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

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

  1. bradp

    bradp Senior member

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    is it possible to strip off accumulated polish w/ saphir renovateur? it is advertised as being capable of this but i'm having some trouble (and am wary of rubbing to briskly).
     
  2. Munky

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    Why do all shoes seem to involve '200 operations' and 'take eight weeks to make'?
     
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    itraxx Senior member

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    Possible, yes. But Renomat will do the same job much more efficiently.
     
  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's not a type of leather, but rather a process done to the leather to give it a certain appearance and finish.


    It won't. It will lift some light dirt and such, but the product is water based so it is useless on picking up wax. It has waxes and non-polar oils so it will soften things up, but that's not the intended purpose of the product, to lift wax from the shoe. As above, renomat is for that.
     
  5. deburn

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    I have a pair of navy shell cordovan chukkas (from Ron Rider) that have several water spots on them. I wiped it with a damp cloth and brushed with a horsehair brush, which didn't have any effect, except that the damp cloth turned indigo blue which was the color coming off the shoes.

    So now the shoes look a bit faded and still have the water spots. Any suggestions?
     
  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Use a solvent over the water spots like renomat, or some alcohol. The spots are basically minerals from the water caught under the finish. They come out pretty easily when you use a solvent. Then you have to build back up the finish using thin layers of cordovan cream, wax polish, and topping it off with renovateur to smooth things out. The best thing to do with shell is avoid getting them wet.
     
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  7. deburn

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    Seriously? I've read what seems like tons of comments on here saying shell is great in the rain
     
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    well then I heavily abuse my shell, they're my bad weather go to shoes...
     
  9. sleepyinsanfran

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    fwiw - I've found that older shell (which has been used for a year or more) shows fewer water spots than new shell. My guess is that new shell has some extra layers of finish caked on top, which might be the cause of the water spots (minerals in water getting trapped under, etc). My method is to try not wearing new shell in the rain/snow for a year, and then use them as all-weather shoes (except if I'm somewhere where there's a lot of salt on the streets).
     
  10. cbfn

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    Shell is great in the rain, they just don't look great afterwards.
     
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    ^^ which is more or less how I interpreted pB's comments. Not that the rain damages the leather but that it looks like crap afterwards, so if the objective is to keep your shoes looking nice then shell's not the best bad-weather choice.
     
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  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, your feet will be dry, but the leather will look like shit without an overhaul. In general shell with a thinner finish and not a lot of wax polish will look better than highly polished shell because it allows the water to evaporate without getting caught up in the wax.
     
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  13. MGoCrimson

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    I was trying to decide which pair of Marlows to wear today... and ended up with some Carmina calf brogues. Good thing, cuz it's raining out now and Marlows spot like no other shell.
     
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  14. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    MgoCrimson, it's nice to have the choice... When you wear your shoes, remember to keep your feet on the ground.
     
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  15. dbhdnhdbh

    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    Apparently not all shell spots. Some samples do it a lot, some less, some not at all. Like blooming. Varies from lot to lot. So one could end up with shell that looks fine after the rain and some that will be covered with spots. No way to predict.

    I don't think resistance to water spotting is a reason to buy these shoes.
     
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  16. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Alden seems to spot less because they put a shellac over their shell shoes.
     
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    Just bought a second hand pair of APC navy derbies. It's looking a bit faded, not quite navy anymore. Granted it could be the lighting, but I wanted to know if there was anything I could do to darken it back up.

    Oh, I also cleaned it up with some leather cleaner, and some of the dye looks to have come off.

    EDIT: second not send.
     
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  18. PCK1

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    black wax polish.
     
  19. linds_15

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    got a pair of AE strands in walnut today and really like the look of them as is. what products would you guys recommend to use going forward that will maintain them well?

    thanks
     
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    Curious - specifically wax, or would a cream be all right? Was looking at Saphir shoe cream, specifically.
     
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