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

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

  1. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Looks great, but is Lexol really recommended for shell?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I use it on the creases in shell. Reno and wax on the rest. I can't see how Lexol could be bad for anything.
     
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    how often do you polish your shoes chogal? i think once every 15-30 days is ok(according to how many times you wear your shoes)
    when they say 90% natural they mean with no process on them!!(take them and mix them as they are!)(at least this is what the official dealer said me here ,who is a friend of mine')
     
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    phototristan Senior member

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    Lexol may be fine for shell but for some reason Nick Horween recommends against it here:

    http://horween.com/products/brownout/#comment-462


    Quote: Scroll up that page to see what the comments are about.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is well established. I think he recommends against it not because it is bad for it, but because it can mess up the finish. The finish, the dyes and such used on shell don't really get absorbed like in calf due to it being so nonporous and such, but rather sit on top. Since Lexol is very penetrating (unlike saphir) it can mess up the shine and loosen the color and such this is why I only use it on the creases.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My opinion is it most likely would remove it. Renomat is a stripper, that is what it does.
     
  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Dress shoes got cleaned/conditioned every 3-6 weeks depends on how lazy I am, polished even less frequently. I find once I throw a decent mirror shine on them its not hard to maintain at all.

    Boots wearing casually got lexoled on them more often. Suedes shoes only gets brushed pre and post wear.
     
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    yes it's quite easy to maintain a mirror shine if it is build good the Fist time! Always with noone step on your shoes!
     
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    Actually, neither Lexol nor Renovateur is the typical long-term solution for older shells in need of revitalization......best is to go to Neats Foot Oil.

    Nothing wrong with using either of the above in this case...Neats Foot Oil is just a little more efficient for this.
     
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    Not Alden's, no....but here is before/during/after Renomat of one of my boots in Whiskey Shell:

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    All it did was take off a little of the top coat, no color. But, we don't add/use much product in the factory, and I think Alden does kick them up a bit, so best to try on the heel cover or something first.
     
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    Thank you for your replies, chogall and others, I do my shoe polish every one to two month, so will apply Reno in the same time frame.
     
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    I understood Renovateur had as bit of Mink oil in it. Is that true?


    This sums it up. Energy used in a one time burst saves need to polish so much.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes renovateur contains mink oil
     
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    Yes, Renovateur MDO is Mink Oil based......cosmetic grade real mink oil sourced from Finland. The Saphir Blue Label Renovateur's are based on a combination of the same mink oil plus coconut oil. Even I don't know the percentages though.
     

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