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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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    If you are using so much conditioner that it piles up in the broguing, it's too much. Think of putting hand lotion on your hands...if you come away with greasy hands you've used too much. Similarly, only enough conditioner should be used that it all soaks into the leather. A light film in other words.

    Same with the cream or the wax polish. Too little is better than too much...although most of the time what you think is hardly any will be more than sufficient..
     


  2. ShawnBC

    ShawnBC Senior member

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    Thank you guys!
     


  3. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    In the past, I have used cotton buds - (I don't know what they are called in other countries, but they are sticks with cotton wool at either end). In my experience, though - as DWF is suggesting,- if the holes get blocked, you are using too much polish or cream.
     
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    Itsuo Senior member

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    I agree with all the other advice, I would also say if you're applying any cream polish with a small dauber brush, it is easier to make sure that it gets into and out of the holes.
     


  5. Beach Bum

    Beach Bum Senior member

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    how long does polish last? Generally speaking. I have saphir and some other products and don't use them more than once every other month.

    Will they last years? I hope so.
     


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    Decades, if the stuff my dad has around is any indication. He doesn't polish his shoes much, if at all.
     


  7. ClassyCanuck

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    Hi all,
    Question.
    Is there any way to remove those dark spots off the right boot?
    I bought these chukkas used a few months back and for the life of me can't get rid of them.
    I've tried a deer bone, I've tried Reno lots of brushing too.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    [​IMG]
     


  8. halfnhalfnhalf

    halfnhalfnhalf Senior member

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    Others in this thread know far more about shoe care than I . . . but to me those shoes are gorgeous and the spots are par for the course for shell.
     


  9. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Are those burgundy dundees?

    Nice rolls.
     


  10. ClassyCanuck

    ClassyCanuck Senior member

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    Alden Chukka Shell #8.
     


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  12. Itsuo

    Itsuo Senior member

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    If you find that the leather looks like an oily leather, then it probably only really needs to be brushed to keep surface dirt off. If you get any scuffs, you can probably just rub them out by pushing down on the leather in the opposite direction of the scuff. If you wanted to be extremely diligent you could pick up one of the items intended for greasy leathers.
     


  13. JezeC

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    Delighted to report that baby power was able to suppress most of the creaking sounds caused by the friction between the tongue and the flaps (derby) of my shoe. I'm not sure how long this effect will last but at least I don't have to force myself to wear this particular pair in my rotation.
     


  14. patrickBOOTH

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    Yeah, I hadn't worm my squeaky Butteros for months. I wore them on Friday and no squeaks.
     


  15. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    It's a good solution if you can access those areas that are creaking. I always thought that if I could get a hypodermic needle full of talc past the stitches and between the outsole and insole, I could suppress creaking in the shoe. Never did try it...never was confronted with need.

    Bear in mind however...talc is drying. It will absorb the conditioners on and near the surface of the leather.
     
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