Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.
If those are your only options; ^+1.
Both Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP and Venetian's shoe cream work well with Chromexcel (from my experience with them on my Wolverine 1000 mile boots). Obenauf will give you better waterproofing, and Venetian gives a shinier look to your shoes. But you can still get a good shine if you buff it correctly and then wipe it down (give it some time to absorb the LP before doing so), despite many people said that the LP give your shoes a dull look.
I agree, I got a near to mirror shine on my Colthams which I had treated with HDLP.
I hate venetian. It behaves very much the same as meltonian, which is loaded with silicone. It cakes all up in the creases and such.
I originally posted the following question in the 'Quick Question/Answer' thread and have been redirected here:
It's worth noting that these are cheap second hand shoes that I bought because I loved the look of them. Is it possible that the previous owner removed the finish with acetone? That would make this happen, right? If so, is it possible for me to create a new finish to the shoes?
Post a picture & shoe model info for better responses. I suspect that they are either corrected grain (which means the finish was basically spray-painted on) or they have a large amount of wax buildup. Or, perhaps they are shell. Either way, can't help without knowing more about the brand & model.
I've taken some detailed photographs and you can see them here. Here's a sample:
This is after I've treated the shoes with a mousturiser and done an initial polish with a Saphir cream polish. They look like this also after a wax polish.
The make/model says 'McGregor - Ralph'. I've not heard of this before and there are no shops like that where I live (UK). I fully imagine it to be a mid-range store shoe, as my meagre student budget can't stretch far, hence the second hand shoe!
Does anyone know why brand-new shoe difficult to shine compared to aged one? The Saint Crispins also wrote about it
not enough wax deposits to raise a shine.
May it be corrected grain, although not shiny, or just bad leather with regards to the creasing?
Creasing is not bad, to my eye - it looks like a waxed chromexcel type leather.
With the "moisturiser" and cream you put on the shoe (care to elaborate what this was?) - this may also make it difficult to bring up a shine.
Personally like the look and would leave as is.
Ahh, I think you're right, I've seen such creasing on CXL-like leathers before, and this may also be the reason for the difficulty to produce shine. I finally made it on my pair of CXL-chealseas, but it took a lot more time than regular calf.
Those don't appear to be corrected grain leather so if you want a mirror shine you will have to spend some time.
Venetian shoe cream has no silicone in them, and it is one of the shoe conditioner recommended by Nick Horween. All shoe cream/wax/dressing/polish cakes up in the creases if you apply too much. They all form a layer on top of the leather to protect the shoe, and the layer breaks at the creases when you wear the shoe. Buff the creases with a horsehair brush and they should go away, if not, you applied too much. Use some leather cleaner to remove the excess in that case.
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