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

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

  1. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    For those interested, I wrote a guide on how to achieve a spit shine in 15 minutes (give or take) on my blog. I've learned this particular technique from Neus Benavent, Store Manager at Gaziano & Girling's Savile Row store in London, and one who paints patina and shine their shoes. I find it quite effective.

    Here's the shoes polished for the article, after 15 minutes starting from "scratch":

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  2. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    Excellent advice. I tried many times to verbalize how I shine but found it hard to convey in writing. You've done just that very well. One thing that I find similar to your approach and mine is that I always recommended applying many layers of wax before ever taking a brush to the shoe. I see you offer similar advice. It was this approach that I found after trial and error. I wish someone had mentioned it earlier (to me).

    I posted this in 2011 (edited for clarity):

    The difference between then and now is that I rarely wear suits and prefer my shoes & boots to have a more casual, matte appearance. That way I can wear with business casual during the day and jeans/chinos at night. Works best for me with frequent business travel.

    Your shoes do look stunning!
     


  3. guarrellam

    guarrellam Active Member

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    Little restyling,from burgundy to black.

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  4. Lionel Hutz

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    purchased a pair of vintage florsheim PTB off eBay and may have been overzealous with renovator, I now have some dull spots where the finish is matte (though honestly I think they were there all the time), should this be evened out with renovator, will the polish do this job or have I screwed up these shoes??

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  5. madhat

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    If you want uniform color I'm betting you'll need to fully strip and redye. I had to do it on a pair of burgundy shoes.
     


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    How are you finding the quality and fit of Meermin shoes ? The prices of their shoes are quite cheap on their site.
     


  7. guarrellam

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    Good, with great value for money I've spent.
     


  8. Luigi_M

    Luigi_M Well-Known Member

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    Munky, sorry to hear about your dismay with Woly.
    I too had read (I can't recall where) that it was advertised as solvent-free. Oh well.
    The usual teaching we all get is "trust no1"!
    Kind wishes, Luigi.
     


  9. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I've only just noticed that the 'number of posts' and 'number of likes' features have stopped working - for quite a long time, I think!
     


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    If i can remember correctly these Florsheim were made out of corrected grain leather (nothing wrong with that !sanded down leather -dyed-spray coat) so the only thing you have done here is that you removed some of the factory finish ! this is not something that will have any impact at the durability of the shoes!

    Now according to the "healing process " !! its quit easy to fix that! :

    1. Take a matching colour dye and dye the spots using a sponge with a tampon/stamp motion (Ask your girlfriend or a woman how she applies her make up or see a similar YouTube video) or an airbrush ! These 2 ways ll help blend the spots and make it look more like a patina or not noticeable at all!

    2. use a high concentration paste(cream) polish followed by the matching coloured wax to cover it up!
    Both are going to work like a charm , the first one is just a more permanent fix!

    i hope i helped a little bit, always happy to help when i can!:happy:
     


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    i think this is fixed now !
     


  12. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I don't think so, Ben! You have been showing 'Messages 667' for over a year now! You have posted a lot more than that, including the two, above! Kind regards, Munky.
     


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    Interesting, had not noticed that...

    EDIT: and just checking after this post, my post count did increase by 1.
     


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