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

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

  1. Nikos

    Nikos Senior member

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    By the way you were right. It did need a lot more brushing than I thought, but it looks much better now.
     


  2. los_face

    los_face Well-Known Member

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    Hey Team,

    Have been lurking this thread for a while and have been learning a lot. Walking through the thrift a couple weeks back I found a candidate to get some hands on training. A solid pair of Church's Stafford in dark brown size 10D. A google search produced absolutely no information on these shoes and no pics either, I contacted Church's CS and found that these were made for the US market in the early 80s and then discontinued.

    There was blatant cracking at the creases which I thought was too much wax and thought this would be a solid project shoe.[​IMG]
    Up close you can see a bit of discoloration in the cracked wax. Didn't think much of it and for $8 I was willing to get aggressive with the fix
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    Used Lexol cleaner and it did virtually nothing so I had read nail polish (non-acetate) would get the job done and as long as I used lexol conditioner after it would be fine. Started taking off the polish and look what I found!
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    Is this normal? Layering on enough dark wax to cover up the true color of the shoe???
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    I tried to go easy on the nail polish but for some reason the polish seemed to soak into the leather and darken it in spots. Didn't think it would be a huge deal because the Lexol would darken the light leather a bit (in my experience). It did not work, the leather would not absorb the lexol and I soon realized (and with confirmation through Church's CS) that this was made of bookbinder and not calf. Was a bit concerned I wouldn't be able to save these as they were looking dry and boring so I went and tried a bunch of things.
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    I realize that what I did next is not the recommended SF SOP but it has improved the shoes quite a bit. So because the shoes would not absorb Lexol, I assumed that cream would not work either. A layer of brown kiwi wax polish helped bring back the shine. For no good reason I placed a bit of brown shoe cream on it afterwards and it absorbed/dried well, did a full coat and this is how they came out.
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    Project isn't done yet. I have tried Lexol again and in small quantities it is absorbing so will ad a couple of coats and then another coat of brown cream and maybe another layer of wax. The discoloration is still there but it is growing on me, a pseudo-antiquing if you will. The pics highlight the contrast between the different shades of leather but is a lot more subtle and blended IRL. I will update in a couple weeks after some work gets done.

    Essentially, i have done the conditioner>cream>polish in reverse order and it seems to be working?! Maybe the lesson is doing any kind of upkeep to your quality footwear can help.

    FYI, I typically follow the SF approved "normal" conditioner, cream, wax routine on my other footwear.

    I know Church's doesn't get much love on SF but I for one am impressed that a 30 year old pair of shoes (with bookbinder leather no less) is still in solid condition and look forward to putting it into my rotation. These are definitely a bit aggressive and busy in terms of styling but a lot more fun then my plain captoes.
     


  3. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    They can always be redyed.

    The nail polish remover took off more than the polish - it took out most of the dye as well.
     


  4. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Thanks G.
     


  5. cptjeff

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    Yup, you stripped off the original dye job. Any cobber should be able to put a nice even coat of dye back on.
     


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    Thanks for the business proposal, but the revenue would not be sufficent to cover the cost of alternate revenue. Shipping from Norway is too expensive anyways, the price would only be a couple of dollars cheaper.
     


  7. Barroomheroes

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    Brand new AE Clifton's. 2 coasts of Saphir Renovator and about an hours worth of Kiwi on each cap.. [​IMG][/IMG]
     


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  9. stylememerry

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    I work at a shoe store and I use the try on nylons to shine or old tights when I am at home to apply polish, if I am in a hurry. Not sure you dudes would have those lying around but they are great because they are disposable if you are in a rush.
     


  10. InIgnemAeternum

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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering if anyone knows of a good product/care routine that will prevent salt stains & water damage on leather. I live in Ottawa and unfortunately the municipality dumps ridiculous amounts of salt during the winter.

    If need be, I will get some decent absolute zero boots like Sorels or something that can take the damage to and from work.
     


  11. kwhunter

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    I think that is the way to go in your case; you can switch to shoes at work; the other option would be to wear overshoes, like galoshes.
     


  12. InIgnemAeternum

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    After doing a bit more searching in the forums, I found Obenauf's products and they seem to have a pretty good reputation here. Basically I am thinking of getting these:
    https://www.obenaufs.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=34&product_id=57
    https://www.obenaufs.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=25

    Perhaps a few coats of the Heavy Duty LP will hold up to the salt?

    In any case, I need something to waterproof my dress shoes and boots and Obenauf's products seem like a reliable choice. If anyone has some advice on the order of application with the products it would be greatly appreciated.
     


  13. kwhunter

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    If you want to put Obenauf's HDLP on dress shoes[​IMG] ... overshoes galoshes are the way forward in salty slush
     
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  14. InIgnemAeternum

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    The dress shoes are strictly for indoors during the winter, don't worry. No way in hell am I bringing those outside in the snow.
    I would like to make sure they are waterproofed for rainy days during the warmer months of the year. If you think the product I found is not suitable, perhaps you would have a recommendation?

    Evidently, I still have a lot to learn. [​IMG]
     


  15. kyojura

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    Been a lurker of this forum for awhile and finally decided to make an account.

    I've always been a black dress shoes only guy and have finally decided to take a plunge in brown shoes.

    Just picked up these 2 shoes over the weekend and just wondering if I should go with a light brown or dark brown cream polish or go neutral? I've been using meltonian for my black shoes but I see there is a lot of love for saphir so wondering if I should do the switch over as well. I do have saphir renovateur as a cleaner instead of lexol ph.

    http://www.harryrosen.com/eng/products/footwear/shoes/antiqued_lace_up_wingtip_oxford?74770809

    http://www.harryrosen.com/eng/products/footwear/shoes/antiqued_leather_loafer?74770853

    Thanks in advance :)
     


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