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

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

  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Lexol-ph is ph neutral soap that leaves no tallow or glycerin residue. It is a good cleaner...for dirt and loose wax . I do not think it should be thought of as something you'd use to strip off layers of wax or finish.

    It is used like shampoo. You wet the shoe and using a wet sponge or a piece of hair-on sheepskin gently work up a lather. Rinse, let dry and apply a light conditioner of brown-bottle lexol.

    Using the sponge or the sheepskin and gentle action I don't believe it is possible to remove finish with Lexol-ph. It is the "sudsing" action--foam--that lifts the dirt, not elbow grease.

    Parenthetically a ph neutral baby shampoo such as "No More Tears" is just about the same thing.
     


  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thanks, as always, DWF. I think I will give Lexol cleaner a miss.
     


  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In general I don't really understand the need to "clean" shoes unless you're slopping around in the mud or something.
     


  4. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    I just brush mine off after I wear them...even in dirt or some mud it generally cleans it off well...
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I feel like anything minor conditioner, or cream polish takes care of during regular maintenance. I don't understand these people who need to slather so much stuff on their shoes. Two steps back one step forward, imo.
     


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    Totally agree, less is more in shoe care
     


  7. 7strung

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    I have two pairs of boots and would like to wear them more often than once or twice a week. 36 hours between wears, using shoe trees and newspaper.

    Is a Peet boot dryer safe for leather boots like Beckmans/Iron Rangers or is it detrimental?

    Any drying tricks for frequent and heavy wear?

    Thanks!
     
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  8. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Does anyone use Saphir Crema Universaille as part of their routine shoe maintenance? Thoughts?
     


  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Ethandesu from the Armoury HK uses Crema Universaille as his conditioner.
     


  10. Beach Bum

    Beach Bum Senior member

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    My God those are hideous. Sorry just had to say it. Sounds like you bought them used for $19 so no reason to take this offensively.
     


  11. TomDab

    TomDab New Member

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    Good day!
    Any ideas how to safe/restore the colour of those shoes? Right now there is a lot of brighter areas. What would you seggest, is there anything I can do?


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    best!
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  12. Munky

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    On the different types of Lexol - I was just curious about what the cleaner was for. Like those who responded, I don't seem to need to clean my shoes, just to give them a brushing before I wear them and before I use cream and/or polish on them.
     


  13. patrickBOOTH

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    Don't use any drying agent other than naturally letting them dry at least 24 hours with trees in them. If you are wearing them often make sure you condition them more frequently around ever few weeks or so. Also make sure you brush them before you wear them to remove dirt or dust that can get trapped in the creases and such.

    I have a bottle of it. IMO, it is a better conditioner than renovateur. It is thinner and sinks into the leather more rather than renovateur which acts more like a polish. That being said it doesn't produce as much of a gloss, which is probably good.

    Lexol is generally marketed to the automotive and horse tack market. I would imagine saddles and tack to get very dirty where it would need a cleaner, same with leather seats in some pigsty cars.
     


  14. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Does anyone have experience of 'Duggers of London' shoes?
     


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    I've searched for this answer and come up with many contradictions.

    Just bought my first pair walnut AEs. Never dealt with this color before, and I want to preserve it and not accidentally darken it. What cream/wax/polish/cleaner do people use on their AE walnut (strands) and have great results with?

    Is there a simple answer to this? Basically hoping for answers involving either AE products, Saphir products, or a combination of both.

    Thank you!
     
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