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

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

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    David, I know Nick very well. Have for years. I saw him about two weeks ago in fact. I will ask him about the Lexol idea, but the fact that many others already approve of the stuff, shoemakers, and leatherworkers plus my experience it blows my mind that you aren't in the slightest intrigued by the idea that Reno is not the ne plus ultra.
     
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    it's pretty clear David is a troll. he only first tried Saphir products just about a week ago:

    from - http://www.styleforum.net/t/331032/...-wolverine-1000-mile-boots/0_100#post_6303480

    in that one week he has posted tauting Saphir products all over SF no less than 15 times.

    either he works for them, for hangar project, or is in fact simply trolling.

    and just a week and a half ago, he didn't even know what 'shell' was:


    from - http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/19400_100#post_6300862
     
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    The Veblens are considered to be the casual cousin to the Kenmoor ... that said, the leather may be less amenable to shining.
    But if you are otherwise happy with the Veblens, STP is offering up the brown and grey models for $110.
    Using one of their numerous coupon codes, I got the grey pair for $72 + $.99 shipping.
     
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    So strange...
     
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    Hi!

    I am pretty new to this forum, and compared to many of you here, I'm pretty new to the whole expensive shoe thing. But in the last couple of years I have developed a huge interest for shoes, and I want to take care of them the best way I can. In the beginning I was just using a random leather balsam and wax polish for my shoes, but after I joined this forum I have been presented to a whole new world. But the discussion the last days is really fucking with my mind.

    I have purchased some Saphir products because after a lot of reading it seems like this is an overall very good brand. My shining process now contains the following steps:
    1. Clean shoes with horse hair brush
    2. Apply Renovator
    3. Let it dry
    4. Brush excess cream
    5. Apply shoe cream
    6. Buff the shoe
    7. Shine with wax/water
    8. Apply stain protector spray

    I do this maybe twice a month for the shoes I use the most. For these shoes, I apply renovator maybe twice a week after wear.

    Because I don't know a lot of different shoe polish brands, Saphir is a safe choice because there are a lot of guides online. Is this approach any good or should i change anything? If I am able to draw any conclusion from the above discussion, I should change Renovato for Lexol on the wamp. Will mye earlier mentioned approach be any better then?

    If so: are there any people from Europe here? I can't seem to find any places except amazon that sells Lexol, and if this is a very much recommended product, I'm very interested in getting some.

    As a newbie here I will thank you for very inspiring discussions that already has taught me tons about shoe care.

    --
    Ole
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I personally think the above is too much and too often. Really shoes need not be conditioned and polished so frequently. The twice a month figure is ok that you mention, however reno on your shoes twice a week I think is too much. A good brushing is enough to get back lost luster and get dust and such out of the creases. I thin you only really need Lexol on the vamp, let dry, buff, then shoe cream lightly over the vamp and wax on the toe and heel counters. I would use the reno on the heel counters and toe before the waxing also. Again, this is only one man's opinion.
     
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    I really appreciate your answer. After reading page upon page here I realise that there are people here much more experienced than I, so the only reason I shared my thoughts on shoe care was to get feedback. For me it's not just an opinion, its a very good advice :) Thank you!
     
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    Patrick Booth I for one very much appreciate your bringing this to the forum and I would hope others will consider your experience for what it is rather than just engaging in some kind of competitive beat down . I know I will . While I have not had any problems with my calf shoes that are maintained only with Saphir products I do apply a small amount of dubbin to the vamps evey couple years . This seems to me to be somewhat in line with your use of Lexol
     
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    I have no idea what retail chains you guys have in Europe, but as a general suggestion it might be worth a look at your local automotive parts & accessories stores. Here in the US Lexol is marketed specifically for care of leather upholstery in vehicles and can be found at places like Auto Zone, Advance Auto, Pep Boys, etc. It can also be found in the automotive section of large general merchandise stores such as Wal-Mart.
     
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    Thank you so much for the advise. I was able to find _one_ retailer in Norway that actually sells Lexol. It's a car accessories retailer, and the only thing they have is the spray bottle. But I assume it contains the same conditioner. So now I'm only waiting for the mail :)
     
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    I didnt catch on till he refered to Dylan as Dillon thanks for the confirmation . Things must be slow in Montana
     
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    I am all for hearing about Nick's ideas on the Lexol application for the Vamp. It may be there is no single product line to be used in some shoes - and I may very well start using a combo process. I hope to hear your findings with Nick.

    David
     
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    Well, Tristan knows better - that's for sure - but that's what media hounds do.

    What is strange is that Tristan holds a degree in Arts - has some great photography at his web site - which I had asked that he share in the photo topic - can't find a job for all this time - so he uses the shoe polish and products found at this website to work our of his truck as a mobile "polish your bumper and interior" line of work, which is great if you want to keep a roof over your head. Much better to work at a "job" than try and get into a closed field in your "profession" and starve. But it is obvious to many here he has anger issues and bites down on other members of this site like an East-Bay pit bull who won't let up - all to prove to "someone" that his self-esteem is in tact.

    Well, I've said my piece - and I feel better now that I took the defensive approach to answering a gnat's angst to get attention [ wink ]
     
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