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

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

  1. anrobit

    anrobit Senior member

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    The whitish residue you see is likely a bit of excess that has solidified due to coconut oil's low freezing temperature. However, your experiences with coconut oil based products are in line with mine. Highly rejuvenating and bolsters the water resistance as well
     
  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    pB,

    Hell, I get the same thing with Bick4, if I put it on too heavy. It's a hassle cleaning it out form under folded edges. DAMHIKT.

    Glen told me not to use even half as much as you would use of another Cream like Saphir or Meltonian.

    Speaking of GlenKaren ...I really like the Cleaner/Conditioner and the High Shine. You want to bull a pair of shoes, it happens right now.
     
  3. exhortae

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    You should mix light and medium brown. Using only medium brown would make them darker.
     
  4. GreenNeedle

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    Hello, first post here so be gentle on me. I have been lurking for a while and decided to try out mirror shining my Chelsea boots after being inspired by this post http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/...thread-tutorials-photos-etc/1590#post_5274516 .

    This is the first time I have ever tried a mirror shine and I was wondering if you guys could tell me if my attempts are any good or not :)

    Also in the final picture there is a deep scratch. Any advice on 'softening' its appearance or even magically removing it (I await the usual 'chuck and buy new' replies on this. lol)

    I have to admit that I did get carried away and the attempted mirror went up too high, hence white cracks in neutral polish toward the top of the cap. I am sorting that out at the moment with renovateur and wearing the brush out. When I get back to mirroring I will only be able to do an inch and a half from the toe :)

    The rest of the shoe is polished with Saphir creme surfine polish in light tobacco.

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  5. orionz06

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    What are you using to protect them in the winter?
     
  6. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    A Fine Pair of Shoes has started to stock La Cordonnerie Anglaise wax polish and shoe cream. Do these have any advantages over Saphir products or any other shoe products (apart from GlenKaren)?
     
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  7. agbassano

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    Hairy suede?

    I just received these new and unused Vass Suede oxfords and was about to apply nano protector... I lightly brushed my shoes but the central "panel" of suede on the inside left foot looks like the pics below... It's the only section on both shoes that looks like this. And neither of my other suedes (Tricker's Aldo Chuka and BC Made in Italy boots) has this problem.

    Is this a defect in the suede used in that part of the shoe? Can it be fixed? [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Rest of the shoe:
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    Many thanks!


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  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    It's marginal leather--cut from areas of the hide that are not prime. When manufacturers cut a hide to maximize yield, this is almost inevitable. As you get further away from the prime areas of a hide the corium contains more adipose cells and the flesh...the fiber mat...is looser. If the shoes were grainside out, that piece leather would wrinkle up and crease differently from the rest of the shoe.

    Can it be fixed? No.
     
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    that's not necessarily a defect, but it is a surprisingly poor choice in cutting for such a good workshop......nothing can be done, unfortunately. As least not that I know of -
     
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    I could be wrong, but I always thought that La Cordonnerie polish was just rebranded Saphir.

    I am most curious about Burgol polish as allegedly it is the "best" polish, but very difficult to find. Also a lot of the materials that exist on the stuff is in German.
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    The honest (grumpy :nodding:) part of me says "depends on how you define defect."

    Is it a defect in the hide?...no, no more than a big piece of gristle is a defect in a steak. It is not prime leather and that suggests a poor call on the part of the clicker, and the upper man, and QC.

    All of which further illustrates the priorities that dominate some parts of the Industry.

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day...it said:

    "Freedom or free stuff...choose one"

    Similarly, "Quality or quantity---one or the other"
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Quoted for awesomeness.
     
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    I always like to say, "Picky or cheap... choose one".
     
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    Thanks Gentlemen,

    Yeah it's disappointing, I'll contact the merchant.
     
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    It is.......Avel owns LCA.

    Come on man.....you know we got the goods - you just get bored easily.:stirpot:
     

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