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

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

  1. ErikW

    ErikW Senior member

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    Anyone know where I can buy the suede protector? Can't find any in stock... Is there another brand?
     


  2. rokr32

    rokr32 Active Member

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    I got both of these for my suede loafers the other day at Clarks..

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    thing is, i still don't know when to apply either one :p
     


  3. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    apply the spray protector now (assuming the shoes are clean).

    Brush lightly after wearing. Use the 'eraser' on any stains or dirty spots that turn up.

    Enjoy!
     


  4. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Use the suede & nubuck brush to brush out the suede before and after wearing. It is like vacuuming carpet. Makes the suede look nicer by "fluffing" the fibers. The gummy texture also helps remove dirt.

    Spray the protector on at a distance of 12 to 18 inches. Highly suggest doing this outside. Once you see that water drops no longer form, re-spray the shoes. Should help protect against water and, in theory, stains.

    If you shoes *really* get dirty, wash them in the sink. Use a brush and a tiny bit of soap to remove dirt. Allow to dry. Brush, then spray.

    Good luck!
     


  5. rokr32

    rokr32 Active Member

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    thanks for the tips guys! so the spray protector i just spray anytime?
     


  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    It's a 'preventative' measure - spray them while they are new and clean to prevent future staining. ????Reapply every six months or so?????
     


  7. rokr32

    rokr32 Active Member

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    ah ok. Now i understand. Thanks so much :)
     


  8. fritzl

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    almost. depending on your wearing habits every second or third wear. much better.
     


  9. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Reapply once water stops balling when it hits the leather. This means that the waterproofing has worn off.



    Agreed.
     


  10. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Hi Kirby,

    I've enjoyed the Saphir products you carry.

    Question for you: Is there a point to buying NEUTRAL colored Saphir cream polish for black shoes? My goal is just to get a good shine. I currently already possess the Renovateur and a neutral color Saphir wax polish.
     


  11. rokr32

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    I see. Good thing I asked you guys first! Nothing like ruining $495 shoes for not knowing how to take care of them.

    I'm wearing them tonight and see how they hold. thanks again!
     


  12. Quartermain

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    Good evening chaps,

    I have just stumbled upon this thread and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about and seeing how shoes are so well looked after, in addition to some fantastic looking toecaps. Given my occupation within the British Army for nearly twenty years I have, as you can imagine, been required to shine my boots/shoes to a mirror finish in barracks and on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace whilst undertaking cerimonial duties on the odd occasion.
    I have however always been ignorant when it comes to the use of shoe trees and now plan to start using them in my beloved shoe collection. My question to you fine chaps is this: Will older shoes (upto 2 years in age and in good condition) benefit from the introduction of shoe trees? I am keen to purchase and start using them, but are my shoes already doomed?

    Kind regards,

    Q
     


  13. fritzl

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    no. go ahead. you'll not regret it.

    good luck
     


  14. patrick_b

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    It's a great product for waxy or pull up leather as found on workboots. I would not use it on any calf leather that I ever wanted to shine however. I also prefer the LP over the oil.

    On appropriate leather & footwear it will clean, condition and increase water/stain resistance incredibly well. The leather won't take a high shine after applying LP wax, but it will develop a nice luster, more of a sheen than shine.
     
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  15. dredwings19

    dredwings19 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Everyone, I recently bought a pair of Brooks Brothers Medallion shoes "AE Strands for the most part" in Walnut. I am wondering what kind/colour of wax polish I can use on them? I have purchased the AE premium shoe polish but I am thinking that a wax polish might protect them a bit more from scuffs.
     


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