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

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

  1. Gerry

    Gerry Senior member

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    Yes, I'm pretty sure you could enhance that shine with a few coats of neutral polish using the spit/shine method. As I said ime I get the best mirror shine using wax polish, it can be done with cream but the best results I've had was using wax to finish off.
     


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    "From my experience you need to be using polish(wax) not cream"
    What I meant to say was (as you now also stated) that it's possible to achive the mirror-shine with just using cream.
    The top image (CJ Connaught) took me about 15 minutes à shoe, I am sure a much better result is easily accomplished but the lack of time set me back.
     


  3. Pieceofsand

    Pieceofsand Senior member

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    Do elaborate. I need some input :embar:
     


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    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    Great news!
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think a spit shine on the toe of any leather soled shoe is fine, it doesn't just have to be a "business" shoe.
     


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    __PG__ Senior member

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    I've been experimenting with getting a mirror shine with the damp rag method. After a couple of coats and a few minutes of buffing with a slightly damp rag I can get a really good mirror shine.

    However, when I go to the final polish with a dry rag...it buffs off. From what I've read, some of your turn to a fine brush and then microfibre cloth for the last polish. I'm tempted just to leave the shoe after the last round of damp rag polishing, although the idea of leaving the uppers with tiny amounts of moisture on them (even if it is on top of a layer of wax) doesn't strike me as a good idea.

    Plus I'd imagine that if you left the polish to dry, you'd probably get hazing and imperfections in the surface finish, in the same way you would on your car after a wash if you didn't use a chamois at the end.
     


  7. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    What about using a nylon stocking for the final buffing?
     


  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dont think about what other people said to do. If you get a good mirror shine with a damp rag then leave it be.
     


  9. Panos

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    Could someone say if those products are the right one to have? As, I don't have access to most of the products you talk about I went to Church's store to buy them. I follow the instructions that I found on John Lobb's website (which are similar with most members do here).

    http://www.johnlobb.com/en/care/guide/

    The result is pretty good in my black oxford shoes. On the polished binder ones, I can't see much difference (from the Tube that I was using before) but they do look probably better.



    I start with this product.
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    And I finish with this.
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  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The products are fine, but you are not going to see much of a difference with polished binder. It is a smoothed out leather with a coating over it so it more or less remiains shiny all of the time. Just a little cream and a brush is all that is really needed. You can put on some wax, but do so infrequently and sparingly as it builds up easy on binder leather.
     
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  11. Panos

    Panos Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!

    Can I keep using product #1?
    I am asking because it says, that it contains "BEESWAX".
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Beeswax is a main ingredient in any shoe care product. Just stay away from products that contain ear wax.
     
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  13. grendel

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    Well, it's the main ingredient in Saphir products, anyway... I think Kiwi is carnuba wax. I'm pretty sure all of the earwax based ones are homemade [​IMG]
     


  14. Panos

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    Is it possible to remove this Olive Oil stamp? I tried a dump cloth almost immediately (40 minutes ago) but nothing happend.

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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Try renovateur. Oil is hard, it darkens leather and gets into the pores. You might want to just use some polish to make it less noticeable. You're lucky you have the museum finish where it isn't all that noticeable.
     


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