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

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

  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Wow, that means a lot coming from you! Thanks very much.

    No, I'm not a shoemaker, though I think it would have been a lot of fun in another life!
     
  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thanks, Money, for your thoughtful response. Having e mailed the maker, I will report back what they have to say. I suspect, though, that I already know...
     
  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Och! Go on wi' ye.

    I have never been one to "like" posts...until recently. Don't know what made me start but between you and pB and chogall and a few others, I have read many that I have liked...and 'liked."

    Tioraidh
     
  4. techaview

    techaview Senior member

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    Are you guys saying this is more of a defect?
     
  5. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    if that is an actual seam.. IMO, it shouldn't be there. I guess it's possible the manuf needed to seam there, and does on every LWB, but if so, it's just lackluster work IMO
     
  6. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    It's just a cost cutting measure, so they could use two smaller pieces of leather rather than one more expensive piece.
     
  7. leetpuma

    leetpuma Senior member

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    Quick question.

    (1) If I am using saphir MDO on shell cordovan do I need to do a bi-yearly cleaning with saphir RENO?
    (2) What about Saphir Cordovan crème instead of MDO?

    (3) If I am using saphir MDO on calfskin do I need to do a bi-yearly cleaning with saphir RENO?

    Really what I am wondering here is:
    Does the MDO's waxiness build up and prevent the leather from breathing? (Ill use an pea size drop every couple of weeks on each shoe)
    also assume I am not using any other waxes products like kiwi/lincon tins
     
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  8. Joshua Lee

    Joshua Lee Senior member

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    Absolutely not, it's just a cost saving measure. I only mentioned it because Meermin is the only brand that has a seam placed there for their LWB. Normally I would recommending letting the retailer deal with all defects in shoes that shouldn't be unreasonable, but because it's an international company, taking it to a cobbler would probably be more cost effective.
     
  9. CalzolaiFeF

    CalzolaiFeF Well-Known Member

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    I assume you're talking about MdO wax, but since you speak of drops you may be talking about cream. The final result doesn't change.

    As DWFII said, try to think about leather as skin. Touch it, look at it: it feels dry? Then strip out the wax and condition it. It feels still supple? Leave it as it is.

    Also don't overuse products on cordovan, the fatness of the leather itself is enough to give it a shine, if you rub it with a clean cloth.
     
  10. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano New Member

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    When I apply wax polish (saphir) it cracks the next day (at the toe creases) when I wear it. Is that typical? My shoes basically have a thin layer of polish dust. I put on a layer of dark brown cream just the day before if that matters.
     
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  11. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    You found my Achilles heel with the Gaelic!
     
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    Yeah, that's a bold accusation. To my knowledge, the only corrected grain they release is described as "polished cobbler" leather.
     
  13. CalzolaiFeF

    CalzolaiFeF Well-Known Member

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    Toe creases? You should not have toe creases at all, in a well made shoe...

    Anyways, usually that kind of problem is too much wax: where the shoe creases you should put only one, maybe two layers of wax. Mirror shine is for not flexible parts only.
     
  14. Tim Whatley

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    In my experience, even the finest pair of shoes naturally crease along the toe box. Too much wax is being applied
     
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  15. CalzolaiFeF

    CalzolaiFeF Well-Known Member

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    If by toe box you mean the forepart before the toe puff, it's normal. But on the hard point it's not normal at all.
     

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