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

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

  1. LeatherFoot

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  2. David Copeland

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    First, thank you for your excellent article and web link.

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    "Our best advice in caring for you shoes is to trust them with someone who knows and cares about shoes!"

    Second, pertaining to the above quote from your web page - for those of us who have ventured out of the big city to the Rocky Mountains - would you join the ranks of those who recommend to mail in their shoes to a professional shiner to obtain a head-start?

    All my best,

    David
     
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    Are you now "the ranks" David?
     
  4. David Copeland

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    As in all things, there should be a balance. Even leadership training has it's bumps:

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  5. OzzyJones

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    You see the world through a kaleidoscope don't you?
     
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    What's your favorite brand of shoe polish? I tend to use Kiwi.
     
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    I like the smell
     
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    The smell is nice yes however no doubt some brands are better at removing scuff marks than others. What brand of polish do you use?
     
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    What is FNB?
     
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    Not important enough to reiterate... Banned member.
     
  11. TDP

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    Dear Censors of Shoe Care!,
    I am writing to ask for help with a rough patch that's cropped up in my shoe-care routine. I brush my shoes regularly, and every five wearings I do this:
    I apply Renovateur;
    let the shoe sit for a few hours;
    then apply a coat of Saphir's shea-butter cream of the same colour or neutral, and let the shoe sit for a day;
    then finish with a coat of wax all over the shoe, bulling on the toe, and some cream on the vamp to prevent creasing. (Between most steps above, I brush with a horsehair brush to make even the distribution of stuff on the shoe.)

    This has served me well for years, only today, many of the pairs that were waiting for their coat of wax developed dry, rougher patches on the toe when I tried to bull it. Here is a pair of Lattzanis that show this:
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    There was some whitish residue---which I took to be old wax---in the rough area, so I applied renovateur again on the area, then cream, then tried to wax, but the patch remains.

    What do you think is causing this? And would you propose I do? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


    Perhaps one useful piece of evidence is this: the weather has been very humid in Cambridge in the last few days, and it's turned very, very suddenly hot two nights ago.
     
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  12. patrickBOOTH

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    Usually those dry patches are from too much water and pressure when trying to bull the shoe. FWIW, I think you are waiting too long between putting on the reno and buffing. I've found if I let it sit too long it becomes very, very, very hard to get a shine. I think you only ought to wait a couple of minutes between application and buffing, not a whole day. Also, I feel that reno, plus cream polish, plus wax is overkill.
     
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    Ah, thank you for your reply, pB! I guess I will just let the shoes dry and try bulling them again later tonight.

    Would you recommend just reno+wax?
     
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    The process begins..
     
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    Thank you for the kind reply, David. I do rotate among my shoes, yes, so to wear the same pair five times would take a month or thereabouts. I will try to do everything in a shorter cycle, and use less water and pressure tonight. I can't believe I hadn't made the mistake of too much water and pressure until now, but it sounds likes a reasonable explanation :).
     
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    hey All - love the thread, its been really good reading through and learning about shoe care.

    I have got a question, I've just picked up some factory second AE Park Avenues in my size on the bay but they have a scratch on the front. Can i take this to a cobbler to fix?

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  18. JDMills

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    That is some pretty horrible damage, i dont know what a cobbler can do, maybe fill it and dye it? Is it a scratch , ie a good polish can cover it or is it like cut like theres a clear gap between the pieces.
     
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    Good evening gentlemen,
    Does someone have any information on how to repair patent leather?
    There has to be a way...
    Thank you,
    Max
     
  20. ScottyBoy920

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    I just picked up a pair of AE Burgundy Patriots (burgundy calf) off ebay and now that I see them in person, it looks like I need to give them some tender loving care. The color looks to be dull, dark, and not right. What would be the best way to restore them?

    I have AE conditioner cleaner (which i already rubbed all over), should I go with colored polish or colored cream to add more color to the leather? Should I even bother using natural carnuba?


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    Before Conditioner Cleaner


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    After Conditioner Cleaner


    Any advice for reducing the creases?

    thank you
     

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