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

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

  1. Foxtrot82

    Foxtrot82 Member

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    Hi all,
    I just got a pair of these shoes and I am a bit unsure about which color polish I should use for them. Here they are:

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    Other pics are available here: http://www.ilgergo.it/uomo/brogue/supervisor-19422.html

    The color has hints of lighter cherry but overall it's quite dark.

    Should I go for neutral or something else? I usually use saphir creams but didn't find something quite right. If not neutral I could go for:

    -burgundy: don't know if it might hide the cherry hues
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    -or something lighter like this (this il called hermes red): maybe too light?
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    Any advice?

    Thanks a lot!
     


  2. kentyman

    kentyman Senior member

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    It might be worth buying -- or at least printing on a good, calibrated printer -- this: http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-nuancier-color-chart.html
     


  3. patrickBOOTH

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    Maybe! After all, I'm not married...
     


  4. sstomcat

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    Black and Mahogany
     
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  5. Foxtrot82

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    Thanks. Do you mean alternating the two colors or mixing them?
     


  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Alternating. Then again it doesn't really matter. Use one until you are a "feeling" another. Another way to look at it is the waxes and oils in polishes inherently make leather darker so sometimes choosing a color slightly lighter offsets this a bit.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    this was discussed briefly in the leather qualities and properties thread, maybe search in there a bit, but I remember DW bring up how a lot of oils and sun get quite volatile and break down at high temps I believe over ~130 degrees F. Dry cool weather certainly plays a part and adds to the necessity of conditioning.
     


  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Not sure that's true...or not universally true. Maybe it depends on how cold you're talking about. It's worth remembering that Hillary climbed Everest in leather boots. At one point in time (in my memory) all ski boots and the harness, was leather. In fact, once upon a time all shoes were leather. Most mittens, ice skates, sleigh harness, and high altitude aviator clothing (think WWII bomber pilots) are/were leather.
     
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    David Copeland Senior member

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    Thanks for your contribution! Another link now added to My Favorites.

    May you have a Merry Christmas,

    David
     
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    Thanks for your contribution! Another link now added to My Favorites.

    May you have a Merry Christmas,

    David

    I followed this guide from the Shoe Snob Blog and it was excellent. I still need to try his method for getting the mirror shine on the toe/heel, but my shoes looked great after following the polishing instructions he laid out. I'll try to post pictures if I can reproduce his mirror shine.
     


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    mezentius Senior member

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    Hi chaps;

    Just purchased a shipment of saphir creams, renovateur and reno'mat. I'm planning to switch to using these to take care of my shoes, on which I had previously used Meltonian creams only. Is there a sort of reboot procedure I should do when switching polishes?

    Thanks!
     


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    Well, there is a debate about this. Some people assert that when switching from the silicone based creams like Meltonian to Saphir, which is "natural" you have to remove the silicone that is bulit up using Renomat and re-build the finish using the Saphir products. Honestly, I don't think you have to do this, I would only personally use Renomat if you are recoloring your shoes, or maybe a touch if you have bad, persistent salt stain on your shoes. It is acetone based and pretty damn harsh. In my opinion using that stuff as some do is like taking three steps back only take 2 steps forward using the Renovateur to condition. I would think using the Renovateur on your shoes, buffing, then using either the Saphir cream or wax will be fine. Over time this process should be enough to gradually remove the silicone product and redeposit with the ingredients in the Saphir product.

    Also, despite it starting a shit show on here some time ago, I suggest you get a proper conditioner for the vamps (where the shoe flexes) such as Lexol, or Bickmore's Bick4. They are better suited for conditioning and not just an "all-in-one" product like Renovateur which has solvents and is under debate for simply being a neutral cream polish.
     


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    Go to the following dedicated topic for suggestions by one of the biggest USA retailers:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/75787/the-hanger-project-affiliate-thread

    Merry Christmas,

    David
     


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    Thanks! My pleasure.

    Now, and it may depend on the quality of the shoe, but using old t-shirts (which may be relatively rough) can wear out the finish. I have a pair of Bostonian wingtips whose toes definitely got lighter after using old t-shirts and the multiple-wax-coat procedure. Or perhaps I was buffing too hard. Just saying - be careful when applying and buffing multiple coats, it could take a toll...
     


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    I recently bought a pair of shoes (dark brown calf leather, leather soles) that I intend to use solely for nights out. The idea is that this will give my other shoes a chance to last longer, as they will not suffer from being drenched in alcoholic beverages, etc.

    Having said that, I would still like for these shoes to look good for as long as possible, and thus, I now need some advice on how to care for these shoes. For my other shoes I use something called "leather balsam" every now and then, and also this stuff whenever the shoes begin to look a bit scuffed. Is there anything else I can do for shoes that will take some heavy beatings? Maybe some kind of repellent?

    Many thanks,
     


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