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

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

  1. NickInTO

    NickInTO Senior member

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    A bit of a different question - I searched the thread and didn't see an answer.

    I like riding my bike to work in the spring/summer. Would wearing a pair of galoshes or something protect the soles of my shoes, or would I still crease, or otherwise damage, the uppers? I feel like I know the answer - that I would be better off carrying my shoes in a bag and changing when I get to work.

    Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. goodlensboy

    goodlensboy Senior member

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    Thanks, that's easy to test! Dunno what FUN and VNA mean... any link where the terms are explained
     
  3. patrickBOOTH

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    No, just cordovan cream should be fine.

    It is Saint Crispin's terminology for the types of leather they use. FUN is a crust calf that is softer, a bit grainier, and naturally a bit shinier. VNA is a calf that comes dyed from the tannery, it is a harder calf, very deep in color and shines up very glossy. CRU is a calf that is in between in hardness of FUN and VNA a crust leather like FUN but not as naturally shiney looking as FUN. It will look somewhat more matte in areas that don't get a high wax shine.

    I agree with chogall. People confuse a leather being dry with what it looks like and that's not necessarily true. People generally see a shiny shoe and think it's hydrated, well, no it just means there's wax on it. To repeat what chogall said, it depends on the topcoat.
     
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  4. hayaoyamaneko

    hayaoyamaneko Senior member

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    I know next to nothing about shoe care. Picked these up from someone else - are they in rough shape? How can I bring them back to life?


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  5. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    they're in pretty rough shape...looks like shoe trees were never used

    creasing is pretty bad...especially in places where it shouldn't be

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    put shoe trees in them...brush really thoroughly with a horsehair brush...and give them a good polishing with some dark brown wax paste...

    not sure there is much more that can be done for them...

    creasing won't improve...
     
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  6. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    Deer bone and some colored Cordo-creams arrived today. Taking shoecare to another level here.

    I'm sold on the bone. It's a miracle device.
     
  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Argentino, stick to stomp boxes.
     
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    El Argentino Senior member

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    The deer bone is to cordovan as Big Muff is to classic rock.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The deer bone to cordovan is what snake oil is to cancer
     
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    cheap is expensive or expensive is cheap. Should never have bought this junk.
     
  11. benhour

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    hi to all friends here again!! i am really happy i am back in this forum!!!
    here some pictures of some of my pairs( about 1 year old) and the brown wingtip was shocked in wet 2 times so i had to redone shinning and some of the finish!!
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    all comments are more than welcome
     
  12. goodlensboy

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    Many thanks, that's good information
     
  13. goodlensboy

    goodlensboy Senior member

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    Wow looking very nice, Berluti I guess? Looks new
     
  14. Munky

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    Hello Benhour!
    Welcome back! I was wondering where you were. Beautiful shoes, too!
     
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    Do you guys generally leave your shoes on a shoe rack or what not, or in the cloth bags? Does it matter?
     

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