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

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

  1. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    You are full of contradictions and need to remind yourself of your own posts in this very thread. Perhaps the sun did more than just bleach your shoes [​IMG]
     
  2. patrickBOOTH

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    Lexol on my briefcase and leather couch.
     
  3. Stirling

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    Good stuff Lexol, EU regs have made it impossible to get hold of in the UK however.
     
  4. cbfn

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    What? Seriously? I have ordered it twice; one time from a retailer in the U.S. and once from eBay. May I ask what kind of EU regs?
     
  5. fredrikkm

    fredrikkm Senior member

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    EU regulations don't necessarily apply to Norway though.
     
  6. SHS

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    What about renovateur? Is it too harsh for belts and briefcases? And is Nivea a good alternative? :decisions:

    Edit: I guess I don't dare to use it (reno) on luggage, even if someone recommends it. I would like to hear if anyone has experience with using it on anything other than shoes though.
     
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  7. fredrikkm

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    Nothing wrong with using reno on bags and belts. I'm pretty sure I have read somewhere that Hermes use it on their bags (I could be wrong on this). The reason I don't use it on my bags and belts is simply because Lexol is cheaper, and I'm not as particular with bags and belts as I am with shoes. I don't understand why you would think renovateur is harsh...
     
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    Leather conditioner is conditioner for leather. Not conditioner for shoes. Just try it and see how it goes.
     
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  9. SHS

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    Thank you. I am a bit careful with reno because I had a bad experience with some shoes that began to lose their colour when I polished them. They actually looked like they had been antiqued, but I didn't like it. I had to strip them down with nailpolish remover and acetone and repaint them with leather dye. I guess it was the shoes and not the reno that was to blame. I have had no problem with using reno or other saphir products on my better shoes. Also, could someone elaborate on the idea of using Nivea? I am still not totally sure whether it was a joke or not? I am not trying to ridicule anyone (or myself), but would genuinely want to know. :nodding:
     
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  10. SHS

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    So, if I understand you correctly, you recommend using reno on other leather than shoes?
     
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  11. lee_44106

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    I had purchased two jars of Saphir Renovateur, and gave one to my wife.

    She uses it on her Berluti leather accessories and seems to have no problem with it.

    I used to moisturize my briefcases with Renovateur, but now I just use the Saphir leather lotion. It seems that the leather lotion is like Reno-lite.


    I really enjoy using both the Renovateur and the leather lotion. I can apply with my finger
     
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  12. SHS

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    Great, thanks.
     
  13. cbfn

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    This is actually one of the features that is desirable about reno. By removing some of the colour you get more of a three dimentional look in the leather instead of the flat and two dimentional look they usually have. Antiquing is of course a personal choice, but it's almost impossible to not get when you're using and polishing shoes.


    It's advised to apply reno with a cotton cloth(t-shirt/shoe bag) if I'm not mistaken.
     
  14. lee_44106

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    Just think about that statement.

    Does that even make sense? does it even sound logical?

    Nothing beats the finger, in my opinion.
     
  15. paskaldjay

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    About the Nivea, a LOT of wallet enthusiast on some forum use it on their vegetable tanned leather wallet (some use it on belts too). The Patina (or what else I called for their experiment) looks well for that veg tan things but the Veg Tan leather tends to absorb all kind of solvent right? So not just Nivea, anything which in liquid could create some patina in that Veg Tan leather IMO
    I'm not sure the effect of Nivea in shoes that mostly not a Veg Tan based.
     
  16. Mr. Moo

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    Myron Glaser recommend Nivea for his bags.
     
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    Anyone familiar with Edward Green's Dark Oak? I'm about to get a pair of Dovers in with that material... want to be prepared!
     
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    I have to respectfully disagree. When you apply with your finger you are essentially rubbing any excess polish the Reno would remove around the surface of the shoe. When you apply with a cotton cloth it gets absorbed into the cloth. Just try it. When I Reno my strands with a cloth the cloth turns brown with excess polish and grime that previous steps didn't remove.

    EDIT- I should also add I have never applied any product but Reno from my aforementioned strands. The grime that ends up in my cloth is not from prior improper care but from over coloring by AE and natural leeching over time.
     
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  19. cbfn

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    ^ this. Reno is also a cleaner and takes of both dirt and some wax/cream. By using your fingers you're just moving it around on the leather which may give a undesirable effect.
     
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    Thank you all.
     

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