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

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

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Color pigmentation on shoes takes a vey long time to build. Pigments in polishes are very translucent. It is kind of hard to mess it up, honestly.
     


  2. jasonmx3

    jasonmx3 Senior member

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    Thanks, PB. Ordering the Lexol now. You're right! Lexol is just more readily available (and cheap too!).

    I get what you mean about the frequency of application. Will observe it's effect on my shoes and will just go from there.
     


  3. karlf

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    HELP!
    My new shoes look like these after two days. It just started raining when it was not expected to, what should I do, are my soles fine?
     


  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    If they're dry they're fine.
     


  5. karlf

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    They are wet right now, how do I let them dry, I'm completely new to leather soles!
     


  6. BootSpell

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    If it's just the soles that are wet, lay them on their sides, but don't put them anywhere near direct heat (radiator, heat vents, etc.). You should be fine.
     


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    Oh okay, thank you very much! I was worried
     


  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    + 1. Let them dry slowly. The water itself will generally not hurt them. Walking on cement or rocks when they're wet will. And heat will always damage leather.
     


  9. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    DW, I've been using that Bick 4 Leather Conditioner you recommended a few months ago. Great product. Much better than Lexol imo.

    It was most impressive on a vintage Brimaco jacket that squeaked despite anything else I've tried on it. One light application of Bick 4 solved the problem.

    Thank you for the recommendation.
     
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  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    :fonz:
     


  11. themonster

    themonster Well-Known Member

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    Lets say I wiped off salt with a damped cloth. Is it okay to apply conditioner 15 minutes afters or wait for the shoes to get completely dry?
     


  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Oil floats on water. Most conditioners are based on light weight oils. If you put a conditioner on wet leather you might want to be sure it's water soluble.
     


  13. themonster

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    Ah,makes complete sense to let the shoe completely dry. [​IMG]
     


  14. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    Does Saphir Renovateur have a fairly long shelf life? One of the shoe repair places near me has it for less than the going rate, but it looks like it's been sitting on the shelf for a while -- the packaging is the current style, but it's dusty and it's been marked down.
     


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    I don't see an expiry date on mine.
     


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