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

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

  1. NeedStyleHelp

    NeedStyleHelp Senior member

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    No shoe trees inside and it's calfskin. I put some rennovateur on it and it looks a bit better. Should I also put some cream on and let it sink in for awhile?

    Just wondering why it would crease so much?
     


  2. chogall

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    Not an leather expert. But the creases are all at the right place.

    Lack of shoe trees definitely contributed much of the creases. And also the leather. Shoes will crease always after being worn.
     


  3. NeedStyleHelp

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    Cool. I appreciate the replies.
     


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    If the shoes in question are truly Boned Calf (which I believe they are), then they are not corrected grain leather.

    Boned calf is basically highly polished wax calf. Wax calf, like cordovan shell, uses the flesh side of the leather as the exposed side of the upper (grain side inside). The flesh is shaved, infused with wax, and buffed very precisely to create a smooth and bright finish. Wax calf is commonly used in dress riding boots for equine related events like Dressage (where it would be insensitive to use cordovan shell ).

    The reason the leather has a rolling effect like cordovan shell, and also creases like calf, is due to how it was made, and what it is made of.

    If the shoes were corrected grain bookbinder leather you would not get the rolling effect in the leather as shown.
     


  5. benhour

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    as chogal said most of the creases are at the right place !! there are creases at the top of the vamp(at the first shoelace line) witch most of the time apear when the shoe is too small or the leather is too thik(or unflexible)!nothing to worry about ecxept the cosmetic issue! i think when you buy shoes over 250-300(calf skin carmina price is 325-340) euro you have to buy shoe trees(wooden) at the same time!!

    i think putting shoetrees in them with some renovateur and after some dubbin at the vamp area(leave it about 2 days before buff) will make the creases a lot smouther!!!always put shoe trees after wearing them!!espeacially after an allday wear where your shoes are wet from sweat!!(if they dry without shoe trees creases are more noticeable)
     


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    Thanks for correction, always a pleasure to learn. :) I read something about it when googling before answering, and the majority concluded with it being cg. Would it be possible to see some more pictures of the shoes after some wear?
     


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    Can someone advise me with this? :(
     


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    Well, shoe care is for the prevention of serious cracking and damage.

    It's like there is no point in taking the vaccination after you got the flu. :)
     


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    Oli2012 Senior member

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    But it's not the polish that stops the cracking, it's the conditioner.
     


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    Ah, I actually didn't pick up the saddle dressing, so I just mentioned general care, sorry mate.

    Isn't shoe cream basically a leather conditioner with a colour dye?
     


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    They seem to be slightly loose grain.
    Genuine loose grain From Men's Ex magazine
     
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    wurger Senior member

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    informative post as always, and thanks for the link! My chrome's google translator made reading easy. :thumbs-up:
     


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    You always give great advice, benhour.

    I put shoe trees in them right after I took the pictures, just wanted to give an understanding of what they looked like [​IMG]

    Now it's off to find some Dubbin. Does anyone know where I can pick some up in Toronto?
     


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  15. NeedStyleHelp

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    Perfect! I live/work right near it. It didn't show up on their website, though.

    Anyways, I'll take a look on my lunchbreak.
     


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