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

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

  1. Numbernine

    Numbernine Senior member

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    They both are it really comes down to preference . there are at least a half dozen products recommended and used by members on this thread to varying results one thing you want to keep in mind with shell is to apply all in moderation . I personally use saphir renovateur only unless i have a color issue
     
  2. Al in Philly

    Al in Philly Senior member

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    I personally use Reno about every four months or so and then use Saphir Pate De lux wax in Bordaeux (for color 8). I use the wax about every four months, alternating with the Reno (i.e. I'll use Reno - four months later use wax - four months later use Reno...). The main reason I use the wax is because I don't want there to be a TON of color change when the shell does start to patina. I want a little bit, but not a ton. This is also why I don't use creme; I want there to be some patina. Just not a drastic patina.

    I use the mac method whenever I can, which turns out to be every two to three weeks. That way I know I'm not over waxing.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't apply reno to the vamp of my shoes anymore. All of my older shoes that got Lexol treatments for years are still around. After I fed my newer shoes all Saphir and reno diets they are all cracking and in bad shape. I think reno should only be used on non-flex areas has a light cleaner and polish. Essentially it is good for traveling and such. It isn't a good conditioner, I actually think it is a better solvent and probably contributed heavily to my cracked shoes. Now, I Lexol the vamp, reno everywhere else and wax polish the toe and heel. Essentially bad experiences with long term reno use has got me off the cool-aid.
     
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    That's bordering on heresy, pB...
     
  5. MoneyWellSpent

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    Interesting, and good to know. What is your definition of "long term", and how old are the shoes that you are experiencing the cracking on? How old are the shoes that only received Lexol?
     
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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    You may change your tune when your shoes start cracking too...
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My 8 year old shoes that got mostly Lexol treatments are still going strong. Others that in the past 2-3 years got the reno treatment that we all know and "love" are cracking.

    Reno on everything but the vamp before you polish. Lexol and cream polish on the vamp.
     
  8. Snaporaz

    Snaporaz Active Member

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    Don't get me wrong- I'm curious to hear more, too. Expensive shoes, plus diligent (and expensive) shoe care shouldn't lead to cracked leather.

    I'm just a little sceptical as Saphir, and Renovateur in particular, seem to have such great reputations...
     
  9. Snaporaz

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    Why not cut the Reno out entirely? Just use the Lexol?
     
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    Wow, 2-3 years is quite a short period of time. Are you sure that there aren't any other variables to consider? I don't use Saphir products, so don't take my questioning as support for them.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You haven't been around long. Trust me. Mind you my cheapest pair of shoes is $450. Not exactly garbage.

    The fact is, most Saphir products have questionable ingredients. Questionable by people who make shoes and work with leather. What do most of these people use? Lexol, and Bickmore. There is a reason for that, many of us, myself included ignored this, and I have been reaping the consequences.

    Don't let the marketing hype fool you. Plus, there are a lot more people new to the shoe care game who have very little observations at this game. I have collected many and at this point I am dropping the kool-aid because of said experience. Than again do what you want.
     
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    This is very true, and I know exactly to whom you refer.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Because reno gets some polish off, but not a lot. Lexol messes the finish and I am not really concerned at all with conditioning non flex points on a shoe, I want to maintain those parts shiny. They just need to be "renovated" and primed for another small layer of wax.
     
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    I wish there were, honestly. My newest renoed shoes were also part of a larger rotation. So it even meant I was wearing them less than the older ones at the time. Wearing less, getting a different treatment, began cracking.

    Honestly I think their polishes are probably fine to use sparingly and away from flex points. I will continue to use them for everything but the vamp, except for a bit of cream polish in the vamp.

    Also member Isshinryu who posts vintage shoes in great condition doesn't use Saphir and his shoes are decades old. Just sayin.
     
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    Interesting...do you just buy a 3-liter bottle of Lexol for the next few years? What creme and wax products do you prefer to use?
     

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