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

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

  1. FosterandSon

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    Shoe Polish Prize Competition - Now with Photo's and Bonus Prize

    Gentlemen, In order to help you with your deliberations there are some pictures of people at the event our chap is going to in September. It's the Goodwood Revival meeting (http://www.goodwood.co.uk/revival/welcome.aspx). As you can see from the photo's below it can be costume-y and our man wants to avoid that. He will be wearing a grey POW check DB suit with 1 1/2 inch turn ups and wants to know what shoes will go best. We can't post pictures of the suit yet as it's still being made but need to work out the shoes soon as they will be MTO.

    Beau has already suggested saddles and posted a photo. Best suggestion wins a tin of polish and a polishing cloth delivered to your doorstep. There will be a bonus prize for the member who provides the best caption for photograph five and identifies a fellow member who might best represent the admonished boy! So who's the cheeky boy?

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    So who's the cheeky boy then?

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    Foster & Son
     


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    Chocolate colored wingtip derbies, though I do have a preference for black shoes with white shirts. If his shirt is white I would say black punch cap oxfords.

    Caption "Keep those bulled toes of yours out from under the ladies skirts!"
     


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    Excellent choice for the shoes. He wants to go with black and white (calf and buck) semi-brogue co-respondents, but they're hardly versatile. Love the caption!
     


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    I thought he didn't want to look costumey :confused:
     


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    "sun damage" on my bad weather shoes!
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    i ll upload some more pictures with natural light tommorow morning!! hope you like the outcome
     


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    Exactly, he needs to be rescued from himself
     


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    Another great quote:

     


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    from what I gathered from skimming through this thread - most of the time reno alone will bring the shoe back to life? do most people only use cream polish to bring back faded color or something?
     


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    I'm bulling/polishing the toe cap of my shoes, and there is a huge dull spot the size of a quarter on the top of the toe cap. Everything else looks great. Is there any way to fix this?
     


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    A good picture of the problem would help in the quality of advice, but: If it is hazy then it was probably too much water in that area. If it is more of a dull dead spot, it was probably too much wax. In either case you will probably have to remove a number of layers and start over.
     


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    It is more of a rough spot. Basically it has the same texture as the rest of the shoe (cream polish only) rather than the smoother texture of the rest of the toe cap. I'll post a picture when I get home. (I am nowhere near a mirror shine yet. This is my first try.)

    What is the best way to remove wax in this situation?
     


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    Thats what you get for wearing bad weather shoes in the sun :laugh:
     


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    Here it is. Don't know how it got this bad. I'm guessing too much water, and that I rubbed the wax off since that was the spot where I started polishing. Or too much wax. Any thoughts? (Live and learn.)

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    I would guess that it was too much water because of the discolored haze.

    There are a number of ways to strip the wax down to start over:

    Personally I use pure orange oil as a solvent for this type of thing, and just rub off the wax, but most people don't have that handy.

    The cheapest way (which is also very messy) is to simply get the toe damp and brush it with a short bristle shoe brush.

    You could clean the toe with some saddle soap to remove some of the wax.

    You could use some Lexol leather cleaner, and rub briskly to remove some of the wax.

    You could rub it down with some Renovateur, and by rub it down I mean with some pressure with the intention of removing the wax, no just applying the Renovator.

    Or you could just use a small amount of RenoMat, using light pressure to remove just the layers of wax you have applied.

    I have used all of these methods with some degree of success. In order of preference I would suggest:

    Orange Oil
    RenoMat
    Renovateur
    Water and Brush
    Lexol leather cleaner
    Saddle Soap

    You will want to redo both shoes to keep the look even. You may also want to add a little conditioning to the leather to replace the oils that were removed by the cleaning agent (with the exception of Renovateur with already includes Mink oil).

    I'm sure other members have preferred ways of removing excess wax.
     


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