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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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    i use black and brown dye for the heels and applying it with a paint brush and i have never had a problem!!! the only thing i do all the time is having the dye bottle at a high below shoes (so not to spill it on them) and wipe off excess dye of the brush at the bottle before applying!!

    but because of drawing and painting i have a steady hand so i think this is a + for me not having an accident till now!
     


  2. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Are there any Alden Leather Defender users on here?



    Is it worth using?


    Have you used it on both calf and shell?
     
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  3. Beach Bum

    Beach Bum Senior member

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    I'm not a fan of those J&Ms Sam H, no offense.
     


  4. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    Pm Sevenfoldtieguy. He may not read this thread. He has a massive shell collection and if I'm not mistaken, he applies leather defender to all his shell.
     
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  5. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    McArthur might chime in as well - I hear he has one or two pairs of Alden shell shoes ...
     


  6. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Thanks guys.
     


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    Thanks guys.
     


  8. insolentpup

    insolentpup Senior member

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    What are the very basics of shoe care?
     


  9. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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  10. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Read the thread.
     


  11. Fang66

    Fang66 Senior member

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    It depends on the type of leather, if it is shell then you have to bone it, but first you have to get your bone hard and smooth enough, I rub my bone good and hard every night just to be sure.
     


  12. OREO

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    I'v been experimenting with doing a mirror finish on the toes of my Jeffery West shoes. I achieved the finish i wanted but being a complete idiot i installed toe taps and the hammer blows caused the polish to crack. I then tried to remove the polish with alcohol and then saddle soap and it isn't working. I'v ordered Saphir renomat and i'm gonna strip the toes and start again. I'v been using shoe cream followed by saphir pate de lux wax (But once i strip i'm going to use saphir dubbin, renovateur, then cream, then wax).
    Does anyone know of a way to Gently remove the wax? Bearing in mind that with a mirror finish the coat of wax is very thick. I would also like to start waxing my other shoes, but i'm concerned about drying out the leather.
     


  13. Nakedsnake

    Nakedsnake Senior member

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    I have a question that I haven't been able to find anywhere in the thread.

    I am wondering if anyone here uses ( or recommends using) Venetian shoe cream on their calf skin? I have a pair of shell shoes I am planning on using it on, but its pretty expensive to ship to Canada, and I'd like to use it for more than just my shell. Is this possible?
     


  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wouldn't use Venetian on anything as it contains petroleum distillates
     


  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Just use acetone, leather deglazer, leather dye preparer, etc. Don't need to use dubbin but just renovateur or some other conditioner.

    The other gentle way to remove wax is to use high grit count (600+) sandpaper.
     


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