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Any thoughts on using dubbin instead of sole oil for sole care? Of course, sole oil is made for the purpose, but it's so much more expensive. Or some other product recommendation?
If your goal to waterproof your soles, putting dubbin on some well worn soles would probably work just dandy. Just make sure you walk on the street or someone else's carpet, lest you spread animal fat all over your floors.
 

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If your goal to waterproof your soles, putting dubbin on some well worn soles would probably work just dandy. Just make sure you walk on the street or someone else's carpet, lest you spread animal fat all over your floors.
Haha! Grease 'em right before going over to dinner at a rival's home! Thanks, @JFWR.
 

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I've never tried but the risk is to mellow the sole and make it more prone to abbrasion
That's the general risk with treating the soles at all, but given Saphir markets an oil for it, I assume the waterproofing would be more effectual.

I mean, I haven't put dubbin on my own soles, but it doesn't seem like it'd be problematic inherently.

I've used Saphir's oil and I have never had a problem with excessive abrasion from it.
 

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That's the general risk with treating the soles at all, but given Saphir markets an oil for it, I assume the waterproofing would be more effectual.

I mean, I haven't put dubbin on my own soles, but it doesn't seem like it'd be problematic inherently.

I've used Saphir's oil and I have never had a problem with excessive abrasion from it.
I use Saphir's oil and never had a problem either. Dubbin is a different product that I haven't tried and that, AFAIK, isn't generally used for this purpose so I'm warning about a potential issue.
 

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Any tips on how to shine/mirror finish toes with medallion, how do you prevent the wax from going in ?
 

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I use Saphir's oil and never had a problem either. Dubbin is a different product that I haven't tried and that, AFAIK, isn't generally used for this purpose so I'm warning about a potential issue.
True. I mean, I do know some people who use bear grease all over their boots and swear by it, including on the soles.
 

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Had some time to kill. Only got to one pair but after wearing my oxfords sparingly for the last year and not having to do much in the way of maintenance after polishing everything early on during lockdown it was nice to get to a pair tonight.
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A nice production piece but please, amateurs watching this, do not take this as a go-ahead to use sandpaper (no matter what the grit) on leather shoes!

You state that the "gauges" (I think you mean gouges) are not that deep. If that is the case then there are a couple of better options. From what I can see in the video, the best and least detrimental course of action would be to use a leather moisturiser, followed by a high pigment cream (which you use), and then apply the wax layers. This will cover and smooth over the rest. There is no need to sand down the leather and the results will be indiscernible.

You state that filling the gouges is an option. I cannot comprehend why you chose to sand the leather down.

I recommend that you press a more concentrated wax, such as Saphir's mirror gloss wax into the gouges. This will allow you to smooth over and provide a consistent finish without thinning the leather or reducing the quality of the leather that is the one of the very reasons we buy such high-end shoes.

Apart from the sanding, all other processes are well executed.

Best of luck in the future.
I Use Sandpaper On Suede, Very Fine Sandpaper! This was A Pretty Good Video!
 

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Any thoughts on using dubbin instead of sole oil for sole care? Of course, sole oil is made for the purpose, but it's so much more expensive. Or some other product recommendation?
I Use Kwik Condtionor On The Soles, I've Never Replaced A Shoe Sole!
 

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