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

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

  1. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

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    Does anyone know where to find Saphir Red wax? I've been wanting to try some on my black shoes.
     
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    SoGent Senior member

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    don't think i've heard of that. your best bet for a larger variety of colors is ron rider's boot shop
     
  3. aglose

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    Could a cobbler re sew a seam between the brouging on a pair of shoes and the vamp back together? Or are they a lost cause?
     
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    Yes they can, cobblers can do some amazing fixes.
     
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    Awesome thank you. Now just need to identify some old shoes by nothing but the nail pattern :/
     
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    Can anyone tell me if there would be any additional cost to have a Goodyear welted crepe sole replaced with leather sole beyond the cost of a simple resoling?
     
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    Unfortunately, no production of red wax by Saphir....or anyone else I am aware of. However, if you are looking to try to do something with red highlights on a black calf shoe I would look at the Crème Renovatrice from Saphir or the Self-Shine Color Dye from Tarrago. If you were to find a red wax, or try a red cream, I don't think it would have much effect.
     
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    This question has probably already been answered but I could not find it in this 400+ page thread.

    Is there any product to clean suede loafers?

    I get my shoes polished at Nordstrom and they refuse to touch suede.
     
  9. chogall

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    go to your local cobbler, hardware store, or supermarket/drugstore. look for suede cleaner.
     
  10. Aidan K

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    What is the ball park I should expect to pay for having flushed toe taps put in a pair of goodyear welted shoes? Im going to talk to a local cobbler about it, but don't want to be totally naive. Thanks!
     
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    $25-35, imho (B. Nelson was $35 last I saw Nick)
     
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    think B. Nelson does it for 40 though pretty sure there are place does it cheaper
     
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    Cool, I appreciate the responses!
     
  14. pazzion

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    Thank you very much! :)

    Ok, perfect. I will swing by a local shop that sells those and pick some up.

    I'll also try to finish the whole thing off with the cream. I'll try it sometime during next week and hopefully it will get even better than the first time!

    Thank you very much for your advice :)
     
  15. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    X-Post from the Japanese Shoes Thread.... (picture heavy!)

    Shoeshine at Kutsumigaki Honpo

    Kutsumigaki Honpo (aka Shoeshine Tokyo), established 5 years ago and easily recognised for their French cafe' inspired booths, has quickly become a favorite among the white collared workers of downtown Tokyo. Now with 5 locations in and around Tokyo, they offer a wide range of repair jobs, in addition to their signature shoeshine. They even offer shoe polish classes/seminars each month for hobbyists/amateurs. Their newest location, a shoeshine boutique store (in collaboration with Kamioka) is located in a 5 star Daiichi Hotel in downtown Tokyo. That is where I met Mr. Fujimoto Hideki, the owner of Kutsumigaki Honpo / Shoeshine Tokyo chain. He offered to nourish/polish a new pair of shoes that I took home (more on that pair later...)

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    Fujimoto Hideki san, the mastermind of Shoeshine Tokyo.

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    Untying the laces

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    Brushing & Dusting

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    Inserting the shoe trees

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    Light cleaning with a proprietary conditioner

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    Renovator!

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    Hand rubbing the reno

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    Brushing after the reno

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    Saphir creme polishes. He used 2 shades of brown to match the shoe color

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    Rub rub

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    Now time for wax polishing. Another proprietary formula...looked pretty hard and dry

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    The toes

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    The heels

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    .... and a light coat on the entire shoe

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    Voilà! I asked for a matt shine and they came out just right

    For this nourish & polish service, the whole process took 15 minutes or so. A basic shoeshine takes 10 minutes or so (and the shoes are kept on). Among the specialised services offered here, there is the 'John Lobb Care & Shine' for discerning owners of JLP shoes who only wants to use JLP brand polishes (although they are essentially Saphirs....). There is also an 'Alden Care & Shine' course that only uses Alden brand cordovan polishes. I've been told that guests at the hotel can have their shoes picked up for a shine / repair by a bell boy.

    Many thanks to Fujimoto-san for an excellent shine!

    Kutsumigaki Honpo @ Daiichi Hotel, Tokyo HP
    Kutsumigaki Honpo HP
     

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