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

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

  1. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    and the saphir stuff from ronrider are here
    :slayer:

    i did order some polishing cloth from AE as well (can see in the first pic)
    and i plan on cutting up some t-shirts

    well, i guess it will be trial and error for me
    gonna give shoe shining a go on saturday
     
  2. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    I have much better results with a shoe bag turned inside out and wrapped around my fingers than a t-shirt. But, as said, everyone has their own method.
     
  3. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    A terrible waste of a shoe bag though, no? When you could just purchase dedicated polishing cloths, if you were that way inclined.
     
  4. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    Well yes, I must agree, but I use about one pair of bags a year max, and I have about 10 pairs of them laying around.
     
  5. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    What were you using before Saphir? Kiwi?
     
  6. Wilf

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    Thanks Fritzl.
     
  7. knezz

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    What do those steel plates do to wooden floors?

    I've used the plastic plates. Not the classiest but safe for my floors.
     
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  8. knezz

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    I'm thinking I'm going to hear what I don't want to hear but here goes.

    Because I used some Kiwi to bull my shoes - if I use Saphir to do period touch ups will that cause any issues?

    Also , is the consciences here that Saphir is the only (best) way to go with polishing and bulling?
     
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  9. cbfn

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    No, many here swear to Kiwi. I myself have used both, and I have achieved great results with each, they just need their own technique.
     
  10. Gdot

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    I have had no adverse affect from switching between Kiwi and Saphir polish on the same shoe.
     
  11. sstomcat

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    point taken,to be on the safe I even called them and have email that it is safe to use on leather surfaces, including fine uppers. I just choose not to do it.
     
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  12. knezz

    knezz Senior member

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    It was said above that bulling with Kiwi - if you lightly bump something it will leave a mark but with Saphir that mark would be less likely?

    I have experienced that marking during normal wear with my Kiwi bulled shoe. I would just keep a small patch of tee-shirt in my inside breast pocket to do a battle field repair. If Saphir reduces the chance that would save me the effort.
     
  13. lysandar

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    By no means a general rule, but my personal experience is that my saphir buffed shoe incurs less marking than when I'd used kiwi on it. Also, no issues with switching between kiwi and saphir, but I would prefer to start from scratch and remove the kiwi layers first.

    I haven't found a product that can do this easily though. Mostly I'm advised to work the layers away using renovateur. I'm wondering if saphir cleaning soap might do the trick - anyone with experience?
     
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    Sorry, dbl post
     
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    Saphir Renomat
     

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