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

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

  1. Zapasman

    Zapasman Senior member

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    I think that Newberry´s boots are a bit short, so the creases are shown at the toe cap. I have a short pair of shoes and got some creases at the same area. Thoughts?
     
  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    To be honest, I think that the creases in the toe box, in my boots, were there when I bought them, but I didn't notice them. I guess it could happen if other people, with the 'wrong size feet' tried them on and walked around the shop in them. Obviously, toe boxes are pretty solid and my boots are mostly creasing across the vamp now. Not sure, though...
     
  3. benhour

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    Depends on the scratch!! If it is light and wax didnt flake off the surface an other layer on top will cover it!! On the other hand if the scratch is wide and wax flaked off the toe then i think is time and effort wise to strip it off (or at least smooth it down) with a mild cleaner!
     
  4. rbhan12

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    Use a horsehair brush to smooth everything, then add layers of wax to bring back the shine.
     
  5. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    This is an interesting issue! When I brush off my shoes, I often find that I scratch the surface with my fingernails. Call me clumsy, but it often happens.. This brush seems to be the answer. However, for me, it is a bit expensive. I am thinking of buying one to brush off all my shoes, before I go out and when I come in. In other words, one brush for all shoes. Obviously, it is important to keep a range of brushes for buffing after polishing.

    http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/saphir-price-asc/products/the-ultimate-polishing-brush
     
  6. cbfn

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    M635Guy Senior member

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    I have an 8" brush from Amazon that I like a lot. The bristles are flared, so I don't seem to have issues hitting the shoe with the handle, etc. that I did with my smaller 6" brushes.
     
  8. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    cbfn Senior member

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    Or cut your nails. :D
     
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  10. shades9323

    shades9323 Well-Known Member

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    Can something like this be repaired? Or its effects mitigated in any way?

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  11. curlyface

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    Lots of info in this thread, almost too much. I own 2 pairs of fifth avenue AE's. Both are brand new as I baby them. One is black, the other is walnut. I bought the starter kit from AE which has 2 brushes, 2 polishes (black and brown) and 2 cloths. I also bought the waterproofer from AE though I don't plan on wearing these in the snow or and avoid rain as much as possible. My questions:

    Should I water proof them? Before or after polish?
    Can I use the brown polish on the walnut shoe or is that a color mismatch? If not, which polish should I get?
    These are my everyday shoes and I will be rotating them more as weather improves. How often should I be polishing them? (i.e. only when they look like they need it or is it a way to keep the leather 'healthier' and longer lasting and therefore I should polish them every week or something?)
    I see conflicting info on saddle soap..should I get it? What do you guys clean the shoes with before polishing?

    thank you!
     
  12. Goodman

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    FWIW Munky I was having the same issues and switched to the 21CM Saphir brushes in hopes of solving the problem. It's only been a few weeks but so far so good for me and I have been using them a lot due to a recent snow storm and subsequent melt. If you are still having an issue I'd consider that Ultimate Brush if only because I understand the frustration of just wanting to keep your shoes in good condition and, instead, making matters worse.
     
  13. Munky

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    Thanks for this, cpfn and Goodman! Much appreciated.
     
  14. Southwick

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    Hello everyone. I have a pair of AE Lake Shore Drive slip ons in tan leather. When they were new they were a light tan, and as I have worn them they have gotten darker in spots, especially the toe and overlay plug. It is not unattractive, but I like i.e. The lighter shade. The AE website says to only use their suede waterproofing spray and nothing else. Are any of you guys aware of anything else I might try to lighten up the color back to its original lighter tan? Thanks so much.


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  15. Zapasman

    Zapasman Senior member

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    Yeah, with some wear.
     
  16. pi34

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    If anyone is located near Syosset/Huntington, Roman at 110 Shoe Repair on Jericho is amazing. I wish I had a picture of them before, but I think they look better than they did new. Such a deep navy but I had a hard time photographing it.

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  17. M635Guy

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    You should really try to search, but here are my thoughts:

    - If you're not planning to see weather/rain, etc., I'd skip the waterproofer. I use it on a couple pairs of my shoes intended for bad weather, but don't want to add any new to the mix. If you're going to use waterproofer, the instructions are pretty simple: Start with clean shoes (brush them), spray from a distance of 8" or so, allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.

    - If you use brown shoe polish, you'll darken the tone of the shoes. I'd get some walnut polish from AE.

    - My regimen for polish/care is every 5 - 10 wears. I tend to condition/clean with Bick 4 or Saphir Renovateur most often - I only polish every once in a while. Pretty easy to tell when it is time.

    - I think you're going to find the prevailing opinion here is skip the saddle soap. Get one of the two products above.

    - While we're getting stuff, I'd get a couple good 8" brushes (I got mine for around $15 each on Amazon) and use one to brush your shoes before and after every wear (I use my other for the cleaning/polishing) - I just do it for about 30 seconds. Also get a couple pairs of shoe trees. Jos. A. Bank has sales pretty often, or get a couple pairs from Woodlore.

    - Generally speaking, less is more. Patina isn't bad.
     
  18. atia2

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    I approach the village elders with a tale of woe. My otherwise delightful Edward Green Malverns sustained the injury below in an unfortunate nightclubbing incident. They are, however, soft of sole and will imminently need some kind of attention in any case. Therefore, I am wondering whether the good cordwainers of Northampton might be able to work their magic on this nasty nick, or whether a full recraft on such a badly scarred shoe is throwing good money after bad.

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  19. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd ignore it personally.
     
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  20. M635Guy

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    I'd probably burnish it a bit and not worry about it. It seems like most shoe manufacturers won't work on shoes with damaged uppers. I've never been sure quite why - maybe something to do with the stresses of re-lasting the shoe.
     

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