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

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

  1. aglose

    aglose Senior member

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    70.00 is far better then that I expected to pay :) check your PM as well.
     
  2. LIMBERLION

    LIMBERLION Well-Known Member

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    Where do you guys buy your shoe care stuff? I need to buy a deer bone and some saphir products but my local cobbler carries neither of these. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  3. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Kirby, KW, Leffot, or EP.
     
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  4. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Just back from a few days in Singapore, with just one pair of shoes. I did a lot of walking, a lot of sitting and it was both hot and wet. I took a pair of shoe trees with me and they have survived very well! A few scuffs but nothing that I imagine won't come out with a good brushing or, perhaps, a bit of a clean. I will give them a 'rest' first.
     
  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    No magic in a deer bone. A spoon would work as well. But if you're determined to use a bone, here's what you do:

    Go down to you local butcher. Ask for a beef leg bone..."for your dog".... Hang it is the sun for a couple of days--the yellow jackets will strip the meat.

    Saw it lengthwise. Don't try to break it--it will spiral fracture. Scrape, file, and sand it ( I run up to 5000 grit Abralon) to shape and smoothness. Polish with white tripoli or even Bon Ami.

    Better than any deer bone.
     
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  6. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    Helpful advice DWFII
     
  7. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    Or....just use a good horsehair brush...

    cause bones don't do anything except scratch your shoes
     
  8. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    Exquisite Trimmings has the best pricing for saphir and a deer bone. Much cheaper than any other place. Shipping to US is reasonable, and VAT is taken off when choosing int shipping option.
     
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    ^^ Also a really great guy to deal with, and always ready to cut a special deal to a regular/SF buddy, especially if you're buying a few different things or e.g. a mix of full and sale price stuff. Worth an email or PM; I can't say enough nice things about this guy.
     
  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    The bone has to be polished. In fact, at one time most shoemakers' hand tools were made of bones--hand tools were called St. Hugh's Bones for a long time...maybe well into the 18th or 19th century...long after most hand tools were being made of iron or steel.

    A bone can press and smooth down scratches and it will burnish leather (I use one all the time on heel stacks and bottoms)... however, it's not a substitute for a good brush by any means.They do different things.
     
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  11. ElliottN

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    does anyone know a good cobbler in london who can do flushed toe taps/plates and is open on weekends? i have found a few but would rather follow the recommendation of knowledgeable people like your fine selves [​IMG]
     
  12. OREO

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    Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but a while ago i had a pair of Jeffery West shoes that had quite a high/Stacked heel and they left me with pain in my ankles when i stood still. This has put me off getting shoes with moderately 'high heels' but i would love to get my self some 'John Lobbs Prestige', problem is they have slightly higher heels than most shoes. Does anyone have experience with this form of ankle pain?
     
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  14. aglose

    aglose Senior member

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    So what is the difference between the saphir suede renovateur and the Saphir leather invulner? I have a pair of carmina suede boots from a MTO on danite soles that I plan to wear this winter. Which would be best for keeping them cleanish and as protected from the elements as possible?

    To clarify, I will be on a college campus, and as such I will be only walking through snow that has been plowed previously. Maybe a few snow drifts of 2-3ft for these boots.

    Thank you.
     
  15. smoothie1

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    Invulner is best suited for new shoes or clean and well kept shoes that merely need a waterproofing spray coat. I think of the suede Renovateur as providing a moisturizing and rejuvenating treatment that spruces up worn shoes after they have been knocked around and then thoroughly cleaned. I believe the suede Reno has walnut oil to revive the plush look and feel of older suede; also it comes in colors, e.g. black, brown, neutral, which will add some dye (except neutral) to worn or scuffed suede,

    I would start with Invulner on your clean and/or new shoes, and stick with that until they need more of a reconditioning of dry/worn suede. Since you plan to wear the suede outdoors, subjecting them to the cold, wet, and salty environments of winter, you will probably need the suede Reno by the end of the season at the latest. The suede Reno is meant for occasional maintenance that also provides water resistant protection, like the Invulner. Both are great products. I used both the Invulner and Suede Reno (neutral) this past weekend on new and old shoes, respectively. Best of luck.
     
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    Maybe your feet just need to get used to them, or a muscle needs to strengthen? Try only wearing them once a week or so and see what happens. If after a while flip them. Lobbs always sell, albeit at a depreciated value.
     
  17. aglose

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    Thanks man! I will grab a bottle of the invulner.
    Also, should I do something to clean the kiwi suede stuff off of my suede chukkas? Maybe I should grab both of them and use the reno on the suede I have now and then the invulner after I reno them.

    I have a new pair of suede boots coming for the winter. I have renomat and renovateur currently.
     
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  18. OREO

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    I think this is what i am going to do. In the end of the day Jeffery West lasts are more fashion orientated than functional. So i am going to consider the problem as a one off.
     
  19. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    You do well, quite right :nodding:
     
  20. Munky

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    Serious question. Is there any reason why men shouldn't wear Loake's women's shoes? They make some nice brogues. Is there a significant difference between men's and women's feet? The Loake's are an 'E' fitting, which I think I might need. I am not being frivolous.
     

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