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

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

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Thanks. I think my C&J can use that, the sole doesn't look happy. Any rough guidelines for application -- clean the sole with a damp cloth, rub in the oil, let rest overnight? In what inteverals -- whenever the sole is scuffed?
     
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    thanks that's the exact problem I'm having. Will save the daubers for wax polishes only.
     


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    I think he meant included the wax polish. The only thing I use the daubers for is getting some wax between the welt and uppers, the rest of the time I apply it with a cotton t-shirt wrapped around my fingers.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The only thing I ever use a dauber for is after it rains and the shoes dry sometimes there is dirt and grit in the welt. I brush it out. Other than that daubers are shit.
     


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    Does one need to polish and condition shoes that have been in storage for several months even if you had polished them right before storage?
     


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    ^ It can't hurt to condition them to avoid any cracking or extra creasing that might occur if the leather has dried out in that time, although they're probably fine. Since polishing is mostly aesthetic, that's a personal judgment on how they look.
     


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    yes in my book. the leather is probably dry from being stored so it doesnt hurt to give them some extra conditioning before wearing for the first time in a while
     


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    Thanks for the responses guys. Can I just polish them with a hybrid creme/wax like AE shoe polish and consider that "conditioning?" Or Do I need to use actual conditioner (just trying to save myself time)?
     


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    I have no experience in this regard but what you propose sounds about right to me. As to frequency 4 times a year or after they've been worn in the rain seems about right to me.
     


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    I have seen some guidelines here:

    http://grunwald-true-style.com/Shoe-Care/Oil-for-Leather-Soles.html
     


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    Is there a similar burgol product that can be cheaper sourced in good ol USA
     


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    I would use an actual conditioner, then polish.
     


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    I found that using a leather lotion (I use collonil 1909) as the solvent in polishing (Wax) gives a much better result than just using water. The lotion smooth out the surface of the leather & as the result give a much better contact when I move around it to buff in small circle.
     


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    you can use gun oil, if that helps. dunno about the price ratio, though.
     


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