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

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

  1. rahab

    rahab Member

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    This information is really helpful.
     
  2. Munky

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    Thanks for your advice and help, wurger.
     
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    No worries, mate. We all have our fair share of shoe fitting problems.:embar:
     
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    Thanks for your input, chogall. Confirms my suspicion. I guess for these washed/distressed style Italian fashion boots (some of which do appeal to me), it's easier to start with "inferior" leather which has visible markings/defects as they can achieve the worn/distressed look much easier.
     
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    However fashion dictates.............
     
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    That is written by a man who worked as a leather buyer for 15 years at Japanese shoemaker, Otsuka, and is common knowledge for leather specialists. Here is another explanation;
    From American Leathers(1929) [​IMG]
    Here is a schematic from American Leathers; Toe-tips and vamps are from bend, and quarters and tongues are from shoulder and belly. As written above, I think shoulder and belly are not used by high-quality shoemakers such as Edward Green and Cleverley, who say 3 pairs a calfskin. http://www.permanentstyle.co.uk/2010/05/bespoke-shoes-at-cleverley-part-5.html [​IMG] Red wing uses whole steerhide, so some are relatively good quality and some are relatively poor quality. http://www.flickr.com/photos/markestes/6281292999/in/set-72157627885241522 [​IMG] Washing and Spin-drying http://web.stagram.com/n/officinecreativeitalia/?npk=381054394697244174_53765502&vm=grid [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    veg tan If you did a thread on this it would not get buried in here this is great reference material plus the other stuff youve posted
    thanks
     
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    ^^^. Great post and info, vegtan. Thanks!
     
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    Thank you, Vegtan.
     
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    Yes, very good article VegTan. Thank you.
     
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    Anyone own hatch grain shoes? What do you do to care for the hatch grain leather?
     
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    same as normal calf, although i probably wouldn't use wax as hatch grain looks better in a more relaxed low shine finish IMO.
     
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    I do use wax, not the highly pigmented shoe cream, although I do not aim for a hard and glassy mirror shine.

    With cream you ought to be careful, as the charm of the leather is it's variegated colour. Not only are the veins lighter than the rest of the leather, the main colour itself is "blotchy" (presumably sponged), there are lighter and darker spots.

    [​IMG]

    http://www.aacrack.co.uk/catalogue.asp?product_id=18

    If you use cream all the time, you are likely to change the colour of the leather to the colour of the product and you will lose the antique effect. So, use cream sparingly, only if you need to 'retouch' some blemishes.
     
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