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

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

  1. JL3212

    JL3212 Senior member

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    Hello all, I've learned a lot from this thread and finally have something to post about.

    I picked up these AE Sanfords from a thrift store. One side of the shoe had a little cracking, but thought they were worth a few bucks to see if they could be fixed. Can I do anything about these or are they ruined? If so, what should I do? I've already applied conditioner and polish.


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    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. goodlensboy

    goodlensboy Senior member

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    Yes, its the same. High Gloss/ Glacage mentioned on the side of the tin top, and Pate de luxe on the bottom
     
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    I recently got some shoe laces from Saint Crispin's, but they sent me what I assumed were flat laces for boots, which end up being too long for my regular lace-ups. Does anyone have any idea if it is possible to cut it short and have a cobbler or someone crimp the ends back together so they don't fray?
     
  4. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Leather does not heal from cracks. You can fill the cracks and even sand down the high spots and then polish over. But once the fibers are torn they are torn.
     
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    Thank you very much. I still don't own any of Saphir's Products, I will buy and try to do the job as well as you did :D
     
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    Gents, is there any reason one shouldn't use saphir cordovan cream on calf?
     
  9. JL3212

    JL3212 Senior member

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    Thanks a lot for the help, Gdot! I really appreciate it.
     
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    Does anyone know what's happened on the picture?

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    I notice it after walking around London in the rain/snow/salt for a day, it looks like creases I can't imagine it is.

    Does anyone know what happend or how to fix it? I have tried renovateur to nourish the leather and polish+wax to see if it would cover it.
     
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    dlind Senior member

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    This is how it looks after renovateur+cream+wax

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    On another note I think I managed quite a nice polish on them, wasn't going for mirror as these are more casual shoes!

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    Yesterday I've handled some shell Alden of a friend and I noticed how shell is more uniform throughout the shoe compared to C&J where there are areas pretty dry and areas with perfect surface.
     
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  13. Winston S.

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    Yes, go ahead and use shoe trees. I use shoe trees in all of my welted and non-welted leather shoes. I understand they help keep the creasing down and aborb moisture from the shoe.
    I'm not sure what happened here, but you are supposed to use a mix of water and vinegar to clean salt stains.
    Yes, get shoe trees. A lot of shoes trees are made by Woodlore (Allen Edmonds, Jos A. Bank, Nordstrom). Every now and then Jos A. Bank has a buy one get two free sale. That is probably the best time to buy.
     
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    Looks like salt, as you said earlier. Try clear vinegar, diluted with water to about a 1:3 ratio. Afterwards, you can use something like Obenauf's as a preventative measure as salt stains just brush off my treated boots.

    Clear vinegar (not chip shop vinegar!) also works on salt stains on suede; I don't bother diluting it for this.
     
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    K will do, what about the other stuff though? I've been seeing that Saphir Renovateur
    is a really good product. Would a process like this be good enough to keep my shoes clean and nice and shiny and looking new?

    1.Clean/remove stuff using a horsehair brush(DO I ALSO NEED TO USE A CLOTH AFTER THIS?)
    2.Use Saphir Renovateur all over the shoe, let dry for 3-5 minutes
    3.Remove excess using horsehair brush
    4.Buff out with cloth

    Would that be good enough, or should I also use a polish?

    Thanks
     

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