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**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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    Of course, but the thing that makes the most difference...in my opinion...is keeping them clean.

    That, and keeping them clean.
     
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    Zapasman Senior member

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    On my side the Shoe Care DILEMMA is now over; to keep your shoes clean and handle a specific product for a specific incident/need on your shoe. Once in a while a deep wash if necessary. Less is more. Simple.

    Mil gracias.
    PD.-Definitely I will spend much more money on good brushes than in other products from now on.
     
  3. Munky

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    I don't really know about this, DW; it was nearly 50 years ago. Thinking about it, I would imagine that it was easier to 'control' the spatula along edges. It was never used on anything except straight edges. Or perhaps it was a method, handed down, which allowed people to say 'we have always used one of these' ! I would worry that using a spoon might not produce the razor sharp edge of leather, card and paper.

    What do you use the one on your bench, for, DW?
     
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    Munky Senior member

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    Ozzy, the spatula was much bigger than the one from APOS. More the size of a tongue depressor, used by doctors. I would imagine that using the APOS one would be tiring as an all-day tool. It might not have be able to cope with larger sizes of leather, card or paper. Even making sharp edges in paper requires a bit of leverage.
     
  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Anything and everything.

    At my bench, I have about 20 hammers and a like amount of lasting pincers and awls, etc.. I don't have 20 hands, naturally. So why do I have them? Aside from collecting old tools, each has some aspect to recommend it over all the others. Yes, I have my favourites but I find myself reaching for one tool or the other...all of them...on a regular basis. and yes, I could probably get by with a quarter of any of those tools, without the work suffering.

    I have six bones that I made myself, several hardwood rub sticks and a dozen or so metal tools that have polished faces. I use them all but I prefer the bone tools above all the others.

    I don't think the metal tools...polished to a mirror shine...are as warm or, really, as smooth as the bone. I know that probably doesn't make sense to some but...well, you'd have to be there.

    Anywhere I need to chase pipes and wrinkles I use the bone. Anywhere I need to burnish leather, I use the bone. But oddly enough, if I'm folding leather I use all of them interchangeably....depending on the application.
     
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    I met this girl who custom hand makes and binds books. She finds NOS paper and leather and makes some beautiful bespoke journals, diaries, custom albums and anything. She was telling me all about it and it was incredibly interesting. She got into it by using scraps of leather her father would have laying around as he was a leather upholstery restorer. Sounds very Dickensian I know, but it was fun to hear people out there still being creative and coming from a creative family. She was telling me about the guy who taught her to do bookbinding she said after painstakingly doing one book she felt so accomplished and her instructor, said, "Good, now throw it on that pile over there." The pile was just a pile of scrap, or "garbage". She said, "Why? I want to keep it." He said, "Not until it is perfect, now start again." I got a very DW impression from the sound of her teacher! Oh and just to add, she was super hot.
     
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  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Forgive me, but there's another thread....

    I'm kind of flattered to be associated with that perspective (maybe I shouldn't be?) but...and it's probably self-evident...it's all about context. The book only goes in the scrap heap if you're interested in learning something from someone. And the recommendation to throw it in the heap can only come from someone who knows you can do better.
     
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    Maybe he was just feeling off of sorts due to the hotness of this girl!
     
  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    :fonz:

    I have my share... you tend to draw them when you're perceived as "safe." That said, I'm not to old to appreciate them.
     
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    :cheers:
     
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    You are a couple of randy old goats. That's not to be taken as a criticism. May as well think about your bone, even if you have forgotten how to use it. [​IMG]
     
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  12. DWFII

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    I don't know, I'm constantly polishing mine.
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Wait! What are we talking about?

    :tinfoil:
     
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    Book binding leather, CG, and spatula on them (?)

    BTW, DW, another question for waxed calf - can the burnishing process be done with a burnishing wax? Or must it be the wall paste you told me?
     
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    AFAIK, at least for the Traditional recipe, it requires the sizing.
     
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    Sizing?
     
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    Can anyone comment on this phenomenon?

    I was cleaning and conditioning two pairs of shell boots (AE Dalton and Alden Indy). I did the following:

    1) Wipe with damp microfiber
    2) Apply VSC or Lexol (more on this below)
    3) Apply Lexol or VSC
    4) Let air dry

    In the case where I applied VSC first, let dry, then applied Lexol, the shell maintained a decent gloss and looked fantastic.

    In the case where I applied Lexol first, then VSC, the shell remained dull. In this case, the shell was dull after the first Lexol coat, yet remained dull after VSC was applied.

    Any idea what's going on? Should I just order a deer bone and rub that oil all over the dull pair?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  19. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Wallpaper paste, wheat starch paste, something like that.
     
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    Don't use VSC. Just replace that with any kind of polish be it Saphir, or Glenkaren or whatever.
     

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