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

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

  1. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

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    Sounds fun. You give me some guidance and I'll wax on wax off. I was thinking some darker brown to add some depth mixed in with some merlot. Maybe even some navy. Do you do a patina/antiquing treatment with dye, cream, or wax? If left to my own devices, I'd try some cream and wax in different colors but I'm open to advice/suggestions.
     
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    goodlensboy Senior member

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    I see, thanks. Nice shine
     
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    Now that's what I call a shine! Nice job!
     
  4. filcol

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    Hi everyone, I really need help. My sidezips look horrible atm, I don't know why. I didn't wear them for like 3 months, I cleaned them some weeks ago, I think I may have done something wrong - not sure tho. They were distressed before but now they just look very horrible, totally distressed and dry. Please tell me what I can do to make them look good again :/
    I always used shoe trees!

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    cbfn Senior member

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    Looks like poor quality leather might be a reason.
     
  6. filcol

    filcol Senior member

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    I'm not an expert, but this is Margiela and while it maybe isn't the best out there, it's far from being poor I guess. I also have couple of other leather shoes, that are much lower quality and don't look that bad.
     
  7. TheSizzle

    TheSizzle Senior member

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    If you want to go the polish route, I've had luck with creams, but it will take some layering, and you will have to somewhat force the pigment into the leather. Dye is more aggressive, but, in that, it's also a lot less forgiving. I'd reserve the latter for an expert hand or a hand that's practiced on a pair of beaters.
     
  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Usually it is nothing more than a small knot on the end holding it on. You can untie the lace or snip the knot and retie. Eventually you need new laces if you keep snipping :)
     
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    TheSizzle Senior member

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    Yeah, that would have been great, but, on this pair, it was stitched through the end of the laces. I cut the stitching, meanin I would have to restitch.
     
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    dddrees Senior member

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    It would have been nice if it were a simple knot.

    But it appears as the leather tassel is a strip of leather wrapped around the lace a number of times and then tacked or sewn onto the lace itself.
     
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    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    You got me thinking about dyeing me Lobbs...btw: Well executed project.
     
  12. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

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    I'm all for layering some creams and see what we can accomplish. I'd love to be able to get an effect like these G&G's:


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    Or even darker like these:
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    I'm planning on conditioning the leather tonight and then I will post pics of what we're starting with.
     
  13. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    My 'Italian Polish' which consisted of multiple layers of cream polish rubbed firmly into the leather proved to be rather 'fugitive'. It makes for a great way to develop patina quickly but do be prepared for the color to move around a bit. Particularly getting lighter in the creases. Rather like the 'crust' finish that G&G and EG tends to use in their patinated shoes.

    Not saying I'm unhappy about it - but do want you to know what you are getting into.
     
  14. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Gdot.

    I think I've decided these bargain PA's are going to be a testing canvas for me (an anyone else who wants to chime in with suggestions) to see what's possible. Let's start trying to get a faux G&G similar to what you did with the Italian Polish and if I like it, I'l l keep it for a while. If not, strip them down and start anew.
     
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    Cool beans. I luvs me a 'xperiment.
     

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