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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

    benhour Senior member

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    Looks like more of excess moisture ( mold ) or excessive polish-factory finish that is bubbling on the surface(cause of moisture) !! have you stored them in the bathroom?(especially near a radiator or heater )

    Use a light cleaner (lexol or renovateur ll do the trick) if these are not enough go with renomat! Spoon it down a little -polish-buff and you ll be ready to go
     
  2. manasdirge

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    I have several suede shoes that I love, however after a few months' wear the color seem to fade a little, anyone know how to prevent the fading or re-color it?

    I have Saphirs suede renovateur, used it once and can't really tell if it works.

    any comment is welcome! Thanks!
     
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    Was there drama I missed?
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Fading at the creases is normal. Suede also loses color from suede shampoos.

    Otherwise, use very stiff bristle brush or brass brush to raise the naps. Suede spray helps as well.
     
  5. rbhan12

    rbhan12 Senior member

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    Already posted, check a few pages back.
     
  6. manasdirge

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    Thanks for replying, I am using crepe brushes, and I think suede spray can not be applied too often? the smell is not very pleasant.

    I took care not to stain my shoes and Invulner spray have fended off small drops of water, so far they have never get that dirty to require shampoo washing.
     
  7. chogall

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    Yeah I wouldn't OD on that suede spray. I use once per year; I own more than 20 pairs of shoes tho.

    Brass brush raise the nap better than crepe. Crepe feels more like cleaning/brushing the top layer of suede and brass gets deep into the leather.
     
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  8. Spartcom5

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    Guys is the UGG care kit good for all suede shoes? Looking to protect some Lanvins. Also what would you guys recommend doing for some low top Balenciaga arenas? Should I be using moisturizer on the leather?
     
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  9. Munky

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    Yes, there was a major falling out a month or two ago, that ended in tears.
     
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    I second this minus the Travers bit, I'd also appreciate more from you @Munky.

    I'll try to post more as well.
     
  11. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    No tears, leastwise not that I saw (and I had my hanky ready to offer to anyone who needed it). Just a creeping sense of fatigue.

    I think I can somewhat speak for pB when I wonder what in the world either of us can possibly offer that the e-experts and google gurus can't?

    If every time a person reaches out...generously, esp. in pB's case...to offer advice that is based on a lifetime of real, objective, hands-on experience and they are contradicted and gain-sayed by people whose breadth and depth of knowledge is limited to "visiting shoe factories"...well, it's discouraging, is all I can say. It slowly erodes your faith in humanity and its capacity for rationality and objectivity.

    Who needs it? I already, and long since, raised two teenagers. I did my time.

    That said, I'll always talk to you, Munky...as the song says "just call out my name..."
     
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  12. daveinsweethome

    daveinsweethome Well-Known Member

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  13. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    :cheers:
     
  14. chogall

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    Actually, there was no fall out. Maybe some feelings were hurt when unverified but authoritatively-made claims were proven much exaggerated. Thus some very personal attacks thrown by some. Travers, on the other hand, somehow snapped and flipped randomly on some random posters.

    Objective and rational discussions be damned. First, state your position, counter any opposition with argumentum ad hominem, and in the cases that didnt discourage the opposition, throw your decades of shoemaking experience around subjects, ranging from shoemaking, to orthotics making, all the way to chemistry and material science.

    I asked for verification of pB's claim, that's all.
     
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    How would I care for these shoes? They are the AE "Grid Iron."

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  17. chogall

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    Like all other shoes. Use shoe horns to put them on, use shoe trees after wear, and occasionally condition and wax. Lexol/Bick4, any clear wax or mid brown wax will be fine.
     
  18. shoelover

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    Thanks
     
  19. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    As compared to what? Unsubstantiated blather? That's where you're coming from again and again. You argue with people without even knowing the basics. As I recall, you didn't even know what a "base" was when you started arguing with pB about alkalinity. Never sewn an inseam, English or otherwise, and yet you feel qualified to bloviate about a strictly cosmetic technique making the inseam tighter and more waterproof. I'll say it again...BOGUS!

    And yes, indeed, the "argument" has to go "to the man"...esp. to the man who won't take responsibility for what he says. Who doesn't have any basis but pipe dreams and speculation to be prattling

    That's what Asimov's famous quote means--people with no sense of responsibility insisting that their opinions are every bit as valid and worth listening to as someone who has actually walked the walk and done the work and earned the knowledge.

    Once more for relevance:

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  20. Spartcom5

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    Any way to get creases out of the heel of a boot? Anyway to prevent it or is it inevitable?
     

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