**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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    The Saphir description clearly states that Saddle Soap is for the cleaning of rough oily leathers.

    They describe the Cleaning Soap as appropriate for the cleaning of 'finished' leather. They mention Hermes uses it to clean handbags.

    I have used Saphir Saddle Soap to clean calf leather shoes before. They didn't seem any the worse for it. I guess, given Saphir's own recommendation, that I shouldn't have used it on dress shoes.
     
  2. Youngj

    Youngj Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know of a source for Venetian Cream in the UK?

    While I'm planning to mainly brush my shells, they have a small dry patch.
     
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    Tea-stained Tan Shoes Update
    It has been roughly 9x24 hours since my Tan Derby get stained. I realize after removing polish with Cleaner (Making the shoe 'Bare' of outer layer of polish) the Stain fade away little by little. I just put it on well ventilated wardrobe with cedar shoe trees. I think the difference of Tea Stain is just the amount of 'Stain' that would stuck in the shoes. It's very time consuming to wait for the Stain to fade
     
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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    I like the way you've given The Stain proper noun status.
     
  5. SirGrotius

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    Got a knick in my brand-new JL Beckett Classics. It's like a tiny tear, of course, right on the front of the shoe. It looks like some sort of stone (a touch under a millimeter) cut into it. You can see I guess white underneath the black finish. Is there anything that can be done or is this something that you just put polish on and try to not obsesses over?
     
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    There's a new Saphir product out for just that purpose. Good reviews (in this thread I think). Seem to remember the Hanger Project (USA) sells it. Anyway, someone here will definitely know more.

    Lear
     
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    Awesome. Thanks guys. You can imagine my frustration dropping that much on dress shoes and then getting a scrape. So random!
     
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    ircfas133 Senior member

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    Wow, this thread is so educational. Very nice. Where can I get all the tools required to do the job listed here?
     
  10. Essential

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    I just have shoe cream and applied it do my shoes. They're loafers so I never thought they needed a good shine.

    I wiped the shoe down with a damp cloth, then put the shoe cream on with a horsehair dauber. It looks great but the only problem is that whenever any water (even a drop) touches my show, it creates a residue that is slightly darker than the cream I put on it. Did I skip a step?
     
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    From my experience, when using Shoe Cream try to avoid any water into the shoe. Shoe cream doesn't give a good water protection like Wax so IMO don't use any water to give a Shine to Cream. Just brush it then buff with fine cotton Cloth
     
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    Clearly Patrick Is referring to conditioner but just a quick comment Re: Lexol leather *cleaner* vs. Renomat. If you are trying to remove wax polish, IME the Lexol will accomplish the job but it takes a lot of product and effort/time. Renomat, OTOH seems to accomplish the task with very little product and effort. Renomat also seems to leave the leather in better condition after the polish is removed and it takes very little product.

    So in this case (Lexol cleaner vs. saphir Renomat) Renomat may be a more economical option in terms of time and effort, and maybe even price.
     
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    I agree. Renomat is much faster and easier to use, but it also seems to dry out the leather more than the Lexol cleaner. I have moved from using Lexol cleaner to using Renomat in most cases, and I just use a little more Lexol leather conditioner when I'm done with the cleaning process.
     
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    Question, on a pair of shoes I just got from thrifting, the toe area appears darker than the rest of the shoe, it also feels slightly rougher/waxier, not as smooth as the other areas and refuse to take a shine. I tried AE's conditioner cleaner and it doesn't appear to help. Is this a case where I need to use lexol or renomat to strip the area?
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    I have a same experience with Lexol. Really need much effort to remove all the Polish in the Shoes. It's ok to remove about 1 or 2 layer of wax, but I have a problem when I want to remove entire Wax in the Mirror Shine part. There's still quite thick of polish after applying Lexol. Btw, in Indonesia there's a local Brand of Shoe Care called Cololite. They produce a Leather Cleaner too, in paste not liquid like Lexol
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    The ability of Cololite to remove Wax is awesome compared to Lexol. It's feels like entire wax melt when Cololite is applied. But Same like glenjay, it dries out the Leather as hell. It feels like no moisture left on the shoes. Maybe this is the characteristics of this kind of cleaner. I use both, of course for different purpose
     

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