**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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    Patrick_b: Awesome shine on those R.M.'s, but how are they when you actually start walking in them - they must crease like hell? I would love to make a mirro shine like that, but I know that if I do they will never be used.
     




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    I found that the microfiber cloths found in the auto parts section of walmart or kmart work wonders for buffing. I posted this earlier in the thread for reference:

     


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    They certainly do crease but if you are careful when applying the polish to the toe, you can avoid getting excess polish into the creases so it doesn't look bad. The worst part is getting small scuffs on the toes...they stand out flashing red beacon.
     


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    I thought polish was supposed to protect the shoe against scuffs to some degree.
     


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    The wax's protective property is that it gets scuffed instead of the leather, it's simply a layer over the top.
     


  6. swiego

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    I could use some help with upkeep of the below boots, which I had posted a month or two ago in the shoe porn thread.

    They are RLPL boots, made in Italy, leather upper and insole, rubber bottoms. The uppers have quite a shine to them. As you can see from the almost-new photos, there is some significant darkening/antique look at the toes. The buckle and edges of the uppers also tend to be darker. The rest is a rather attractive wood color.

    So far I've only worn them a few times in good weather, indoors or light outdoors only, because I don't know how to care for them. I am afraid to use a color cream, polish or wax for fear of changing the color, particularly since different bits have different colors. I am unsure whether there is such a thing as clear/transparent nourishments and protectants for leather shoes. These shoes were not cheap, so I'd like to do what I can to keep them looking good for years to come.

    Thoughts?

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    Awesome, after reading through this thread, I'm starting to wax my JL Russell with Kiwi wax. Definitely getting more compliments than usual.

    One question though, how do you apply conditioner in the toe region? The wax forms a barrier so it doesn't seem like the conditioner can reach the leather, and at the same time the toe box isn't going to be bend or flexed, so getting the leather soft isn't a big issue, unlike the vamp.
     


  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    :crazy: Why would you do such a thing!!!!

    You'd be surprised at how much conditioner actually does penatrate the wax and make it into the leather.

    There was a pair of shoes that I refinished with dye and polished up with a mirror and to this day when I condition even over the wax I still bring up traces of the dye.
     


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    At least its not Parade Gloss. Kiwi wax is not that bad.
     


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    Quoting my old post in hopes of an answer.
     


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    :D

    I was motivated by good suits let down by poorly kept shoes. The 'voice' came to me some two years ago now - rather like Field of Dreams, but without the cornfields or baseball - while sitting outside Costa Coffee, Victoria station. What I saw that day can never be erased from my mind. I still have flashbacks.

    I've forgotten, are those RM's veal of yearling? They really do look great.

    I have to remember that this thread isn't exclusively about mirror polishing - my favourite part of shoe care. Strangely, I'm now beginning to appreciate the understated luxury of suede :nodding:

    Also, I see shoe care tips and questions spread all over the forum, with new threads being started daily. Keeping everything under this one roof makes more sense. Maybe the Mods could shift everything here. Makes searching so much easier, on what is after all a very specific topic.

    Lear
     


  13. coffeecupman

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    It strikes me that if a boot was to be mirror shined, even though, as PatrickBooth says, conditioner will still penetrate the wax barrier...

    ...wouldn't the conditioner enter the leather more effectively from the inside of the shoe?

    Assuming of course there wasn't any lining creating a barrier against this, and the inside surface of the leather was smooth enough to allow spreading of a renovating cream.

    Anybody tried this?

    ccm
     


  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Most good quality shoes are lined, unless it is in their design not to be as in some venetian loafers and such. Some are linen lined. In any event, I do once in a blue moon condition the lining of my shoes. I remember DWFII saying once upon a time in regards to the question of conditioning the inside of shoes, "Now and then all leather could use conditioning". I did have a pair of Loake chelsea boots in college that were only lined in the heel for some reason. I didn't know anything about shoe care then and used plastic trees. Whenever I would pull them out they would have moisture droplets on them. The plastic trees were just trapping foot moisture against the inside of the vamp, which had no lining. Sure enough they began cracking from the inside out and rotted right through. I am sure conditioner would have helped, but also wooden trees.

    Tell this story to anybody who says cedar trees don't absorb moisture.
     
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