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

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

  1. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Good to know. I have a container of it sitting at home bought from a soccer shop for leather cleats. They will be doing double duty as sole nourishment for my dress shoes too now.
     


  2. Lear

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    Hello everyone :D

    Most of us ain't cobblers, although I'm fairly fluent in speaking complete and utter cobblers. There's a limit to the number of times we can suggest: buff, polish, spit, droplet, Saphir, cream, wax etc. I think the problem is that we've now pretty much come full circle. Almost everything a normal person needs to know is contained within. My thought are that anyone not wanting to read it all, probably won't want to put in the required time to do it. Have a feeling I said something similar a few pages back :embar:

    Beyond this, and we're into the serious matter of shoe construction. Just a shallow, surface layer type myself. I like to flick through these pages, taking note of nicely cared for shoes. It lifts my spirit. Simple, harmless fun.

    Keep the pics coming folks :)

    Lear
     


  3. hikari013

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    I picked up a pair of Rider shell cordovan boots from ebay and the seller forgot to mention this damage on the bottom of the heel.

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    Luckily the scrapes look superficial and none of the stitching is undone and none of the leather is ripped too deeply. Any ideas on how I might smooth this out? Can that saphir repair creme be used on shell? Thanks.
     


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    Looks like a cat or dog had some horse butt for lunch.
     


  5. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I just made it up, fritzl :) Sometimes, it seems to people that there's some kind of dark art in maintaining shoes or they want the quick and easy way (hence patina in a can[​IMG]).
     


  6. fritzl

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    imo, the lazy ones who don't want to inform themselves and the impatient are the worst.
     


  7. joiji

    joiji Senior member

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    Quite the oversight. Unless you got them for a song, I'd be returning them. I'd probably avoid using that resin cream on shell, but Kirby may be able to advise better.
     


  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Very light layers of wax mixed with the mirror shine technique. The wax and water method works wonders for filling in stuff like that.

    I would dab with a little saphir creme just to get the color back, then buff, then wax and mirror method. I bet it would work well.
     


  9. thecentennial

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    Take a deer bone to it first, try to smooth out the scratching?
     


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    Or a spoon! Neither will erase the scratches, but they both should help, particularly with the shallower scratches on the shell itself.
     


  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Whatever you do demand a portion of your money returned for him neglecting to mention this sort of damage.
     


  12. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    It would help but the damage will still stay hikari. If I were you dont waste any time and try to return the shoes, what a douchebag that didn't say nothing...
     


  13. grendel

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    Like half. At least.
     


  14. hikari013

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    Indeed. This is what I thought as well, but he claims "Those aren't bite or claw marks, just the standard wear seen on the
    heels of used boots, which these were listed as."

    Standard wear. :sarcasm:

    Thanks everybody for the suggestions. I'm going to see what I can do with them tonight and post more pics.
     


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    Whatever caused it, the seller should have noted that much damage.

    It will indeed probably rub/polish out pretty well.

    But it should have been photographed and noted none the less. Scummy is as scummy does. File a complaint with ebay.
     


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