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

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



  1. OzzyJones

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    I always liked how AE burnished the toe on the Kenilworth. It's my mirror shine but AE's treatment from the factory makes the toe darken like that.



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    Sorry if this has been asked before but can anyone reccomend an online store for shoe cleaning and polishing brushes that ships within the UK? I know there is a fine pair of shoes and pediwear, but any others?

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    patrick_b thanks for reposting those pics.

    I know there are several in this thread that I've really admired but I do agree with you that the burnishing on those is damn sexy. I will try to emulate that look with maybe some darker areas around the uppers and heels of the PA's. After reading some of Rider's old posts on the antiquing thread, I may try to find some older more beat up shoes at the thrift store this weekend to practice on. I've got a day or two as the PA's are soaking up some more conditioner cleaner right now.

    EDIT > oh, and... that mirror is freaking spectacular!!!
     
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    I have a pair of marigela side zips that I bought from yoox about 6 months ago. I really love the boots, and they're still in excellent condition. However, when I bought them, I didn't pay much attention to the fact that the sole is brown. I'd much prefer it if the sole was black, to match the upper. If I'm wearing all dark colours/all black, it seems strange to have a brown sole poking out.

    I was wondering if anyone could advise me on how to re-colour the sole black. I'm not so bothered about the underside of the shoe, just the more visible bits - the edging and the heel. I believe the material is a kind of very hard rubber... I'm not sure exactly what it is, but they're not leather!

    I've attached a photo, but if more photos would be useful, I can take more.

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    Shryke
    You could simply go with a standard, black edge dressing or apply black polish and buff depending on the look you're going for. Edge dressings tend to be glossier while a buffed polish finish would mimic the finish on the boots themselves.
     


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    Hey, thanks for the reply! I'm not sure which would be better, would you recommend either option over the other?

    What would be the right approach if using polish? Do I need a certain type of polish, certain brushes? What about edge dressing?

    Anybody done this before (changing brown sole to black)?
     


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    Thanks for the link. Looks like it could be a pretty daunting process, especially because I don't think the material used for the sole would lend itself particularly well to being sanded down.

    Perhaps I will drop into my local cobbler, and see if they're able to do it. Or investigate edge dressing more thoroughly!
     
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    I guess I could try it (if I can find somewhere that sells it in the UK.)

    The site you linked me to says "In contrast, rubber that is uniformly colored throughout will not be improved nearly as much by edge dressing." which makes me wonder if it'll actually work. I really don't want to ruin my shoes!

    Edit: I think the line I quoted may simply mean that because rubber soles don't take as much noticeable discolouration, there's less for the edge dressing to 'fix'. Which I guess doesn't apply if I'm actually trying to change the colour.
     
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    Quote: Without knowing exactly what the sole/edges are made of it's hard to identify how pourous they may be and how well they would accept dying, polish, etc.

    Without the experience, I would take them to a local cobbler and have them advise. Much cheaper than shipping to one of us...[​IMG]
     


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    Ok, will do... thanks for your advice!
     


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