Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.
No receipt, purchased them in January from Madison Avenue store. I sent an email to their CS.
I speak from my own experience , and do not intend to conflict with any one.
You may try Leather Preparer to strip some colour , causing colour fade on the uppers. although Leather Preparer is very effective against newly put on pigment. It may not always work.
On Renomat and Renovateur , I don't believe that both will work. Renomat do wonders on colour stain, stuff that remains on top of leather and reflects . The thing that darkens your colour is called pigment, to which It can't do any thing. Renovateur, on the other hand, is a mild cleaner , only good enough for dust and so on . Plus its content , mink oil may also darken your shoes.
I would recommend you try Leather Preparer.
By the way, Collonil 1909 Leather Cream is similar to Saphir Renovateur, a gentle cleaner plus mild conditioner . It has Cedar Oil as conditioner , which doesn't do darkening.
Collonil Leather Gel is for waterproofing. Collonil has something with a similar name called Collonil Gel, which is for gentle cleaning. I don't believe they both condition your shoes.
On the other hand, their Crème de Luxe is quite renowned for conditioning. The newer 1909 Supreme Crème de Luxe has improved upon brightness.
Hope you get this sorted mate!
Thanks guys, really appreciate all the kind words. Can't wait to start the next project!
Yup good job. On last pair, perhaps bit lighter laces would also do
Post the pics as you progress...
Best way too remove old layers of polish?
I now understand the want to put a spit shine on every shoe I own. Pulled out a pair of doc martens that I use as beaters, and the took to polish nicely.
Also, I have a pair I did with neutral, but noticed the dye starting to patina from the rubbing. I bought some color matched wax-- is it alright to put the colored wax on top of the neutral?
Thats onehelluva spit shine mate; nicely done : )
Is it possible to put a shine on loafers? Got a pair of shell aldens that I need to clean up...
It is possible, but why?
Shell can be shined but not spit shine like calf leather.
I agree that a spit shine generally doesn't suit cordovan btw.
Crat beat me to it. Shell *can* be mirror shined but I think some/many will agree that it doesn't suit shell like it does calf.
As mentioned previously, I kept this shine for about as long as it took to snap these pictures. I much prefer the look of shell's natural deep sheen, not a highly waxed finish.
Exactly. Shell should shine, but not like a mirror.
Probably has something to do with the generally more casual nature of shell shoes.
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