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

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

  1. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    Quasi-frog-flapper
     
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  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    It's name is Sarah.
     
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  3. eddiegreen

    eddiegreen Senior member

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    Thank you very much gentlemen.
     
  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I always use the stay stitch...never thought the half-moon flap was all that attractive, and often covers up a less than complete closure of the facings.

    That said, I've never seen both at the same time...maybe I just wasn't looking. In any case, unless I'm mistaken, the flap does not cover the frog. It's one or the other.

    FWIW...
     
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  5. gsgleason

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    This makes me uncomfortable. Could you at least wipe them down so I can feel a little better?

    If you're doing field testing, how about conditioning one and not the other?
     
  6. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nah, they get more attention in my office than my nice shoes! They have developed holes in the soles and they will see the garbage soon.
     
  7. parkman24

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    Hello gents,

    This is a crosspost from the EG Appreciation thread. However, I have a small concern that I hope you all can answer.

    While I brush my shoes before and after every wear (including suede), I have noticed that one of the shoes has "hairs(?)" coming out of it. Perhaps an indication that I may have brushed a little to hard at one point? Any thoughts on how to fix this?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

    [​IMG]
     
  8. atia2

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    You need to ascertain whether this is just normal "nap" or whether the suede has been damaged by overbrushing. If it is just the nap standing up, then brushing (or even wiping by hand) in the opposite direction will smooth it back down. I must admit it looks rather too severe to be nap. If you have damaged the leather, then you could try singeing the "hairs" off carefully with a flame. I have done this successfully for frayed stitching but never for damaged leather like this. Therefore, I cant guarantee the outcome will be to your satisfaction. The method is to align the shoe so that you can see the hairs clearly (preferably against a light background); hold the flame away from the area you want to singe; and then gradually move to flame towards the hairs until it is close enough to singe them off but no closer.
     
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    Nick,

    Thanks. I did the warming because someone told me to. Said it leads to better adhesion. Certainly it would be nice to avoid it. But I do find the protectors soften up and cut more cleanly.

    The jack has such an ancient 19th century cool look I might get it for that reason alone.

    The barge I use is the blue tube type. I think that is all purpose, not rubber?
     
  10. Munky

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    My advice would be as follows. Boil for 20 minutes in chicken stock. Bake in a hot oven. Use a Saphir product (any one will do). Enjoy wearing your shoes. Faithfully yours, Munky.
     
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  11. wolfpacktime243

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    Hey guys, anyone here with Tricker's shoes in their Acorn Antique calf leather? I bought a pair of Bourton Brogues a couple of weeks ago and promptly spilled coffee on them. There is now a discoloration right on top of my left foot (looks like a dark circle surrounded by a lighter colored ring) and you can see that in the photo I attached here. I have been periodically wiping the spot down with a damp cloth but haven't had much luck yet. I'm starting to wonder if I should try some Saphir Renovateur but don't want to do anything that may cause any more issues! Any ideas?

    [​IMG]
     
  12. chogall

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    Reno should do the trick so should creams. Or any shoe leather conditioner would do.
     
  13. adagio

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    Yes but that image was taken after I had polished both shoes. I'll give it a try again again though as you suggested.
     
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    Too bad. Thye about look in line with most non running shoes I see at the office. Just yours are "nice" cap toe bals vs. weird square toe monsters I see :)
     
  15. Munky

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    I sometimes think that the less I do to my shoes, the better they look.
     
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    Saphir creme universelle is also a pretty good cleaning/nourishing cream, and, it should do the job you are looking for. But be careful if you use it: it can sometimes take a bit of the maker's burnishing off if applied repeatedly over a short time span.
     
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  17. chogall

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    AFAIK it's the diluted Renovateur.
     
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    deleted since I apparently can't read... *sigh*
     
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    Thanks! Working from home + conference calls equals really polished shoes [​IMG]
     
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