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

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

  1. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Would you propose applying conditioner such as lexol after?
     


  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    At the risk of bringing the creak back. :)
     


  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Just keep an eye on it and yes, apply Bick4 or Lexol ever infrequent now and again.

    As pB said, the creak may come back but after the conditioner is fully absorbed you can always apply more talc.
     
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  4. ShawnBC

    ShawnBC Senior member

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    At the risk of sounding defeating, I don't think this hypodermic needle full of talc idea would work. At least, not unless talc is heavily diluted in a liquid solution (if talc : liquid ratio is too concentrated, the solution wouldn't even go through the needle, even the 18G). And I bet you wouldn't want to inject liquid in between the in and outsole.
     


  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Like I said, I never tried it. But I don't doubt you're correct. I wondered if the talc wouldn't compact and block the needle tight.

    Bright ideas...:tinfoil:
     
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  6. Itsuo

    Itsuo Senior member

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    Speaking of talc... I just switched from my winter wool dress socks to my cotton ones and I noticed considerable audible friction between the sock and shoe. (Seriously?) I've tried to tighten the shoes down to reduce movement/friction but that was uncomfortable.

    I meant to ask if some kind of foot powder might alleviate this? I noticed it in my Alfred Sargents and GGs. Or maybe fabric softener with the socks?
     
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  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have also noticed this, especially with any socks that have like a nylon blend. They are very slick inside the shoe. It doesn't bother me enough to do anything about it though as it is more of a feeling than an audible sound.
     


  8. partyof6

    partyof6 Senior member

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    I used Saphir mid-brown wax polish on the toes of my Vass antique cognac austerity brogues. The wax left a black spot on the side edge of the toe on each shoe...not uniform at all. It is much too blackened for my liking.

    Can I remove the dark spots with Renomat, or will that harm the Italian polish that Vass puts on the shoe?
     


  9. Dagon

    Dagon Active Member

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    Hi, I have a question for you shoe experts.


    I use Saphir Renovateur / Allen Edmonds Cleaner Conditioner on my dress shoes, and follow that up with 1-2 layers of wax over the whole upper as my polish routine.

    Will that moisturize and protect my shoes enough? I apply every 3 weeks or so, and am not interested in colored shoe creams as I want them to naturally antique.



    I've Attached photos of Carminas, using this routine, yet the leather hasn't seemed to fare well (especially the right one)

    The shoes could also be made of poor leather, the slighest touch makes spider web like creases appear.



    Will the wax damage my shoes over time, and is the cleaner/conditioner not enough to keep the shoes conditioned?




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    Your assistance would be much appreciated.
     
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  10. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Just wanted to say thanks again for that tip. Wearing my Butteros now and no squeaks!
     


  11. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    @Dagon, your routine is more than enough for shoe care, I can't tell what's wrong with the leather
     


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    "Spider web like" creases suggest that the wax may be cracking. How heavily do you apply it?
     


  13. Dagon

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    The leather has always creased like that from day one, I think it's sub-par leather.

    if you were to press any part of the shoe, you'd get spider-web like creases around that point.

    I apply two coats thinly, and brush/buff the heck out of it.


    Thank you for your responses gentlemen.
     


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    Munky Senior member

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    Not many 'gentlemen' on this site, Dagon! [​IMG]
     


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    Please go easy, if you want to bring up a good lustre/shine. Too much vigorous brushing may move the wax more than required and cause some blemish. I find finishing with a damp old cotton T shirt cut away is enuff.
     


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