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

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

  1. benhour

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    Berners pls can you and your mate stop shit storming this thread?

    You find usefull to "steal" a photo of GG from tumblr and ask a question for pair you dont own and with no possibilities to obdane? + trolling all the way from start, DrMartens really?
     
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    Leaving it on the poor bloody fish would have been the best way to look after it rather than the atrocious monstrosity that the skin leant itself to frankly.
     
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    Any ideas how I could create this kind of patina on a plain brown loafer? Is it possible to create with 2 shades of Saphir cream, or would I need proper leather dye?

    [​IMG]
     
  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I have no idea how that particular shoe was done but I've achieved similar results with an airbrush and acrylic dye. A technique that comes straight from the factory.
     
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    Stripping them and using leather dye is the proper way to do it, but it depends on the finish already on them and your patience with the process and risk tolerance (possibly screwing up your shoes). In general shoe polished will change the color of your shoes, but it happens slowly over time. If you try to just glob a bunch of polish on at once they will be resistant to shine and an utter mess.
     
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    DWFII - I know it's not really the right forum but as you're about at the moment, can I pick your brain please and thank you.
    Thinking only of Oxfords and thinking of costing less than £1000, which in your opinion is the best investment (construction and quality wise) between, Edward Green, George Cleverley or Gaziano and Girling
     
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    Berners15 Senior member

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    Quite true, very difficult to change the colour of a shoe overly much with just polish.
     
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    My guess is he is going to say they are all probably about the same being that they are all goodyear welted.

    At this price point I would suggest the "best" is what fits you the best.
     
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    I have an EG Inverness, and it's a beautiful wingtip balmoral that I like a lot. But I wouldn't buy it if you're looking for a "first pair" of dress shoes. The EG Chelsea, as a black captoe balmoral, is a better "first pair" with navy/charcoal suits (at least between the two options you listed).
     
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    Every man should have at least one black captoe oxford and the EG Chelsea is a great solid choice. For brown I would recommend taking a look at the EG Asquith. The EG Inverness in burgundy makes a great burgundy faux wingtip.
     
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    Dark oak Berkeley or Canterbury trump Asquith in my opinion. Simplicity and no broguing on the toe keeps everything clean and formal.
     
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    That is kind of what I'd figured by experience and reading blogs - I have a fondness for G&G styles on MH71 - but much respect for GC and EG - just wondered as he pulls them apart if I should lean in one direction or the other.
     
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    Berners15 Senior member

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    I agree, but have you looked at Asquith on an 888 last yet - Perhaps my favourite EG's
     
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    the easy way (if the starting color is tan or light brown) is adding dark brown wax (not paste polish) at the areas you want or see at the photo! then buff with a brush! if the result is what you want stick to it else add some more wax and buff again !! with this way the transaction from color to color ll be smoother and it ll give more depth at the color!
    this is the best way to go but if you havent a basic experience of using an airbrush it ll probably end like a mess ! (airbrush (especially the gravity feeded) tend to spit the color that trapped at the tip of the needle of the airbrush , a suction feeded one for this cause would be a better choice ))

    summery of both ways! i have made a post with a pair i changed color and antiqued in the shoe damage thread! always happy to help! [​IMG]
     
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    pB, Well, you make a very good point but not one that would have come immediately to mind--however, it's always there in the background, aye?

    My response is that I simply don't disparage or recommend one brand or one maker or even one manufacturer over another.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it...or trying to.
     
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  18. Berners15

    Berners15 Senior member

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    No real difference in quality under the shiny wrappers then?
     
  19. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Wasn't this post addressed to you?

    I thought it spoke to the issue pretty well.

    edited for punctuation and clarity
     
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    I guess so really - didn't know if there was any other considerations - but guess not
     

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