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

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

  1. Monaco

    Monaco Senior member

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    For suede, is it just a simple designated cleanser and brush?
     
  2. NOBD

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    I guess it's because shoes have been around for ages and therefore need 'old school screws'. I remember that when we were putting up some shelves in the kitchen of my house (from the 1950s), my contractor suggested I'd use the (-) variety. Never thought about that before, but he was right: looked much better/more appropriate.

    Also, I'm used to them because my cobbler uses them for toe taps:

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    I think these are brass screws.



    Yes. Just put some polish on a cloth around your finger and run along the edges. There are special products (they look like big "felt-tips") for it, but it's easy to do without.



    See answer above.
     
  3. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    where does one find old screws? I think in the meantime ill use brass flat screws. those are available at the home depot
     
  4. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    You mean (-) screws? Some DIY stores here sell them, in different metals, even stainless steel. Brass flat screws sound fine.

    Edit: or do you mean (-) screws when you say flat screws? (I thought flat screws were screws with a flat top, not a 'rounded' top, if you know what I mean.)
     
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    NAMOR Senior member

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    oh ok, gotcha. thanks!

    I had a little extra time yesterday so i organized the shoe care ish. i have my shoe repair supplies organized under the horse hair brushes. found a gilt box from back in the day

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  6. Achillus

    Achillus Senior member

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    Hehe :D.
     
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    NAMOR Senior member

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    depends on what is on the shoe. If its not dirty, I usually just brush the suede after several wears. If you got something on it, then it depends. The key to suede shoe care is to pretreat the suede with waterproofing/dirt resistant spray when you first buy them. The stuff I use is silicon based spray. Just a warning, it does darken the suede slightly.
     
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    haa, you like what you see? :D
     
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  9. Achillus

    Achillus Senior member

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    Yeah it's nice. It looks like a men makeup box :lol:.
     
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    haa. speaking of which, I didnt bring my make up box and the RL Darltons were dry after I was caught in a rain storm last night. I let them dry out but now the leather looks dry on the left shoe. I applied a little dab of "mega-rich" body lotion to the vamp. is this okay?

    for what its worth, it smells nice. reminds me of saphir but more citrus and less honey
     
  11. Lear

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    I've been getting quite a few personal messages regarding my mirror shined shoes and boots. Seems that many are having problems doing it themselves.

    You need to get a feel for the wax. Know the signs. This is not a 'How To' post, but just to reinforce how blindly repeating the same mistake on every coat is a recipe for matte shoes. Analyze your methods. Experiment with slightly more/less, quicker/slower, longer/shorter etc. You need to discover your own recipe. Do read posts by many of the experts here. Also, if you Google 'mirror shine', it'll bring up plenty of videos. Just remember that everyone has a slightly different twist on how it's done. Stay away from naked flames for now, especially if you live in the United Kingdom.

    Don't forget to lean your shoe into the natural light. Have the toe pointing away from you, slightly downwards. You'll now be able to see the swirls quite clearly. All the information you need is out there on the Web. The world probably doesn't need another 'How to Shine Shoes' instruction manual. If you still don't get it, then I'd suggest tracking down a friend (ex-military) who does. Ten minutes of hands-on instruction will equal hours of disjointed reading.

    Lear
     
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  12. patrickBOOTH

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    Way of the mirror, Lear. Way of the mirror.
     
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    Maybe a n00b-question, but won't this affect walking comfort as the heel of the shoe you normally fully utilise to walk on is reduced to a small piece of plastic?
     
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    you forget its there after the first day. the surface area is reduced but you still have about 90% of it left
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I get heel taps on everything. Yesteday one fell off and I was in a funk all day. You get so used to them being there.
     

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