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

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

  1. jcell

    jcell Member

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    Can some one help me out with my Wolverine 1000 mile Tan Addisons.

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    I just want the top one to look like the bottom one. Been like that since day one. Maybe gotten a little worse.
     


  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would go over the vamp with some renomat, then condition and polish.
     


  3. grendel

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    Looks like some of the finish was worn off. You could look for a yellow shoe creme and give it a good coat to maybe bring the color back.
     


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  5. Gilmour

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    I am reading the full thread I am only up to page 44 ATM I dont no if I have missed it but a Quick question please.

    With new shoes is 1 coat of Reno enough or is 2 or 3 required ??

    Head is full of info from this wonderfull Site
     


  6. grendel

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    This has been debated... I think it depends on how long the shoe has been sitting in a box. If it's a MTO that was just made for you and shipped to you you might not need any. If it's a NOS that's been sitting in a box for 10 years, I'd give it some Lexol a couple times then a coat of Reno.
     


  7. Gilmour

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    I bought them online and have no idea how long they have been in their store, ounce my Reno arrives I think I shall give one coat and see how that goes.
     


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    I'm sorry patrick but I am confused by your statement. Just a few posts ago you stated "If you want your shoes to last you shouldn't maintain a "shine" on the vamp of your shoe." so I am not sure what you mean when you tell this person to polish the vamp of their boot. Do you mean to say brush the vamp but don't use shoe polish, or use shoe polish but don't brush it? Since all shoe polish includes wax, brushing it will produce a shine (which is one of the intended purposes of the polish).

    In regard to the boots in question, I would agree with grendel that it looks like the finish has worn off one boot and that perhaps adding some cream polish that is the color of the boot may help to some degree.
     


  9. JBMarce21

    JBMarce21 Senior member

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    are lasted shoe trees necessary? I have been using generic cedar shoe trees, purchased for $14 a piece at nordstrom rack. they seem to fit pretty well, but they are obviously not made for the shoes. these are for carmina's and c&j benchgrades
     


  10. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    I haven't been wearing nice shoes long enough to be able to comment on their effect, but I think as long as they're straightening out creasing in the vamp and preventing the sole from curling up while wet shoes dry, it should be fine.
     


  11. Gdot

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    I use generic trees in my shell Carminas. Shell is so thick and strong that it seems that simply keeping the sole from curling is enough. (Meaning the shell doesn't really ever 'restretch' around the last very specifically.

    But calf leather shoes might benefit from trees that are lasted. At least in terms of keeping their shape and looking top notch. I invested in the C&J trees for all my calf models from them and I'm glad I did.

    As far as just general durability - generic trees are just fine.
     


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    I need some help here, and I'm pretty new at shoe care. I've got an old pair of chesters second hand that are fairly beat. They look fine after some reno and wax polish, though they feel a bit sticky, but every time I go out in them when it's raining or wet they get all these white blotches. Tonight I did a few applications/wipe-downs with renovateur, and they've gotten even stickier.

    I'm thinking there's lots of old buildup on them that I should remove. Think that makes sense? I'm going to order Reno'Mat and try to clean these things up and start from the base, but I wanted to run it by some people who knew what they were doing before I went for that option. Thoughts? I know it will be a lot of work but it seems worth it to get these things restored.
     


  13. grendel

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    Yes, clean them. Sounds like buildup.
     


  14. hendrix

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    I tried some of the De-solv-it citrus solution stuff the other day on my flatmate's pair of shoes and it worked pretty well.
     


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    Agreed.

    Sounds like the reno is disolving the top layers of polish as it should but because there is so much build up it is leaving behind a soft layer of partially removed polish underneath.
     


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