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

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

  1. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    I grow more suspicious of your character every day.
     
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  2. OzzyJones

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    Yeah, think it's called Invulner; though I too own no suede. [​IMG]
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Would you rather me wear black suede shoes? :confused:
     
  4. Burzan

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    Tarrago Nano Protector is what you are looking for imo. It's popular in the shoe community but is made for pretty much anything to protect and waterproof..

    http://www.tarrago.com/img/PDF/TGS22.pdf
     
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  5. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Out of curiosity, Patrick, why did you ask about my profession?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dunno, just curious based on your diction.
     
  7. sacafotos

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    @patrickBOOTH

    So, would you recommend a routine like this:

    Conditioning

    1) wipe down with microfiber and solution of 1:1 distilled white vinegar and water
    2) brush
    3) apply Lexol with MF; let dry

    Standard cleaning

    (above routine minus Lexol step)
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There's no reason to put vinegar on your shoes if you don't have a high ph type stain like salt or whatnot. If you want to use Lexol I see no reason against that.
     
  9. sleepyinsanfran

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    I have never seen a real napped-suede jacket in san francisco. Would you care to share pictures? (hopefully that wont be too off-topic on this thread)
     
  10. green garden

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    xpost from Alden thread.

    I was hoping to get some advise on these. I bought these 2nds from TSM. The only defect in the shoe is "broken" welt stitching. I am not complaining about the quality as these are 2nds. But my concern is whether the welt will unravel. Can anyone chime in whether this is a major construction defect and would affect longevity of the shoe? I still have the chance to send these back so hoping to get some insight.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. DWFII

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    Doubtful. The only problem is that it's an open channel into the insole and interior of the shoe. Get some clear silicone caulking, fill the hole...and forget it.
     
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    Thank you! I think I have clear caulking. I'm am spraying them with suede protector and start getting mileage.

    Happy Friday. [​IMG]
     
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    Could I turn a "natural"-colored welt (with white stitching) dark brown? How would I go about doing such a thing?
     
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    What are people's experiences with Saphir Creme Universalle?
     
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    I like it better than renovateur. It is a little more liquid-y than Reno and sinks into the leather more. It seems there's less beeswax because it doesn't give you that higher shine when buffed that Reno does.
     
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    While brushing my suede shoe off yesterday, I realized the suede has a split in them. What can I do to prevent further damage?

    I will also contact PS; I wore them once, but didn't see the cut until I went to brush them.

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    I don't think there is any solution to that...except to return them
     
  19. sacafotos

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    Ok, just put Lexol on the natty CXL indy boots. Letting them dry, then will buff with a dry cloth.

    Lesson learned: I need the largest brush I can comfortably hold, preferably with longer bristles. If anyone has a good rec for a cheap-ish brush, let me know.

    Re: Cordovan buffing...

    I noticed the dri-fit socks I have—made of nylon, I think—take little buffing to shine up the shell.
     
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  20. Count de Monet

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    While trudging through the several hundred, but interesting, pages of this thread, I've detected more than once a consensus (sorta) form on one point or another, only to be replaced a few weeks or months later by a different idea.

    So, at the present time, is there an emerging general agreement among the more respected contributors that Saphir neutral cordovan creme might be the best thing for conditioning shell? Or have I misread things?

    Thanks
     
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