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

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

  1. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    You are hilarious! thanks for a good laugh on a Friday night.
     


  2. Isolation

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    Yeah maybe I'll do that after I've polished my new shoes, I just don't have proper lighting here (just flash, and it's past midnight)

    And yeah I'm using shoe trees. I'm just trying to find out if it's normal for some creasing to happen, I assumed so, but, you know.

    Thanks guys.

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    Yeah, if you have the time to shoot something in daylight, that might help.

    The only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask.
     


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    Amazon UK sell some Lexol (brown label) quick wipes. They describe them as follows:

    'There are 25 Wipes in each Lexol Quick Wipe pop-up dispenser. They are prepared for immediate use, with the exact amount of solution already in the super-absorbent, heavy duty cloth'.

    With postage, these are about £10. Are they suitable for shoes and if so, is this format ok? They don't elaborate on what constitutes 'the exact amount'.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.
     


  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Munky,

    I don't think you want to soak your shoes in Lexol but beyond that the "exact amount" is probably closer to "what the leather will accept" than any specified quantity. Don't leave it pooled on the leather.

    The wipes are hypes...just marketing ploys...IOW, IMO.
     
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  6. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thank you for that, DWF. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I won't buy these Lexol wipes. The problem is that Lexol, on this side of the pond, seems only to come in giant sizes. Thinking positively, I guess, if I bought one of these huge bottles would mean that I never have to buy another one! Thanks again.
     


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    You have such easy access to Saphir, comparatively. Why not go that route?
     


  8. Munky

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    Just to be clear, given the discussion about Lexol on here, am I looking for 'Lexol Leather Conditioner'?
     


  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Wasn't following the discussion that close but I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes." See my post #7838.

    If you buy the big jug, pour some of into smaller bottles and sell it to unwary passerbys from under your ankle length coat at the mouth of dark alleys. That's what I always do...:lol:
     


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    Here is a smaller bottle, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summit-Indu...900&sr=8-9&keywords=lexol+leather+conditioner

    I am gonna go ahead and buy this one, you essentially get the cleaner for free which is very useful to remove old polish build up. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexol-Leath...900&sr=8-2&keywords=lexol+leather+conditioner
     


  11. Munky

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    dlind, It seems alike a lot of money to pay out for something that won't be used very much. If you are 18, it will no doubt last you a lifetime, but I am a bit older than that...
     


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    Fair enough, mainly posted that since you where talking about buying the big can which is more expensive.
     


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    These are some 7ish year old black AE Taunton Chelsea's that I use when the weather is terrible and overshoes cannot be stashed at the door of my planned destination. For as long as I can remember I've been fighting these subtle, irregular ridges in the areas pictured. I assume this area got wet with salty slush at some point.

    Is the best approach simply to mask this damage with many layers of black polish? I assume this is the case as even a few layers does seem to help. I don't however want to put in the work if an alternative (i.e. more "subtractive") approach such as stripping/sanding would be better?

    Thoughts Gentlemen?

    If all else fails, I'll just ignore the damage and continue to use them as described.


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    (FWIW, from more than a few feet away without perfect light, one would never be able to notice anything at all.)
     
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    Some more shoecare questions; I read somewhere about too much wax clogging the pores of the leather, is this a reversible issue, is it a big problem that needs to be avoided or just something that occasionally happens?

    Is there anything that needs to be done to the inside of the shoe, ie. do I have to condition from the inside?
     


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