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

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

  1. green garden

    green garden Senior member

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    I recently came across GlenKaren too and am considering to try as well. GlenKaren's price is similar to Reno but they are here in the US. That's enough for me to give them a chance.

    So how often does one need to condition with a product like Lexol? Twice a year?
     
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    Bump!
     
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    Honestly I do it as often as my gut tell me to. If I am walking a lot and it is has been super hot out, if it has been very dry out, if they look a bit brittle. All in all, I think twice a year is too little, twice a week is too much. There's no recipe really.


    Some of my shoes when they get a hole I just wear them as beater shoes for playing kickball, or walking in the rain. Does rain get through the holes and make me feet wet? Yes, but at that point who cares! :)
     
  5. benhour

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    Phantom if the hole at first pair is only at the linening of the shoe and the shoe worth it take it to a cobbler to put a patch ! Otherwise use it as bitter shoe !
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Something I noticed, which should be reassuring to some folks who experience cracking in their shoes is that once you begin to see the leather cracking a bit, it will be a very long time before a total hole develops, so there is no need to discard the shoes. The best way to deal with the cracks is condition, put some colored cream in them so they aren't as noticeable and ignore them as they can stay in that state for years before becoming an actual problem.
     
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    Given that I am allergic to the turpentine in Saphir products, I have settled on only using Collonil 1909 'Supreme Creme' Polish (neutral) for cleaning and polishing my shoes. It does a good job and I am grateful to Benhour for recommending it. If I should need a wax polish, Collonil make one, in various colours, too.
     
  8. phototristan

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    Collonil makes a good conditioner too, called 1909:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...reativeASIN=B00A1FFBOE&linkCode=as2&tag=tt-20
     
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  9. benhour

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    i am really happy Munky to see that it turned good for you!![​IMG]
    1909 is the name of the high end line of collonil polish!!! this is just called leather cream!
     
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    Is there such a thing as "polishing my shoes too often"? I've found giving my shoes some lovin' is very therapeutic, but I'm afraid of overdoing it. Just giving it a sparse brush of coloured cream and then buffing with cloth.
     
  11. Munky

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    Thanks for the info, Mediahound and Benhour. I remember that you recommended this cream before Benjour. I just haven't got round to trying it!
     
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    No, as long as you dont use too much wax. If you build up too many layers however it will have an adverse effect.
     
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    Weird typo, sorry, I meant "repair" of course!
     
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    It is something I too, fight with often. I like my shoes to look nice, but I think too much of anything can be counter productive in terms of shoe care.
     
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    How often do you clean them, Mezentius?
     

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