**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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    While we're getting into obsessive detail regarding shoe care: here's what I use for polishing/mirroring Saphir wax polish. I perfectly understand that for decades the favourite has been old t-shirts, handkerchiefs etc. However, this slightly softer/fluffier stuff works for me:

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    I purchase a metre at the department store haberdasher. It's the stuff that comes on a wide metre roll. Don't know its proper name, although another SF member says it's called molton, I wrongly call it felt. Anyway, just look for the stuff that closely resembles shoe bag material (but thinner). The thicker stuff I found to absorb too much water. I stay away from darker colour, in case it bleeds onto light coloured shoes (no proof of this though).

    Remember: all posts on this subject describe what is essentially a very simple procedure. To physically show someone would take but a few minutes. It isn't a long drawn out process, nor does it take more than a couple of minutes each week. Your other option is to simply do as 99% of the population: throw a thick layer of cheap brand wax onto the shoe and brush for thirty seconds. That's been good enough for keeping mankind neat and tidy for the last fifty years.

    Lear (please forgive my obsessiveness on this subject)
     


  2. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    It's not likely to be caused by shoe trees. And only slightly darker/black on the very outside edge of the shoe upper. Did you put this pair in between two pairs of black shoes?

     


  3. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    "please forgive my obsessiveness on this subject"...it was an inspiration for me :) It was the pics of your RMW boots with the mirror shine that got me to start trying for a better shine than what I was getting at airports and in hotels while traveling.

    I use cut up t-shirts to apply the wax polish but found that the thin microfiber cloths used for car polishing do a great job buffing the shoe after brushing.

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    It was these images that started me on my quest for a mirror shine on my RMW's. Images courtesy of Lear.

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  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Picked this up in Japan......made by a Japanese cordovan tanner Shinki Hikaku, otherwise known as the Japanese Horween

    The stuff is actually odorless (whew!), and using my fingers, it applies very smoothly on my shell shoes.


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  5. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The Abbeyhorn Leather Stick! Why use a deerhorn anymore :D

    Works wonder in conjunction with horseoil wax. I lube the surface (of the shell) prior, and the bullet shape is actually quite functional in rubbing the scuffs off by conforming to the curves of the shoes.

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  6. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    looks like one of those mini vibrators...
     


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    NAMOR Senior member

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    I fucked myself in the ass. How, you ask? Well, ill tell you how. Introducing...

     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    genuine oxhorn ass-plug by Abbeyhorn. good for other uses too
     


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    NAMOR Senior member

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    haaa, this is awesome. Where did you get this? and for how much? Dont tell me you paid $.99 and $3.99 shipping. I happened to pay pay $35 for my deerboner :fu:
     
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    LMAO what the hell is this for
     


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    Is there any way to make distressed/sandblasted leather a bit more shiny?
     


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    shoe polish or a leather conditioner. I like Saphir
     
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  13. UrbanComposition

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    Interested in this as well. I hate scuffs on my cordovan, but don't want to rub the hell out of it.

    And I've seen the deer bone, but then think, WTF? Deer bone?!?
     


  14. patrick_b

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    I promise that this will be the last of my "here's what I accomplished during my Friday conference call" posts. With that said, here's what I accomplished during my Friday conference call today.

    The AE Kenilworth is a new Fall 2011 model. I picked them up this week at the Freeport, ME AE outlet while traveling for business. I took advantage of the "Rediscover America" sale which was 15% off factory 2nd price. I also bought a small travel shoe care kit containing a small horsehair brush, 2 horsehair daubers, polishing cloths and 2 jars of the AE branded wax polish (not the tubes of cream). While in my hotel, I applied a couple coats of the AE wax. Those initial coats looked better than right out of the box however, without my cloths, brushes, etc. in my shine kit at home, results were less than stellar.

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    I figured I'd have at 'em when I got home for the week so this morning, while listening to another hour long conf call, I applied ~3 coats of regular ole brown Kiwi wax, using the 'bulling' method I outlined above. I tried the same thing while in the hotel but I didn't have my preferred cheapie microfiber polishing cloths or my BIG horsehair brushes. When I have all my 'stuff', they came out like this:

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    I liked the burnishing/antiquing on the toe. It's apparent when new but it really pops when you get a few coats of wax on it. The transition area is much less evident in person than in the above images. In any event, I'm liking these even more now that they are adequately shiny. Perhaps there's something about the droning voice of my senior VP of sales that allows me to get in the perfect rhythm to shine my shoes :). I'll have to thank him one day.
     
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  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Looks fantastic. You should get the heel counters too.
     
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