**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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    style forum circle of life.


    Suede protectors. Meltonian or saphir both have it.

    Or just don't use anything. Protectors aren't exactly necessary.
     


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    patrick_b Senior member

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    I use AE's suede protector in the pump bottle (non aerosol). It's inexpensive, easily available and works. Can't ask for more that that.

    I've used it on all my suede footwear and have yet to see water spots or stains.
     


  3. benhour

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    i use tarrago nano protector and till now it served me well(http://www.styleforum.net/t/72565/rock-your-socks-show-your-sock-shoe-pant-combos/6960#post_5681389 specially when i steped in a hole with muddy water with my suede progues)

    collonil(AE is tha same thing) and saphir have their protectors too! according to internet videos they are all great products!

    according to the previous post someone asked me about mirror shine in the past here but i cant remember who that was......[​IMG]
     


  4. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    good morning and have a great day from hot greece
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    sorry for the pic is from my phone [​IMG]
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm just loling how David even got under benhour's skin. He's like one of the most helpful and friendliest guy in this thread.
     


  6. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    I am no advanced expert when it comes the shoe care. Frankly I like the learning that is involved with this and that is why I am doing it. I have bought a tons of Saphir stuff I will say this Saphir is really good when it comes marketing of its products. Maybe I did not notice this before but a recent batch of Saphir products has an expiration dates on all of them. This is an very good example of company that excels at making stuff and marketing its products.

    There is one thing I learned so far when it comes shoe care less is more and this is universal truth. Let's face it we do not wear our dress shoes that often and certainly we avoid walking in dress shoes during rain or snow. I really do not see any reason to put Renovateur on the soles of the shoes and this bi-annual maintenance regime of shoes is just plain ridiculous for lightly used shoes.
     


  7. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    That's precisely why they invented this emoticon: [​IMG]
     


  8. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    thank you for your kind words Patrick! i try to do my best in any way i can!!

    btw i have found this photo from www.glacagechaussures.com
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    i am thinking of giving it a try!! ( i have found that berluti shoes, second hand, really cheap so i think it's quite good oportunity to start try creating a more unique patina and not doing it on brand new shoes)!! what is your opinion Gent's? give it a try or leave it? i am wayting for your thoughts
     


  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Nice shine! That's some dedication!!
     


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    I'd never seen that one before. It's now one of my favorites.
     


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    Beach Bum Senior member

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    After reading all 181 pages of this Thread I've discovered the single best way to clean/polish shoes. Thank you SF.
     


  12. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    You found it, huh? I hid that nugget of truth in post #1,786 a few years ago and assumed it would never be discovered because it's much easier to ask the same question 1000 times than to go back and read prior posts.
     


  13. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I would tend to agree with you. I have re-visited the author's comments at his website about using a brush. It may have been a typo or an after-thought - but I can't speak for what he may have had in mind. I have only quoted him. Perhaps his comments were to use the brush before going into the shine process, such as removing dirt. Who knows. But you can certainly ask him yourself for clarification. All of the tutorials I have seen (except for the quoted author's concept) has been void of using a brush to acquire the actual spit-shine in its later stages.

    And, you have been a major contributor to this site. There have been many posts which I have deeply been appreciative of. And for that reason, I wish not to throw the baby out with the bathwater,

    My very best,


    David


    I will refrain from name calling but please stop quoting random Internet posts without pictures for reference. Most stuff on the Internet is pretty worthless and you won't find the same breed of shoe shine/care enthusiasts elsewhere, such as Sysdoc, Ron Rider, Nephew Mac, Glenjay, etc, and we already lost quite a few due to trolls and dilution of quality contents. Even guys like Justin @ Shoe Snub website are only mediocre in terms of skill on Styleforum. Only a rare few sites/artists are worth learning from, and none of the posts you've quoted are worthwhile to enrich this thread.

    Now if you could get artisans like Hom Nguyen, Saion, Dandy Shoe Care, Corthay, Berluti, etc, to spit out their secrets, that's great. Or translate more magazine reference guides from Men's Ex, Last, or the like. Otherwise what's the point in reposting some random Internet hearsay that won't produce as good a result as most shoe shine porn in this thread?
     


  14. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Tru dat! :slayer: :nodding:
     


  15. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    thank you!i try to do my best!
    i am always happy when i hear these kind of word's from Gent's that has ''a lot milles'' on shoe care!!

    according to the berluti shoes and the patina on the photo what is your opinion?give it a try or leave it?
     


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