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

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

  1. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    Yes, it can be fixed. You can emulate this problem with a porous kitchen sponge, by only getting half of the sponge wet and letting it dry. The cellular area that is wet expands, but when it dries it does not match the exact same compactness as the area that remained dry. It's not less or more necessarily, just different. If you then soak the whole sponge and let it dry, everything is consistent.

    The same is true with shoe leather. When you discover a ridge like this take a damp sea sponge (soft sponge) and soak the surface of the entire shoe (not dripping wet, but damp to the touch). Let the shoes dry overnight, then condition them with leather conditioner (to add the lost oils back in), and the shoes should be fine. If salt was absorbed when initially exposed, then you may also want to use a little saddle soap, when getting the shoes damp with a sponge, to allow the sulfides to flush out the salts. Be sure to rinse out the saddle soap with a clean damp sponge before allowing to dry.
     


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    You could also go to a candle supply store and pick up a 3oz Tureen jar for about $1. It's not square, but it is similar is size, and the opening is a little larger.
     


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    I have my first pair of RM Williams yearling leather boots soon to arrive, and also Saphir Renovateur, creme polish, and wax polish. What should I do if I do NOT want them to look "shiny", just a matte finish, black leather boot that is well-protected??
     


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    Question, a lot of us are talking about fine shoe care, now what can I do to overhaul these beat up Red Wings? They have tons of life left but I want to condition and clean them!


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    If you don't mind, I would like to send you a free jar of my GlenKaren leather Cleaner/Conditioner to try on your boots. I think this would be a perfect test of the product on boots by a member of this forum. You could do a before (as shown above) and an after picture, and give your opinion of the product in this thread.

    If this idea appeals to you then just give me a PM with your address, and I will get a jar out to you right away.
     


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    that's a pretty slick offer. excited to see the results if it goes down!
     




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    Gents,

    Accidentally stained my suede shoes with cream shoe polish. What's the best way to fix or reduce the stain?

    Suede shoes so far really feels higher maintenance...
     
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    ^ pics?
    I'd try something that dissolves fats but isn't too aggressive.
    In my (limited) experience suede doesn't need much maintenance. Just don't spill fatty substances on your suede shoes. (Suede in the kitchen= no go)
     


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    Suede shampoo would be a good start, imo.
     


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    Pix later. Tried the saphir suede shampoo (the clear glass bottle one), not much help. Maybe I should wash again.
     


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    Good luck! That's a military approved spit shine!
     


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    A drastic method, and an amazing result: [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     


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