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

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

  1. Lanfear

    Lanfear Member

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    I have a pair of patent leather shoes that have some scuffs on the heel area. I wondering how I can remove them.
     
  2. jasonmx3

    jasonmx3 Senior member

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    Shoe tree question: I occasionally take off my shoes when I'm at the office, especially if I don't have any meetings scheduled or if I'll be sitting behind my desk for extended periods of time. This could last from a couple of hours to half a day, depending on my schedule.

    Would it be advisable for me to bring/leave shoe trees at the office for such occasions? Any of you actually put trees on your shoes at the office?
     
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  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Saphir makes patent leather polish, I would try that first. The Hanger Project sells it.


    I would.
     
  4. Munky

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    I have a new shoe tree question. Is it OK to wear my shoes with the shoe trees still in them?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks! Wasn't quite sure if the few hours without trees would make much difference. But I guess there's no harm to it.


    Slow day? But to answer your question, I would . . . If I was named Munky!
     
  7. Boyan

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    Hello to all!
    I have a question: what shoe cream whatever should I use on my cherry red SOLOVAIR boots?
    Also what else, besides dubbin do you guys use?
     
  8. ducatisteve

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    I had a couple questions regarding some leathers in my collection. I have a pair of Alden Indy AF64s (very similar to the 404) with the heavily oiled Kudu leather. I also have a pair of AE McTavishes in waxy black leather (from their Rough Collection). Of course I'm not looking to have either of these be pristine or shiny, but is there anything I should do in the name of general upkeep besides keeping the in shoe trees and in rotation? I have the AE saddle soap, which they recommend, but I'm wondering if I should just wear them and let Alden/AE take care of them during recrafting.
     
  9. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Condition once in a while and polish once in a while.
     
  10. Munky

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    My shoes fit so much better now that I have taken the trees out. I don't know why this is.

    To the person who asked about Solovair shoes/boots. Doc Martens (very similar to Solovair) make a product called Wonder Balsam. Use this every few weeks and it will keep your shoes/boots supple and protect them from the weather.
     
  11. goodlensboy

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    I also take off my shoes and was thinking the same thing about trees. Depends on the office, but I think it's a bit too much to bring shoe trees to a regular 'office'. On the other hand coat hangers are used everywhere :confused:
     
  12. Winston S.

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    I keep an extra black and brown pair of shoes in the office and they have their own shoe trees. If anything I would remove those shoe trees and put them in the shoes I were wearing that day if I took my shoes off during the day.
     
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  13. ducatisteve

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    Thanks for the reply. I might be mistaken, but if you're replying to my question about kudu and AE's waxy leather, I don't think either will take polish very well. So far I've been brushing once every few weeks and saddle soaping roughly annually.
     
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  14. sinnedk

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    thanks for advice, i ordered a deer bone off amazon to test.
     
  15. Odd I/O

    Odd I/O Senior member

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    How many brushes do you guys use? I have black, dark brown, medium brown, light brown and burgundy shoes. One for each colour/shade?
     
  16. stevent

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    I use neatsfoot oil on my 404s, works pretty well though leather is already quite oily
     
  17. Odd I/O

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    I googled this a while ago and it seems that people recommended neatsfoot oil for the kudu if it looks a little dry. Other than that just beat the hell out of them.

    Edit: stevent beat me to it.
     
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  18. ducatisteve

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    Thank you both. The leather is pretty oily already, so usually vigorous brushing will bring out a natural glow. Just always looking for more ways to feed the obsessiveness.
     
  19. patrickBOOTH

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    Yeah I would use neatsfoot oil on kudo as well. A lot of brushing. I wouldn't use saddle soap on them.

    Brushes: I have one brush, then again I only have black shoes. If I didn't have only black shoes I would probably still use one brush. FWIW, I wash my brush maybe once or twice a year with dish soap to remove some of the wax on the bristles.
     
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  20. name

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    What are good products recommended for

    - suede/nubuck, various quality or price ranges
    with tutorials

    - greasy/waxy or special leathers, various quality or price ranges, too.

    Thank you.
     

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