**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think to some degree rubbing down shoes with an acetone based solvent then reconditioning might be kind of counter productive. Imo, using reno fairly regularly seems like an ok regime to me.
     


  2. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Is that what Reno'Mat is based on? Did anyone ever answer if it's okay on shell?
     


  3. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    From what I have been reading, since you don't really put much if any wax on shell, why would you need renomat? Wouldn't you just stick to renovateur?
     


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    badsha Senior member

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    Speaking of Renovateur. Do most of you throw on a coat of Reno when you receive new shoes? I tried Reno on a small spot and it seemed to take off some of the polish.
     


  5. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    yes - condition shoes before wearing.

    yes - sometimes a little color will come off on the conditioning rag.

    do it anyway.

    unless LOTS of color is coming off you will never miss the little bit of color that is coming off on the rag.
     


  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    I'm no expert but I would not use renomat, nor any other 'cleaner/stripper' on shell shoes.

    There would be no reason to even attempt it unless they had been overwaxed and it was cracking up.

    In which case I'd try to moisturize and buff down the wax before I'd try stripping shell.

    But again, I make no claims to being expert here.

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  7. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I've got some renovateur sitting on my pair of brand new AE Fifth Street boots right now. Will probably do some brushing once I get home.
     


  8. Bear

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    +1 - I have noticed that when the shoes look grainy, some brushing and about two thin coats of paste wax (plain old Kiwi) works wonders. Then a quick buff to smooth it all out. Back to your initial mirror shine that has now saturated the internet and AE's headquarters.
     


  9. Bear

    Bear Well-Known Member

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    I thought the general consensus here was to NOT leave the Reno on for too long as it could be difficult to get off.
     


  10. Bear

    Bear Well-Known Member

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    My understanding is Venetian shoe cream (small amounts) works well on shell. A quick rub and then brushing (lots) and a final buff.
     


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    easy_golfing Senior member

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    what does it mean if a lot of the polish is coming off on the conditioning rag?
     


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    cbfn Senior member

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    Bad finish, if I'm not mistaken(?).
     


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    mebbe. i don't see the point.
     


  14. Gdot

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    Just that if a lot is coming off you need to be careful that it doesn't come off in a blotchy mess.
     


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    If they are bespoke - no need. But RTW shoes can sit around in their boxes for months on end before they are sold. They can get rather dry.
     


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