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

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

  1. joiji

    joiji Senior member

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    Contact adhesive. If you can find it, Sikaflex make a great product.

    Open the split up, paint the adhesive inside, leave it open for ~2 minutes, clamp closed (or use something heavy ontop to hold it closed.). Should seal it up nicely.
     
  2. Gdot

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    Since I had mentioned last week that I had recently been applying olive green shoe cream to my 'beechnut' colored C&J Mertons I thought I'd post a pic of them.

    I used an artist's brush to HEAVILY apply the green cream to all stitching and the edges of all leather on the strap and into the opening in the strap. Let sit for three to five minutes and then brush buffed the whole shoe. I repeated three times and then followed with two coats of Saphir Neutral wax. This is the result.

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  3. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    G, what are we looking for in the photos?...hints of olive/green in the stitching?

    They must be v.subtle. I imagine the neutral wax removed some of the green in any case.
     
  4. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    NorthHampton -

    The green more or less shows up as the darkening at the stitching and along the edges of the leather. It mostly just looks dark and rich - not so much green until you get a very close look at the stitching.

    A similar effect could be had by using navy blue or even black. It's just that green seems to react particularly nice with this medium brown.

    I think the thing most guys could gain from this is that you can be pretty adventurous with colored creams - as the color they impart is generally very subtle.

    And you are correct, applying the nuetral wax over the top does indeed lift and further redistribute the cream polish underneath.
     
  5. Northampton Novice

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    Of course.

    May I ask were you using a Saphir MDO green, because they are actually very strongly pigmented & 3 heavy coats would most likely stain the shoe more starkly. Whereas other brands like Kiwi cream contain far less pigment & would impart subtler notes only.
     
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  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Meltonian Olive Green
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nope, it is the opposite. Saphir has less pigments and Kiwi has more. :devil:
     
  8. Northampton Novice

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    We've been through this before Patrick. Just accept you're misunderstandings on this one - I'm certainly not going to school you on this again.
     
  9. patrickBOOTH

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    I am just pulling your leg.
     
  10. Northampton Novice

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    Ah thx -that explains it.

    If you try your experiment with the Saphir, you'll find it imparts far more of the colour than other brands. You will of course be able to reverse it - but it's much more work than with ordinary creams.
     
  11. Northampton Novice

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    :)

    Having a lousy day. My Arcas were stolen from underneath my desk at work...
     
  12. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    and no, I wasn't wearing them when it happened!
     
  13. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You've got to be fucking kidding me? I would be livid. Somebody at work you think, or a contracted cleaning crew or something?
     
  14. bourbonbasted

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    That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Who steals shoes? I wonder if the person who took them even has any idea what they got...
     
  15. Gdot

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    Man that does bite the big one!

    I'd be very cranky!
     
  16. cbfn

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    Somebody stole your pair of shoes? Fuck, I would be planning the most evil plan ever; cameras, something sharp and maybe a little bomb.

    And everyone else, search the bay, maybe a sweet deal on a pair of arcas soon. :hide:
     
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  17. Northampton Novice

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    I reckon it was a cleaner. Can't say I'm gonna get over this in a hurry...
     
  18. Northampton Novice

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    They are green with the initials KH inside the shoes...sob.
     
  19. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Surely there is somebody that you can talk to to see if they can find them? I mean, maybe you will spot them on the street? You can't exactly hide green Arcas.
     
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  20. bourbonbasted

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    Or file a worker's comp claim. I figure Arcas cost more than most chiropractors.
     

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