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

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

  1. thefastlife

    thefastlife Senior member

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    about to grab my first pair of shell from a very generous member here.

    thoughts on the condition and what i can/should do to them (besides wear)?

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  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Neutral won't hurt anything...for the most part the only difference between neutral polish and coloured polish is the presence of some sort of dye. If you don't need to cover or darken, why not?
     
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  3. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thank you; that's very helpful.
     
  4. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    Send it straight to B Nelson or maybe learn to sew it yourself. Then remove old polish, condition the shell, brush the hell on, and wear 'em good.
     
  5. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    I'd like to see if long run use of neutral on colored leather would produce a sort of nice "antiqued" effect over time, especially over scuffs and discolored spots.
     
  6. aglose

    aglose Senior member

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    So when the captoe of a shoe creases (just on the toe side of the stitching) that means the shoe is too long right?
     
  7. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    The stitching on the cap is just for decoration, it has nothing to do with the structure of the shoe. And the toe puff (unless it's broken) won't bend. What might happen if they're too long is that the leather will roll over your toes and rub the tops of them when you walk.

    If the creasing is happening inside the toe cap area and you don't like it, the more likely explanation is that the cap toe is quite big (I prefer that to very small), but you don't like how it looks when it's been worn. That is all.
     
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    Glad to hear it's not a big deal. The captoe is rather big, but you're right I do prefer that to it being small.
     
  9. traverscao

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    @patrickBOOTH , for your request. Sorry it took so long.

    Grease ball shell that came out so pretty under natural lighting:
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    They only look good in natural lighting. Tomorrow's their turn in the rotation.

    And, as you said once before, it takes a fine line to really work the magic. I also find burnishing the grease with the narrow bone from Abbeyhorn give the surface a much smoother finish. Friction is also another important factor.

    Enjoy and rant per necessary.
     
  10. mogili222

    mogili222 Senior member

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    Could somebody point me to where I can get some VSC. I have looked at the 32 oz tin. Fore Supply Co, has it for $19.99 but the shipping is $16.96. Amazon has it for $42 including shipping. Was hoping to find someplace that might be a little less expensive..
     
  11. BootSpell

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    I got my 32oz tin from Most Shoe Stuff. They have it for $19.75. Not sure what they charge for shipping (free after $75).

    http://www.mostshoestuff.com
     
  12. mogili222

    mogili222 Senior member

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    @BootSpell Thank you. with shipping ($10) it is certainly the best price...
     
  13. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why do you want the stuff? It is horrible.
     
  14. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    Pat, apparently people are still unaware of VSC's contents and effects.
     
  15. phototristan

    phototristan Senior member

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    You can also get it on Amazon here (same exact stuff):

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...inkCode=as2&tag=tt-20&linkId=SGCAJJQ34Y3DLVQW
     
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  16. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    What, specifically, are bench-made shoes? Presumably almost all shoes are made on a bench, so what does this term denote?
     
  17. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    Mechanized processes instead of more hand works, I believe.
     
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    Yes: benchmade is a meaningless, unregulated designation that fancy shoemakers use to refer to lines with less handwork. E.g., machine clicking and closing.
     
  19. DWFII

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    Benchmade is indeed a loose reference to a process that involves more hand work than machine work. But it's kind of like "faux leather," or "bullhide," or...perhaps more appropriately..."traditionally (GY) welted." Ultimately, it's meant to deceive.

    Only in the age of marketing has such ambiguity become accepted. Shoemakers have always had a very specific lexicon that brooked no fuzziness.

    That said, we do refer to knowledge or information that is "straight from the bench" to distinguish it from "read it in a book" (or on the Internet), or heard it from a guy who heard it from a guy. It's a reference to real-time, hands-on, wax under the fingernails, objective experience.
     
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  20. traverscao

    traverscao Senior member

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    Most of what they called "hand grade" doesn't sound so appealing to me either.

    St. C and GG would be a totally different story.
     

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