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

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

  1. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    PCK1,

    For vintage rioja I am going to use Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish in Bordeauex cream

    http://www.styleforum.net/g/i/702726/a/406247/gaziano-girling-appreciation-shoo-porn-theard/

    For vintage cherry I have opted for Saphir Renovating Shoe Cream 50ML Creme Surfine in cherry red.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Saphir-Renovating-Cream-Surfine-Cherry/dp/B00ELKHRMY
     
  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Since it arrived, I have found the Saphir 'Edge Dressing' to be very useful - even if in a limited sort of way. It has restored the edge of a pair of brogues that have got scuffed quite a bit. I suspect that it is one of those things that you keep in your shoe cleaning box and use only occasionally. I got mine from 'A Fine Pair of Shoes' and I am not sure about the degree to which these sorts of things are universally available. Just one other comment: from the web page, you are left with the impression that the tube has an applicator. In fact you have to apply it with a cloth. It takes a steady hand not to get it on the uppers of the shoe. Not something to attempt after a Big Night Out.
     
  3. leetpuma

    leetpuma Senior member

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    Still wanted to know if you anyone knew.
     
  4. creatfire

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    To my knowledge suede does crack and needs to be moisturized (ever see an old suede jacket or a beat up pair of suede sneakers). Since its the under side of the skin and not the top it has different properties and you will need a different set of tools and chemicals to care for it. Usually it gets patchy and the nap degrades before it starts to crack. This is a suede moisturizer.

    http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/products/saphir-medaille-dor-tinted-renovator-suede-spray-250ml
     
  5. leetpuma

    leetpuma Senior member

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    MIND BLOWN I have never seen an conditioner for suede!!!

    Are suede conditioners as long lasting as regular leather ones? If I were to go an pour lexol on my suede sues it would sure be will conditioned but it would also lose all its nap.

    So my guess is the spray is even enough to not destroy the nap?

    Could I take liquid lexol and add it to an spray bottle and use it on suede in the same way as that spray can?

    Or are these cans with waterproofing/conditioner/dye the only way?
     
  6. anrobit

    anrobit Senior member

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    I would love to learn more about suede conditioners as well. I'd heard before that suede/roughout conditioning should usually be done from the interior, if possible. I've been looking for a viable solution for quite some time, and I'll need further input to be convinced this is it.
     
  7. kloss

    kloss Senior member

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    would a black shoe obtain any noticeable patina after repeatedly using a colored shoe cream over a large period of time?
     
  8. CalzolaiFeF

    CalzolaiFeF Well-Known Member

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    It depends on the type of calf.

    Box calf would usually not discolour, on when it does the surface will be almost destroyed. A black anilveau will instead become grey over time, so with a strongly coloured shoe cream you can obtain a sort of marble effect.

    There are exceptions, of course, like the famous "bronzed points" oxfords in Foster&Sons collection.
     
  9. kloss

    kloss Senior member

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    what about horse leather?
     
  10. techaview

    techaview Senior member

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    Can someone help me how to i get rid of the black patch on this LWB?

    I have applied 1 base layer of Sahir rejuventor followed by 1 layer of Saphir light brown polish. It is at this stage that i noticed that there is a black patch forming on the upper side of the vamp. I stopped and tried to use Lexol leather cleaner to clean it but to no avail. I means i can live with it but it is quite irritating know there is a black patch there. Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks

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  11. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I think I may be more stupid than I look. I just bought a pair of shoes in sale and by post. The uppers are described as being made of 'calf leather' and they are goodyear welted. It seems to me that they are made of corrected grain leather. Can this be the case? Can something described as being calf leather also be corrected grain? The soles and insoles are certainly made of leather too. But would a company offer goodyear welting on a pair of corrected grain shoes?

    I raise the issue out of a general interest in the wider aspects of both shoe leather and advertising. I have e-mailed the company and they will no doubt come back with a definitive answer about the grain. I have found the shoe companies are pretty good at responding, in some detail, about the features of their shoes (probably because of a strict Trade Description Act). Other peoples' views would be welcome on the issue of the leather of the uppers and the description of it.
     
  12. anrobit

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    Yes, it is entirely possible that they are corrected grain calf. I have strong suspicions that the leather AE uses is primarily corrected grain cowhide, despite the fact that they list it as calf. Sometimes I don't believe the crap companies bother welting these days.
     
  13. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    That's lost finish. The finish in this case is essentially a specialized paint. The more you "clean" it, especially with products that are supposed to remove wax and so forth, the worse it will get. I don't think there is an easy remedy, if any.
     
  14. BootSpell

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    Munky, another post where you just crack me up! [​IMG]

    Sometimes, you just have these one-liners that are so perfect and match with what you're posting about. But I am sure you are just as intelligent and sophisticated as you look! A perfect British gentleman.
     
  15. techaview

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    Thanks! I guess i will live with it then....
     

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