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

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

  1. dbhdnhdbh

    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    I have done exactly this. Take a piece of leather, cut it to shape and use it as a shoe insert. Works geart. Not sure it has much effect on sweaty feet. I find loose fitting shoes help with that, up to the limit of how loose they can be.

    Most recently I experimented with getting the leather molded to my feet. I saturated the insert with conditioner until it was wet. Then put it in the shoe and went for a walk. I could feel it squishing down as I walked. Before too long I suppose I squeezed the conditioner out and the inserts firmed up a bit. When I got back from the walk they were deeply molded to my feet.

    It took a couple of days for them to dry out completely. Now I have a truly custom molded insert.

    The extra conditioner went into the insole, I suppose, and the water eventually evaporated. It worked so well I made a second pair and now rotate them.

    They do not have holes, but if I were concerned about sweating I might punch holes in them so there was air rather than leather agianst part of the soles of my feet.

    Nice thing about it, if you don't like the result, just throw them away.
     
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  2. dbhdnhdbh

    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    Don't worry about it? It is only visible when the shoes are off and the trees are out.

    You could try the various cleaners, acetone, Renomat, etc. An ink eraser? But perhaps do more harm than good.
     
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  3. Captain Insano

    Captain Insano Senior member

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    Exactly what I was thinking, don't worry bout it. Plus your foot sweat will eventually wear that marker down to nothing.
     
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  4. Pierson v Post

    Pierson v Post Senior member

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    I'm selling them, so my feet won't be sweating in them anytime soon. I'll try acetone.
     
  5. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Good to you....When you get around taking on this project would you mind sharing you're experience with us from start to end? Dollars, fit, satisfaction, value?
     
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  6. Whirling

    Whirling Senior member

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    I will do so... Thank you for the interest!
     
  7. Win545

    Win545 Senior member

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    Guys, Please please please tell me that this is fixable. I grabbed my carmina for a shine today and noticed some big leftover water stain on my shoe. I dont even know when i got it (must be a few days back when i wore them, either normal water or my sweat) and now it looks like its deepen into the leather. Is there anyway i can fix this? Only wore them one time :'(
     
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  8. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    Sorry for making it worse for you but i dont think this is a water stain!!! it is more like oil stain (either you have stained them or the stitching machine from factory)!! i think you ll go with vinegar ( 2/3 water +1/3 white distilled vinegar) and see if this ll work or either go with a more harsh dedicated product!!

    i would go with the vinegar and see if i can cover it up with polish!
     
  9. nqtri

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    Question: Do shoes lose the mirror shine at the toes if I use waterproof spray?
     
  10. M635Guy

    M635Guy Senior member

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    +1 I'd probably try a couple separate sessions with the vinegar solution maybe more if it looks like it is helping. I have to force myself to be patient and remember that it isn't always one-and-done when it comes to things like this...
     
  11. Win545

    Win545 Senior member

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    Thank you for your advice. I have tried the 2/3 water 1/3 vinegar today. The spot got a bit lighter but still noticeable since the color of the shoes is not that dark. Might try to increase more vinegar concentration for my next attempt.
     
  12. NPHAF

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    First of all, it's not that big of a deal. The shoes look quite new, so I understand it's a bummer getting a stain this early on, but the stain is in a spot where it's not going to show so much that it should bother you too much. If spot cleaning with vinegar doesn't work, to get the stain out completely, I would use a leather schampoo like Saphir Omni'nettoyant, Shoeboys Combischaum or such, but then you would have to treat that whole part of the shoe (from the heel seem to the facing).
     
  13. Woodspiral

    Woodspiral New Member

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    Hi,

    This is my first posting here and keen to get involved with shoe repair and care and get some feedback on my efforts. I have a lovely old pair of walking boots that have been maltreated (by yours truly I admit) for hard hill walking and decorating. Rather than throwing these out, I thought it would be a good project to renovate them. There are three serious problems with these boots;

    1) There are really deep and broad scuffs which have taken off the layers of finish and it's back to the raw leather.
    2) There's splashes of dried paint on them.
    3) There are some cracks as a result of the leather drying in a couple of places and there are a few cuts.

    I've done a bit research and reading (mainly here and on ShoeSnob) and have come to formulate the following procedure for bringing these boots back to life;

    1) Use rubbing alchohol and/or acetone to get the paint off. May need to use a mild abrasive to rub the paint off, e.g. a green scratcher. (I have softer less abrasive versions of these (white, grey) which I use for woodwork finishing.)
    2) Use Saphir Renomat to strip back the polish and make the boot even in colour.
    3) Use a colourant dye to restore the colour.
    4) Use a leather cream to soften the cracks and scratches.
    5) Wax polish.

    Have I missed anything? Is there something more I could do for the scuffs and scratches apart from leather cream?

    Pictures to follow.

    Thanks!
    David.

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  14. benhour

    benhour Senior member

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    No they wont!(dont spray it too close) on the other hand you dont need to apply waterproofing spray on mirror shine toes cause they are already waterproofed by the wax [​IMG]
     
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  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Water vinegar doesn't do anything to water stain; if it has any effect the same thing could be done with acetone or other cleaners.

    Water stain is permenant especially with light color leathers.
     
  16. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Scrubbing sponge is good. Or you could try sand paper or steel wool to remove the paints. Or use knife to scrap them off. The deep cuts can be smoothed out with shoe goo and sand paper. Or those saphir gels if you feel like spending money. Use spoons to smooth the filler of your chose.
     
  17. Sushi

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm having trouble getting that perfect mirror shine on my new AE shoes and I'm seeking your advice.

    Supplies:
    Saphir Medaille D'or 1925 Pate De Luxe Black 50ml Wax Shoe Polish
    Cotton polishing cloth
    Allen Edmonds Strand shoes, black

    Technique:
    Tiny dab of polish on cotton cloth, tiny drop of spit, gentle circular motion on the toe cap for about 30 seconds. Then I breathe on the toe cap to form condensation and proceed with polishing. After ~3 min I add another dab of polish / spit. Polished one of the shoes for about 30 minutes total today with the following result:

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    The shoe on the right is polished, left isn't. It's a bit shinier, but nowhere close to the mirror finish. I can see some leather texture on it, which I don't see on photos of shoes shined to mirror perfection. Any tips what I can do to achieve that mirror finish?
     
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  18. Cuebert

    Cuebert Well-Known Member

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    Dear community,

    I would like to darken my newly purchased piar of Saint Crispin's, as I find the contrast between the burnished toe/heel area and the rest of the shoe to be too drastic.


    Any tips on how this could be accomplished? How about trying it with the Saphir Shoecream?
     
  19. benhour

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    A responce i gave some time ago to a gentleman asking the same thing!!
    Some general things first!! never try to achieve a mirror shine when the room temperature is over 32-33Co(i dont remember excactly the convertion in Fo) ! the hotter the room the slower the solidification of the wax!the colder the better!idial temperature for me is about 23-26Co! Over 40Co is quite impossible to achieve a proper(at least what i call mirror shine with my stundars) mirror shine and it takes ages!

    First you ll take a generous amount of wax on your finger(at this step cotton cloth is far better than micro fiber one) !! apply using circular motion(not too small sircles) ! when you ll feel the surface beeing sticky its time to add some watter (1-2 drops)!! when the water evaporates add one drop and do the same! About after 3-4 times of water dropping step you feel the surface hard and not sticky at all!

    Now is the tricky part and the one that seperates the boys from men hahahahah :p !! you add 2 drops of water(no circles at this point just add the water) and now take a new amount of wax and start circlying over the water!! the water ll start evaporate slowly and wax ll build a better layer and more solid(its the faster way to mirror shine,and i have tried quite everything)!!

    now you repeate that step till you are satisfied!! always use as less pressure as you can
    The easier and safer way is by adding layers of dark brown polish to the entire shoe!(1-2 applications ll do the trick and dont overdo it on vamp area)

    i hope i helped a little bit gents [​IMG]
     
  20. Woodspiral

    Woodspiral New Member

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    Thanks, Chogall. Great tips, sir :D I can't see any products from Saphir called "gels" - is there another name for them? I found shoe goo and that looks good. I suppose it's flexible glue?
     

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