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

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

  1. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    I had purchased two jars of Saphir Renovateur, and gave one to my wife.

    She uses it on her Berluti leather accessories and seems to have no problem with it.

    I used to moisturize my briefcases with Renovateur, but now I just use the Saphir leather lotion. It seems that the leather lotion is like Reno-lite.


    I really enjoy using both the Renovateur and the leather lotion. I can apply with my finger
     
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    Great, thanks.
     
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    This is actually one of the features that is desirable about reno. By removing some of the colour you get more of a three dimentional look in the leather instead of the flat and two dimentional look they usually have. Antiquing is of course a personal choice, but it's almost impossible to not get when you're using and polishing shoes.


    It's advised to apply reno with a cotton cloth(t-shirt/shoe bag) if I'm not mistaken.
     
  4. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Just think about that statement.

    Does that even make sense? does it even sound logical?

    Nothing beats the finger, in my opinion.
     
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    About the Nivea, a LOT of wallet enthusiast on some forum use it on their vegetable tanned leather wallet (some use it on belts too). The Patina (or what else I called for their experiment) looks well for that veg tan things but the Veg Tan leather tends to absorb all kind of solvent right? So not just Nivea, anything which in liquid could create some patina in that Veg Tan leather IMO
    I'm not sure the effect of Nivea in shoes that mostly not a Veg Tan based.
     
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    Myron Glaser recommend Nivea for his bags.
     
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    I have to respectfully disagree. When you apply with your finger you are essentially rubbing any excess polish the Reno would remove around the surface of the shoe. When you apply with a cotton cloth it gets absorbed into the cloth. Just try it. When I Reno my strands with a cloth the cloth turns brown with excess polish and grime that previous steps didn't remove.

    EDIT- I should also add I have never applied any product but Reno from my aforementioned strands. The grime that ends up in my cloth is not from prior improper care but from over coloring by AE and natural leeching over time.
     
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    ^ this. Reno is also a cleaner and takes of both dirt and some wax/cream. By using your fingers you're just moving it around on the leather which may give a undesirable effect.
     
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    Thank you all.
     
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    Here are some pictures of the shoes that got "antiqued" when I first polished them. I had sprayed them with waterproofing spray first, so that was perhaps also a factor. The pictures aren't great, but the shoes looked yellowish and sick:

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    I then stripped the wax with a neutral baby shampoo, let dry, and then stripped them further with acetone and nailpolish remover:

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    I bought some "narvsvaerte" or leather dye in dark brown for less than $10:

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    And this was the result:

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    I am very pleased with the result, and the shoes feels very personal for me of course.
     
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    Well yeah, the finish on Eccos can't be described as super so that would been a factor. Maybe the waterproofing spray had some solvents in it as well, anyway, you shouldn't use such spray on leather shoes after what I've read. They looked better afterwards, good dye job.
     
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    Thanks. I don't think I will ever use waterproofing spray again, except on suede.
     
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    Both excellent points and I would have to agree with you. :embar:

    I use Renovateur as a leather lotion on brand new items, hence the finger-application technique.

    For worn/used items, I'll definitely apply with cloth.
     
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    Why is that?
     

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