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

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

  1. Red Glasses

    Red Glasses Senior member

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    I have a few Dr Martens brogues, which I use for heavy weather.
    They're made of this waxxy leather.
    Any idea how to treat them? I read somewhere one shouldn't use regular polish/wax on them, but can someone confirm that?

    cheers
     
  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It depends on what you are using them for. If you want to keep them shiny like a dress boot, I would use Saphir renovateur and Saphir light brown polish. If you are using them to be rugged, in the snow and want them to survive and not have that dress shoe look I would use a damp rag and Montana Pitch Blend conditioner, or obanaufs heavy duty LP.

    As for the Alden, yes.
     
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  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Montana Pitch Blend conditioner, or Obanaufs Heavy Duty LP
     
  4. alexSF

    alexSF Senior member

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    I suggest you only the saphir surfine cream in light brown or light cognac and Renovatour
    I think that a country shoes doesn't look good to shiny.

    Use a cloth to apply cream, and an horsehair brush to final buff.
     
  5. The Deacon

    The Deacon Senior member

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    I received my deer bone last week from the same great seller as Namor. The bone worked wonders on both pairs of my burgandy Florsheim Shell cordovan longwings and my Alden cigar shell medallion tip bals.
     
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  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    quick question: what's a good source for flat/round leather/waxed shoe laces for dress shoes?
     
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    Try it here Patrick >>>
     
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    Just wanted to post an update about AE's incredible customer service. I e-mailed this question to the recrafting service at Allen edmonds who referred me back to the original store I got them from in San Francisco. They took a look at it, saw that it was some strange leather compression, and exchanged it for a new pair. The process took less than 5 minutes. Incredible service and staff. AE customer for life.
     
  9. thesecondprize

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    Got a pair of AE boat shoes - the Westbrooks. What product(s) do you recommend for extending the life of these shoes?

    The advice here is helpful, but it's written assuming dress shoes. Obviously I'm never going to polish boat shoes. Starting with the instructions in the above thread, should I just stop at conditioner? Could AE leather lotion be used in place of conditioner/polish? Thanks
     
  10. NAMOR

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    the deerbone works! im surprised how effortlessly the wrinkles melt away. bone also adds a nice sheen to the cordovan. must admit though, it looks odd rubbing my shoe with a deerbone.
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

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    I would just use Saphir Renovateur and then buff. If you want to want to wax polish on them, I would do Lexol, and maybe some cream polish.
     
  12. Red Glasses

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    I recently bought some Loake brogues for damp days. Prior to first use, I've treated them with Saphir Shoe Polish Lotion, followed by the Polish and the Wax.

    Today it rained, and I didn't see the raindrops beading (is that a word?), but just 'enter' the leather (calf). They are dry in no-time, though. Am I doing something wrong?
     
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  13. Naka

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    Pics!
     
  14. patrickBOOTH

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    First of all you are doing too much to them, you only need to be using Renovateur, or that Lotion and wax polish. Using the lotion, or the reno makes it pointless to use a cream polish as well and will just add to the finish of the shoes. Only use the cream polish if you are trying to deposit more color into the shoes, and then still use a topcoat of wax polish.

    The fact that is water didn't bead up could mean two different things. First the beading will only occurr if there is a sufficient amount of wax on the shoe. Even if you spread it all on and think it is enough the fact is water finds its way underneath it. Try conditioning after they dry and putting on the wax polish and buffing to a shine. Then do this about 3 more times with very, very light layers of wax polish. This should give them a bit more water resistance. Second, if it is raining hard enough, and you are out in it walking long enough the water will eventually soak the shoe regardless of how much wax you put on it. The water will find its way. No big deal, let them dry naturally for a day or two on their side and then condition them well and reapply the wax polish.

    If you don't care much about having the dress shoe shiny look I would recommend putting Obanauf Heavy Duty LP, or Montana Pitch Blend on them, which works wonders for keeping water out of the leather. The downside is theyy give the leather a matte, oily look.
     
  15. Red Glasses

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    thank you very much PB, much appreciated!
     
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    I don't have a deer bone, but I've been using my horn shoe-horn to rub out scratches in the leather.
     
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    Do you happen to have any photos of how dress shoes after they've had either of these products applied?
     
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    can someone quickly explain heel and toe taps? they look like they would make walking awkward.
     
  20. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Heel taps obviously are there to wear away the tap and not the heel of the shoe. Tow taps prevent wearing down the toe. some people depending on their gait and the length of the toe part of the last and wear right into the welt making it a much more expensive repair come resole time.

    You don't really notice the feeling after you walk in them for a bit. I am so used to it if one falls off it feels strange to me.
     

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