Shoe Shining

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  1. Duke_of_Windsor

    Duke_of_Windsor Active Member

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    Drinkwaters Senior member

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    If I require a very high, glass like shine, I always finish with a buff with an old pair of my wifes nylon stockings. An old Army boot camp method.
     


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    Because nylon stockings were readily available?
     


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    Main ingredient: patience.
    I use a concoction of shoe polish and water (preferably a tone lighter than the shoe colour). Then I'd rub the leather gently, in circular motion.

    Next, I would suggest either the Liszt Sonata (~ 35 minutes) or Messiaen "Vingt Regards".
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    For a deep, deep shine, Hammerklavier.
     


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    Couldn't Koji get a CD out: "shoe shine music"?
     


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    I bet it'll be a sell out.
    "Back by popular demand, our next issue will be Music for Shirt Pressing."
     


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    What's the role of water?
     


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    Alchimiste,
    Getting nylon stockings can also be had from some type of perverse pleasure.
     


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    The water allows the polisher to evenly distribute the wax across the leather--it seems to act like a lubricant between the polishing cloth and leather. Once you achieve that "glassy" shine for the 1st time, you'll understand what everyone is describing.
     


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    alchimiste Senior member

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    My Gravatis can tell you that I understand what this "glassy shine" means. I have just done them and am quite happy with the result.
    My question was "what is the role of water?". I read on souliers.net that water+polish create an emulsion. This may be true. But then why does the emulsion fare better than polish alone. This is what I'd like to understand. It does not have much to do with practical issues and success in getting a good shine, I am just cusious as to how it works. When you are a scientist and a nerd, that's the kind of question you tend to ask.

    Mathieu
     


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    Depending on the kind of polish you use, some of them gets very dry after a while if water is not added. The water helps moisturize the leather as you polish, and it also helps the leather to absorb the polish. However, you can't have it too watery either, the gloss would not come out otherwise.
     


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    I have had my Grensons for three years now. I purchased the shoe polish that came with them, but after using them a few times, I realize they are not very good. There must be an unproportionate amount of alcohol in it that dries up the leather very unattractively. On the other hand, polish from Weston, Berluti, Lobb (Paris) work wonders with a little water. Green is good too, but somehow I couldn't achieve as glossy a shine as the others.
     


  14. Duke_of_Windsor

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    To make the perfect glass shining i'm using Blue Marine Berluti products for a black shoe and
    a light brown Berluti for all the others.
    Shining is just my passion after a hard day talking with my childs or my wife, listening the 5 th Symphonie....and the pleasure for the eyes begin .
     


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    For shining shoes, definitely Messiaen's Vingt, especially -- when "elbow greese" is required -- X. Regard de l'Esprit de joie: Presque vif. [​IMG]
     


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