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

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

  1. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thanks for your comments on shoe trees, gents. The Loake shoe trees I bought (directly from Loakes) are split and sprung down the middle and have a small, curved handle.
    Thanks, again, Munky.
     
  2. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Talkin' about Venetian Creams....

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    They have Black and Med.Brown(actually closer to Color 8) available in Japan. Not sure if they have these back in the states...
     
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    Munky Senior member

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    Three hot days in a row - almost unheard of here in Wales. I will be in Crocs tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
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    Interesting. Never seen those before.
     
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    can you order these stateside?
     
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    Yeah but benhour's suggestion makes sense because you may want to change your mind.
     
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    I doubt I've ever noticed the bottom of another man's shoes.

    Dainite soles rule in wet and slippery conditions, they start out better than leather, and they also get a nap that improves traction (as you mentioned regarding leather soles) and unless you are up close and personal, or you are going for the sleek Blake construction look there is no aesthetic penalty.
     
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    I don't get Venetian. It dosen't seem to penetrate (condition) . The shine is too hard imo. It reeks of vocs . I know Horween likes it so maybe its just me
     
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    They are the best lasted shoe trees I have ever come across
     
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    Interesting... never seen these...

    Thank Ron, not sure if this is trade secret but what type of additive finish is placed on Horween's whiskey (like Alden's super secret shinny finish)? Just got a pair of AS shoes in Whiskey but they seem like they don't have any coating and scratch pretty easily (although cream and brushing takes care of it)...
     
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    Quote: For me, I use the Saphir "Light Brown #3". But I also have other shoes which are a different shade.

    For an online Color Guide: CLICK HERE

    You may also wish to invest in the following full color guide when ordering (just place the hole over the shoe to see which is the match):

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    Yes, some of them are. the Venetian Shoe Cream in Neutral and the Venetian Leather Balm are available on Amazon.

    Enjoy your weekend,

    David
     
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    Hi guys, I just got this pair of Florsheim shell cordovan shoes off eBay. They're in great condition and I'm following the Mac method. However, I do have a question about the these stains

    I do have Venetian Shoe Cream on order, but it will take a few days to get here and I'd like to wear them on Monday :D The only other thing I have that is somewhat close to VSC is AE Conditioner/Cleaner and Meltonian Shoe Balm.

    Will either of these help to remove those stains? Will the VSC work or do I need something else?

    Thanks!

    PS: I did read most of this humongous thread, quite recently, but that was before I had any plans to get shell cordovan and so I skipped those parts of the thread and don't have the energy to go back and read the whole thread!
     
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    Didn't Saphir Medium Brown work out well for the color fading?


    Perhaps, if you rub hard. Here is a demonstration of rubbing Handgrade burnished calf with water, acetone, and a kind of solvent.

    http://www.newsaboutshoes.de/showthread.php?s=6cc0a2bd3daf7db5a80d9e888500b29c&p=14731#post14731
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    I haven't tried yet, because I ran out of Renovateur. Last time I polished, I had difficulty getting the creme evenly distributed, and my solution was to use Renovateur to smooth it out. I suspect I'm polishing these shoes wrong, but the medium brown is much darker than the shoes; I got it because I want to darken the shoe a bit. I bought a brush that I hope helps apply it better, but it hasn't come yet.

    My fear is that the water took color out of the leather (not just off the top), and that re-application of polish will darken both the stain and the non-stain, causing everything to just get darker without removing the actual stain texture. I've seen recommendations that say to use water to essentially stain the entire shoe, to smooth out the texture, and then re-polish the whole shoe. But that seems like I could be making things worse.


    Yeah, that's very similar to what I'm seeing. It's possible that water softens the layer of polish, making it easier to wipe off. But if that's true, then applying Renovateur all over the area should do the same thing, and smooth the polish out. The whole situation seems odd to me, because these cremes are basically waxes and oils; how is water having an effect at all?
     
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