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

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

  1. gyasih

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    My shoes are normally clean as I brush in office as well. Have a brush and cloth in my drawer. Once I take them off I put them on trees, give a light brush and store them in dust bags. Sometimes depending on the condition I apply a light coat of Saphir Universelle buff it off and store.
     
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    I have to hand it to you, Mr Tomcat, you do a lot of brushing and buffing.
     
  4. sstomcat

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    luv it.
     
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    FYI even though the pH number changes are small. 3.0 is roughly 1.6 times more acidic than 3.2, and about 6 times more acidic than 3.8. And acids always need to be in a solution, so without water, the acids in the leather actually will not act as acidic. Now there always is some moisture in your shoes but I would think it is very insignificant compared to having an acidic solution pouring down on your shoes.
     
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    wat
     
  7. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Where's a good place to get a pair of shoes resoled in London.

    Blake / rapid, nothing special.
     
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    I've used Fifth Avenue Shoe Repairs in Fitzrovia for Blake/Rapid resoles in the past and was reasonably happy with price, sole material quality (they use oak bark soles), work quality, and turnaround time.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have had a few exchanges with the owner(?) of the company about his products. A lot of scientific work went into these products it seems. I don't understand half of what he says about positive and negative ions and, ph's and such, but then again I think English might not be his first language as some of his sentences are a bit strange. Maybe he is just a slightly crazy, autistic mad scientist or something. Regardless, I am intrigued.
     
  10. sstomcat

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    tis
     
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    tk it or fk off.
     
  13. MGoCrimson

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    I've always heard to brush shoes while they're still warm, especially shell. Evidently either works just fine judging by the shine and condition of your shoes and those who take the "warm brush" route.
     
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    Nearly 2 years old worn regularly with rotation...

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    They don't see a lot of outdoor/street side use, do they?
     
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  16. sstomcat

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    Believe me, this shoe has been to one of the worst parts of the world. Has seen dirt, unpaved roads you name it, but has been cleaned with due care as usual...
     
  17. chogall

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    The sole edges are rather well colored or very well sheltered. No brushing or buffing alone can maintain sole edges in that condition.
     
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  18. sstomcat

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    correct, thats why you have heel sole edge dressing.
     
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    I don't use a dedicated edge dressing but I do use colored polish on my sole edges each time I polish, and mine tend to look pretty good as well. Perhaps not quite as good as sstomcat's but close from more than 2 feet away. And my shoes see a considerable amount of walking in a variety of environments.
     
  20. chogall

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    Then there's no need to exaggerate the effectiveness of your brushing and buffing.
     
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