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

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

  1. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Distinguished Member

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    goddam double post!!
     
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  2. tcideneb

    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    I have three stiff brushes uses to wipe off dirt and debris and three horsehair brushes for buffing.  One set for black, one set for mid colored shoes, and one set for light color shoes.

    Honestly speaking, you shouldn't need separate sets of brushes for dark brown, oxblood, and vintage rosewood shoes...

    Thanks, where is a good online source for stiff brushes.. Usually I only come across horse hair brushes- thanks
     


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    I think it's because the difference in shoes is so apparent. A 700 dollar pair is way nicer than a 200 dollar pair. The benefits of the lotions aren't quite as apparent. Plus you'll buy a lot more polish stuff than shoes so it adds up
     


  4. patrick_b

    patrick_b Distinguished Member

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    Good point.

    AE's conditioner is a good product. However, I don't mind paying for Renovateur because a jar lasts me about a year. Even at about $30 with shipping it's still only a few bucks a month...and I like the smell.

    With that said, I make leather dog leashes and collars and wouldn't think of using renovateur on them. I'll use Obenauf LP or RMW's leather conditioner. I keep the Renovateur for shoes.
     
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  5. patrick_b

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    What stiff brushes do you use? I have a standard soft horsehair brush that I use just for cleaning after taking a damp cloth to the leather. I don't use the cleaning to brush to do anything but clean but it's the same type of brush as I use for polishing. I always wondered if I ought to be using something stiffer.

    I use the 8" brushes for polishing and the small ones for cleaning and for Obenauf on work boots. I bought one of the Florsheim brushes almost 20 yrs ago and love it. The other two Florsheim brushes were ebay finds and about the same age.

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  6. Numbernine

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    I made a couple of stiff brushes by cutting old standard brushes down to @ 3/8 with a pair of hair clippers[​IMG]
     


  7. MoneyWellSpent

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    Creative!
     


  8. Hampton

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    I have a pair of G&G I did my polish on.

    With C&J wax it doesn't work? But with wax in saphir it works just fine? Is it me who is getting crazy here, or could some other wax brand not work on shoes?
     


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    So I may have learned how to properly shine shoes about a month ago, but I've jumped in head first on doing a patina on some cheap test shoes.

    More images to come as I build some layers and figure out where I'm going with the colors. Please feel free to give me some feedback.


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  10. goodlensboy

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    Please try to post pics in natural light, with before and after shots
     


  11. Hampton

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    Damn C&J wax sucks really bad.
     


  12. chogall

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    Wrong.




    Don't blame the wax when you can't raise a shine. That said, different waxes solidify differently.
     
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  13. JermynStreet

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    So does AE while we're on the topic. Honestly, the only wax I've been able to get a true spit shine with is saphir.
     


  14. chogall

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    Did you strip using Clorox/bleach or acetone or dye preparer? Why not strip the toes and the broguing/gimping? Remember to condition after striping and don't wax right away or you would seal the smell. Shoe in picture looks unnaturally painted instead of a patina.
     


  15. chogall

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