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

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

  1. leetpuma

    leetpuma Senior member

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    Once shell cracks you are usually screwed. if you do not care about pretty-ness you could learn to sew. And that may hold for sometime as long as its not a major stress point.

    Good simple sewing tutorial:


    Oh and BTW ebay seller do not "forget" to list this. They do it on purpose for old shell shoes they find. They just wont say anyting and hope someone buys it. If I were you i would try and return it saying the item was misrepresented.
     
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  2. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Nope the sprays are tinted, the invulner spray is clear.
     
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    wurger Senior member

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    I see.
     
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    Munky Senior member

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    Excuse me, can someone remind me what to put on new shoes, straight out of the box? I seem to remember someone pointing out that new shoes are likely to be a bit dried out.
     
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    PCK1 Senior member

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    Just put your feet in them.

    My experience with caring too much about shoe care is your shoes will wear out much faster.

    Put in shoe trees and brush them when you take them off. Put them away. Wear 48 hours later.
     
  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Can't go wrong with the neutral.
     
  8. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm going to take a chance and bag my boots for winter. I've used obenauf's LP recent, given the rain/snow (in April!).

    Anything I should do besides a brush? Should I condition and possibly put some polish on? Not sure how it will take given the beeswax from the obenauf's.

    Anyway, suggestions appreciated.
     
  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    If you mean a plastic bag...I am assuming not...don't do it.
     
  10. leetpuma

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    Over time will the color fade?

    What is known good suede recolorer that has an lighter brown? (since saphir does not have one in light brown)
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know...depends on the dye--some are more colour-fast than others. Depends on your maintenance. Depends on on the quality of the tannage to some extent, as well. If you leave them sitting in the sun, yes, they'll probably fade. Otherwise...maybe not so you'd notice.

    Frankly, I'm a little surprised (not sure why) that a suede conditioner would be tinted, so I really can't help you in your search for another product.
     
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    PCK1 has one view on what to do with new shoes - put shoe trees in them and leave them alone. I seem to remember views on this thread, from a while ago, suggesting conditioning them out of the box. Can anyone else offer views on this? Yours faithfully, Munky.
     
  13. leetpuma

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    No worries thanks for the help.

    The tannery the leather from is F.stead (same as alden). They seem to be well known for suede.

    I guess just get clear conditioner for now. Thanks for the input!
     
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    No I mean shoe bags it came with. But just a brush? Or also condition:polish then bag?
     
  15. leetpuma

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    I thought you gents might be able to help me understand why I am so bad at shining shoes.

    Using this wax:
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF652_1_40000000001_-1

    I usually end up with results that look like:

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    (I acutally did a couple extra coats. So it would show better in a camera. I usually give up before this point.)

    I generally do 2-3min wax and then 1min water an repeat.

    Any ideas what I am doing wrong? Too much pressure? Too much wax? To little time between intervals?

    (Disclamier this shoes have had Obenof's LP on them about a year ago. I stopped using that and now just just regular Lexol. The tackyness of the LP is gone)
     
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