Should I condition my new Loakes before trying them on or putting in the trees?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by aaron321, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. aaron321

    aaron321 Member

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    Nov 3, 2014
    I've heard Loakes tend to have stiffer calfskin I was thinking I should use renovateur on them straight out of the box. I read here on the forums that they may have set in the factory for a while.

    Also I don't see the point in making a new thread for this additional question. What would be the difference if my next shoes were C&J? Is it true that a MUCH larger portion of the business's costs go to quality shoe materials verses labor and overhead etc?

    UPDATE: I plan to use this process
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2015

  2. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Senior member

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    Jun 18, 2011
    Northern VA
    I usually put some wax on new shoes because I'm bound to scuff them. But I don't see the need to condition them before you wear unless they look dry. Just wear them and break them in.

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