1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

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

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

  1. Crat

    Crat Senior member

    Messages:
    1,878
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    Thanks : )

    More pics (also those between 3&4) and a little story here.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    19,129
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2007
    

    Well done. You really nailed that Lobb Museum calf effect.
     
  3. Crat

    Crat Senior member

    Messages:
    1,878
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    Thanks.
    You've found my polish video too I see :)
     
  4. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

    Messages:
    8,017
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    

    What happened to them and why do they look so freaking long?
     
  5. Crat

    Crat Senior member

    Messages:
    1,878
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    They are a size 10.5 and the owner (a friend of mine) strut around with them in the snow. The salt and chemicals in the snow are nasty when it comes to shoes.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  6. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

    Messages:
    8,017
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    

    Well all I can say is that I have seen a few of your projects and they all come out fantastic. Absolutely amazing
     
  7. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    
    Outstanding job, Crat. That's simply amazing. Just goes to show how resilient and beautiful leather can be. Just needed some TLC to be ped-art!
     
  8. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    
    Link to video Crat?
     
  9. TheSizzle

    TheSizzle Senior member

    Messages:
    647
    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2012
    Location:
    North Carolina


    Enjoy how awesome Crat sounds.
     
  10. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    
    Thank you. Is this new? I might have seen it if you've posted it before in this thread.

    EDIT- didn't realize that was you that posted on Sizzle. Checking thread on phone while on light rail home.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  11. TheSizzle

    TheSizzle Senior member

    Messages:
    647
    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2012
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I don't know. I think that when he linked his blog, people wandered onto it, but it was only added to youtube a month and a half ago.
     
  12. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    
    Indeed, Crat has great accent ( for us US guys anyway). Great video Crat. I'll have to do one one of these days too.
     
  13. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

    Messages:
    5,617
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2011
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Indeed and not just for you US guys. I think he's got a great voice for voiceovers.

    Pardon the pun but he sounds very, um, polished.
     
  14. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

    Messages:
    2,136
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Location:
    NBPT, MA
    I think the accent makes Crat more adept. He certainly *sounds* more adept/expert :)
     
  15. Crat

    Crat Senior member

    Messages:
    1,878
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    I made the video a while ago and posted it here at the time. Decided to start a blog later on later and put it on there as well.
    I'm glad you're finding it useful. :)

    And yes, leather really is a lovely material and can take quite a beating. The chemicals and salt in snow are terrible though.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  16. Al in Philly

    Al in Philly Senior member

    Messages:
    332
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Gentlemen,

    I need some help with cleaning my shoes. There is definitely a build up of wax that I am trying to remove using Lexol cleaner. The cleaner certainly takes a lot of elbow grease to work and below is how far i've gotten on one shoe. Notice the wax wearing away around the broging. It took me maybe 30 minutes just to remove that. Should it be taking that long? Would Renomat work faster?

    Any help would be mostly appreciated.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

    Messages:
    2,033
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Location:
    Norway
    Renomat would remove it in a minute.
     
  18. Al in Philly

    Al in Philly Senior member

    Messages:
    332
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Ok then! Going to give it a try!
     
  19. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

    Messages:
    748
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    
    There is actually a difference between cleaning a shoe and stripping a shoe. It sounds like you want to strip your shoes, and RenoMat would be the best product for that. The difference between stripping a shoe and cleaning a shoe is the amount of wax that is removed. Since most shoes (unless they are brand new) have a build up of wax, a leather cleaner is only going to remove a few surface layers of wax. This is effective for cleaning because that is where most of the dirt is trapped anyway. Scrubbing harder with a cleaner will remove more wax, but you also run the risk of damaging the leather surface with being too aggressive with your scrubbing. Although RenoMat states that it is a "cleaner-stain remover" on the bottle, it is actually a wax stripper. RenoMat will easily dissolve the wax for removal with a cloth, but it will also remove some of the oils from the leather, so you will want to condition your shoes (with leather conditioner) after you use it.
     
    1 person likes this.
  20. Al in Philly

    Al in Philly Senior member

    Messages:
    332
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    This is the information that I needed to hear. Thank you.

    I have Renovateur and Saphir Pate De'Lux, so they will be conditioned after they are stripped. I will probably let them sit with Reno on them for a day before I brush it off. I bought these shoes used and they had a build up even before I got them.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by