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

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

  1. alexSF

    alexSF Senior member

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    A friend asked me if I can do anything to change the sad toneless uniformity of the Loake Dark brown (Berkeley model 1880 line), this is the result, just finished:

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    A cheap looking brogue without any character is now a very attractive shoes, the original leather colour was a chocolate brown without any undertone or burnishing, so I've tried to enhance the contrast brown/black.

    I've used:
    Renomat and Acetone to strip the colour of the uppers except the broguering areas to preserve the contrast.
    Saphir mdo lotion as conditioner, and saphir creme in medium brown / dark brown and lot of black in the broguering for recolouring.
    Swapped also the shoelaces with a matte black pair, always to enhance the constrast.
     
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  2. Burzan

    Burzan Senior member

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    Damn I really want to try his products but shipping to Canada is $25. Maybe one day I will grab a large order so the shipping won't hurt as much, for now I wanted to try the conditioner he has but I can wait.
     


  3. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    My brogues after using Saphir Yellow Wax.

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  4. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    What on earth do you wear those with, mate?
     


  5. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    alexSF - nice job on those Loakes, man.
     


  6. niklasnordin

    niklasnordin Senior member

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    fantastic job
     


  7. Gaudy

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    I was going over my Suede shoes when I noticed this little mark, is there any way to get rid of it? Thanks

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  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Is there a little depression there, under the spot?
     


  9. Gaudy

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    Yes, its like there's glue or something on the spot, so its a slight depression
     
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  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Well, if it's glue, it could probably be removed (more danger than its worth) but to tell the truth I doubt it's glue--too regular.

    I'd be more incline to believe it is a scar or an old, healed, warble hole.

    It's hard to tell without seeing the shoes themselves. I think the best advice is just to forget it, and enjoy your shoes.

    I didn't see it coming up the walk--so you know it's not visible from the highway.
     


  11. Gaudy

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    Yea, you're right, thanks for the help.
     
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  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The conditioner is good, but honestly if you're used to using renovateur and the like it is very different. It really conditions a lot and isn't like a disguised polish like Saphir's products are. Using it too heavy or frequently on dress shoes would smother them in oils and make them not take a shine well. His cream polishes are very similar except the proportions are different. Honestly these are probably all you really need for your shoes, the cream had enough coconut oil in there to condition plus the benefits of giving a shine. If you were to use one product it would be the cream polish, IMO. I have both and I pretty much never use the conditioner (used it on my briefcase a few times however) as I think it conditions "too much" for a formal dress shoe. I wouldn't be surprised if DW has a similar opinion.
     


  13. Munky

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    For those who want a turpentine - free polish and who can't get Glenkaren products, don't forget Collonil, Creme Deluxe. Its a very effective polish, with barely any smell at all.
     


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    Anyone use or have some feedback about Burgol products? Supposedly made by hand by a single family in the Swiss mountains.
     
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  15. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Burgol is a superior product to Saphir mdo although it doesn't smell as pleasant. Burgol is also not as readily available.
     


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