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

  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    With all due respect, discussions on any Internet forum...as in real life...go where they go. You either go with them, try to control them, or butt out.

    And, FWIW, this thread has never been exclusively about shining shoes. The discussion about solvents is entirely appropriate.

    Think of these conversational tangents...if that's what they be...as "added" value.
     
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    Water is the most abundant solvent on Earth. That's one of the reasons it is referred to as a universal solvent. It is also the main solvent in the body. I think reasonable people can agree that it is not always an appropriate solvent, just as black is not always the appropriate shoe color. It is not a universal solvent. If it was, it would dissolve everything, which any person knows knows it certainly does not.
     


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    I've got a PhD, authored 38 books and own shoes. Can I join this club, please?
     


  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Far as I know there is no "club." I have no degrees, have only written three books. If a lowly shoemaker can post here ...why not PhD's?

    If I had my druthers, however...and I seldom do...I would only stipulate that people limit their advice...and their disclaimers...to what they actually know and to the knowledge that they have actually, personally, intimately, earned.

    And, since all the rest is pretense...well, you (anyone...any reasonable person, IOW) can take it from there.
     
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    Munky Senior member

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    Sorry, my comment was a bit too clever for it's own good and I withdraw it. My apologies.
     


  6. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    No apologies necessary...
     


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    For that kind of commitment, you should be awarded some shoes! Hats off!
     


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    Munky Senior member

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    [​IMG] Thank you. Please forward any spare John Lobbs, UK size 9. Brand new, if possible.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    this sounds like a limerick!
     


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    How does this affect the shoe or boot trees one should use with a slip-on boot? Does the use of an elastic gusset on the sides mean that the heel stiffener can have more of a bend to it?
     


  11. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Early on in my career, I used to make a distinction...mental at least...between pull-up boots such as cowboy boots and lace-up boots or shoes. Because the lasts are shaped differently between boot lasts and shoe lasts--in the heel, in the "cone" of the last and in the distribution of substance.

    I do not recommend using trees on "pull-on" boots.

    On the other hand, I do not consider elastic gore boot to be pull-on boots. Elastic gore boots can be and most often are made on shoe lasts. I use trees in my wholecut chelseas and they do indeed have a deeper, more pronounced curvature at the back of the heel. No problem.
     


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    Bought a pair of C&J Westbourne and Monkton and curious if you guys condition your shoes before wearing? If so, what do you do?
     
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    I wanna give these a really good looking patina over time. They are "chestnut" in color.

    What color wax polish do you think I should use?

    Dark brown?
    Burgundy?
    Black?
    Mahogany?

    Wax is better than cream for a great patina to develop over time right?
     


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    Good to know because I use Bick 4 on my ostrich and snake skin cowboy boots.
     


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