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

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

  1. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Although the shoes are nicely done . . . What really caught my eye was the typewriter (something my mother and father used to have in their days working for the Secretary of War) - plus the leather couch/chair and wooden desk.

     
  2. Munky

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    Just for information, I have had great success with Saphir Shoe-Eze. I tried it, first, on a pair of shoes that I keep for experimenting. It did what it said it would do - in this case, softening the leather around my small toes. It didn't leave any marks. I then tried it on a pair or good shoes and had the same response. My toes don't hurt, there are no marks on the shoes. Don't be put off by the foam that comes out of the can. I have no idea what it is made of.
     
  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    All antique cept for the couch.
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Interesting. The shoe stretching sprays I use is alcohol based and works well with either shoe stretcher or sized shoe trees.

    Did you use the Saphire shoe eze with your own feet to stretch? And how thick was the lining and stiffeners?
     
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  5. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Yes, I used my feet to stretch them. I found I needed to repeat the process a couple of times. Saphire suggest

    - Shake well before using and spray downwards generously, onto and inside the shoe. Afterwards, walk normally and repeat if necessary.
    I'm not sure how thick the 'liners and stiffeners' are. I used the product on fairly heavy brogues.
     
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  6. T Reven

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    Hello

    I have tried to search for this, but the input seems fragmented, so I will try here, as I am convinced that there must be many more who are wondering the exact same thing.

    When receiving a brand new pair of shoes, what are the mandatory steps one must take to ensure durability and and prolonged good looks of the shoe? Nothing fancy, like mirror shine, just the recommended care before starting to use the shoes?
     
  7. wurger

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    There are no mandatory steps for new shoes, as they are supposed to be RTW, especially you don't mind not having certain shines; and a bit of common sense shoe care which is covered many time on this thread after every few wearings, will do the job.
     
  8. davidwarne

    davidwarne New Member

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    Really its nice thread. Great start from this thread. I like your sharing picture. I will also use your tips.
    Thanks...........
     
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  9. davidwarne

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    I will also a sharing some photos of shoes collection after using your steps
     
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  10. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Although new shoes are meant to be worn out of the box, many of us have chosen to add:

    Color Cream Polish
    Brush lightly
    Color Wax
    Brush Lightly
    Balming Cream
    Brush Lightly

    Above all, enjoy them!

    David
     
  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Interesting. Time to check with Ron Rider to see if they are imported to the US.
     
  12. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    To impart max color onto the shoe from the shoe cream should I go straight to cream and skip Reno? (So all the moisture is soaked in from the cream and not the Reno)
     
  13. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    You could always wait until Reno dries up
     
  14. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    One can skip the wax if they are happy with a softer shine.

    Can i ask is there a consensus on a decent conditioner nowadays? I remember quite a few pages ago there was a big argument whether Renomat was good or bad for your shoes.
     
  15. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Does Collonil Super de luxe creme contain any turpentine? How does it compare to Saphir?
     
  16. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The argument was whether renovateur is good solely as a conditioner, not renomat being bad for your shoes.
     
  17. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Don't know, but according to Men's Ex, it's superior to Saphir cream in terms of conditioning and penetration.

    +1.
     
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  18. B-Rogue

    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Yes indeed. My apologies. I seem to have mixed the names by mistake. [​IMG] What was the conclusion of that argument? Is Renovateur a good conditioner?

    I still am not clear regarding how often Renovateur should be used and whether it needs to be used less if you apply only cream to your shoes (as opposed to wax polish)?
     
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  19. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    the conclusion is there are forum venders that sells renovateur.
     
  20. gyasih

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    A trick to help with stretching shoes that have lasted trees. I learned from Nick A@Bespoke.
    1. Create a cardboard insole, roughly the shape of the current insole.
    2. Spray the interior of the shoe to be with shoe stretching spray or go au natural
    3. Insert the trees and the tension will stretch the shoes
    This is a slow process and you can add additional inserts for more stretching.
     
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