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

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

  1. charliebrown2

    charliebrown2 Senior member

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    how many different brushes does one normal use for one round of polishing?

    1) Brush to clean dirt & dust
    2) Applicator brush to apply cream polish (or cloth)
    3) Brush after conditioning/creaming stage

    I assume brush #1 in interchangeable between shoe colors? Brush #2 & 3 should have a specialized color?

    Thanks.

    Unfortunately, I do not understand swedish, but thanks! I will check out the hanger project guide mention previously.
     
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  2. lucidream

    lucidream Active Member

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    I'm still a novice, so just posting what I've learned. I would hope that you could use the same dirty brush to do the initial clean of all shoes - but there is still an innate risk that black pigment could transfer to a light brown shoe, so be aware. I would use the same brush for the rest of the process (same brush post conditioner as post cream), and have two separate brushes for black and brown. Perhaps others can comment on the overall need for two cleaning brushes to separate black and brown.
     
  3. jvc44

    jvc44 Senior member

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    Does anyone have any experience with getting a good shine on BB peal cordovan cap toe boots ? Do they ever get better? Thank-you
     
  4. Tyler Johnstone

    Tyler Johnstone New Member

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    Just a heads up, I recently found Saphir shoe polish in Vancouver at a place called FortKnight. It's in Gastown.
     
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  5. goodlensboy

    goodlensboy Senior member

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    No, I don't add water when brushing, only when applying wax. I luckily have got some old bottles of Crema Alpina which adds great quick shine which gets multiplied with selvyt


    I guess it's a combination of the leather on this specific shoe and the products. When I first applied saphir cream it kind of removed excess factory polish from here and there, and what appeared underneath was sort of museum like finish
     
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    jcb9 Senior member

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    In my experience, cordovan does not shine as well as calf. I have seen some pictures of a nice shine on cordovan shoes, but I have not been able to replicate that using the same method I use on my calf shoes.
     
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    There is so much stuff in this thread, I don't know what to do for my shoes. I just purchased these Allen Edmonds loafers, and want to know the best way to maintain the new look and how to care for them. What are some products that I should buy? Would a cloth, AE condition, and AE polish be enough or what else should I get? Should I purchase a shoe tree, if so what is a good cheap one? How often should I be cleaning them? They are expensive so I just want to make sure I take care of them right and preserve the new look.

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  8. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    look up the mac method
     
  9. jvc44

    jvc44 Senior member

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    I've tried it, doesn't work with these boots. I am wondering if wax will work!thanjs
     
  10. azumi

    azumi Senior member

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    If the Saphir Reno Matt was too strong, what do you think if I would use the Saphir Saddle Soap as an alternative, or the Saphir Cleaning Soap (which is more mild than the Reno Matt)?
    And how to use the Nappa leather Balm on Box calf leather shoes? Should I use it before applying Saphir Renovateur and Saphir Polish Cream?
     
  11. azumi

    azumi Senior member

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    Do you mean Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish?
     
  12. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Look up the macarthur method for shell


    It absolutely will work, but it takes a lot of time and elbow grease.

    Adding a bit of Venetian Cream or Renovateur can bring up a bit more shine, but the main thing is brushing, brushing, brushing. I also like to use the deer bone on my shell to keep the creases from setting in too much.
     
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  13. jvc44

    jvc44 Senior member

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    Mac method works on Alden's not this pair of C and J!
     
  14. cbfn

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    Both yes and no, it works to a degree but don't get as shiny as mac's. I reccomend you to try the Saphir Cordovan cream, gives my C&J excellent shine!
     
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    Non Alden shell can benefit from a very modest amount of product. Personally I really like the Saphir Cordovan Cream in Neutral. It's not really a polish or wax more a conditioner.
     

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