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**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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    The consistency of the cleaner conditioner has a lot to do with temperature because of the coconut oil. It spreads incredibly well and you don't need to use a lot at all.
     
  2. uunngghh

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    Hopefully this can be answered here. The leather lining covering one of my insoles has started to wrinkle up. It seems to be the sort of insole where there is a bit of leather and cushioning glued onto the insole, but only from the heel up to around the arch of the foot. When I peeled off the wrinkled leather lining and cushioning, I can see the top of some nails. Would replacing this leather lining and cushioning for just the heel portion of the shoe be an easy fix for a cobbler?
     
  3. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    I think it has a lot to do with the beeswax as well. I make my own "board butter" from beeswax and mineral oil for treating my end grain cutting board and it's about the same consistency. I just got my first shipment of GK on Saturday. Seems like great stuff so far!
     
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    What you are referring to is called the sock-liner. Don't be alarmed, as it's not an integral component of the shoe. Covering those nails back up would be a good idea, both for your comfort as well as keeping them from being exposed to moisture as much as possible. I would think that a competent cobbler could make quick work of that. Depending upon the manufacturer, you may even be able to call their customer service and ask for a new sock liner that you could insert yourself.
     
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    Glen, there was not a seal on my jar of conditioner. Seeing as I have a very well conditioned cardboard box and about half a jar, I'll take you up on the offer. I was planning on placing an order for a jar of black polish for a friend, so feel free to place the jar in that shipment. It is very generous of you. My order will be under the last name Stone. Again, I appreciate the stellar customer service.
     
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    Just wanted to give a shout out to Glen and his fantastic customer service. He went the extra mile and addressed the issue above. I will be purchasing his products again. grateful.
     
  7. SWRT

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    Hey, guys. First post here and it's probably a bit big, but there's
    so many varying ideas.

    I'm pretty new to shoe care and obviously I haven't read through
    most of this thread, but I plan to get a good bit into it. I recently
    bought some Florsheim Markham shoes and so far I've used only
    shoe cream to put a bit of color into them. They're saddle shoes and
    they have a brown and blue/gray on them. I found a decent shoe
    cream to apply on the brown, but what can I use for the blue/gray?

    I've been reading up all over different places lately and I've heard
    of putting lotion on the gray part since some things may not match
    well. Is this a bad idea? I have gray wool pants and dont want it leeching
    color into them or anything (not sure if that could happen).

    So far it's looking like Meltonian Charcoal is going to be my best
    bet. I dont mind if it turns the shoe a bit more gray than with the
    hints of blue. And will the shoe cream alone actually provide any
    protection or will it just condition the leather while adding a bit of color?

    Here's, currently, what the shoes look like after the shoe cream on the
    brown only. I just want to add some protection to it before I go outside
    with them everywhere in case they get wet or something. No sense
    ruining new shoes by not knowing how to take care of them.

    [​IMG]

    I've seen that a lot of people swear by Saphir products and to be
    honest I'm not sure what the Renovateur really does. Do you use
    that before you do anything else to the shoe? Is it for removing the
    previous polish before you apply new stuff? Is their shoe cream and
    polish the best?

    Like I said, I'm a complete noob when it comes to taking care of shoes
    so any help would be appreciated. Sorry for the ton of questions. Thanks
    guys!
     
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  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Use neutral if you're worried about the color. I think you should take some time and read through this thread. There is a ton of information and it is bound to be an enjoyable experience.
     
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  9. SWRT

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    I appreciate it.
    Is neutral essentially clear?

    And I definitely plan to devote many lunch breaks to this thread.
    I just didnt want to wear the shoes too much without adding some
    form of protection over the whole thing.
     
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  10. SuitedDx

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    This is more of a shoe repair question: what type of tool do cobblers use to install taps.

    Since I moved to MI, it's been hard trying to find someone that has metal taps and installs them neatly (I'm 0 for 2 so far) so I figure to try myself.

    Rubber mallet or steel hammer? Another option? I've used a steel hammer and it seems to do the trick but I figure to ask. :)
     
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  11. barky

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    See the St Crispin video posted in the Leatherfoot's fb. Somewhere towards the end.
     
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    This is cool. Can this be done to any dark leather oxfords to give some multi tones and lighten the color a bit? There's a model of Allen Edmonds on sale nearby I really like, but the color is an unfortunate and uninspiring monotonous dark brown. Wish I could get it to more of a walnut. I'm going to look for more information about possibly lightening them.
     
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    New shoes don't really require much of anything. I wouldn't worry. Yes, neutral is essentially just a non-pigment product made to raise a shine without adding color.


    You aren't going to lighten shoes significantly, or quickly using a lighter polish alone. You'd have to do some stripping and dyeing using an alcohol based dye like Feibings.
     
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    Ok, I realize I'm going to have to strip some color off. Can anyone point me to a guide? The shoe is the brown Clifton by the way. I could always buy it in Walnut but i'm kind of DIY fiend anyway :).

    [​IMG]
     
  15. patrickBOOTH

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    If they sell them in walnut I would buy them in walnut if thats what you want. I mean you could do it yourself, but then you could always make your own shoes, yes? Anything you do to turn them walnut will inherently cause some damage and stress to the uppers in the process. Wiser to just buy them in that shade if they come that way from the manufacturer.
     
  16. Stirling

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    Pb is
     
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    Thank you, sir. I appreciate it. I'll get some neutral to throw on there and start enjoying them :) And I'm going to research this thread a bit
     
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