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

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

  1. MrChris

    MrChris Senior member

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    Adding some shine to part of the shoe wardrobe....

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    a few more shots

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  2. benhour

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    great job!!! [​IMG]
    i think you have to add some shine to the rest of the shoe to make it look more solid!!
     


  3. glenjay

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    I don't think the ingredients have changed since this packaging, they just don't list the ingredients anymore.
     


  4. nickwjd

    nickwjd Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of Florsheim Veblens which recently started to squeak really loudly on one side when walking.

    After some investigation, I found it's actually the double leather sole which is squeaking. If I press on the outsole firmly with my thumb, right where the sole would bend naturally from walking, I can make it squeak. I don't have to bend the shoe to do this, I just need to press firmly onto the outsole.

    I did a search and the most related piece I could find is something from 2004 where Rider mentioned that this is due to an air pocket forming between the outsole and midsole. It certainly feels like I'm pressing down on an air pocket. Does anyone know how to fix this? I'm imagining I could just pierce it with a needle to release the air pocket? :-/ Just guessing haha. Would appreciate some input guys. Thanks!
     


  5. Jim Profit

    Jim Profit Senior member

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    I would also like to know if there is any standard procedure if you have used too much cream on your shoes. I guess this is pretty common, and you quickly get dark spots on the shoes :censored:
     


  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    1. Test the cream polish first on inconspicuous spots on the shoes such as the inward facing heel cup.
    2. If you have to ask, its probably not a good idea.
     


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    I've been lingering for a few months and learning a lot from you all. I'm hoping someone could help me solve an issue I've run into.

    I (attempted) to put a mirror shine on the toe cap of a pair of recently bought AE black Fifth Ave. Here were the steps I followed from the moment I purchased the shoes:

    Entire shoe:

    1. Apply Saphir Renovateur, let dry after 3 min, brush
    2. Apply 2 coats of Saphir Pom creme polish, let dry, brush
    3. Apply 2 coats of Saphir Pate de luxe wax, brush, buff toe cap

    Mirror shine on toe cap: after completing the above, I applied 25-35 thin layers of wax using a cloth "dabbed" with a small amount of water. Using very light pressure.

    Honestly, I was very pleased with the results (especially for my first attempt). Though I wouldn't label the shine "mirror," it certainly was on its way. 10-15 more layers of wax would have brought it on.

    Here's the issue. After wearing the shoes once, the wax on the left toe cap has begun chipping. I'm not sure why. I imagine there are multiple scenarios. Regardless, I will need to reapply wax. Honestly, I find the whole process therapeutic, so I'm not too worked up about it. However, I understand that applying wax to the chipped surface is a bad idea. So, I'd like to remove the remaining wax from the toe cap, and start from scratch. How might I go about removing the remaining wax? I own Renomat, but I have heard enough horror stories that I'd like to refrain from having to use it if possible. Any suggestions?

    I appreciate the help!
     


  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    mstone,

    It sounds to me that you have coated too much wax polish on your toe caps from your description of wax chipping.

    To fix the chipping, simply use renovator to dissolve the top layers of wax, buff, and use water only with very minimal layers of wax to put on a shine. There's absolutely no need to restart the whole process, to use any wax stripper, or to purchase $50 more shoe care product.
     


  9. SoGent

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    Agreed. I don't think i've ever heard of or seen wax chipping from a shoe
     


  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For some reason I have the urge to drink a bottle of it and induce vomiting to see what happens. Could be funny.



    Florshiems don't have a midsole, they have a welt, it is a non-issue. Sometimes when the shank of the shoe breaks they can form odd squeaks in weird places. A resole and a replacement shank might solve the problem.
     


  11. laufer

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    Man I had the same thought.
     


  12. MoneyWellSpent

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    Make sure you have your Will in place first. It was nice knowing you guys. [​IMG]
     


  13. Munky

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    Dr Marten's Wonder Balm is made of coconut oil, lanolin and beeswax. Is this a good mixture to be putting on your shoes? I notice that it is similar to the GlenKaren conditioner, which is not available in the UK. Any thoughts would be welcome.
     


  14. patrickBOOTH

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    GlenKaren products ARE available to the U.K. Just at a cost. :)
     


  15. Munky

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    Is there any shoe cream/conditioner to which the mantra 'a little goes a long way' does not apply? I would have thought that 'pour it on by the bucket load' would make good marketing sense. [​IMG]
     


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