Shoe care

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HitMan009, May 3, 2004.

  1. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Senior member

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    Everyone,

    I would like to know what everyone's opinion of what shoe creams, wax polish, oils etc... are the best for each particular leather. Mentioning that, I went looking for a tin of KIWI wax polish for shoes I use when it rains. I was surprised by the lack of the brand KIWI in most stores. Most were brands I never heard of. In this thread, I would like to know what brands are best in terms price/performance, which are best regardless of price, etc. I think this thread would serve everyone here who is an avid fan of shoes. Also, there is are numerous tutorials on how to polish shoes. They are all good and dandy but if someone can describe his own method for cleaning and polishing shoes, creating a finished product, it would be great.

    Thanks in Advance.....
     
  2. Internyet

    Internyet Active Member

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    I figured this would be a good time to threadjack, and ask, how do you store your shoe care products? I was deliciously eyeing the "executive shoeshine kit" at www.shoeshinekit.com -- but it's no longer available. My old box was shoddily made, and falling apart -- any recommendations on a good storage method? I don't have much space here, and my beat-up kit looks pretty bad next to my shoe rack.
     
  3. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For the ultimate shoeshine box, have a look here: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Catalog/ShoeShineBox/ I don't think you can go any better (and at $ 1200, you, probably, can't go any dearer).
     
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    I've actually seen (well, drooled at is probably a more appropriate expresion) that box several times. I was thinking something, uh.... cheaper [​IMG]
     
  5. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    As for the Alden box, I've wondered if it wouldn't be cheaper to find a skilled woodworker and have him build you one. You can do an awful lot with that kind of money.
     
  6. My View

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    Since we are on the topic of shoe care, does anyone out there really follow the instructions of shoemakers to "not to wear a new (unworn) pair of shoes for more than 4 hours as the shoes need to adapt itself to the feet of the wearer"?

    I personally find it impractical because if it's a pair of work shoes, how can I possibly wear it for less than 4 hours?

    (I do know for a fact that "practicality" is not a top priority for many forum members here...)

    Also, do you guys give your new (unworn) shoes a coat of polish - as advised by some shoemakers - before wearing them for the first time?
     
  7. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well I think that recommendation is more for your protection than to protect the shoes. Fancy, wearing a brand-new pair and after two hours they begin to hurt, after four hours they become a pain in the ****, ahem, on the foot und you can't take them off until you come home after eight or nine hours.

    Hence the recommendation to begin by wearing them round the house or for relatively short time spans. This doesn't mean they have to taken off after four hours, it just means you have the opportunity to take them off, should the need arise.

    Yes, give them a coat of polish, it will not do any harm and it might protect you from a nasty stain on your brand-new shoes.
     

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