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

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

  1. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    The shoes that I was referring to are calf leather. They do seem to be benefit from brushing rather than regular polishing.

    It strikes me that shoe product makers certainly have a vested interest in promoting the idea that we should spend most of our lives polishing shoes.

    I have lots of jars and tins of creams, waxes and conditioners, as I imagine many people on this thread have. I'm finding, though, that the most useful products are my horsehair shoe brushes.
     
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  2. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Different types of calf leather needs different type of care, as I indicated above.
     


  3. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I can't elaborate any further, Chogall. My two pairs of calf leather shoes are Loake's 1880s and they are described as 'calf leather'. [​IMG] They do seem to benefit from less polishing and more brushing. They aren't corrected grain.
     
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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Calf, is calf. Chogall is talking about how the calf is finished.
     


  5. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    sorry, mistake.
     
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    I personally have found no value in this and use the same brush for reno/cream/polish in black/brown/whatever other shade. I wouldn't mind a bit of mixing if it did take place but don't think that any actually occurs.
     


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    Sorry to thread jack but who makes these lovely shoes?

    I tried scanning for an answer with no luck.
     


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    I have one brush that I use for all color shoes...and I find that over time it gives the shoe an interesting patina that is truly unique only to my shoes...

    I use this same brush to brush my shoes after I remove them from my feet at the end of the day.
     


  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Looks Vass to me. Cordovan. New Peter?
     
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    Beach Bum Senior member

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    Am I the only one that thinks those shined shoes look hideous? Both the shoe and the shine.
     


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    How about St. Crispin - the leather looks bit dry in some pics
     


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    Yep, those are beautiful. BTW, acting like a jerk is looked down upon until you reach 5k+ posts.
     


  14. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Depends on the leather, if its FUN, CRU, or VNA. But the general rule is if the leather has no top coat, it will appear to be more dry.

    Easiest way to tell if leather is finished is by dripping water on the shoes; if the water was absorbed into the leather and caused color to darken, then it has little or no top coat. Otherwise its finished with a top coat.
     


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    Is it necessary to use both lexol and saphir cordovan cream on the shells?
     


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