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

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

  1. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    Couldn't disagree more.

    This whole thread is such a sea of bullshit.

    It would be nice to consolidate all of the information. If people post as I have requested then I will consolidate it all into one post/thread.

    Then, when people come in the future and start asking..we point them to that information...as opposed to creating another 20 pages of bullshit where nobody gains anything.
     


  2. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    slighly off-topic...(and definitely not to start a debate on which is better)

    Bespoke: $3000
    Worn: 480 times (12x2x20)

    3000/480 = $6.25

    I'm not even sure if that's how much a top shoemaker would charge for bespoke shoes, but assuming $3000 to be the rough ball park, we're looking at $6.25 per wear.

    In comparison to a pair of typical AE shoes (PA, FA, Strand etc...), we're looking at 45cents per wear, assuming no resoles for both shoes.

    Of course, looking baller counts for something also!
     


  3. PCK1

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    Except bespoke is more like $5000...
     


  4. sstomcat

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    Is price the only consideration?
    I think Bespoke with AE is more apples to oranges...
     


  5. sstomcat

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    Depends on the brand. For Lobb etc probably it is but not universally true.
     


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  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    The real issue here is twofold. If you come here looking for help, then the info is here and mostly pretty consistent.

    If you come here looking to help, you have to be prepared to regard every post as someone learning and asking for the first time.

    And then there's the insanity clause...if you come here looking to have your own view ratified then inevitably you're never gonna hear what you're hoping to hear. So...you know what the definition of insanity is, don't you?

    The definition of insanity is asking the same question (or doing the same thing) over and over again, expecting a different result.
     


  8. PCK1

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    I will just conduct the experiments on my own as nobody seems willing to help and because this thread is such a vast sea of unintelligible nonsense that nothing can be gleamed from it anyhow.
     
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  9. Munky

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    PCK1,

    DWF knows what he is talking about - as a shoemaker- and sums up the situation very well. Patrick Booth also knows that you are asking a lot from regular visitors to this thread. It is probably not reasonable to ask people to sum up their experiences of various products with a range of questions. You can learn huge amounts from these two people, alone.

    I am a comparative novice, having contributed to this site for about two years. Before I did, I read through all the postings on the site. This is an important starting point. Don't be put off by people questioning what you are asking of them. Don't disappear from the thread. You can learn huge amounts about shoes and their care just by reading what comes up.
     


  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We are willing to help, we have helped and it is in this thread. I even narrowed it down for you, the last few months. If it is such a sea of bullshit then why are you asking the same people who have the knowledge to answer your questions? Just do a little leg work, the consistent contributors of this thread did all of the hard work by experimenting for you so don't come in here acting all entitled.

    IIRC, you were the one coming in here posting something along the lines of "too much shoe care makes shoes wear faster, just brush them and polish every once in a while." I thought you had it all figured out based on your experience? :confused:
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The only thing that worries me about this approach is how shoe care is a continuum. For my experience I have used different products over long periods of time and changing my opinion about them through time after they have been used. So there is never going to be a definitive shoe care guide. I think that is what is, actually great about the thread is it shows people's opinions and experiences through time. Still, though I think a lot of us have individual preferences for products, regardless of "new product hype".

    All in all, I hate all shoe care products. They all suck.
     


  12. Chanklebury

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    In all honesty this is probably your best course of action. Who needs others opinion when you can reach your own. I think you have a reasonable proposal and I'd be interested in your verdicts when the time comes.

    Now, personally, I like WS Robson's Beeswax and Carnauba Leather Polish from Chain Bridge Honey Farm in Northumberland, and Chelsea Leather Food. Anything else is largely superfluous.

    Oh, in response to the earlier post enquiring about applying Saphir Renovateur, I use my fingers. I don't like the pervasive smell and doubt I'll buy Saphir again.
     


  13. sstomcat

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    So why use any?
     


  14. sstomcat

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    C'mon you owe us at least an explanation, few pages back you were all gaga about how good GK products are ..and before that Reno, Lexol and what not..
    You seem to be contradicting yourself how come?
     


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    Almost all of my shoes are tan. I am trying to rationalise my shoe cleaning procedures. I am in the process of buying a pair of burgundy shoes. Would it be reasonably to use only neutral cream on them or should I buy a burgundy cream?

    For my tan shoes I have two horsehair brushes: one to clean and buff them before I go out and one to buff them after putting cream or wax on them. If I did buy a burgundy cream, would it be a necessary to buy another pair of brushes?
     


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