Polishing shoes

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  1. Demeter

    Demeter Senior member

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    First of all, sorry if there have been posts about this before (an I'm sure there have been), but it seems the Search function is broken, so I couldn't find anything. While trying to find some pics of Foster shoes, I came across that famous Japanese shoehorse's site, http://cobblers.hp.infoseek.co.jp/index.htm. Then I found one page where he showed how to shine your shoes, and the results seemed spectacular. The images mostly speak for themselves but since I can't read Japanese and my girlfriend is in another city for now, I'm at a loss as to what is written. Here's the link: http://cobblers.hp.infoseek.co.jp/count003.htm I can see the Kiwi Shoe Polish, but what about the other stuff? Is the glass simply cold water? And that other little tub is what, precisely? I can read Edward Green, but that's all.
     
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    retronotmetro Senior member

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    The glass is cold water, and the EG tin is neutral wax polish.
     
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    Demeter Senior member

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    So first you wipe them down with cold water, then use the Kiwi polish, and then the EG neutral polish?
     
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    lisapop Senior member

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    Advice from JM Weston...

    Wipe shoes with a slightly damp sponge to clean the skin
    Apply polish with a cotton cloth
    Once polish is dry, eliminate the surplus with a soft brush, then buff with a soft cloth
    For a brilliant sheen, mix a little water with the shoe polish. Massage the leather in concentric motions. Repeat the operation until the shine is obtained. Leave to settle for 24 hrs then wipe with a dry cloth to perfect the shine.
    Grayson
     
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    Cliff Senior member

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    For a superior shine (a "military spit shine"), use hot water. The hot water keeps the polish soft so that it can be worked into the leather better.
     
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    Ahh, perfect. Thank you all kindly for the input.
     
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    retronotmetro Senior member

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    He uses the Kiwi neutral on brown shoes, and the EG neutral on black shoes. Not both on the same shoes.

    He isn't using the cold water directly on the shoes--he is using it to dampen the polishing cloth, both before using the cloth to pick up and apply polish, then again at the final buffing. Basically a spit shine technique.
     
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    my understanding was that the cold water was to make the polish harden and sink in better. I have heard of aplying the polish on a hot knife, and then polishing with a rag dipped in ice water.
     
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    is wax the best product for getting the best shine? and i have heard that it tends to build up after a while sometimes cracking the leather. it was breifly stated long ago how to take off the layers of old wax, anyone remember this method? thanks.
     
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    JM Weston uses and sells a beeswax-based polish.  Being closely in touch with my inner Imelda Marcos, I recently renewed an appreciation for Weston shoes and am consulting with them on proper care of their shoes.  Ron Rider, shoe maven at Franco's, recommends a brand of polish under the brand name Lincoln, however the tin doesn't list ingredients.  Perhaps Ron can offer his advice.
    Grayson
     
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    jamesbond Senior member

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    hows the cura products, anyone have experience with them?
     
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    meaculpa, don't get carried away with using too much water to polish those Foster's shoes.  I, myself, don't use water at all, and you really should be able to achieve a perfectly fine shine without using H2O.
    Grayson
     
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    lisapop Senior member

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    Below are the brand names of polishes recommended by a few prominent shoemakers...

    Crocket & Jones: Dasco Shoe Cream
    Edward Green Bespoke (Tony Gaziano): Old Cobbler Fine Shoe
    Polish
    Perry Ercolino Bespoke Shoes: Cordonnerie Anglaise
    Grayson
     
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    Thanks, STYLESTUDENT. Â You're clearly a most polished gentleman [​IMG] Grayson
     

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