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

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

  1. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    The shoes that I was referring to are calf leather. They do seem to be benefit from brushing rather than regular polishing.

    It strikes me that shoe product makers certainly have a vested interest in promoting the idea that we should spend most of our lives polishing shoes.

    I have lots of jars and tins of creams, waxes and conditioners, as I imagine many people on this thread have. I'm finding, though, that the most useful products are my horsehair shoe brushes.
     
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  2. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Different types of calf leather needs different type of care, as I indicated above.
     
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  3. Munky

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    I can't elaborate any further, Chogall. My two pairs of calf leather shoes are Loake's 1880s and they are described as 'calf leather'. [​IMG] They do seem to benefit from less polishing and more brushing. They aren't corrected grain.
     
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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Calf, is calf. Chogall is talking about how the calf is finished.
     
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  5. Munky

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    sorry, mistake.
     
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  6. jssdc

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    I personally have found no value in this and use the same brush for reno/cream/polish in black/brown/whatever other shade. I wouldn't mind a bit of mixing if it did take place but don't think that any actually occurs.
     
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  7. blue collar

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    Sorry to thread jack but who makes these lovely shoes?

    I tried scanning for an answer with no luck.
     
  8. PCK1

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    I have one brush that I use for all color shoes...and I find that over time it gives the shoe an interesting patina that is truly unique only to my shoes...

    I use this same brush to brush my shoes after I remove them from my feet at the end of the day.
     
  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Looks Vass to me. Cordovan. New Peter?
     
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    Am I the only one that thinks those shined shoes look hideous? Both the shoe and the shine.
     
  12. goodlensboy

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    How about St. Crispin - the leather looks bit dry in some pics
     
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    Yep, those are beautiful. BTW, acting like a jerk is looked down upon until you reach 5k+ posts.
     
  14. chogall

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    Depends on the leather, if its FUN, CRU, or VNA. But the general rule is if the leather has no top coat, it will appear to be more dry.

    Easiest way to tell if leather is finished is by dripping water on the shoes; if the water was absorbed into the leather and caused color to darken, then it has little or no top coat. Otherwise its finished with a top coat.
     
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  15. JezeC

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    Is it necessary to use both lexol and saphir cordovan cream on the shells?
     
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    A bit of a different question - I searched the thread and didn't see an answer.

    I like riding my bike to work in the spring/summer. Would wearing a pair of galoshes or something protect the soles of my shoes, or would I still crease, or otherwise damage, the uppers? I feel like I know the answer - that I would be better off carrying my shoes in a bag and changing when I get to work.

    Any insight would be appreciated.
     
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    Thanks, that's easy to test! Dunno what FUN and VNA mean... any link where the terms are explained
     
  18. patrickBOOTH

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    No, just cordovan cream should be fine.

    It is Saint Crispin's terminology for the types of leather they use. FUN is a crust calf that is softer, a bit grainier, and naturally a bit shinier. VNA is a calf that comes dyed from the tannery, it is a harder calf, very deep in color and shines up very glossy. CRU is a calf that is in between in hardness of FUN and VNA a crust leather like FUN but not as naturally shiney looking as FUN. It will look somewhat more matte in areas that don't get a high wax shine.

    I agree with chogall. People confuse a leather being dry with what it looks like and that's not necessarily true. People generally see a shiny shoe and think it's hydrated, well, no it just means there's wax on it. To repeat what chogall said, it depends on the topcoat.
     
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  19. hayaoyamaneko

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    I know next to nothing about shoe care. Picked these up from someone else - are they in rough shape? How can I bring them back to life?


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  20. PCK1

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    they're in pretty rough shape...looks like shoe trees were never used

    creasing is pretty bad...especially in places where it shouldn't be

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    put shoe trees in them...brush really thoroughly with a horsehair brush...and give them a good polishing with some dark brown wax paste...

    not sure there is much more that can be done for them...

    creasing won't improve...
     
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