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

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

  1. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Even if I saved a buck or two I gotta believe I wouldn't. LOL

    In the military I started with cotton balls in Basic training, but those got messy because they were so small. I then started using TShirts, but because you had to shine your boots on a daily basis that could get rather expensive. Soon found out about diapers and I have been using them ever since.New cotton diapers are nothing more then squares of cotton cloth. A pack of cotton diapers are fairly inexpensive and they have the perfect consistency of material that works really well. They're thin and are real easy to draw tight on the finger when spit shining. Because they are so inexpensive I have no problem tossing them when they get all used up.
     
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  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    DWF, I have always appreciated the work you put into responses on this site. I just looked at your web site and I am in awe of your work with bespoke boots and shoes. You are certainly master of your profession and thanks, again, for all the knowledge and experience you bring to this site. We are very fortunate.
     
  5. New Shoes1

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    I received a new pair of Carminas that came with a slight tear on the back seam. The seller is willing to replace them with a new pair, but has asked if I would be willing to keep them for roughly 25% of what I paid and have a cobbler repair them. Is this problem an easy repair? I'm inclined to accept the offer if the repair can resolve the issue without leaving an obvious sign of the original problem (large stitching or an extra piece of leather sewn on). I'm inclined to return them if there will be structural integrity problems or an unsightly repair. Does anyone have any thoughts?

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  6. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    It will never look like anything but a repair.

    A repairman cannot undo the stitching and pull the dogtail to cover the rip. All that's left, by way of remedy is a "jump stitch" or a patch or both. A jump stitch is like an uncontrolled zigzag stitch (no zigzag attachment) and the patch would have to be put inside between the upper and the lining.

    All that's fine and do-able...if you have no other choice...but it will be unsightly.
     
  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you for the kind words.

    :cheers:
     
  8. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Thanks, DWF. Back they go to the seller.
     
  9. TGuns

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    Hi I just purchased my first pair of Meermin shoes and am wondering what colour/ brand of shoe care products you guys recommend for these shoes. They are listed as mid brown by the seller but they seem to have a reddish tint to them. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  10. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    I would suggest Saphir Hermes Red, then dark brown cream.
     
  11. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Whatever you choose, those are nice kicks you got there. Good work :nodding:
     
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    I was going to say mahogany.
     
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    +1
     
  14. TGuns

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    Thanks for the advice and nice words. I have checked the Saphir colors and am leaning toward the Saphir mahogany or possibly Cognac. I already own the Meltonian cream in medium brown but it looks to light for the shoes. How does Meltonian compare with Saphir?
     
  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Saphir is all natural, whereas Meltonian has silicones in it. I would not recommend Meltonian.
     
  16. Munky

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    I'm very pleased with my Herring, Chaucer II, burgundy, whole cut shoes. Not top end but in my price range and I think they look fabulous! A friend, today, said that 'they look like very expensive shoes!' I didn't disabuse her. Great shoes, in my view.
     
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    That's good that they work for you. I don't think I could ever try a wholecut that wasn't bespoke; I have enough sizing issues with derby shoes as it is.

    I don't think this is the right thread, though.
     
  18. kontra

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    Have you guys seen anything like this before? Any advice?
    These are Alden Hampton Suede. Have never even been near the water.
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  19. Munky

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    Well! Good for you! Some of us have to settle for less than bespoke. I am happy with my non-bespoke footwear.

    I am not sure this is the right thread, either.
     
  20. halfnhalfnhalf

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    No, but that's a beautiful shoe.
     

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