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

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

  1. madtown

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    Hi.
    I've recently finished reading this entire shoe care thread and now i have a shoe care question! Recently decided to buy a pair of Saint Crispin's. The Saint Crispin's shoe care guide on their website says to wash the shoes using saddle soap. It seems like I've read posts here where use of saddle soap is discouraged. My inclination is to follow the manufacturers instructions, but I thought I would ask first - does anyone have any thoughts (or better yet, experience) re use of saddle soap on Saint Crispin's? My shoes are the cru finish.

    Thanks. And thanks again for all of the interesting and entertaining reading!
     
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  2. Ironist

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    So I got some gum and other crud from the bars I went to on the bottom of my shoe. Any tips on how to clean the sole? Not sure it's a good idea to put my nice shoes in my freezer to remove the gum.
     
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  3. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Depends on how patient you want to be.

    Crud? Wipe/dust/brush off.

    Gum? (a) struggle to prise off when tacky and leave annoying residue... (b) leave for a few days to dry out, it then just pings off with the flick of a knife.
     
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  4. MoneyWellSpent

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    The top lift is the top layer of the heel, or the layer of that contacts the ground. It's referred to as the top because the heel stack is constructed while the shoe is upside down (naturally). The part of the heel that contacts the upper is the heel base, or heel seat.

    When you send shoes back to manufacturers for a full "recraft", they replace everything below the insole (some better manufacturers will even replace the insole if needed). So, they rip off the old heel (the entire stack), the sole, the welt, and scrape out the old cork. All of this is then replaced with new materials. Most of them offer a partial option to just replace the heel.
     
  5. Munky

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    Thank you, Money, that's really useful.
     
  6. NeedStyleHelp

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    Based on the pictures below, do you think I require toe/heel taps? The toes seem to be taking a lot of wear, probably because of the elongated toe of the Simpson last on Carmina.

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  7. justsayno

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    ball point pen marks on suede. Any ideas chaps?
     
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  8. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    In the end, are there really important differences between shoe care products that can make or break our shoes?
     
  9. patrickBOOTH

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    Short answer is yes, but the long answer is the 99.9% of the products out there simply put, don't do anything except for aesthetics. Reading a lot about how leather is made and its properties educated me in this arena recently.
     
  11. Munky

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    What's an elaboration of the short answer, then, Patrick? What is the Holy Grail?

    By the way, where have you been, of late? On vacation, in a mental institution or quietly dementing? Whatever, you have our best wishes. [​IMG]
     
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  12. Odd I/O

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    Any update on this issue?

    I was planning on getting some Vass in antique cognac and I have some Saphir mid-brown wax polish I was going to use so this is concerning to me. I'm surprised that a wax would leave such a dark/black dis-colouration as usually it's the creams that have the higher pigment content.
     
  13. patrickBOOTH

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    I posted about it not too long ago on here. Didn't get much of a response.

    I have been very busy at work and my personal life. Thanks for the inquiry.
     
  14. mike fite

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    what about getting gum off the side of my ALDEN cordovan # 8 longwings?? i recently got gum on side of shoe and can't seem to get it off!!!!
     
  15. Cleav

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    Let me be honest Mike, no freakin idea!

    My experience extends to sole o shoe only, sorry :embar:
     
  16. NeedStyleHelp

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  17. Itsuo

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    It would help to know exactly what you're taking about. Do you mean metal taps or plastic nail ons? If metal, what's a heel tap? A new heel? It's also to tell how much wear has occurred from your photo. A front/rear view would be useful.

    It looks like you have the brass nails in to protect the toe. It's hard to see from the bottom how much wear you have to both toe and heel.

    For the heel I certainly recommend platic inserts/taps etc. For the toe however, I would only purchase if you are serious about evening the wear in your shoes because some find it looks strange.
     
  18. sstomcat

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    I'd say no at this point of time. The damage or wear has already happened in the toe area so unless you are going to have the brass nails removed and sunken toe taps put in I dont think its going to help. The heel already has a rubber tap.
     
  19. NeedStyleHelp

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    Thanks for the response. I guess you can gather I don't know much.

    If it makes sense, I'm referring to the plastic toe taps. Was just doing some reading and saw a lot of recommendations for them.

    I'll try and take better pictures tomorrow. Maybe I'll drop by the cobbler and ask his opinion. I appreciate your answers.
     
  20. MisterFu

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    Hello SF shoe care experts. I have a two part question:

    I recently picked up a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperials that are unworn and in-box. They look factory fresh, but having sat in a box since the 1980's (and I am pretty sure they haven't been given any care during that period), I am wondering what sort of immediate action I should take before wearing them (I assume it would be a bad idea to just put them on).

    Which brings me to part 2 of my question, should I always take some action before wearing any new shoe? Generally I have worn new shoes until a reasonable interval elapsed, or the shoe needs some attention, and then performed fairly standard care (leather treatment, polish).
     

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