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

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

  1. VegTan

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    Yup.....we actually acquired them last year though. The products had always been MDO. We had limited supplies last Fall but launched just in time for Holiday, have a little more for this season here, and the main work begins for Fall 13. I am also building the shoe line from here. The kits are very nice...thanks for posting!

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    As i was watching some videos on the internet and looking some of our pictures here(icluding mine) i have seen that all of us when we are going to shine-nurish our shoes we just take the laces out, do our stuff and then we put them back on without doing something!!

    i thought why not to take care of our laces too?( most people ll just replace the old ones but even after that the new laces wont look as good as they can)!! so i gave it a try to take some waxed shoe laces and take them to the next level!!

    here is a pic with the one lace before and the left one after the cream apply(bees wax based)!! and the last photo is after the apply of carnauba wax polish and then heated to melt in !!!
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    the next step is to try make my own shoe flat laces!! all thoughts are more than welcome
     
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    Why take the laces off? Condition and cream with laces on so they get some love at the same time.
     
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    I don't have the patience for taking laces out. Maybe once per year. Somebody asked about how long it takes them to shine their shoes. Just like anything else it is a novelty. When I first started getting into shoes I would be polishing for an hour, now I don't have patience for 10 minutes. When you start getting more and more shoes it only gets worse.
     
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    give them some love!! it sounds like a song!! hahahahaha

    it depends on the kind of the shoe but with laces on you cant reach all the areas of the shoe!! additionally the part of the laces that makes the bow wont take any ''love''(care) at all and you ll end up with good shined shoes having a terrible pear of laces(look worst than the picture I posted before! consider that in my photos the laces are brand new !)
     
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    Agree with you here. I'm too lazy to remove the laces also.
     
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    I don't remove laces except for full polishing, cleaning, etc. that's maybe once a year. However, I do wax laces that aren't waxed when boots are new. Alden's flat cotton laces when not waxed loosen easily. I slide them over a bar of wax once per side and they stick better. I've been using a bar of Otter wax.
     
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    I do the same, although I definitely do a full polish more than once per year.
     
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    Excellent advice if I want my new Allen Edmonds to last a decade or longer.
     
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    Sorry - but I wish to maintain my shoe tongues in the same condition as straight out of the box. Dirty tongues may not be too visible to your colleagues, friends, or associates. But neither is dirty underwear. And most often, if you know you have dirty shoe tongues and you know you don't change your underwear as often as you should - you will be the first one who knows the difference, and it will show in your self-esteem, confidence, and outlook. Invest an extra 120 seconds for removing and replacing the laces, and it will mean the world to your self worth.

    How often some may remove their laces before adding any product - may be similar to how often some may pull out the sofa in their home to clean underneath and against the wall. As a youngster, the full cleaning of our home in portions (living room, bedrooms, etc) meant just that (a full cleaning). But we did not perform the full cleaning every week in every room, but rather - rotation of rooms for full cleaning - including pulling the beds out, chairs out, dressers, everything where normal dust settles. The regular weekly cleaning always included a surface clean - vacuum, dusting, glass cleaning. But I do recall my mother mentioning she was raised to clean under the sofa and against the walls on the full cleaning schedule. She also mentioned that anyone who showed neglect in one area of their life would most certainly show neglect in their home and automobiles. (I was the one who started paying attention to how men either maintained or neglected their shoes, no matter how well groom their suits looked)

    As for shoes, what is required on a day to day wear? Maybe it's just a quick brush and buff, or a minor application of polish products to portions of the shoes. But if the routine includes the entire upper - then OFF come the laces!

    Here are some other well known quotes:

    "Remove the shoe laces! The lazy way to polish shoes is with laces in. But that leads to getting polish on them.

    "Sticky laces lie.

    "Destroy and impair the luster of the tongue by permitting long term neglect.

    "Avoid the discrepancy between the color of the tip of the shoe and the tongue where the lace is."

    (The last quote is my favorite)

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    I appreciate the specific recommendation regarding the Otter Wax. My marine corp drill sergeant grandfather taught my how to originally shine my shoes, and I still use the kit that my grand-uncle used in the streets of NYC when the family immigrated... Since shining my shoes reminds me of family so much, I think I need to keep taking out my laces, even if I now use different methods and products than my grandfather taught me as a teen.
     
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    Gibberish.

    So much junk spewed out. So your next crusade would be against EG, G&G, and all other burnished shoes...
     
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    Ahhhhhhh........now I get it - you are FNB, aren't you? I mean, this can't be real. Can it?
     

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