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

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

  1. treipok

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    Someone sells Crockett and Jones shoe trees in a uk7??id be interested in buying CJ shoe trees uk7 thanks
     
  2. jungleroller

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    For what it's worth I have my cobbler put on rubber vibram soles on all my shoes. I dislike the heel taps as I slide on them and I think it puts an unnecesary arch on the sole and was giving me bowing issues around the topline. They aren't loved by many purists but for me $20 every year or two beats a full resole and the added traction is a plus.

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    The black marks are still there. I'm going to try to remove them with renomat. It's on order.

    I was also surprised that the wax had this effect. I first mixed cognac and mid-brown cream to polish the entire upper. That resulted in a nice shine with no discoloration. I wanted a higher gloss on the toe, so I very lightly applied 2 coats of mid-brown wax. When I buffed after the 2nd coat, the black marks immediately appeared.

    If I were to do it again, I would only apply cognac cream or neutral cream and wax.
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    1. Condition them with bick4 or some other conditioner. Not renovateur or any cleaner/conditioner.

    2. Just polish and wear them.
     
  5. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    I don't want any nails penetrating the insole. And I want the heels to last as long as possible. When should I get a heel replacement done? When the top lift has worn down? Or when the 2nd lift is worn down?
     
  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    The wise course is to never, ever allow the heel to wear down into the second level. That means keeping a weather eye on your heels and replacing them before they wear past the toplift.
     
  9. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Why?
     
  10. chewbocka

    chewbocka Well-Known Member

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    Recently picked up some Alden ravello chukkas but they arrived with a black line on the vamp. Just curious is this the natural hide or is it a fixed scratch?

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  11. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Natural scratch. Vamp could have been cut to avoid it or at least put it down near the welt line where it wouldn't have been seen.
     
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    This is a good answer.....but I'd say 95%.

    Although, aesthetics is sort of the main goal of most shoe care products....to make your shoes look better.
     
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    So using something like Lexol conditioner does nothing for the leather?
     
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    It does something, but I wouldn't call it optimal.
     
  15. chewbocka

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    Thanks! Over time I'm assuming it will just look the same. Is the black something they use to fix the scratch?
     

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