**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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    You're welcome.

    Feel free to use the lexol cleaner on just about any discolouration. Just don't scrub. ..esp. wet leather. I usually use a square of hair-on sheepskin or a soft sponge.
     
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    jssdc Senior member

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    Not sure what your process was but a pretty common early mistake seems to be using too much polish (or cream or whatever else) which will make it a lot harder to get a good shine. A good piece of advice that's been repeated on this thread a bunch of times it that less is more when it comes to shoe care.

    If you've got reno or something like that it might take some of the excess wax or cream off and help you get a smoother finish. Otherwise I see lots of brushing/buffing in your future.
     
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    Yeah it's definitely a lot of practice. At least I've got the right products now. Renovateur has made a real difference already in terms of the condition of the shoes. Will invest in better brushes and clothes.
     
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    jssdc Senior member

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    Don't put too much faith in the Reno. I like it more than some folks (mainly as a cleaner and occasional conditioner) but you still want to use an actual dedicated conditioner every so often. I've used Lexol and creme universelle (both fine) and plan to try Glen Karen at some point as well.
     
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    Spent some time shining shoes last night during the last few NCAA games. Here are some pics. The split toe is a Santoni Gordon and the oxfords are Santoni Quentin.

    I used renovateur; then Collonil 1909 mid-brown cream; followed by saphir wax in mid-brown for both as well as tobacco on the tip of the Quentins.

    I did 3 rounds of (minor amounts of) wax with a drop of water in between for buffing. I love the way the look. I will say that I still can't get a mirror shine, any advice? Do I need a few more rounds of wax & water drops? Got to love great looking shoes!!

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    I ordered some lexol conditioner a couple of weeks ago and it still hasn't arrived.

    I asked for recommendation for brushes and cloths a couple of pages back and I think it got missed
     
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    Best product to use to moisturize dry/cracking leather?
     
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    Unfortunately, once leather gets to the cracking stage it's usually a museum piece.
     
  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Shoe leather cracking can occur for other reasons than dryness. It can even happen in the presence of too much conditioner.

    But veg tanned leather and belt leather can dry out...and once it gets to the point of cracking it is, as Rider said, pretty much dead.

    And once red rot sets in the leather will virtually crumble if handled roughly.
     
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    People I have come across that are trying to get their shoes too a high shine are terrified of hurting them and use too little. It goes both ways and It all comes down to practice. There are very few variables to control and your shoes aren't going to explode by changing one for a second to see if you make progress. Brushes and clothes have absolutely ZERO to do with it. I can probably get a mirror shine with an old piece of shoelace in a pitch black room. It is all about feel.
     
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    Actually, I've always tried to figure out why so many here seem to be interested in an all-over glass type finish......it's not good for a better leather to have so much build up on it.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's true. I stick to the toe and heel. That's it.
     
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    If you don't want a glassy shine to your shoes and want a 'minimal' kit for caring for them, would it be a good idea simply to stick with shoe cream, a couple of brushes and a cloth? I'm working on the principle that 'simplicity is genius'.
     
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    Without a doubt. If you want clean looking, satin-ish finish shoes then that is really all you need. You can put one coat of wax on your shoes for protection and not have to worry about them looking like mirrors. It take many coats for that type of finish.
     
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