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

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

  1. kentyman

    kentyman Senior member

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    Huh, I hadn't considered that but that makes a lot of sense. Perhaps that's why I'm seeing the cracking along the entire vamp instead of just where it was stretched. I was thinking of it as more of a conditioner than cleaner but it sounds like I have that backwards. I don't have Lexol or Bick 4, so I'll start by giving it a good dose of AE Leather Lotion. I'll also see if my AE Walnut Premium Polish looks like a good enough match to fill in the light spots. If that doesn't work, I may by the products you suggested.

    Thank you for chiming in.

    I'd like to pick his brain on how to do it in the least harsh way. My guess is I was too aggressive with the placement of the (too small) shoe stretcher, the amount of shoe stretch spray I used, and the actual tightness of the stretcher. That, and the aforementioned Reno bath I gave it!
     


  2. blue collar

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    WOW!!!

    What a recovery!

    Mind blowing to be honest.

    well done Mr. Crat
     


  3. bandini

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    Hi folks, I picked up a pair of Church's black captoes on Ebay and the left toe area is pretty wrinkled (this wasn't apparent on the auction pictures, to me at least...). Will polishing/waxing do much to help this? Is this just bad leather? They are the 'Henry' style from the now defunct Royal Collection which I gather was the top of the range line at the time, so I would expect good leather...
    Hopefully you can see what I mean from this crappy picture, just can't get any good light here.

    [​IMG]
     


  4. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    close-up pic of leather?
     


  5. bandini

    bandini Active Member

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    How's this? Can't get a good natural light shot here (UK) now until tomorrow...
    The affected area is noticeably different to the touch. The rest of the shoe is very smooth.

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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Normal if you ask me. Wax polish it.
     


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    Yeah those have some great war wounds!!
     


  9. Crat

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    Yeah, try wax polishing it. No two bits of leather are the same. Still, pretty big difference imo.
     


  10. bandini

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    OK thanks, I will give it a go and see what happens. For shoes that apparently retailed for around £430 at the time I wouldn't really expect this, unless something untoward happened to that toe.
    Maybe the seller can shed some light on it.

    Some impressive work from yourself I have to say.
     


  11. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    Could it be a sub, since you got it from e-bay?
     


  12. bandini

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    I did think that, but most of the subs I have seen on eBay have flaws so minor you can barely notice them! Can't see any markings either.
    I'll see if the seller can give me any more info.
     


  13. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Here's a possible solution...no guarantees:

    You'll need a small (pint?) empty spray bottle; a bottle of Bick4; and a polished bone smoother.

    The area needs to be supported so this will work best with a lasted shoe tree or over a toe stiffener.

    Fill spray bottle with warm water, add one drop of dishwashing liquid such as Dawn. Gently invert several times to mix.

    Spray/wet affected area. Let sit for a few minutes.

    Apply Bick4 liberally.

    Bone wrinkles toward welt. This will either move the wrinkles or it won't.

    Either way, apply another light coat of Bick4 and allow to dry.

    Wipe off excess dry Bick4 and polish.
     
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    Crat, you are a freakin' genius. [​IMG]
     


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    I love how the welt also has a mirror finish! Impressive operation Crat
     


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