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

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Or, you could always make additions to your shoe trees at the stress areas with soft tissue paper and secure with masking tapes.

    I am experimenting adding sheet cork to shoe trees, last making style. So far not too much success. Need to try different cement and sand paper.
     
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  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I would but I am stuck at making cork adhere to trees. Obviously I am underestimating. [​IMG]
     
  4. wurger

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    Renovateur is one of the best conditioners out there, I apply reno about every 4 wears.
     
  5. joiji

    joiji Senior member

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    What are you using for glue? You should be using a contact cement, or a proper barge cement if you can find it. Apply to both surfaces and wait for it to go tacky, then bond them together. using a hammer or soft mallet to hammer them together should create a stronger bond, also.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I use reno in my hair regularly.
     
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    My jar is always on top of my tissue box.
     
  8. apillai

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    This is the first post here. I bought this AE loafers last week on eBay and when I received it had these stains. Not sure what caused it, I am thinking water damage. Is this fixable, otherwise I would like to send the shoe back to the seller.

    If its covered in a previous please point me to that.

    Thanks for your help. [​IMG]
     
  9. David Copeland

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    Did the outside of the box show water damage? If so, then the seller may have insured the package. If UPS, then there is an automatic insurance of up to $200. If US Postage, the seller would have to purchase insurance for an extra dollar or two.

    If the outside of the box does not show water damage, then compare the eBay photos from the online listing with what you received (the photo I see). In this case you would want to communicate with the seller to see if they can offer a refund or a return. And also, it depends on how long ago you received the shoes. If you have waited too many days, then the seller can claim you did the damage.

    Let me know if I can further help.

    David
     
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    Its been about a week. The box is clean and only one shoe seems to be damaged. I can definitely return it but I am trying to see whether this is fixable, as I paid $20 including shipping.
     
  11. David Copeland

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    have you just received a new pair of shoes?

    Here is an excellent video, of which the first part is titled PRE-MAINTENANCE:
     
  12. David Copeland

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    Most of the consistent daily posters in this topic lead towards products other than Saphir, but I would guess that the majority of Style Forum members lean toward Saphir. There are arguments on both sides, and the best answer may be for you to try out both (perhaps Saphir first).

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    MEN'S EX MAGAZINE

    As for magazines, MEN'S EX offered a full color spread on Saphir products.

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    ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

    And it was Esquire Magazine's article, among others, that convinced me to try Saphir products.

    If you wish to review the 3, 4, and 5 step process of how to maintain shoes using the Saphir Products, here are a couple of retail links that are helpful:

    LINK ONE

    LINK TWO

    All my best,

    David
     
  13. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    What is the link (or the eBay Item Number) to the original eBay listing so that I can take a look at the photos and text that was represented. Many time the shipping can be refunded if the "item was not as described"

    David
     
  14. David Copeland

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    Absolutely.

    As it turns out, most of the AE shoes and boots out of the box are a matte shine, which I like because it gives more of a natural new-look to it than a look that looks more fabricated after purchase.

    When I purchased my Long Branch boots from Nordstroms, they gave me a free professional shine (Nordstrom department stores have the shoe shine stands) and I asked for a little bit of a tune up. The results was this:

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    The Long Branch is regular cow hide and not calfskin, but as sample photos show below - they look great when worn with denims like this:

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  15. sagitar

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    David,

    Thanks for the offer. I do sell on eBay and my partner bought this shoe to flip because it was cheap. I can definitely return it but I am wondering whether these stains could be removed and the shoe could be restored.
     
  16. David Copeland

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    My "guess" would be to determine what caused the stain. Water is one thing, oils are another, and there are some better experts in this thread who have seen it all and have worked with a number of stains.

    (I was hoping to help you in a either getting a free refund or return based on what the listing may have stated. If the photo you posted is one of the photos in the listing, then perhaps the original seller would know how the stain happened)
     
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    Probably best to return the shoes.

    I don't believe I caught this while following this thread for the past few months, but how does one clean/condition/polish the punched holes on a shoe? Any tips regarding this? I've got a pair of dry-ish shell longwings that I'd like to condition before putting them on.
    I tried a small horsehair dauber to tackle the job and it didn't work too well. It just used more Renovateur than I'd like to waste.
     
  18. David Copeland

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    An ultra-thin cotton swab usually does the trick (according to the professional shiners at http://ashineandco.com/

    Below is a video of an example (you will see him work the punched holes at 36 seconds into the video:
     
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    David, you are suggesting that this is what your shoes looked like after they were polished by the supplier. So is this really you? Or did you just happen to have a model to hand after you bought them?

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    Spread from the smooth areas to the brouging areas so the holes traps minimal amount. Cloth is easier to work with than daubers.

    Lexol the shells.
     

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