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

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

  1. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Senior member

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    Orange is cleaner brown is conditioner. It says it on the bottle
     
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    straight from the horse's mouth (so to speak), do not use Lexol on shell cordovan (just use it on calf/cow leather):

    http://horween.com/products/brownout/#comment-462

    "No Lexol! The Venetian is worth waiting for, and shell doesn’t need much in the way of products. A good horsehair brush and a soft, damp cloth will take care of them the majority of the time."
     
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    Very informative. Thank you!
     
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    pB - if one were to use Lexol conditioner in conjunction with Reno...in what order would you use them? TIA!
     
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    It doesn't really matter because they are never touching each other. Lexol on vamp, reno everywhere else. Then polish. Minimal polish on vamp, if any.
     
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    I made the same mistake some hundred pages back. I tried some lexol on a small spot on a pair of shell shoes, and it turned misty white. I would advise the Saphir shell cream instead, works wonders.
     
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    Confused on the Reno discussion. I was under the impression Reno was both a cleaner and a conditioner. Figured putting it on every couple of months was good to keep shoes conditioned and soft.

    Back to the drawing board.
     
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    I have only used it on the crease going across the vamp of my shoe. It was already misty because, well, it is shell and that is what happens. I wouldn't use it on the toe or anything, then again I wouldn't use it on other parts of calf either. It penetrates the finish too much and you have to work kind of hard to get a good shine again.
     
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    Quote: This was my impression as well (and although I've only been using for six months, I've been very happy with the results). Guess I'll buy some Lexol as well.
     
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    Question.

    If one of the two goals of a shoe tree is to wick up moisture, and that didn't happen, do I really need to limit my shoe tree options to non-polished cedar?

    It's more or less hypothetical since it's pretty hard to find cheap shoe trees that aren't non-coated cedar.
     
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    Dont you love it when the best choice is also the easiest If you are really into the look of polished wood trees just let the shoes dry before putting them in
     
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    Thank you for that run-on sentence that confused me for a few minutes.

    The question was, is it really the best choice, or just the easiest? Or does it even really matter?
     
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