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

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

  1. benhour

    benhour Senior Member

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    hahhaha and i was ready to ask!![​IMG]
    btw nice shoes!! they are looking good!!
     


  2. jasonmx3

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    Thanks! That's what I've read too. Although I was thinking that it may cause some weakening at the front part of the shoe if the stitching is removed (but the taps will probably compensate for that).

    Thanks for all the info. As for the rubber, it just seemed like a better and less "flashier" option. At the same time, I would not have to worry about scratching any floors, etc. Also, I saw the rubber tap and it was made from very hard plastic, so I think it will outlast the leather sole of the shoe. Anyway, I'll maybe try one of each (rubber and steel) and see which one is more preferable.

    Good to hear that the stitching may not have to be cut for new shoes. I will just have to bring my new pairs to cobbler pronto before using it again!
     


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    I don't know about anyone else but I am feeling a lot of love for those St Cs.... especially with that 1940s style French toe. Just can't understand how you used wax on cordovan to get that beaut shine so quickly. I thought you used crèmes for shell cordovan?
     


  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Nope, only Lexol on the vamp and (rarely) saphir cordovan cream on t's vamp.

    I don't understand people's idea that shell cannot behave just like clalf as far as raising a shine.
     


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    That is one well cared for pair of shoes :worship:.

    The last picture should probably be posted in the shoe porn thread however :lol:.
     


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    That is a really beautiful pair of shoes pB! I have earlier been kind of put down by cordovan shoes' bulkiness, but these are really sleek and smart. I really like them! Good job on the shine as well. It was a bit more subtle than what I have achieved so far. [​IMG]
     


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    Just got a pair of Alden for BB shell tassels from ebay that turned out worse than I thought and am prob going to try my best to restore it. Seeing all the success stories about shoes brought back to life through proper care, anyone think it's time for a Shoe Restoration Porn thread?
     


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    We don't need 20 separate porn thread on every niche.

    Cleaning and conditioning isn't restoration btw
     


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    Hmmm yeah didn't mean recrafting - just the efforts of users to breathe life in tired/battered old shoes. Would be nice to see all these stories in one place.
     


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    I believe I did a pretty good job in this thread giving life to my girlfriend's old boots.
     


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    Although the shoes are nicely done . . . What really caught my eye was the typewriter (something my mother and father used to have in their days working for the Secretary of War) - plus the leather couch/chair and wooden desk.

     


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    Just for information, I have had great success with Saphir Shoe-Eze. I tried it, first, on a pair of shoes that I keep for experimenting. It did what it said it would do - in this case, softening the leather around my small toes. It didn't leave any marks. I then tried it on a pair or good shoes and had the same response. My toes don't hurt, there are no marks on the shoes. Don't be put off by the foam that comes out of the can. I have no idea what it is made of.
     


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    All antique cept for the couch.
     


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    Interesting. The shoe stretching sprays I use is alcohol based and works well with either shoe stretcher or sized shoe trees.

    Did you use the Saphire shoe eze with your own feet to stretch? And how thick was the lining and stiffeners?
     
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    Yes, I used my feet to stretch them. I found I needed to repeat the process a couple of times. Saphire suggest

    - Shake well before using and spray downwards generously, onto and inside the shoe. Afterwards, walk normally and repeat if necessary.
    I'm not sure how thick the 'liners and stiffeners' are. I used the product on fairly heavy brogues.
     
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