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

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

  1. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    I have no idea, there's so many different opinions about it. I personally wait about 30 minutes before putting them in, and about 1hr for shell.
     
  2. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    Maybe loose fibers from your socks? I just put my trees in after I change from work and random stuff around the place... maybe 10-15 minutes.
     
  3. hanskl

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    That might be.. I did not notice any smell, other than the smell of (relatively) new leather..
     
  4. trophybuck135

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    I put on about 5 light coats of polish on some new shoes last night and no matter how much I buff with a shirt cloth, polish still comes off onto the shirt. It will bleed onto my pants at this point, will it dry in a few days or do I need to just keep buffing?

    Thanks
     
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    Wax polish ,if thats what you are using , really takes @ 12 -24 hrs to completely dry .Wait overnite and buff again. That should take care of it.
     
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  7. EnsitMike

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    If it is wax polish, the person above is right. If you apply the polish evenly it helps to create a nice base, then use water. Much of what will rub wax polish off is its rough texture in its pre-buffed state.
     
  8. trophybuck135

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    It was the AE premium shoe polish (I think this is a mix of wax/polish)

    Do you have any advice to remove the bleed on from pants?
     
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    What's the best way to get rid of mud on dress shoes? The soles are covered by it and a little splashed on the uppers
     
  10. Hill

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    How can putting in shoes trees immediately after wearing not protect from mold? I thought one of the main purposes of shoe trees is to absorb moisture?
     
  11. cbfn

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    Yes, but some claim that the wood only has diminishing absorption, leading to trapped moisture if the wood is saturated. The absorption power also depends on the type of wood and how it's finished.
     
  12. gettoasty

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    Get a dry cloth and wipe down your shoe after each wear if you want to take out moisture. Big misconception -- shoe trees just help hold the shape of your shoe i.e. the vamp and toe. It may have a nice smell, too.
     
  13. RogerP

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    I have always put shoe trees in immediately upon taking my shoes off and have never had a problem with mold. Unfinished cedar is the way to go. Sanding them lightly once or twice a year also helps refresh the nice cedar scent. Probably stating the obvious, but also let the shoes sit for a day or two before wearing them again. If you're wearing them 3,4 days in a row they will never completely dry out, and that will create lovely conditions for mold to thrive.
     
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    The C&J shoe trees are not unfinished, so I guess their ability to absorb moisture is very limited, if at all existing. I guess that also makes them ideal to trap moisture inside the shoe, especially since the fit is very good.

    However, one would think if the shoes rested long enough between wearings, the leather would be able to wick away the moisture and dry by itself, even though the shoe trees are blocking the free path up the ankle?
     
  15. benhour

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    totally agree with roger!!!

    i think leaving your shoes rest for 1 day at least between wears is the best you can do!! if your shoe trees are unfinished you wont have problem to put them in asap after wearing!i do this also and i didnt had any problem with my shoes
     
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  16. DerangedGoose

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    I just picked up some lightly used AE kenilworth's off ebay for 120 shipped:


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    What should I clean them up with? Should I get renovateur, the AE polish, or bostonian? I am leaning towards the AE polish or bostonian because they are cheaper and available through amazon prime, which means I could polish the shoes as soon as they get here. I already have a long horsehair brush and old white cotton shirts to use. I also have the lexol cleaner and conditioner, are those OK to use?
     
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  17. Numbernine

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    The Official Shoe Care Thread
     
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  18. DerangedGoose

    DerangedGoose Senior member

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    Guess Im in the right place then?
     
  19. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    yes. now start reading.
     
  20. RogerP

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    Renovateur isn't magic in a bottle. But it's close. I'd use that followed by some quality polish form whatever brand you like. I've used Lexol on my car seats but never on my shoes.
     

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