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

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

  1. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    Need an advise here, please.
    Have found a nice buffalo grain Lobb Russel on a sale in Germany, 599 euro instead of 1100
    Everything is okay exept the strange dark line and stains inside the shoe on the very toe tip.
    What is it, sort of rotting and I should stay away or nothing dangerous, just a glue and a new JL quality approach?

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  2. drakevu

    drakevu Well-Known Member

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    I'm considering to purchase a shoe care kit from Brooks Brothes http://www.mrporter.com/product/197393

    1. Is it really worth the investment? If not, please recommend me a good shoe care kit with affordable price. I saw the one at Hanger Project. $200 is too much though.

    2. Do I have to use a particular brush for suede?


    Many thanks!
     


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    K thanks! But one question, you're saying for my frequent cleanings I should just brush and polish, but for my more detailed cleaning I should use the Saphir Renovateur? Why though? Wouldn't it make sense to use the Reno more frequently just to clean the shoes and use polish when the shoe needs some shine?
     


  4. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    This thread can be quite funny at times :laugh:
    At least I'm not the only one here with an inquisitive experimental stupid nature.
     


  5. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    Has anyone here had any success darkening shell?

    If so, how did you do it?
     
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  6. TheloniusDrunk

    TheloniusDrunk Senior member

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    Is Nikwax a reputable brand for suede waterproofing?
     


  7. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    Hey Gerry, depends on the color, but I've used cordovan cream polish (I know, I know, you're not supposed to use cream) on my #8 (Alden boot cream) and brown (Saphir cognac cordovan cream) and they work fine to darken the shell a few shades. Just as always, thin coats. Wax polish also works fine but I find the cordovan creams to have more color. Boots I've used cream on (note they are not Alden so they do not have that glossy finish shell): [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  8. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    I just made a short spit polishing vid., should anyone be interested. Link in signature.
     


  9. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Senior member

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    So, the bit about rubbing the renovateur in with your fingers was a piss take right? (Asks the guy with the purple fingers!)
     


  10. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    By using a cloth you actually clean the shoes, not only pushing the dirt around.
     


  11. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    :lol:

    I always use a rag wrapped around my finger. (old undershirt)
     


  12. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Shouldn't the shoes already be clean?
     


  13. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Senior member

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    Yeah, that's what I would USUALLY do #@£*! :(
     


  14. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    I only use my fingers when 'painting' shoes using saphir's teinture francaise.
     


  15. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    This is starting to sound like a scene from American Pie. Save the finger action for other adventures, and use a cloth on your shoes.
     


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