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

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

  1. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    You should condition the leather with suntan lotion first, otherwise they become too tan. :sarcasm:
     


  2. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    You guys recommend a shoe stretcher? I need to stretch the width out in the area of the pink toe.

    Also, I just got my first pair of dress shoes. Now, given that I'm a massive clutz, and apparently kick everything in sight, I'd like to make these even more bulletproof than my boots. Don't necessarily care about a mirror finish, although that seems cool, just layers of protection. Is Reno then color cream enough or do I need to add in a color wax as well?
     


  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    better use a few layers of wax for surface protection.

    local cobblers should be able to spot stretch for a small fee. or you could get this spot stretcher: http://www.shoecaresupplies.com/Shoe_Boot_Stretchers_p/bunion-stretcher.htm
     
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  4. gettoasty

    gettoasty Senior member

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    Do a lot of guys on here recommend the links/ads here e.g.

    Cedarville Store

    Looking at their simple selection of shoe tree and brush to just clean up my shoes after wear.

    Should I be considering anything more than size small brush:
    http://www.cedarvillestore.com/p-87-allen-edmonds-100-horsehair-brush-small.aspx ?

    I have not ventured into polishing/rehydrating the leather yet, just cleaning the surface after a days wear.
     
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  5. mrvrsick

    mrvrsick New Member

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    Still lurking... Just read the 13 page thread, overwhelmed. At this moment, I'm about 37% convinced that I have to buy some Meltonian cream, and maybe a Saphir product or 5. I will do some more reading, and hopefully my first post won't be a question that was answered on the previous page.
     


  6. coffeecupman

    coffeecupman Well-Known Member

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    I have another question:

    Many of us have got a small collection of "horsebit" loafers, or other styles of shoes that have metals incorporated into the design.

    I haven't yet seen any discussion about what people should do to polish their metal without affecting the leathers, and vice versa.

    I would have thought that brass polish is bad for leather, and that the leather polish materials will make the metal look greasy. How do you protect each from the other's compounds?

    Have you found a particular product that is "the Saphir Medaille D'Or of metal trim?"

    Thanks,

    ccm
     


  7. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Just polish the leather. When you brush buff you'll get enough polish moving around in general to keep the metals in good shape. I've never had a buckle tarnish or oxidize etc. etc.
     


  8. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Here's a pair of Crockett and Jones Drummonds (Benchgrade) with my own 'special finish'.

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    Six coats of cream polish in various colors rubbed in as briskly and deeply as I could. It's a bit hard to photograph but in real life it looks a lot like an Edward Green finish.
     


  9. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Do you have pics of the original?
     


  10. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    They were in a 'typical' fresh out of the box finish from C&J - nice but nothing special.
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  11. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Are these in a color no longer produced for the Drummond? I only see black and tan on the website.
     


  12. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    yes - no longer produced in beechnut.
     
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    These are fantastic.
     


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    you've got talent.
     


  15. Gdot

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    thank you. i guess that artsy fartsy undergraduate degree I took finally paid off. i'm now officially qualified to pick polish colors and shine shoes! :rotflmao:
     


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