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

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

  1. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Are you a attorney, author or poet?
    Hilarious, I'm still laughing as I write this:D
     


  2. Gdot

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    Architect. Glad I amused you. :D
     


  3. Northampton Novice

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    So, why is heaven considered to be a perfect place?

    Because there are no Architects to screw up the design :nodding:
     
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  4. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Ouch!

    :happy:
     


  5. bauerbach

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    so, 126 pages lol.

    My first pair of shoes that were not purchased in DSW are coming in soon. big boy pair of black calfskin alden balmoral captoe.

    I want these to be a long term investment...

    Alden shoe tree on the way.

    everything else....

    I see saphir Renovateur mentioned with great frequency.

    http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/saphir-renovateur.html

    I think I need a horsehair brush?

    http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/horsehair-shoe-polishing-brush.html

    Is that all I need? I read macs method... wipe it down with a damp cloth, then brush it with the horsehair brush for 15minutes?

    then, once every 10-15 wears, apply Renovateur with a soft cloth?

    am I remotely close? does renovatuer get used everytime? and I need a polish?

    Im sure this info is buried in these 126 pages, but I am hoping someone has a more condensed summary. :/
     


  6. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    bauerbach there is some debate on the use of neutral wax polish, but as Gdot suggests you could simply buy the black/brown instead if you like.
     
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  7. bauerbach

    bauerbach Active Member

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    excellent, thank you very much.

    Ill use that as my guide!

    I figure a jar of black and brown polish is not beyond my means, atleast black. I understand that different shades of brown shoes with 1 brown polish might result in lots of similair brown shoes. but as Im currently dealing with black, Ill leave that alone for the moment.
     


  8. bucksfan

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    ^^ good advice above.

    The Mac Method is really for shell cordovan shoes, though some (including Mac Himself) claim it works well on calf as well. For black calfskin shoes, get some sort of conditioner (renovateur works, but there are other, cheaper alternatives too), a horsehair brush, some black shoe polish and a buffing cloth (or an old t-shirt).
     
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  9. bik2101

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    do you all think thje types of shoe trees matter? i know there are some for like 40,50 dollars and there are others for like 20. I just have a few of the $20 ones, but wondering if I should be investing in better ones?
     


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    I think properly fitting trees can make a world of difference. I used to go down to C21 each time I got a new shoe and get a pair of those $12 trees. No more. $55 isn't a lot for trees when I'm wearing $1K shoes.
     


  11. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    Exactly.
     


  12. knezz

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    That's how they explained it to me when I purchased. But I did try...
     


  13. Gdot

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    If lasted trees are available with the shoes, spring the extra moola for them, period!
     


  14. BigCheese

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    Does anyone have the code for free shipping for the Hanger Project? I didn't get an email from Kirby even though I have bought from him before.
     
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  15. bik2101

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    lasted trees? what are those?
     


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