**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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    Thanks for the response, as always!

    I use Fiebing's Saddle Soap Paste: http://www.fiebing.com/catalogue/soaps-oils/?product=97 Not because I'm loyal to it, but simply because it's what my nearest cobbler carried way back when I bought it. I use a wet natural sea sponge to work up a lather and apply it. Once it's dry, I wipe with a cloth and then buff with a brush. Like I said, it's really just one particular belt that I regularly use it on (a thick, heavy, casual leather belt that is usually worn with jeans). I have a pair of saddle shoes that I used it on for a while, made from Horween's Dublin leather, but I quit because I didn't like the build-up that started developing around the stitches. However, that was happening by following the instructions on the back of the tin, which doesn't say to rinse off the leather.

    If I ever have cause to use it on them again, I'll certainly make sure I rinse it better, and I'll do the same with my belt.

    One follow up question to your response above. Do you always recommend conditioning while the leather is still wet? How about in the case of shoes that get saturated in a downpour? Most of the information you find out there recommends letting them dry in the standard method (on their sides, away from heat, stuffed with newspaper, etc.) and then conditioning/polishing after they have thoroughly dried. It actually makes perfect sense to me that conditioning them while wet would keep the fibers properly lubricated while the water evaporates. But again, that's not what you generally find recommended "out there." Not saying I believe everything I read, of course.
     


  2. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Ah, it seems my question was answered while I was typing.
     


  3. Murph65

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    I've decided to go with this approach on the shell Daltons, maybe trying to darken the light one up a bit at some point.

    In the meantime, given that I live in snowy NJ and work in NYC, I'd like to apply a sole protector of some sort. Wouldn't be adverse to dressing them down a little with a minilug.

    Any recommendations?
     


  4. Itsuo

    Itsuo Senior member

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    Just picked up a deep gouge on the toe during their maiden voyage, heartbreaking but I guess it's nothing that can't be waxed to high polish and chalked up as character:brick:

    Luckily they're fairly dark so I'm likely to be the only one that ever notices.

    Any other recommendations?
     


  5. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    I'm pretty sure some good quality cream/wax to match that color (rioja it looks like?) will cover that up and will hardly be noticeable.
     


  6. goosedog

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    hey gang, I'm a total noob sorry to bother you all.
    I got a pair of m.a+ staple boots in camel leather ( I don't think it's reverse ) about 5 months ago and I love them and want them to age nicely with a patina, etc. not looking for a mirror shine or anything (they're actually already fairly rough and super badass looking) but I do wonder if there are any steps I can take or products I can use to ensure they last as long as possible. I live in Toronto, Canada and of course I try to keep them out of the salt and slush. Any storage tips or products you can recommend would be greatly appreciated. I just don't want them to crack or warp or anything.
    I'm also aware the best thing for them might be to do nothing at all ( lots of people have told me this already ) but I'm finding it hard to resist baby-ing them hah.
    Thanks!
    G
     


  7. goosedog

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    these are the m.a+ boots I was talking about. Cheers.
     


  8. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Itsuo, it will be pretty easy to cover up, I reckon 2 layers of cream and 2 layers of polish would do it.
     


  9. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    Carmina Austerity Brogues

    I understand burnishing finishes and antiquing but I think these got left on the wheel for a little too long. They look gorgeous despite this side and I may try some cleaner and coats of polish to work it out vs sending them back. Any suggestions or is this look normal?

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  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Whole cut ankle boots! Nice.
     


  11. NickCarraway

    NickCarraway Senior member

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    Not shoe care per se, but can anyone tell me what is causing these creases in my AE Strands? These pictures are of the interior edges of the shoes right at the balls of the feet:

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  12. BillP

    BillP Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for this obvious question - are you using shoe trees?
     


  13. NickCarraway

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    Yes. The Woodlore ones from Nordstrom Rack, in the appropriate size.
     


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    Question guys: A week or so ago, I took a pretty good stumble coming up the outdoor stairs to the plaza of our building. In the process, I scuffed the pristine toe of my AE Bayfields. Brushed it good, rubbed with some lotion to get moisture back in and have now put some brown polish on. Abrasion seems gone, but I have a dark halo sort of ring on the toe. Any ideas? I'm debating rubbing the whole toecap with black paste wax to darken the whole area on both toes. Ideas?
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    Me personally, I'd take that to a quality cobbler and have them deal with it.
     


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