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

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

  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    what a great post, thanks Glenjay!
     


  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thank you, Glenjay, for taking the time to post that.
     


  3. arglist

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    Guys, following the debate about Renovateur I decided to give Lexol conditioner a try. I live in Europe and Lexol is kind of a niche product.

    I ordered one spray bottle from a car accessories shop. When it came I was somewhat surprised by the slightly rancid smell. It does not small bad but ever so slightly rancid, like nuts that are past their expriy date. I tried it on a pair of shoes and the smell disappeared within a few hours.

    To be sure I ordered another bottle at a different shop. It smells the same.

    I know this is difficult, but could anybody try to describe the scent of Lexol?

    Thank you so much for any help!

    Florian
     


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    +1, namor, thanks for sharing Glenjays, wonderful post!
     


  5. emiristol

    emiristol Senior member

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    just received my new JL chukkas from leather soul, and noticed that the inner side of both shoe's quarters seem to be slightly deformed by the shoe trees that've been stored there. is this an issue? should i return the shoes?
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    edit: i tried putting in other shoe trees, with the same result--it seems that the shape of normal shoe trees inevitably cause some pulling
     
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    masernaut Senior member

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    It's hard to describe the scent, but I don't find it 'rancid.' It smells very oily- like a blend of olive oil and mustard oil.
    I tried to pop open the bottle and it squeezed a bit of conditioner on my hand. That's all I can smell now, haha.
     
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  7. adam-r8

    adam-r8 Well-Known Member

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    Glenjays post.....[​IMG]
    Saved for future reference!

    I have searched the thread and not quite come up with an answer to my question:

    I purchased a pair of oxfords that have been polished with oxblood from a mid/dark brown and there is slight flaking of the polish. Is this a natural thing that will be resolved once adding conditioner and going through the process outlined by Glenjay? My worry is that this will carry on even after that and could it be the quality of polish used (Kiwi Paste)?
     


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    mezentius Senior member

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    Yeah...might have to buy more shoes then to spread the polishing between them. As a safeguard, of course.
     


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    What type of shoes and what type of leather? Could be corrected grain's reckoning.
     


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    Cross-posting this here since I didn't get any reply at the AE thread:

    Would attaching a slightly thicker heel sole affect the shoe (other than making the heel slightly higher)? I am thinking of having the heels of my leather pairs (AE, etc.) replaced when they get worn-out (I wear out heels really quickly), and I would prefer using the J. Rendendach toplifts as I have them on my other pairs and they are really durable.

    My concern is the JR heel soles are thicker by about 2mm (less than 1/10th of an inch) when compared to the original heel soles. Would that have any affect on the shoes at all?

    These are the ones I'm referring to:

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  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Where can you buy those???

    It will affect the toe spring and the fit ever so slightly. But I wouldn't worry about that. Not a big deal as far as I am concerned. And AE uses metal shaft so the spine should hold up okay.
     


  12. jasonmx3

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    Thanks. I'm not really sure where to get them, but my local cobbler (in Japan) has them and provides the option of having the JR heels installed.

    Also, I originally thought AEs do not have a metal spine, but I could be wrong.
     


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    yeah, adding one lift wont' affect it much.
     


  14. jasonmx3

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    ^^Thanks for the feedback, guys. That confirms my earlier suspicions.
     


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    I threw a party for my class two days ago, someone dropped a beer in my CJ without letting me now. Found out this morning when the left shoe was damp and the shoetrees where placed in the wrong shoe.

    Watermarks all over the shoe, lining has now some bad stains.

    So my left shoe have been soaked in beer for 48 hours. What to do?
     
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