**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 he said that in jest.
     


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    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    lol
    well this is the first time i'm going to be doing anything to my shoes so i would have believed him
    :embar:
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In all honesty, those round dauber things are pretty useless. I would send them back and get the smaller welt cleaning brushes.
     


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    patrick_b Senior member

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    I ended up with two of the round daubers from a travel kit. I use them to apply Renovateur to brogues. That's the only use I've found for them.
     


  5. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    Renovateur is best applied with a cloth not a dauber in any case.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, I feel like you waste a lot of product using those daubers. They are a bit too hard on the finish for application, I feel. A finger in a T-shirt works a lot better. It gets up excess polish and spreads the product better.
     


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    chogall Senior member

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    i just use my fingers... and toothbrush for welt seams...
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I find that using fingers does spread it better than a cloth, but the cloth helps to pick up excess loose pigment, polish and dirt.
     


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    thank you for mentioning me. probably, we can get more attention to good old kiwí in opposite to the frog crap... just sayin.

    a very warm welcome to you wilf.
     


  10. Onlyoneoklahoma

    Onlyoneoklahoma Active Member

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    Thank you for answering so quick. I was at work though and unable to apply.

    I know he is hocking a product but Kirby Allison seems decent enough. Here is his shine, which I was think about doing a few of my older shoes with. http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/presidential-shine/

    I ordered Renomat, and alas it is out of stock until tomorrow, thus I have a tub of dubbin sittin in my valet.

    Kirby hasn't steered me wrong yet, so I was going to try his method, is it terrible?
     


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    His method is very thorough. I'm sure it will work well.

    Dubbin (or pure mink oil) is not widely appreciated around here as a treatment for calf. As it has the reputation of being too greasy. However, I've used mink oil as an 'undercoat' on calf shoes for years with very good effect.

    Just don't use it frequently. And do note that Kirby notes you should let it soak in for two days.

    Also you should know that Kirby spent time with the folks at Saphir being trained on their recommended techniques.

    If you are interested in an 'all Saphir' treatment regime I have no doubt that Kirby is 'the man' to help you out with it.
     


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    Finger lickin' good eh?
     


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    A few of us have done this...and with the greatest respect to Kirby he is a businessman & retails these products. so bias has a part to play.

    Also it's worth noting there is a significant difference between Dubbin and Mink oil.
     
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    orly
     


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    good starter kit. well done

    ...and yes he is right.
     


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