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

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

  1. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    good points.

    I've honestly never given my shoes a full strip or a clean. If I were to I think i'd just use a bit of shampoo or saddle soap, maybe some turpentine.

    Thing is, most conditioners contain a bit of solvent anyway that would provide a small amount of cleaning.
     


  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Conditioning of your shoes and regular brushing takes care of the dust clogging the wax. If you want your shoes to last you shouldn't maintain a "shine" on the vamp of your shoe. Shiney vamp and longevity is a fine line and are at odds with each other. I stand by my full statement.
     


  3. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    Has this been your experience? I have circumstantial evidence that this is true with my army boots, but nothing definitive.

    Perhaps glenjay negates this by cleaning the wax off so often. ST Crispins seems to recommend it.
     
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  4. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Senior member

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    Has anyone tried the Mink Oil Renovator of The Shoe Snob?
    Does it work as well as Saphir Renovateur or might it even be the same thing?
    Justin once said that his products were made by a French company, so this is highly likely, right?
    He is a great guy and I'd like to support him with a purchase as soon as I run out of Renovateur.
     
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  5. benhour

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    i cant say for sure but the jar of his mink oil renovateur looks lika a twin brother of the old Saphir renovateur(its mink oil based) jar!! i think that it's probably rebranded Saphir renovateur!thats my thought but i cant be sure about that!! in all cases i think u can ask him!
     


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    meister Senior member

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    Da troof!
     


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    Hi all, this is my first bespoke shoe, i am trying to get proper products to take good care of it, but i am seriously not sure what to do now, there is so much advice going on, and my double monk, calf skin, burgundy dual tone handsew welt is giving me a headache about what product to use.

    The color is dual tone, and i am afraid that by using a burgundy or bordeaux color cream will affect the dual tone?

    This is the list of items i was planning to buy

    1) Horse hair brush
    2) Saphir Renovateur
    3) Saphir Pommadier Cream - bordeaux (08)
    4) Saphir Oate de Luxe Wax - bordeaux (08)
    5) Chamois Cloth X 2

    Is there any kind expert that can assist in telling me if the cream will affect the dual tone look? thanks
     


  8. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    first of all welcome!
    i am not consider myself as an expert but with my experience of taking care of shoes for some years the thing i can recomend to you is to use a neutral cream and wax, and yes bordeaux cream will effect the dual tone!! the other things u say for me is a must have so you are in the good direction [​IMG]!!
     


  9. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    just use a neutral creme and/or wax. or a light burgundy should be fine as well.
     


  10. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Neutral products have the undesirable affect of leeching colour from some leather finishes however.
     


  11. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    I think so too. Except Saphir can be had a bit cheaper!
     


  12. strangedream

    strangedream Well-Known Member

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    I have both brown & colorless wax by Kiwi (I know...it's no Saphir but I think Kiwi is sufficient enough for my old pair of AE).

    I read a comment awhile ago that between coloured and colorless wax for non-black shoes, coloured is preferable over colorless. Can somebody elaborate this for me?
     


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    I would ask your shoemaker what he prefers to do for his shoes. Nobody knows better than them.
     
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  14. patrickBOOTH

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    I prefer color. Some people say that neutral looks cloudy, but I haven't experienced this. I think it is good to deposit color, it hides scuffs and scrapes better and shoes do fade in the sun and such so no harm done.
     


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    I asked, and it is!:bigstar:
     


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