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

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

  1. Van Veen

    Van Veen Senior member

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    Thanks. I haven't even started adding wax to the to the other shoe, just the cream. I have Renovateur on hand, so I will try that and see if it takes enough wax off.

    The method I'm using is:
    - use an old t-shirt
    - dip in wax (just a small dab)
    - dip in water
    - apply to shoe

    So, if I am seeing any water droplets on the shoe once I start applying, that means I am using too much water, right? (I think once I realized this, it was too late.)
     
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    Oli2012 Senior member

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    Anyone know any brands that sell suede protector that comes in an aerosol can?
     
  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Renovatuer is a quick and dirty way to bring your shoes back to life. Essentially the solvents in it bring life back into the waxes that are already on the shoes that have dried out (solvents evaporating). Colored cream adds some pigment and allows for interesting patina over time. It really all comes down to preference though.
     
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    kentyman Senior member

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    A lot of people swear by Tarrago Nano Protector Spray. You can get it for cheap off of eBay.

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  5. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    Just received my GlenKaren products and I haven't used them yet. At this point, I don't know whether to use them on my shoes or spread then on my toast - they really do smell that good and I'm being honest here.

    When I have a chance to use them, I'll post some thoughts but in the meantime, they're making me hungry.
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    Use Nutella in conjunction with GK products on your toast. YUM!!!
     
  7. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    is it excessive to reno/color polish my AE every month if I'm wearing it 2 or 3x a week (every other work day). it comes out to be about 10 wears before using reno/color polish.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No hard/fast rules. You have to go with your gut then, again I don't recommend soley using reno as a conditioning agent. I would say using reno on all areas that don't flex every handful of wearings is fine, but I think using Lexol sparingly on the vamp every 10 wearings ins't a bad idea.
     
  9. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Hey Pat,

    I was under the assumption that reno actually helps the part of the shoe where it bends since it will cover up the creases. Reno actually doesn't alleviate the crease area?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The only thing that can alleviate where the shoe creases is a shoe tree.
     
  11. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    can you explain what does excessive reno do to shoe creases? Thanks.
     
  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There's just a lot of solvents in it and it doesn't do very much in terms of real conditioning, which is what you really need on creases. If you search back in this thread I gave several examples of my collection of shoes that I have had nothing but bad experiences with using reno as a conditioner. Ultimately I feel that it is a solvent heavy polish. What does all of this mean? Cracked leather.
     
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  13. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Basically, too much of anything is bad for the shoe.
     
  14. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Really depends on how much you walk and under what kind of condition...

    Use your best judgement IMO. Reno if brushing and wet-towel wiping can't salvage the look.

    p.s., Reno is a 2-in-1 cleaner/conditioner/polish. I love using it to smooth out rough polished surfaces.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, I feel like it really brings out a dulling mirror shine and it is great in between proper polishing session to restore the oils to the wax already on the shoe, but using it as a conditioner is not a good move in my experience and based just on the behavior of the product.
     

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