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

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

  1. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Once you've gotten a shine on the toe cap, do you only use wax on the cap going forward?
     


  2. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    The local shoemaker that I buy my Saphir creams from recommended me this one for my darkbrown G&G shoes. What brand of cream is this? Is it also Saphir but in a smaller size? Since I can't find any brand name on it..

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  3. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    that is saphir, but their regular "creme surfine" line. It is very good stuff.

    The Medaille D'Or line is their top line, which has the oils of 7 different types of unicorn, as opposed to something like 3 types in the creme surfine range.

    Both lines are good.
     


  4. acousticfoodie

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    I posted this originally in the wrong thread. Do any of you know the answer to this:

    "Hey guys. Got a question for you more experienced Thrifters.

    I Decided to check out thrifted shoes since you guys happen to get all these good finds. Finally found a cordovan pair of shoes in my size that was in excellent condition. This was a first and I was always hesitant to thrift used shoes. However, when I looked inside I saw white gunk inside the shoes that FREAKED ME OUT! I thought it was Fungus or something. I went to town with a toothbrush and lysol scrubbing away....but the gunk just wouldn't come off. I decided to just jab at it with a toothpick...and realized it was glue from some sort of repair as you can see here:

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    However, in my panic, I was brushing REALLY HARD. So hard that if you look above I might have turned the inner leather lining into suede leather lining lol. Here is a detailed expansion image here:

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    Now that my panic is over, I was wondering if the damage from my scrubbing of the smooth interior leather lining into frayed up leather would cause any future problems of the shoe itself or if it's just simply a cosmetic issue that no one would be able to see and has no effect on its future durability."

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  5. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    Keep calm and carry on. Nothing to see here.

    No damage done.
     


  6. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    That explains it. Thanks alot for your help! Now I can polish my shoes with a calm heart [​IMG]
     
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  7. acousticfoodie

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    Really? I was mowing down the inner lining really rough. Here is a wide shot of my brushing damage!

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    If my brushing damage is no big deal to the cordovan shoe's longevity, do any of you know why there is so much glue between the insole and inner lining? Was this from heat making it leak out or some sort of previous repair?
     


  8. well-kept

    well-kept Senior member

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    It's how they were made. Nothing to worry about.
     


  9. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Clean, thanks for the help hendrix the cream went fine as you can see :)
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  10. itsmejson

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    w/ the help of @christian b, recently revived 2 pairs of AE :)

    Byrons
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  11. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Christian B is the best, I also pm with him [​IMG]
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  12. itsmejson

    itsmejson Senior member

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    ^^ NICE :) I like what you did w/ the toe.

    I just picked up a pair of kenilworths that need some
    loving, I would like to do what you did to your toe. Is
    that black that you used?
     
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  13. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Yes just some black wax polish.
     


  14. cbfn

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    Well, black polish may be a bit to harsh, I would use mahogany, dark brown, medium brown and a couple of coats with black. Of course, it all depends on the wanted results.
     


  15. Stirling

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    Fail to see any significant difference between before & after, the shoes just appear to have had a simple polish.


    This thread is sinking to new lows.
     


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