They sustained some nasty scuffing and a scratch into the finish of the shoe; the leather is starting to peel very very very slightly but there is definite damage and discolouration. I attached a picture:


As you can see, really ugly stuff. The scratch in question is on the left shoe - the white mark to the left of the toe. There is another on the very front of the right shoe as well. How should I go about remedying this? When I got them on B+S, I was told they were cordovan but I don't know the first thing about shoes so I can't qualify that at all. I've spent endless hours polishing army boots but I highly doubt spit-shining with black polish is the way to go about restoring this scratch. I'm not expecting a perfect solution - they were only $30 - but if there is any way I can buff out the scuffs and even make the scratches less visible, that would be fantastic.
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Jun 14, 2011
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Definitely not shell.

Brush and clean them thoroughly.

Apply Reno or other conditioner (including welt and sole edges). Buff.

Condition again. Buff.

Apply shoe cream in a color as close as possible to the color of the shoes (a bit too light is better than a bit too dark.) Buff.

Report back with photos for additional instructions if not happy with the results at that point.

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