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

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

  1. Lear

    Lear Senior member

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    Okay, I'm trying not to post info that's already contained here. I guess nobody realised it would grow to nearly 3,000 posts.

    Anyway, I've been dabbing a bit of the old wax onto a pair the last few days. Weather has been reasonably hot, nothing too severe though. The thing is, I never felt that the wax was taking, hardening, solidifying, grafting on top of the previous layer... whatever you call it. Whenever I applied the next coat, it felt as if the previous one was being disturbed.

    This morning the weather turned; a definite chill in the air. Leapt out of bed to attack the toecaps once more. Lo and behold, the wax behaves as it should. The candy coating rises up from the depths of previous layers. Nothing worse than disobedient wax.

    Heat/warmth is GREAT for applying creams, conditioners and the initial standard coat of wax. However, when it comes to the way of the mirror, perhaps colder is better.

    My advice: if you're really serious about shining, move to a colder climate. I can recommend Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

    Lear
     


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    cbfn Senior member

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    Trying to keep the great shine from Norway a secret, eh? :nodding:
     


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    hahah yes that's true!!
    try to blow while you are going for the mirror shine!! it helps wax harden!! [​IMG]
     
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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Way of the mirror, Lear. Way of the mirror.
     


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    That explains why i am having trouble getting a good mirror out here in Riyadh...its been 45+ deg !
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    45 degrees is cold. #Merica
     
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    Or just sit in front of the A/C
     


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    Was there sarcasm in that? I think the OP meant 45 degrees C.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Really? Really? :confused:
     


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    Great stuff, Goodlens, thanks. Do you use the Selvyt SR cloth? I'd not heard of Selvyt until now and just had a look around their website.
     


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    I didn't really think the #Merica hashtag could be taken in any way BUT sarcastically...
     


  12. Winston S.

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    :embar:
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    goodlensboy Senior member

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    I use Selvet PR - B. (Think, A, B, C denote sizes, take largest one that you can find). Washing makes them new, should last for years

    From selvyt website:
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    > Selvyt SR
    Universal multipurpose polishing cloth. Manufactured in woven unbleached cotton with a raised surface to lift particles to leave a perfect finish. Good as "New" when washed.

    > Selvyt PR
    Top of the range premium polishing cloth. Manufactured in woven cotton velvet with a raised surface to lift particles to leave a perfect finish. Good as "New" when washed.

    Boots and Shoes
    Apply shoe polish and lightly polish with reverse of Selvyt SR or Selvyt PR "B"cloth to take off excess polish, then polish briskly the boot or shoe with the raised side of the cloth to obtain an enviable shine.

    To bull your boot dampen part of the Selvyt cloth and rub into the boot leather briskly then finish off with the dry part of the raised cloth good enough to put a smile on the segeant major's face."
     


  15. M.D.

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    I have a pair of shoes which are full of candle wax. What is the best way to remove this?
    I don't really like the thought of putting a hair dryer next to them, afraid of cracking the leather. However, the layer of candle wax is quite thick, imagine walking in a big candle and letting them dry for a couple of weeks.... Does anyone have some ideas?
     


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