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

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

  1. stgrim

    stgrim Senior member

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    How would you prepare a pair of cordovan boots for snow?
    Obernauf's or Saphir Cordovan Wax?
    I would prefer not to use the wax as it makes the boots far too polished for casual use.
     


  2. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    It's actually a deer femur, not a bull's feces. Do your research.
     


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    edible shoe cream

    Anyone has experience with this? It is said to be made of 100% coconut, not sure the difference between this and cooking coconut oil.
     


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    Shell Cordovan, calf skin and smooth leather in general requires ample brushing, conditioning and polishing. There are then variants of calf-skins and cowhides that was stuffed (or treated) with heavy oils, tallow and waxes that would require constant brushing, soap (if heavily soiled) and then oil or grease or "dress" with a wax based dressing. Suede and buck are generally more into scrubbing (with brass or nylon suede brushes) then waterproofed. Oiled nubuck is another variant of suede and buck which would take oil instead of regular waterproofing sprays.

    There won't be a single way to do it, because leather can be real different from one to another sometimes. You just have to deal with what it requires.
     


  5. jvc44

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    Trying to get my captoes looking good, but one toe is cloudy . I think I used too much polish trying to get out a scratch in the shell.i am using Reno, can I hurt the shell by using too much Reno? Please help! Thanks
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think you can hurt anything using too much reno
     


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    I would add a dab of water to the captoe and start bulling the wax
     


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    Thanks Patrick, when I put water on they really get dull , should I try a bit more wax?
     


  9. dieworkwear

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    FWIW, I've actually ruined a pair of St. Crispin's this way. Put too much Reno on, and it ended up staining my boots in certain places. The problem is that if you put too much on, the leather won't absorb fast enough, so you get some areas with more cream than others. I left it like that for a couple of minutes, then wiped all the excess off, only to find that my boots were ruined.
     
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  10. jvc44

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    I don't think these are stained ,just murky looking not really shiny like all else . Thanks for the bad news
     


  11. jvc44

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    Reno screwed them up! I won't use that shit on cordovan again
     


  12. dieworkwear

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    Are you sure it was the Reno? FME, shell really shouldn't be treated too heavily - with wax, conditioner, or really anything else. It should also be fairly dense, so it's likely to not have absorbed much of what you threw at it. Have you tried just gently wiping it down with a leather cleaner and buffing?

    Before you really do anything, you might want to send it to a leather shoe care expert, like B Nelson or something. They'll probably have a better sense of what can be done. I imagine shell should be tough enough to not be damaged too easily.
     


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    If it is too much wax a touch of water some pressure and circles will bring it to a shine
     


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    I will let them sit overnight and try to buff tomorrow hopefully they dry out and take a shine
     


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    Gotta be too much Reno
     


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