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

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

  1. space grey

    space grey Member

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    Yeah I think this Leather Master stuff is mostly water with a touch of a mild soap like baby shampoo. When using it, is it alright to use a damp cloth even if it means a little water soaks into the leather (to the point where it darkens temporarily)? I assume doing this every once in awhile isn't going to screw up the leather as long as I use cream / renovator as appropriate.
     
  2. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    So my cobbler decided to paint over the sides of my leather soles with a brown finish when they were initially black. I tried using a sole edge dressing to re-paint it black, but it the black ink doesn't stay on the shoe for long with brown paint resurfacing after a few wears.

    Is there any way to strip out the thick layer of brown paint, so I can actually paint it black with the sole edge dressing again?

    This is what I'm using:

    http://www.amazon.com/Kiwi-Heel-Edg...d=1397219945&sr=8-1&keywords=kiwi+sole+polish
     
  3. ellsbebc

    ellsbebc Senior member

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    Sand it down to remove the brown edge dressing. Reapply the edge dressing of your choice.
     
  4. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Quote:Thanks for the advice, but can you elaborate a little on this "sanding" technique. Does this require some sort of equipment and is this an arduous task?
     
  5. Kelvin Chin

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    When should I start shoe care if wearing from May on alternate days for work? Which items to use for very basic maintenance? -In Singapore
     
  6. chogall

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    200+ grit sandpaper. Quick and easy.
     
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  8. JezeC

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    Maybe I portrayed my message the wrong way, but I didn't want to purchase an expensive equipmpent for sanding purposes. I'm in no way, shape or form, affluent....
     
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    Us peasants buy sand paper at Home Depot with our lunch money. Some even saved a whole months lunch money for a dremel.
     
  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  11. pwhinson

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    I purchased a pair of Rider boots second hand and there is some creasing on these boots however with most of my shell I don't get creasing per se; rather as they break in and stretch a bit I get the typical smooth "rolls" typical of shell. In this case there is some surface texture that no matter how vigorously brush, I can't seem to get rid of. I'm reluctant to strip them with renomat (I have some on hand but I've never used it on Cordovan). Any ideas how to get rid of this surface texture which otherwise mars a very nice pair of boots?

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  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As I am the one who sold them to you I will say there is very little of anything on the vamp of those boots in terms of wax. Renomat will just strip dyes at this point.

    If you are used to Alden shell, they put a coating on them, which give it that more shellacked surface. FWIW, I don't put a lot of product on the vamp of any of my shoes, so your answer might lie in putting some creams and waxes on it. Also, shell has, naturally, a lot of surface variations, and color variations. It is just inherent in the hide. Here's a pair of my shell saint crispins where you can see the color/texture variation in the creases:

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  13. pwhinson

    pwhinson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Patrick - I'm perfectly happy with the boots otherwise. I didn't want to "out" you as the source of the boots but I'm glad to know that this isn't a bit of excess polish mucking up the surface of the shell. I'm used to the gray color variation particularly on black shell and my concern was more the surface texture. I will say vigorously brushing the vamp did make this condition far better so perhaps with wear and repeated brushing the surface texture will get polished out a bit. When I received them I applied Saphir cordovan creme, otherwise I've not dressed them in any way.
     
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    Cordovan cream seems to be a good product. I know it has neatsfoot oil in it, so maybe the absorption of that will help. Perhaps wax polish as well.
     
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    yes and then let them dry naturally, no heat.
     

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