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

  1. AttackoftheMac

    AttackoftheMac Member

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    Hi, guys!

    New to this.

    So I got a pair of black calfskin boots. I used a little black cream, wax and waterproofing spray (all Saphir) when I got them.
    When I was done they looked flawless. After first outdoor use I notices small waterspots and some smudges.
    Shouldn't the 3 products have protected from this ? Maybe I've used to little or to much ? (I was fairly conservative)
     


  2. benhour

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    i dont think is a very good idea to remove the stiffeners (probably the shoes ll be ruined )!! i would try to use some silicone/foam heel inserts !
    No laughs at all my friend ! Very nice outcome and very beautiful shoes ! :fistbump:

    @Munky Thank you for the nice words !! Always a Gentleman

    @DWFII Always happy to hear from you !! thank you for the nice words!!
     


  3. benhour

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    A photo would help to have a more objective view
     


  4. audog

    audog Well-Known Member

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    Any one have ideas on how to best correct this accidental AE Park Ave damage? IMG_1356.jpg
     


  5. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Wow, that looks really rough. I don't think they're salvageable.
     


  6. audog

    audog Well-Known Member

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    Yea, minor run in with a file cabinet drawer bottom. I'm going to try a little sanding and conditioner/polish and then relegate them to "casual" wear. Guess I need to order another pair of Park Ave :(
     


  7. Churchill W

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    Uppers look kind of dry. I'd personally use more conditioner and cream in the future.
     


  8. MrUnderwood

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    Hi guys,

    I just purchased a pair of Loake 1880 Pimlico leather chukka and a pair of Loake 1880 Kempton suede boots. I live in a country with a lot of rain and snow; hence shoes also get effected by salt
    I own and has good experience with Saphir products and I would prefer to continue using those. I own Reno'mat and Renovateur.

    What would you recommend besides a Creme 1925 in the leather color brown. To protect both leather and suede against rain, salt and snow.

    Thank you!
     


  9. suitforcourt

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    I recommend rubber overshoes like Swims when you're walking outside. No point risking damage.
     


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    Hello all.

    I recently purchased a very lightly used vintage Florsheim longwings in shell cordovan. One of the shoes appears to be soaked in shoe polish and looks very dull. The other is fine. I have tried about 10 iterations to clean with Renomat and Renovateur, and every time more polish is coming off, with no sign of slowing down. Literally, if I leave a little Renovateur on the uppers, it quickly turns red. Is there anything else that I could be doing? I was even thinkig of using saddle soap to do a deep clean.

    Thank you in advance.
     


  11. suitforcourt

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    @davidVC - any tips?
     


  12. cypi2

    cypi2 Senior member

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    Nothing will beat overshoes.

    Otherwise, you could apply some Saphir HP Dubbin grease on the upper which will waterproof them to some extent (Note that this grease could make light colored shoe uppers a little darker).
    For leather soles, some people on this forum made positive comments on Saphir Medaille D'Or Sole Guard.
     


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    Can you post some photos? It reads like you are removing the stain from the shell.
     


  14. cc808314

    cc808314 Senior member

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    Hi David. Here some photos.

    IMG_1762.JPG

    IMG_1761.JPG

    IMG_1763.JPG

    IMG_1761.JPG
     


  15. davidVC

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    Don't use any more RenoMat or Renovateur on the pair.

    Horween added a stain to the surface of shell and then glazed the shell. Florsheim (like other manufacturers) added an additional color coating. I believe the coloring and glaze have been removed. Now you are removing the stain. You can see the original surface on the tongue and between the broguing on the photo of the medallion.

    I recommend applying cordovan cream to bring back the shine and some of the color.
     
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