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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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    I lick the back of my hand and dab the rag covered finger on it. Sometimes I just breathe heavy on the toe of the shoe...think of Caitriona Balfe, if you need a little help.
     
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  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yep, the breathe technique works great to just renew a shine.
     
  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Well, once upon a time it was said that a pair of shoes could be made with a knife, a hammer and a fork. Presumably said shoes could be also repaired with the same tools. But I suspect you'd need far more skills honed to a greater degree to repair a modern shoe with basic tools than you would with modern equipment.
     
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    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    DW,

    I suspected as much. Takes a lot of skill to make something look simple.
    I will control my cheap impulses and use the reliable B Nelson.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Yellowevo84

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    Congratulations on your shoes. What you want is to get a protective spray that will protect it from the elements. saphir has one called super invulner which I find works pretty good but there are others on the market. The brush that came with your kit is used to clean the suede. Get into the habbit of brushing your shoes after you wear them to keep them from building up dirt over long periods. Suede lasts a long time if you take care of from the beginning.
     
  6. Josh Savage

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    Is it possible to over-brush them? Would they ever rub smooth after too much brushing?
     
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    If it's the kit I'm thinking of its the one made by kiwi which is a fairly soft suede brush so you really won't do damage with it. Sometimes you want to put a little elbow grease into just to get the dirt out from under the nap but that's only if the sided gets very dirty. The only time you could really wear down the suede would be from years of use, poor maintence or sanding down the suede with sand paper.
     
  8. Josh Savage

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    It is labeled "Allen Edmonds" but could be made by Kiwi. It came with what the salesperson called an "eraser" and a little brush. I'm assuming that the eraser is for stains?
     
  9. Yellowevo84

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    Yes the eraser is used for more stubborn dirt stains that won't come out with normal brushing. Down the rd you also might want to invest in a suede shampoo to give them a deep clean. You won't need it for a while but you did ask what you needed.
     
  10. Josh Savage

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    Thanks a lot for the recommendations. You were a big help.
     
  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Dude, you gotta breath in less of that shit.

    Solvent from Petroleum products is weak acid whereas soap is usually basic...
     
  12. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Saving this for later.
     
  13. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    You can agitate and lather up pure water and spit as well, but that does not make them soap.
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    oh ya, and small electronic screwdrivers or watchmaking/repairing tools are great at cleaning brogue holes... they aint any bigger than shoemaking tools...

    always easier and faster to scrap off caked wax at leather edges/brogue holes than using renomat, degreasers, or dye preparers.
     
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    Since when does water "lather"? Spit has enzymes, so why not letting them sit so they eat the leather to the flesh side? I said Renomat can work like a soap, but I never called it a true soap.

    If you want, go ahead and poke your shoes till they penetrate your toes and walk that bloody feet home just for fun. Waxes shouldn't even be caked on in the first place.
     
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  16. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    It can lather and bubble up as good as petroleum distillate. Not sure if your spit is that poisonous. By your logic water can work like a soap as well, it cleans shit!

    From the sound of it you are probably not that familiar with hand tools. Or maybe you are capable of punching a hole through your heat-form plastic toe stiffener using a paper clip.
     
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    Oh great. So now petroleum distillates can lather up too... and spits are "poisonous"... and water cleans off shits...

    I just got enlighted...

    ON HOW MUCH TIME I WASTED ARGUING WITH AN ASS HAT!
     
  18. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Wash your hands too next time while you inhale lathered Renomat soaps for higher purity and less grit.
     
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    I just put on a pair of nitrile or latex exam gloves and apply it all by hand. I do everything by hand and then just use the brush at the end. Using less polish is better so you don't clog the broguing
     
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    If you need to get a resole and want a really high quality one, you can even contact Perry Ercolino the bespoke shoe maker in Doylestown Pennsylvania. He can resole it however you want and has a variety of leather soles that he can use including both Rendenbach and Baker. He can machine or hand stitch it and include any other refurbishing details that you need as well.

    You just have to contact him for pricing because it depends on what details you want done but a standard full resole with Rendenbach or bakers was less than b Nelson last I checked.

    He is a great man to work with and has great pride in his work.
     
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