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

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

  1. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    For the Vass oxblood, i would consider the Hermes Red #12.

    For antiquing the brown shoes, I suggest the Mahogany.
     


  2. david3558

    david3558 Senior member

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    @ Kirby

    I've got a pair of burgundy calf Aldens with a perforated captoe. I had kicked a metal plate and got two cuts on the toe of one shoe, they are at least 1mm deep (its a cut, not a scuff or scratch - at least 12mm long). During the SFx10 party to fine shoe shiners were able to fill in the area with the same color but I want to see if I can remove those scratches completely, my cobbler says the cut is too deep to sand away at the surface.
     


  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why would you want to sand your shoes? Don't do anything so invasive, not going to come out well at all.
     


  4. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    It sounds too deep to sand away as your cobbler mentioned. The best thing you could do is fill the gouge with the Saphir Renovating Repair Cream. You might have to apply two or three layers, but it can be used to build up any cuts so that it appears level with the surface. It's just resin and pigment. Perfect for this application.

    It will not remove the scratch, but it will certainly help conceal it.

    Process would be similar to what was outlined above. Cut away any loose leather. Sand it if necessary just to smooth things out. Then fill it with the Saphir Renovating Repair Cream. After you're done, apply a few coats of polish to help further build the finish and conceal the damage.
     


  5. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Now that OnTheFly charges shipping for orders under $50, has anyone found another free/low shipping solution for buying Saphir?
     


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    grendel Senior member

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    Well, Kirby's hanger project is a good source... Isn't shipping free for shoe care stuff?
     


  7. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    good to know. I've never gone to this extreme.



    BRB, growing some stem cells
     


  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Renovator only until you get color fading in couple of years. If you want to mirror polish/bull the toe cap, tan is the best option.

    Don't try to antique until you get color fade. Otherwise its just making the shoe dark and lifeless.
     


  9. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Chogall can you add some pics to the well worn shoe collection, would love to see some of your older ones?
     


  10. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    in an ideal world this isn't necessary.

    imo, this thread is going straight downhill since a seller is promoting his goods, period.
     


  11. Poshak Man

    Poshak Man Senior member

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    Really! A seller promoting his goods. That's a new trend. What's the styleforum coming to?
     


  12. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I am not old enough to have many well worn shoes.

    5 year old C&J handgrade Selborne wearing at least once a week. Real color is lighter than pictured. Only used renovators to clean and dark brown cream to cover up scuff marks at toe tip and to color the welt/side. Never wax polished. Sole cleaned using saddle soap once. I prefer letting my shoes fade in color to create contrast/patina.

    [​IMG]
     


  13. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    I agree.
     


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  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I would rather have my shoes aged from sun bleaching or from natural oxidation than have it painted using creams that's easily removed using turpentine spirits (or reno'mat).

    Or we could all experiment with shoe painting antiquing or burnishing at home. [​IMG]
     


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