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

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    $450 classic $480 prestige AFAIK at JL.

    They look fine from the pictures for a normal resole.
     
  2. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    The cost of recrafting is ridiculous.
     
  3. pazzion

    pazzion Senior member

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    I gave my Meermin oxfords some love yesterday, since they seemed to be in dire need of it. This is only the third time that I tried getting a mirror shine, but I feel that it goes better and better. I mainly use the guide that Lear provided on one of the first pages in this thread.

    My work process:

    1. Clean with damp towel to remove dust and dirt,

    2. Brush with horse hair brush to remove remaining dust and lint from the towel,

    3. Apply renovateur with fingers to really massage it into the leather and let dry for 3-5 minutes before brushing,

    4. Apply Saphir creme (dark brown) to the whole shoe using an old t-shirt and let dry for 5 minutes before brushing,

    5. Apply a good amount of pate de luxe to the whole shoe and let dry for a couple of minutes before vigorous brushing to get a deep glow/luster to the whole shoe before going for the mirror on the toes,

    6. Start applying super thin (as in just dabbing your index and middle fingers - tightly wrapped in a microfiber cotton cloth - in to the wax without moving them around so that you barely get any wax on) layers of wax. I usually dab the fingers in the wax, swirl over the whole area so that I see it going slightly foggy from the wax and then apply one drop of water and continue to swirl. As the layers multiply I usually add another drop of water before going for another dab of wax,

    7. Do this until you are pleased with the result. It took me about 1.5h per shoe. As you go along and add more and more layers you will feel that the surface will start to feel smoother and smoother and then like glass (kind of like the screen on your phone). Start applying less and less pressure as this glass-like feeling start to appear,

    8. I finished off the whole thing by applying a super small amount of renovateur and swirling that in around the whole shoe. That helped remove small traces from my cloth and also to give the whole shoe a deeper and nicer luster.


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    They are a bit darker in color IRL, but the bright evening sky reflecting in the shoes made it impossible to capture the darker brownish/reddish color.


    Here are my C&J Tetbury's that I polished afterwards. I wasn't suppose to go for any kind of mirror, but after have gone through steps 1-5 I started applying a bit thicker layers of pate de luxe with rather hard and fast vertical strokes to the whole front of the shoe, and after just a couple of minutes they started to take a really good shine. I suspect that the leather on the C&J:s are a lot less grainy/have less cavities than my Meermins (though I have both the classico and linea maestro lines from Meermin and they both took about the same time for the same shine). So I worked on the Tetbury's for about 5 minutes each on step 6 (in contrast to about 90 minutes each on step 6 for the Meermins').

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  4. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    benhour Senior member

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    according to the steps i see you have read the thread!! nice work!![​IMG]

    btw 1,5 hrs is extremely long time for a mirror shine!! i think for the first 2 layers you have to take a lot more wax than you do!! it ll speed up a lot the whole process!!! hope i helped a little bit
     
  6. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    Nice, but I wouldn't spend 1.5 hr a pair...
     
  7. pazzion

    pazzion Senior member

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    Thanks! I'll try that next time. I think that maybe is one of the reasons the shine came so much faster on the C&J:s.
    Thanks. Yeah well, I had an afternoon off with nothing to do so I spent it on the shoes. The Meermins' were really rough to the touch when I started so it took quite a while before I had filled all the pores. Plus it's really quite the meditation.
     
  8. cbfn

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    FTFY...
     
  9. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    Anyone know what's the difference between the blue and gold Saphir line and the Black Medaille D'Or line of polishes and Renovateur?
     
  10. JDMills

    JDMills Senior member

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    ^^ for the JL above, you should have had those reheeled when you wore through the rubber bit, now the whole heel stack has to be replaced so its gonna cost more, but b Nelson does a great job.

    And for the sole with a hole, my cobbler says never put a topy on a sole with a hole, you need a resole then a topy. If you don't want to do it properly dont do it at all (his words not mine).
     
  11. niklasnordin

    niklasnordin Senior member

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    Lovely :) Well done. Thanks for sharing
     
  12. meister

    meister Senior member

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    Just been using that Collonil Diamond shoe crème. What a great product for a lustre shine and penetrating oils to revivify the leather.

    None of that godawful smell of Saphir asphyxiating the polisher.
     
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  13. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Perhaps that is why the Allen Edmonds recrafting on selected styles is handsomely priced.

    David
     
  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Too bad Allen Edmonds aren't handsomely styled.
     
  15. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Many members here pay little attention to the amount of time they invest in the "caring and feeding" of quality shoes. To many - it is a form of Art.

    From the results of the time you invested, your shoes and the shine are a work of art. Keep up the good work, and enjoy the journey.

    David
     

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