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

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

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Generally people use a cream and wax polish that is slightly lighter than the shoes. The oils and waxes naturally will darken leather over time so the subtle pigments counteract this.
     


  2. dapperdoctor

    dapperdoctor Senior member

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    The AE premium walnut polish is made to be an exact match (more or less) to their walnut colors. I use it and it's absolutely fine. It keeps the walnut strands looking like new (plus the fact that I barely wear them, which is another story).
     


  3. ManImCool

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    That's what I was figuring; just wasn't sure if people preferred to use the AE premium clear polish on their walnut strands, or the actual walnut polish.

    Also, if anyone has first-hand experience using Saphir products on their AE walnuts and have kept up with the true color, I'd love to hear from you.

    Edit: Also, what edge dressing do you use on your walnuts that matches up perfectly? AE doesn't have a walnut edge dressing. At least not on their website as far as I can tell.
     
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  4. tifosi

    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    I'll let out know how I make out this weekend. I'm about to polish some AE walnut for the first time. I have a slew of Meltonian creme polish as home so that's what I'll be using. Have to see what color works out the best. I have quite a few different brown paste waxes also. I'm gonna go lighter and see what happens.
     


  5. pwhinson

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    Very tempted by these EG monk straps but I'm a bit reluctant because the only experience I have with suede is the vast expanse of flat easily cleaned suede on summer nubucks. There's a lot of brogueing here where dirt -- over time -- can accumulate and which scares me a bit. I have no problem with babying my shoes and I already have a can of saphir invulner (?) which I use on my bucks plus I have the saphir liquid (one a year thingy-never used it yet) and the saphir eraser so I'm all "prepared" for maintaining these -- but I like shoes to last literally forever. Plus there's a strap which is bound to pick up oils from my hands every time I put them on and take them off. If they're going to look like crap in 5 years I'm wondering if I should avoid them. Any experience out there with similar highly brogues suede shoes. I think this is EG's "nutmeg" which I've always really admired.

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  6. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Most people use Chili edge dressing.
     


  7. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Saphir do a 'Renovating Cream Edge Dressing, which is available from A Fine Pair of Shoes, in the UK. It takes a steady hand to use it, but worth it. It is available in black and various shades of brown.
     


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    Wondering if any of the many great experts here might offer me some advice. I have a pair of AE shoes, with thick double leather soles. The toe area on both shoes may have gotten slightly damp due to rain, and has gotten a little 'shaggy' looking. The shoe edges are natural in colour, and I now have the AE natural edge dressing. Could I (or should I) take some extremely fine grit sandpaper, and with fingertip pressure only, try to polish the edge a little before applying a few coats of natural edge dressing? I thought that would just take the 'fuzz' off, and then seal them up nicely with AE dressing. All blessings, warnings or suggestions greatly appreciated.
     


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    Have your suede brogues been difficult to clean dirt magnets?
     


  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't see anything wrong with this course of action.
     


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    Can anyone advise me or post a link on how to clean and maintain the following types of shoe/boot? Any advice on products would be great too.

    Waxed leather boot

    Leather boot

    Suede shoe (it has a stain from snow sadly. I think they might be beaters now)
     


  12. m4gdelen4

    m4gdelen4 Senior member

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    When and how does one use a suede brush? I have two suede brushes:

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    The first one is a Kiwi metal bristle. Claimed to be Mark McNairy's favorite suede brush on his website. The second one has the weird rubber mitochondria on the front and a soft plastic bristle on the side. How do I use these?
     


  13. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    In the grand scheme of things, m4, the differences probably don't matter! You use them by brushing them against your suede shoes.
     


  14. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    You're right, However, esp. if you don't use it real regular, the brass bristles (If they are brass) corrode...leaving stains on your leather.
     
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    the rubber one is used to remove stains. the brass one is for restoring the nap if it gets flatted (in the rain or such) but dont overdo it or you will end up with hairy shoes.
     


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