**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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    Well the specific products made by manufacturers to condition soles require re-application after each wear, as they are not intended to saturate the sole as the aformentioned products do.

    The results of using these sole oil type products is inconclusive at best.
     
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  2. acousticfoodie

    acousticfoodie Senior member

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    I wanted to adopt a can't hurt principle but now you're suggesting it would actually lead to more damage? We should induct a double blind randomized controlled study in SF on the matter!
     


  3. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    It's entirely up to you.
     


  4. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Flat leather shoe laces. Anyone know a good online source?

    I'm looking for laces suitable for dress shoes. Not the chunky laces that are intended for boots.
     


  5. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    AFPoS has them. How soon do you need them? i should be getting a pair of boots in a couple of weeks or so if you want to "piggy" back and get some laces.

    Let me know.
     


  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Thanks for the offer but I didn't see any made of leather.
     


  7. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    My bad, even the bold fond did not catch my attention. Good luck on the search!
     


  8. nickwjd

    nickwjd Well-Known Member

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    Putting in my own experience here. I've used mink oil on the soles of one of my shoes and they seem to have held up well. I should note that at one point, I also gave the soles a round of Kiwi neutral polish. The soles are pretty seasoned at the moment and the mink oil doesn't appear to make them any softer. The soles have become quite hardwearing by now.
     


  9. nickwjd

    nickwjd Well-Known Member

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    By the way, I've just started using Renovateur a few weeks ago and my experience hasn't been up to expectation so far. I've tried applying with both a cloth and also with bare fingers and I find it tends to make the leather feel sticky and look a bit matte.

    Is this normal? Or perhaps am I applying too much of it?
     


  10. razl

    razl Senior member

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    Sounds like you're applying too much ("a little goes a long way!") and not brushing/buffing enough afterwards.

    ps - I thought it was crazy when I first heard it, but I am now a finger applier too. Much better control, less wasted product, and I feel more zen with the process.
     


  11. Pieceofsand

    Pieceofsand Senior member

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    SWIMS Mobster Galosh Overshoes:

    1. Will their smallest size US 8.5 fit? I usually am a size 8, I'm wondering if the extra .5 size is accounted for the overshoe purpose.
    2. Can I war it with dress shoes other than boots? Suede material?
     


  12. nickwjd

    nickwjd Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that was my gut feel too after inspecting the leather. I'll try to keep it to a minimal amount in the future.

    Having said that, after leaving the Reno for the specified ~3 minutes, is there a difference between brushing with a horsehair brush or buffing with a soft cloth? I tend to prefer using the brush myself as I find it easier than a cloth.
     


  13. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I don't know about those particular ones, but with the regular SWIMS I have size L for my 9D shoes.
     


  14. azumi

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    How many time should I use Saphir Saddle Soap on my shoes? I mean this soap has the same function as the Saphir Reno Matt, is this true? I read on Hanger website that the Reno Matt should only be used once or twice a year.
     


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    Brush then buff it. Brushing it with a horsehair brush helps the Reno further permeate the leather (same goes for Medaille D'or creams), but a horsehair brush can never get all the Reno off from the shoe, thus buffing it afterwards or else you will end up with residue/stickyness.
     


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