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

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

  1. anrobit

    anrobit Senior member

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    Don't wear them.

    Seriously though, shoe trees and proper care are about all you can do to minimize creasing in shoes. Higher quality leather also tends to have finer creases.
     
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  2. kentyman

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    Though probably years too late, congratulations on this. Most people who have significant weight to lose will never, ever lose it.
     
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  3. patrickBOOTH

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    Like the above. Other than put in shoe trees there's nothing. Why do you want to reduce creasing in whole cuts anyway? To me that's what makes a whole cut. It is the raw denim of shoes.


    Why did you order this over the regular cream polish? Also, don't have have an allergy to turpentine? Doesn't this contain it as well?
     
  4. OlafG

    OlafG Senior member

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    Iron Heart.
     
  5. patrickBOOTH

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    Thank you!
     
  6. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Hello Patrick,
    I'm buying the SAPHIR MEDAILLE D'OR CREME DE SOINS because it comes in a tube with a built-in applicator. This is good for two reasons. First, it is likely to be quick to apply and second, it will mean I have minimal contact with turpentine. I have overcome the latter by cleaning and polishing shoes outside the house. I don't know anything about the quality or composition of this cream but I imagine that it is similar to the cream in the square pot.
     
  7. Joshua Lee

    Joshua Lee Senior member

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    Congrats, that's an amazing accomplishment!

    Same thing happened to me, used to be way up there ca 400-450, and wearing a size 13-13.5D, my feet were like deflated footballs. Last year I lost more than half my body weight and became a solid 12.5.
     
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  8. bosh

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    Is there a reason for the 2021 sole being curved and not flat?
     
  9. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I don't know how wise my decision was to buy the Saphir cream-in-a-tube. I will let you know when i get it. There is no fool like an old fool.
     
  10. Van Veen

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    How can I remove tiny dark water spots on shoes? I have read that this is salt staining, and vinegar can be used to dissolve it. Is this right?
     
  11. namdaemun

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    I've a pair of black whole cuts and I think I scraped the back of my shoe on something....white? I tried to re-polish the shoe with black polish but the white simply won't go away.

    Can anyone help with this please?
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  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    It's a chrome tanned leather. Once you break through the grain the corium is a greyish white. Black polish doesn't contain a whole lot of dye and what it does contain is bound to the wax and will not penetrate. A black cream should dye and cover it. If not you can try some shoe dye applied with a fine-tipped horsehair brush...just dye the areas that are white. If worse comes to worse get a permanent marker...like a Sharpie...and colour it--again, just the white.

    Then just polish or apply cream.
     
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  13. namdaemun

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    I appreciate the info. I assumed I bumped into a white sidewalk or something but I'll buy some black cream tomorrow and I'm sure that'll remedy it.

    I was wondering is it beneficial to use shoe polish or shoe cream for everyday use? I've never used cream so I was curious.
     
  14. Munky

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    There are usually questions here about how to get rid of scratches. Surely these are part of wearing shoes? Short of wearing galoshes, all the time, I don't see how they can be avoided. I suspect that only the owner would notice the odd mark here and there. It could drive you mad.
     
  15. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Munky, quite right shit happens!

    I have put a nick on the toe of left shoe or boot a time or two. Something to do with the car I think. Most recently did it with relatively new c and j Chelsea

    Pattern - notice ding, :censored: pour glass of something, hide show away, return at later date full polish. Natural patina, history, character of your shoe.
     
  16. Munky

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    Having moaned about shoe scuffs, I can tell you that what I have found useful for the edges of shoes. SAPHIR RENOVATING CREAM - EDGE DRESSING, has enabled me to repair various bits and pieces on the edges of my Loake's Chester brogues. Use it carefully, though and don't get it onto the rest of your shoes (although the advert for it suggests that, if you do, you can get it off with Renomat). It's something to use with a steady hand, but it works.
     
  17. Burzan

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    I just got these RL Lindricks and it is my first pair of cordovan. I have noticed some white bloom in the details in the broguing, anyone care to suggest the best way to clean it out?



    Also, I have Reno but I am looking at either GlenKaren polish or maybe Saphir Cordovan Cream polish to use on them. Should I just get neutral polish or get dark brown?

    Thanks in advnace for the help guys.


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  18. dlind

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    Figured I would give Lexol a try after using renovateur for a while. Was browsing Amazon and saw a few different packagings, was wondering if anyone could advise as to which is the appropriate one or if they are the same with different packing.

    This is pack with the conditioner and cleaner, pretty handy if it's the right one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexol-Leath...542&sr=8-2&keywords=lexol+leather+conditioner

    This is another packaging of the conditioner, now is this the same as the one that's in the package above or is it different?
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summit-Industry-Incorp-1008-Conditioner/dp/B007I6F4QY/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_1

    If anyone could help me out with this it would be great!

    Thanks!
     
  19. dddrees

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    Just give them a quick brushing.

    Saphir neutral Cordovan cream is the only thing I've used so far. Lindricks tend to be dry and the Saphir Cordovan cream tends to provide the necessary moisture. Since they are blooming, you shouldn't need anything but your brush for now.
     
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  20. DWFII

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    The orange bottle is a cleaner. It is a ph neutral soap, essentially and should not be left on the shoe but rinsed off like any other soap.

    The brown bottle is the lightest conditioner that Lexol makes. It is good for almost any leather except sueded leather and will not darken leathers, Fine for your dress shoes.

    The ivory coloured bottle with green print...not shown as far as I can tell...is Lexol-nf and is a highly homogenized neatsfoot oil . Use sparingly on dress leathers after testing on a small usually unseen corner. Use unstintingly on oil-stuffed work leathers.

    The white bottle does not say Lexol-nf on it and i don't know what the heck it is.
     
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