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

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

  1. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    You would need to have tried an array of products to arrive at such a conclusion, do you have such experience?
     


  2. acousticfoodie

    acousticfoodie Senior member

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    Does anyone here condition the leather outer sole? I had never heard of doing this before but saw it being recommended by wolverine with what looks like Obenauf's LP. Is this something that People are suppose to be doing to leather out soles?

     


  3. cbfn

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    I do; I give them a liberal amount of lexol conditioner and a thick layer of Obenauf's HDLP when I feel like it or if they have become wet multiple times. I'm not sure if it has any effect, but I've read that conditioned soles wear less than dry soles.
     


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    I have been trying the sole conditioner from Boot Black lately, and I can't say I notice much of a difference...
     


  5. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    I think it has effect to a certain degree. After using my leather soles in the rain/snow they tend to get quite dry, and when the soles are dry the get porous which I would belive lead to quicker wear. However, the penetration effect of the conditioner may also be marginal, giving almost zero effect.
     


  6. acousticfoodie

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    Hmmm...so putting conditioner on soles sounds like it's still inconclusive on benefits for a lot of people? I guess I'll take a "well it can't hurt" approach then.
     


  7. cbfn

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    I find the probability that it helps a little higher than the probability that it hurts the sole, so I'll continue doing it as a part of my routine.
     


  8. patrick_b

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    I feel the same but treat soles much less frequently. Dress shoes see HDLP a couple of times a year. That said, my shoes with JR Rendenbach soles wear like iron (mostly shell).

    The one pair I tx'd w/Obenauf HDLP more often was my Wolverine 1K's. I'm still not 100% convinced if it had any significant impact.
     
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  9. cbfn

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    I'm not much more frequent than that, maybe some hasty treatment of some soles with lexol if I feel like it an additional 2-3 times throughout the year.
     


  10. Gdot

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    I condition soles with mink oil, perhaps once or twice a year. I'm not certain the conditioning makes much difference, but would like to think the waterproofing does.

    Burgol claims that their oil can double the life of the soles.

    http://grunwald-true-style.com/Shoe-Care/Oil-for-Leather-Soles.html

    They even cite testing by 'The German Leather Institute'. (whoever that might be).

    In any case - leather soles are the most fragile when wet, so it seems that helping them repel moisture might be a good idea.
     


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    I twice made the mistake of wearing brand new shoes in light rain and the soles suffered from that. :(
     


  12. Papa Doble

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    Where I live, there's often quite a bit of salt on sidewalks left over from recent snows. I'm still learning about shoe care, but I feel like a little AE's Conditioner Cleaner or something similar might restore some moisture to the soles. Perhaps following it a day later with some Obenauf's HDLP?
     
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    Hmmm I have both of these products as well. Patrick B says he puts HDLP on his dress shoe soles so I am inclined to do the same from now on!
     


  14. Stirling

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    IME leather soles don't require any conditioning through their natural lives. The use of products like mink oil, obenauf's etc will soften the soles and cause them to wear more quickly.
     


  15. Papa Doble

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    Hmm, this is interesting. I guess I've never seen sole conditioning included in shoe care guides, so even if it is beneficial, it's probably not essential.
     


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