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

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

  1. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    You may wish to try Lexol to your briefcase.

    Review this: Amazon Link

    All my best,

    David
     


  2. jd13jd13

    jd13jd13 Senior member

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    On some of my shoes, I tend to wear out the toes quickly. Could I add flushed metal caps after there is already wear?
    And does anyone know of a cobbler in NYC qualified to do the job. I know about B. Nelson, are there other options? Does anyone have any experience with the Leather Spa? Prices?
     


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    David Copeland Senior member

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    One of the most interesting New York web sites that has lots of customer reviews is: HERE
     


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    it is depending on how much they are wear!! if you have passed the thickness of the metal caps it ll look someking odd!! a good cobbler can fix this with some sanding to even the transition!! care not to destroy completely the stitches(some damage is anavoidable at this point you described)

    i dont leave in new york but cause of there is already some wear on the toes i reccomend go to an experienced cobbler!!
     


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    I'm looking at a pair of shoes on eBay, and it appears very obviously, that the previous owner has used one of those dreaded liquid polishes with the foam applicator...a la Kiwi. They have that artificial 'glaze' to them like a lacquer, and you can see the lap marks onto the bottom of the soles. Otherwise, they appear barely worn and in immaculate shape. Can that dreaded polish be removed, and the shoes brought back to true 'health'? Anyone her have wise words of wisdom? Thanks all!
     


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    I have a pair of walnut shoes that have some darker burnishing on the toes, which came that way. They are AEs, my question is, is it necessary to only use neutral cream and wax to preserve the burnishing?
    Should I use a walnut color cream and wax, then reburnish the toes with a darker cream myself to preserve that appearance?
     


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    I have some brown wingtips and I'm wondering what will happen if I use Alden #8 shoe polish on them? How would they turn out? Does anyone know?
     


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    color of the shoes? this is some kind risky!!if shoes hadn't some barrier applied before(wax or paste polish) the dyes from the polish had to stain the leather!the only thing to remove it is using acetone or other stripper!! the glaze is from the silicon(or some kind of resin some manufacturer use) in the shelf shine liquid polish, it can be easily removed with renomat or some other stripper!!
    then you have to condition and repolish shoes and they ll be as good as new!! a photo of the shoes would be much appreciated to be more sure!!
    if you like the exact color and burnishing effect they have i would suggest to use neutral wax and cream!! after some time when shoes ll get a little darker you can expirament with the colored waxes to bring back the original color!
     
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    Hey guys, without searching 435 pages for it -

    Has anyone dyed their shoes with the Saphir French shoe dye?

    I've got some Burgundy(ish) Carminas that I've ruined. I had a blotch of cream on the shoe that sat there for a bit. When I tried to remove it, all it did was spread around in to a dark circle. I took some cleaner and tried to use that but all that did was make it quite dark and spread the cream. I didn't have Renomat to use on the spot, so I had to wait two weeks to get it (the place I got it from sucked). When I used the renomat, it would not come off. I used enough to where the original color started to remove, but there was still somewhat of a blotch.

    I think it's clear I need to at least dye them to attempt saving them. I bought Saphir French Neutral, Bordeaux and Black. If I take the neutral to the shoe, then the bordeaux to the shoe (both, so they look alright), do you believe it'll work alright? What steps should I follow?

    Here are the shoes pre-damage.

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    After the tragedy:

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    The spot is nearly gone, but so is the original dye for the shoe. It's a bit whiter in the area.

    It's clear I'm still learning how to take care of my shoes ;).. Any help would be appreciated. And I'm prepared to take my lashings from pB and all the other folk.
     


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    If you (members of styleforum) where to build a basic shoe care kit, with each item costing less than $10, what would you get?
     


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    For me, it would depend largely on what style and brand of shoes I purchased. I suppose there are a number of under $10 products that fit very well into the theme of buying shoes under $$. But once I started to gravitate towards Allen Edmonds back in the late 90's, I simply did not question the difference between $10 and $19 on products.
     


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    For the future, some great basics are in the two links below:

    LINK ONE

    LINK TWO
     


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    Regardless of the product choice, you may want to carefully look at the following COLOR GUIDE link to determine (as close as you can) the name of the "brown" which is close to what you have:

    COLOR GUIDE LINK
     


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    Take a look at the following guide link:

    REVIEW LINK

    All my best,

    David
     


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    Visit target or your local cobbler. Buy one soft and one stiff brushes, kiwi shoe wax of appropriate colors, and lexol conditioner. That's all you need.
     


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