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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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    Excuse me?

    If you can't distinguish your ass from your elbow, it's you who needs to get out troll.
     
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  2. Hype1234

    Hype1234 Senior member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Can I please get some feedback as to what can/should be done to care for these Mcnairy boots. I just got them yesterday, and I have no idea what to do to keep them looking new aside from now wearing them in the rain or getting them dirty. Thank you!

    http://www.norsestore.com/commodity/14631

    Sorry, I would have embedded a picture, but I couldn't get it off the site and this is the only place that carries them.
     


  3. Gerry Nelson

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    I saw this and thought some of you might like it:
     


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  6. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    Removing water stains

    Stains
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    Shoes+(saddle) soap
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    Water; soak for a couple of hours until all the leather is wet through and through.
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    Dry the shoes stuffed with old newspaper. Change the paper regularly.
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    Polish
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  7. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    No doubt you'll receive the usual praise (deservedly so, for the effort) on the outcome, but I am a little bothered by the above step.

    Is it necessary to soak the shoes for a couple of hours?

    Would the following not work equally as well, but subject the leather to less water & ipso facto damage: Using a damp sponge/cloth lather the saddle soap on the shoes, leave the lather to dry and then wipe off with a clean cloth and condition, polish as appropriate.
     
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  8. Khanivore

    Khanivore New Member

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    Hello all, fascinating thread. I have learned loads. I bought Saphir Renomat, Renovateur, cremes and waxes. I have stripped off some of the kiwi parade polish from my shoes, treated with renovateur, applied 3 layers of creme and 3 layers of wax polish. The shoes look great but I want them shinier. I plan to have my first ever attempt at bulling the toe caps later tonight. After years of abusing my shoes by never polishing them I have learned how calming, relaxing and satisfying it is to polish shoes!

    Does what I have done above sound about right? Is it right to say I should only bull the toecap? For the rest of the shoe should i simply buff it with a slightly damp sheepskin cloth?

    I also have a brand new pair of shoes which have a highly polished finish - not patent, just highly glossed. I treated these with renovateur too and applied the wax (skipping the creme). After three coats of wax polish I find that the shoes are less polished than they were originally, although they are still reasonably shiny. I have noticed a thing layer of wax (swirls) are still on the shoes. What should I do to these shoes?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    K
     


  9. Crat

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    stirling, I have tried that and agree it would be better (less bad). In my experience however the leather doesn't dry up as evenly when you treat it with a moist cloth.
     


  10. Stirling

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    Yep, you're right about the cloth, try a sponge works much better imo.
     


  11. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Anyone have experience with which Saphir polish works best with the Allen Edmonds Merlot Finish? I have a customer who tried the Mahogany with less than desirable results...
     


  12. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Not surprised bordeaux is best and can be alternated 3:1 with black polish to maintain appearance.
     


  13. Karembeu

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    Gents,

    Am I just being paranoid or is this normal for wear on the soles? I'm out here in Boston on a business trip and the floor was somewhat wet with gravel that was unavoidable. As I was relaxing in my chair, I noticed how my soles now looked and am concerned with the deep dents due to the pebbles and the water/fluid outline.

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    Thanks!
     


  14. CanGren

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    Should be fine. I live in a small French town where the sidewalks are less than desirable and my shoes look like that too.
     


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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    Karembeu

    That is normal. I remember being slightly shocked when it first happened to me. I thought it meant that the sole would wear down very quickly. However, you'll find that after the first few wearings the sole condition will hardly change for a long time and will last much longer than you'd think.
     


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