Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.
it's not very difficult but if you havent done it before its quite easy to damage the factory finish(meaning the smooth surface of the leather)!! how easy it would be depending on the tanning and dyeing process applied on the leather!!
Benhur, thanks I was thinking about doing it on a pair of G&G vintage rioja shoes.
With respect, why do so many people want to change the way their shoes look? Isn't it best to buy the shoes that they want in the first place?
Creativity, challenge, and satisfaction of creating something unique.
Finally decided to join after reading this thread for awhile. I just have a couple of questions.
I purchased a pair of Clarks just three days back. They're a very nice tan colour, nothing terribly expensive or fancy, and I like them very much. Also because they aren't very expensive it won't hurt as much if I fuck them up by accident. As these are my first pair of "proper" shoes you can likely imagine how nervous I am about wearing them. I've since read up on how to care for leather shoes and I think I know what I need to get, but the question is do I have to shell out top dollar for the best shoe care available? Do I absolutely need to get shoe trees? Will generic store brand be good enough for a pair of Clarks? After all they aren't AEs or C&Js.
If I really must get the expensive products then I will. However i'm afraid that they would be wasted on the Clarks. I'm a conscript solder (where I live all men must serve for 2 years at least) and I don't get paid a lot, so I'd like an option that would make the most economic sense, and I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. Thank you.
Welcome to the forum, please take one step at a time and there are lot of products/opinions available but ultimately its you to gets to choose and decide what is est for you.
I would say shoe trees is a must, not only will it maintain the shape but increase the longevity of the shoe. Get a aftermarket one that is cheap but make sure it fits well on the vamp and heel area. Woodlore makes some decent ones.
As to creams and polishes there is a plethora of choices available. Start with a cream and wax polish and use them lightly with a horse shoe brush. I started with Kiwi and AE products and still use them though of late I like experimenting and trying out different brands.
It is the technique which is more important and you will find many instructional videos and posts available here.
Sometimes you find the exact model you want, just not in the colour you want.
Your handle reminds me of every time I have given cunnilingus to a robot.
Hello and thank you for the kind response sstomcat.
Hopefully I'll be able to find quality shoe trees here at a reasonable price. I'm not entirely sure where to look though. I'm from Singapore if it helps, maybe someone will know where I can get some here. I'm going out in a few days so I'll keep a look out for trees and polishes.
molecular question- is there at temperture at which it is not advisable to wear leather shoes? anyone warm them up before wearing? (because cold leather can crack easily)
I have extra saphir renoveteur to let go. Some guy got me to buy extra for him but stood me up. PM me if I interested.
Hi, bit late in the game, and I'm not sure if this has been posted yet (apologies if it has), but this fellow has some useful shinning tutorials on his interesting blog -
Basically very similar to Lear's first post, but it's good to hear it from a different source.
(Sorta passed SF muster - http://www.styleforum.net/t/171528/shoe-snob-new-blog-about-shoes/0_100)
Loving this thread, thanks to all contributors!
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