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

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

  1. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I would also apply a coat or two of wax to the whole shoe.
     


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    From what I've gathered on reading this thread and other related threads, it seems that cream polish isn't necessary unless there are scuffs that you need to fill in.
     


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    Other than shine, what are the benefits of putting wax over the whole shoe?
     


  4. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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    cream polish is needed for dying and antiquing if you're in that sorta thang

     


  5. Rambo

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    Do you guys who use toothbrushes for your polish use a different brush for each color?

    Ok, so the Saphir polish is finally on the boots and it producing wonderful results. REALLY works well with the Chromeexcel. Gives it a nice little shine too (sweat and arm pain not included). But that mahogany color is insidious! Shit got everywhere. Any good recommendations for getting it off edging and stitching? Or clothing? :plain:
     


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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    a bit of water resistance....
     


  7. Gerry

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    I would not use a colored cream on those shoes unless you want to change/alter the color. Colored creams will change the color of the shoes to the color of the cream. If you must use a cream I would suggest neutral.
     


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    Sorry guys my post above was in reply to this posting.
     


  9. razl

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    Question: I think I've come to the conclusion that I've over polished and/or just not done a great job with my layers on my Lindricks (shell) and I want to reset to start over.

    What's the best way to strip off my botched wax attempts and get back to a reasonable starting point?
     


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    Gdot Senior member

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    Lexol makes a good cleaner. Saphir makes a good saddle soap. You can set a hair dryer on low and gently warm the polish and rub it off (with a good bit of work).

    Shell shouldn't need much polish in general should it?
     
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  11. bourbonbasted

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    If any. I thought the charm of shell was that it's low maintenance/that a regular polishing routine for shell is generally discouraged...
     
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  12. Winston S.

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    If you lightly scuff your shoe it also scuffs the wax layer rather than the leather.
     


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    putting wax on the welt helps to nourish the waxed thread. a pretty important part of precondition a shelved shoes before breaking it in.
     


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    Exactly why my newly refined shining skills coupled with "get a great shine on everything!" seems to have went horribly wrong on my Lindrick's and Marlow's. If I only knew then what I know now...

    However (and as noted earlier in the thread with others who were complaining about the same thing) my Alden shell boots take a good, deep shine -fantastically-. I'm thinking the Lindrick's and Marlow's need a different - lighter - strategy.
     
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    I actually have both, I just didn't realize that was all that was needed.

    Cool, good tip.

    Ignorant follow up question - how do I know when I've gotten it all off? Or is it just that, generally,a good scrub with saddle soap is enough?
     


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