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

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

  1. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    I'm wearing flip flops today on my day off! I hear you though. I shine them and literally within 2 hours they get scuffed.
     
  2. henrikc

    henrikc Senior member

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    Got some pretty terrible stains on a pair of shoes. Unknown origin, possibly water, beer or wine, a combination or something else entirely.

    How do I even start removing them? Renovateur? Or just go straight to polishing with cream, then wax? Vinegar and water?
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  3. Lear

    Lear Senior member

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    Thanks EnsitMike, Chogall, englade321 and Northampton Novice. Great info. I'd rather not rely on my cobbler for cosmetic maintenance. The few local ones are quite clumsy, and travelling miles just to have this done is tiresome.

    Can't remember where I heard: ill informed amateur attempts at sanding/smoothing/dressing the edges can leave them insufficiently protected, and likely to soak up rain water. Professional burnishing with hard wax supposedly results in a bullet proof edge. Any thought on this?

    Thanks for the kind offer Northampton Novice. I'd rather you put 100% into your exams, then charge me exorbitant rates to advise and fix :)

    Lear

    Edit: We need DWF11 to add his wisdom
     
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    alexSF Senior member

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    A clear and helpful video for novices, from John Lobb


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  5. Lear

    Lear Senior member

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    @mediahound & @AlexSF: something quite therapeutic about watching these videos. I wonder at what point in his 30 year career, he decided to swap the brush/cloth applicator for rubber encased fingers.

    On the other hand, the Japanese make it look like a religious ritual. Can't believe how smartly dressed this bloke is:



    Lear
     
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  6. scatterbrain

    scatterbrain Senior member

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    Hello shoe care aficionados.

    I have this pair of shoes from Brooks Brothers.


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    How do I care for these shoes properly? They came from the manufacturer with a heavy shine that I don't want to lose. At the same time, I don't want the leather to dry out or form any more creases than it needs to.

    The box describes them as "dark brown boned calf."

    I bought some Saphir Renovateur, and Saphir Medaille D'or 1925 in Dark Brown. But before applying I wanted to know whether it would take the shine off of them.
     
  7. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Is there a difference between horsehair shoe brush brands? I have a cheap Star brand one now and am wondering if it would be worth investing in a Saphir or Abbeyhorn brand one? Or, are they pretty much all the same?
     
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    phototristan Senior member

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    Agreed. And then this guy says you are a wimp if you use gloves and don't apply the polish with your bare hands. Also sorta fun to watch:
     
  9. Lear

    Lear Senior member

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    Did I just see a man set the shoes of another alight, while he was still wearing them, in the litigious USA, where reside the worst of flesh eating lawyers?

    Great video though. Must be a frustrated percussionist. Sure I heard a paradiddle or two during the twin brush routine.

    Lear
     
  10. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Sorry, I actually meant to post this one:
     
  11. SHS

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    ^I see your best shoe shine and raise you the best shoe repair:

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    (X-post from funny picture thread)
     
  12. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

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    Nice Job, Mike
     
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  13. cdmcallister

    cdmcallister Well-Known Member

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    Mike, how are you applying the leather dye? I am interested in doing some testing with dye patina. I actually e-bay'd some burgundy PA's that I thought would be my "test" shoes but after stripping all the caked on wax, I conditioned and polished and they looked too nice to experiment on.

    I'm wondering, specifically, if you are thining the dye with anything (solvent, spirits, etc.)?
    Then, how do you go about the gradient blending of colors with the dye?
     
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  14. EnsitMike

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    I use several different methods. I start out with a paint brush, then I move to a dauber, and I finish off with folded cotton swaps and buff in between each application. I did not thin the dye on these two, although I will in the future because I can see it making life just a little easier. If you don't thin, you have to be precise. Every brush, every rub, every swipe has to be purposeful because the dye sets in heavily. Once I get good I can see it being a huge time saver however.

    Blending is done by feel. If you have a background in fine art or design it will come very easily. It is a lot like oil on canvas or rendering with markers on paper. If not, just practice. It is really just a perception acuity, or in other words, if you pay close attention to the properties of your materials, and just note how it reacts to different methods, you'll be a pro in no time. The reason there are masters that are surrounded by mysticism is only because this honed acuity is hard to communicate, but definitely not hard to learn.

    That said, our ability of mastery is supposed to happen somewhere around 10,000 hours haha.
     
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  15. cdmcallister

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    Thanks for the great info.
    I'll get back in the hunt for a thriftstore shoe with decent leather to practice on. What brand of dye do you find the best for this type of art?

    So you've read Outliers I see, or at least subscribe to its 10,000 hour benchmark.
     

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