Polishing shoes - a quick question...

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  1. TKDKid

    TKDKid Senior member

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    ... or two. When polishing shoes, are you supposed to polish the tongue? If so, what's the best way of doing this? Just that I've got a pair of oxfords so the tongue would be quite hard to reach (without getting the shoe polish/cream everywhere inside the shoes). Thanks. And as a bribe for help, a sneak preview of the C&J 2003-2004 catalogue + other pics: http://www.edjones1192.com/crockett/crockett.html
     


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    Nick M Senior member

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    Sorry, no idea - I never have, but more industrious men than I polish the soles of their shoes and use edge ink on the heels, so you never know. The tongue's under the laces and doesn't scuff against anything, so I've never felt the need... Thanks for posting the link to the new C&J catalogue. It's just as I feared - no Cadogan double-monkstrap this season, and just when I was getting into high-quality shoes... Â [​IMG]
     


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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, the tongue will benefit from the occasional dab of polish. Remove the laces, pull the tongue to the outside and treat with a bit of polish, applied with a cotton wrapped index finger (or the naked finger, if you are a true enthusiast).

    You don't have to do that every time, but when you give your shoes a through going over, always take the laces out.
     


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    jrh Well-Known Member

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    Bengal-Strip:

    I rotated my EG Halifax into use yesterday and remember how great a boot they are. Wondering how your new Halifax are doing for you.

    Have they seen an exposure to London precepitation yet?
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Thanks for the catalog link.
     


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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Funny you should say that. I've been wearing them all day doing (mainly window) shopping in the West End.

    They are fully broken in and very comfortable, even walking around the stores for some 6 hours.
     


  7. TKDKid

    TKDKid Senior member

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    You could always hope that that particular catalogue was for the Japanese market only... Failing that, how about the Felstead from the Grenson Masterpieces range? http://www.pediwear.co.uk/stock.php?range_ID=47 I'm no shoe connoisseur but it looks nicer to me - mainly cos the straps being parallel makes it look "neater" in my eyes. I seem to remember someone in the forum having a pair and saying generally good things about them, so they might be worth a try.
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just because it's not in the catalogue doesn't mean that it's not available. Contact C&J: they probably have the shoe.
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The forum member in question was naturlaut, and here's the thread where he discussed them. I like the Felstead, and I have shoes of similar design from Gravati that I love. I also love the William-style double monkstrap, in addition to some other double-strap styles that I've seen. There's room in the shoe pantheon for all of them.
     


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    The new C&J catalogue came through the post today... and it's for 2004-2005?.?

    Anyway, Nick M, just thought you'd like to know that there's a new double monkstrap - "Seymour" - in the Handgrade line.
     


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